Meet Katie Cummins with Interior Girl, we have loved watching her grow her Interior Design business and we are thrilled to share her with all of you. We had so much fun getting to know her more in the interview below. Also to learn more about her thriving business, listen in to hear her go into more detail on being an entrepreneur on her episode of our podcast, Girl, I Slept in My Makeup.
Tell us a little bit about you! I am an Interior Designer. Coming from a modest background and being the youngest of four girls, I learned very quickly how to turn trash into treasure. I discovered garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores were full of priceless pieces that would make any room tell a story and feel unique. I took this early knowledge and refined it with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and became a Registered Interior Designer with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. That accompanied with 14 years of industry experience in commercial, corporate, retail and residential design has molded me into the designer I am today.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages? 2 boys, Crawford (5) and Beckett (3).
What’s your favorite thing about being a mom? There are so many! I love watching them light up when they learn something new, I love their cuddles, and I absolutely love watching the sibling bond between my boys grow. I hope they always remain best friends.
How did you end up in Frisco area? I moved to the area after I graduated from college at Stephen F. Austin State University. I am originally from a small-town south of Houston and knew I needed to be near a big city for my career. Since I had already experienced Houston, I picked the Dallas area. I was close enough to drive back home and at the same time explore a new city. I love it here!
What do you love about Frisco area? I feel like it is the perfect combination of suburban and city life.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Frisco area? Do I have to pick one?? In the experience category it would be Heirloom Haul. I love the atmosphere and it is the perfect place to lunch with the girls. In the amazing food category it would be Neighborhood Services. Their wedge salad is one of the best!
What’s your favorite place to shop in Frisco area? Frisco Mercantile. I have found several hidden gems in that place.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you need some “me time”? It is a toss up between curling up in bed to watch a good crime documentary or treasure hunting at local antique stores and flea markets.
Tell us about your career. I am an Interior Designer. I have been designing for 14 years in the commercial, corporate, industrial and retail industry. About 2 years ago I started my own residential design company, “Interior Girl” as a hobby and a way to make some extra money. I have never been busier and I absolutely love it.
What do you love about your career? There are so many! I firmly believe a one’s mood is directly affected by their surroundings. Therefore, being able to create a space that makes a person feel their absolute best is extremely rewarding. I love the relationships I build with my clients and I absolutely crave seeing a design come to life. There really is nothing better in my book.
What is one thing you look forward to every year? I would have to say the New Year in general. I love a fresh start and the challenge of setting new goals for myself and family. My husband makes a batch of black-eyed peas and cabbage every January 1st for good luck and prosperity. I make a vision board of the personal and professional goals I want to achieve. I really relish in these traditions and the possibility of what is to come. This year more than most. 😉
How do you juggle your career with being a mom and wife? In the act of juggling there are two types of balls. Glass and Plastic. If you drop a glass ball it will break. If you drop a plastic ball it will bounce. Sometimes you have to drop a plastic kid ball in order to catch a glass work ball or vice versa and that is OKAY. I read an excerpt by Author Nora Roberts explaining this philosophy. Now that I have an understanding of which balls are plastic and which are glass, juggling has become a bit easier.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom? The days are long but, the years are short so cherish every moment. I really take that to heart and try my best to be present.
What’s one fun fact about you? I am ambidextrous.
As a bonus, Katie has offered to help a few of you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of an area in your house that you are finding challenging to design or decorate and she will help you figure out the dilemma!