Nov 09, 2012
Fab Friday: Ghislaine Viñas from Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design
Welcome to the (almost) weekend! Today, I'm chatting with interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who was also a fellow panel speaker at the Benjamin Moore event two weeks ago. Her designs are edgy and cool, and she has so much expertise to share...so let's get to it! Robin Baron: Welcome Ghislaine! Tell us what you do at Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design. Ghislaine Viñas: On a day to day basis, I work with my team to keep our projects moving forward. We always have a collection of projects happening all usually at different stages, and we need to keep moving forward on them. I am involved in all aspects of work, but I am really fortunate to have a dynamic team of designers working for me! In the beginning of the projects, I work with the clients to determine the look and feel of the space and to identify what the space is all about, as well as working through the more specific requirements of the project. Once we get into the design phase, I work with my team of designers to further establish our direction. My week is usually filled with various meetings either with clients or colleagues. We are busy developing a line of various products, which is fun, but it seems to take to the back burner very often as we move forward on our design projects for clients. RB: What do you love most about your job? GV: I love the creative aspect of my work. I don't necessarily sit down and design as much as I used to, but I tend to be more of a curator. I've become a lot more "big picture!" I have great relationships with my designers, and we each bring something interesting to the table. We've been working together long enough that we all know what the aesthetic expectations are. I'm not always right about stuff, but I'm pretty sure about what I like and don't like! No mincing words in this department. I love collaborations both with my clients and the people who work for me. I have a pretty short attention span and get bored doing the same thing for too long, so I like that I can bounce from project to project with my team while they stay focused. I've became smarter about realizing what my strengths are as I have grown my business, and this has been helpful to me. But what I love most is laughing and smiling as we work through our projects! I try to make sure that people in my office are happy with what they are doing, and I try to make sure that my clients enjoy the design process. askia and Mia; a vacation with family and friends; swimming in the ocean; sitting in one room with my whole family present - parents, siblings and all the nephews and nieces!