We had the good fortune of connecting with Ginger Barber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ginger, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was really a natural progression. After gaining years of experience in the industry by working for other companies, I decided I really wanted to be on my own and make decisions that were best for my clients. I took a leap of faith and opened Ginger Barber Interior Design almost 40 years ago. The rest is history!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Pursuing a career in interior design was really in my blood. My dear mother was a designer, my grandfather was a furniture maker and my brother is an architectural engineer. We all seem to have this creative gene. It’s just the way we were born and the way our parents exposed us to beauty with our surroundings. I worked really hard to get to where I am today and I am so proud of what I’ve built over the past 40 years with Ginger Barber Interior Design. It wasn’t always easy and there have been challenges along the way, but perseverance and dedication have allowed me to be successful. Making a client happy is the ultimate measure of my success, so learning to listen to my clients’ wants and needs and being flexible with all it takes to get my creativity to blend with my clients’ ideas has been so important throughout the years. I also believe that my timeless and livable style has contributed to my success and it’s what sets me apart from other – I don’t like trends and don’t ride that wave at all!
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 would definitely have dinner and drinks at Armando’s. It’s such a staple here in Houston. I’d also love to drive to my beach house and relax by the water, or head to the barn or Habitat for Horses where we can cut grass, muck stalls, and help feed the horses. I really find balance in my life by spending time out in nature. I find that being with horses brings you closer to the earth and that brings you closer to God. It’s a beautiful thing being out there, whether you’re on horseback or in a stall. It’s very spiritual.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am immensely grateful for my wonderful clients. They have led me to where I am today and the success of my business. Without their confidence in me, I would not have the space and trust needed to let my creativity run and to create memorable projects for my clients.