We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Sheffield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I decided to pursue a creative career because being around beautiful design brings me joy and peace. I see beautiful design in nature when I see the shape of a tree as the branches gracefully meander and extend their path toward sunlight, or the patterns of light glistening off water. I’ve always been fascinated by the structure of a bloom with the varying parts each supporting the other to produce shape, texture, and color. I find the same principles apply to architecture, interior design and artistic objects. The organization of parts and pieces in a way that brings a pleasing, functional balance that improves our lives. Interior design is much the same way in that the functionality of the parts can be so pleasing to the eye if arranged and implemented correctly. I have always been aware that my surroundings affect my mood and my ability to still my mind in order to enjoy a sense of well being. I’m sure many people are not affected as acutely as I am by their physical surrounds, but I would be willing to bet that most people who hire a designer fall into this category! We are the day dreamers, the ones who stop in their tracks to watch a butterfly. The ones who see fantastic architecture reaching to the sky as if a message from humanity to say “We are here and we have created!” Each job I work on is my way of paying ode to the homeowners I work for, and also a way for me to express, “I was here and I created!”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My design firm is client centered. As a team we are excited about the relationships we build during the design process. It is interesting to become familiar with the unique aspects of each family and to design a space which is truly custom made for them. I’m so proud to have a supporting team as it allows me to explore my creative side on many projects. The lesson learned is; collaboration between designers always makes for a better product. It allows us to visualize from several points of view.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to show off my home city to visitors in a way they wouldn’t explore with a guide book. I like to show off our artist murals, the Art Car Museum, the Buffalo Bayou Cistern, and the gardens of Bayou Bend. Finish off the day with Tex-Mex at El Tiempo and their famous margaritas to appreciate the relaxed diversity of the city.
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?
I would like to dedicate this to my talented team of designers and collaborators, Gretchen O’Neill, Ashley Williams, Jamie Haskins, and Kylie Bumgardner. I would also like to thank my three children and my husband Matt, for the support and joy they provide in business and life!
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