Lisa Erdmann is an interior designer with a career that bloomed in fast steps. We challenged her for an interview to find out her success story, which is based, as she states, on WORK, WORK ,WORK. Enjoy her portfolio, as well as the enlightening answers and in the end, feel free to leave you opinions in the comments section below.

  • Freshome: Tell us about the moment when you decided to follow a career in the field of interior design. Did you have other options in mind at the time?
  • Lisa Erdmann: I graduated from college, moved to New York City and was looking for a job in the fashion industry when I took a position as a receptionist at a furniture and textile firm. In a week I was promoted, within six months I was managing a department and after a few years became the youngest director of the company in the company’s history. They manufactured the furniture in the building which was so interesting and traveling to mills and seeing the textiles made and working on colorations and the development was inspirational. I absolutely fell in love with textiles because of this job.
  • Freshome: Can you remember your first design project?
  • Lisa Erdmann:My mother is a designer, so as a child I redesigned my bedroom almost every year or two, with mom’s guidance, of course.
  • Freshome: Where do you find inspiration?
  • Lisa Erdmann: Reading, traveling and in nature
  • Freshome: How would you describe your line of work? How about your work process?
  • Lisa Erdmann: Organization is imperative. Interior Design is like the opening night for a Broadway production. The goal is to have everything ready for the installation. Plan to be early so any glitches can be worked out before the clients move in.
  • Freshome: What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
  • Lisa Erdmann: The most frustrating occurs when a vendor or tradesperson does not deliver and lets me down. The most rewarding is the installation – When it all comes together and looks FABULOUS.
  • Freshome: Tell us something unusual that happened in your career.
  • Lisa Erdmann: I spent many of my younger years traveling the world. It allowed me to see many beautiful sites, products and experience many different cultures and types of people. It taught me that it is helpful to research and understand people especially of they are from a different culture so you can work with and respect them in the most productive manner.
  • Freshome: Share something you would like our readers to know about you or your ideas.
  • Lisa Erdmann: I am constantly inspired by my clients. Each project brings something new – a client’s particular collection of accessories, travel, pets (I designed a horse barn once for a polo pony team), artwork collection … It makes each project interesting and unique.
  • Freshome: Do you have any advice for the young designers reading this interview?
  • Lisa Erdmann: I always relay this piece of advice to my new young designers out of school — Only about 10 – 15% of the job is picking out the beautiful fabrics and furniture, the balance is WORK, WORK ,WORK. Whether it’s following up on the design, orders, samples or maintain relationships with vendors, clients, contractors, architects or working through the setbacks or unforeseen items that arise on projects and especially construction you are constantly working when projects are in progress.