We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Dixon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Following the basic elements of design are vastly important to me because there is so much more behind Interior Design than just creating aesthetically appealing functional space. Many designers are self taught but for professionals like myself that have a formal education in and relative work experience in the field we know that Interior Design has a science behind it. When designing spaces in the schematic design process I work as a team with the home owner to create spaces that the client loves but that also follow of the rules of interior design.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The biggest different between Dsquared INTERIORS and other firms is that we are a small minority female owned local Houston business. By staying small we have the advantage of giving each client we would want ourselves. Clients become friends and their homes become part of us and our story. Each project that is taken on is treated as if we are going to live in it. Taking care of others homes is the most important aspect. Starting a small business is always challenging because the owner has to wear many hats at first. Small business owners are the accountant, accounts receivable and payable, marketing, interior designer but first and foremost they are the clients voice. Dsquared INTERIORS prides ourselves on making sure everything the client request is adequately portrait in our design process. Our first priority is always the CLIENT!
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?
Houston is a vastly diverse city. There are many things to do or see in and around the city. If a person were traveling with children in the spring I would recommend they take their kids to Nasa to see the space crafts and to Blessington Farms to pick strawberries. They could also spend a day in the Heights. 19th street has some great little locally owned shops and restaurants.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
College professors have helped give me the greatest gift of knowledge. Marilyn Hermance has given me a great gift of work experience and mentorship. I had a college professor tell me that Interior Design was not about creating spaces that we love ourselves as designers but creating spaces that others love. I took that advice to heart when a client asks what is my design style, I always tell them that my style is what it needs to be to complete their home to their liking with my education and experience driving the way.