We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Crawford, RID. Co- Owner and Principal Designer, Blue Jay Interiors and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Interior Design as a practice is much more than choosing paint colors and fun pillows. As with any artistic career, talents are recognized and then they are cultivated with education and experience. Interior designers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of their clients while providing beautiful and functional spaces. After finishing a 4 year degree program, licensed Interior Designers must sit for an exam given by the Texas Board of Architectural examiners. This exam consists of 3 parts and takes 2 days to complete. It is important to inform clients and the general public of this so they understand the value that we bring to the table. Hiring a licensed Interior Designer as part of your team will ensure a finished product that is safe, functional and stunning!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a team, we are such a fun balance! Stephanie is a trained engineer with a talent for art and I am a trained designer with great organizational skills. This really benefits our clients, because they receive what we think is the perfect balance of creativity and logic! When we started the business just 8 months ago, we knew that we wanted to set ourselves apart by building other creatives and artisans up. We partner with other artists, builders, and general creatives locally and across the states. This is two fold: one being the designs produced through these methods create curated spaces for comfortable living and the second being that small businesses continue to thrive in our economy. The most important part of our business is YOU! The client. Our goal is to work as a team to make your design visions come to life. People ask what my personal design style is and I always say that doesn’t matter because this is about your design style, vision and needs. Whatever style of home or space you desire, we can help create that, thoughtfully and artfully.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We currently office in the Woodlands area, north of Houston. If you like to canoe or kayak, you can head down to Lake Woodlands and rent a kayak, its a fun way to spend the afternoon! WG Jones State Forest is great for biking, running or walking the dogs in the midst of true east Texas forest! The Tomball area has some great antique and boutique shops along Main Street. As far as food goes it all depends what you are looking for! Want to try a couple different food trucks, head over to Deacon Baldy’s food truck park on FM 1488 or 403 Eats in Tomball! Thinking of a birthday or Anniversary Dinner? Amergio’s in the Woodlands has you covered for fine Italian dining, in the Woodlands since 1989 or check out the recently opened Avanti’s in Magnolia! If music is your thing you have to check out Dosey Doe for awesome live music in a 165 year old reconstructed barn. Houston is such an awesome place to call home! North Houston has a ton of fun things to do and explore- but if you head south into town there’s even more! I love visiting the Heights area for local coffee shops, restaurants and breweries. I always enjoy a good trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Stephanie and I would shout out to our husbands (my fiancé), our families, and our friends for all their support of our dreams! We also thank God for our talents and the ability to pursue something we are both passionate about. As a company, we want to thank Quatro Brooks with QCB Custom Homes, Stuart Rae with Thorntree Slate and Marble, and David James with CB&A Realtors. Personally, I would love to give a shout out to my first Interior Design professor Susan Ouren for really helping me realize my love for design. There have been many mentors along the way including architects, builders and designers I have worked for and with, as well as great clients, who have allowed me creativity and growth. I would not be where I am today without all their support! Stephanie would like to give a shoutout to Rick Morrow who was a great mentor and boss while she worked in the Oil and Gas industry.
Bathroom Image- Madison Timberlake Kitchen with stained glass- Daniel Angulo Kitchen with stools- Brittan Hierholzer