Today we’d like to introduce you to Charmaine Wynter.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 1993, I was an Ophthalmic Assistant at a medical clinic. Helping patients with their ocular needs was great, but I was fascinated by interior design -it’s what I did on my off hours—I spent all my free time reading decor magazines and arranging and rearranging my home or family & friend’s homes. My enthusiasm led me to enroll in an interior design course at a local college. I never intended to start my own firm but while I was enrolled the market had a down turn and by the time I graduated many of the senior designers had closed their firms or were not hiring… I would have quit then but I’d invested the time, money and I had my degree… so I just couldn’t.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My path up to now has been far from smooth; beginning a business directly out of school means you have to learn by trial and error.
1. How to acquire paying clients is a course I wish they had taught in school.
2. How to deal with unscrupulous trades and
3. How to write winning proposals
Are just a few of the life/business lessons I had to learn on the job
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Charmaine Wynter Interiors – what should we know?
Having only recently relocated to Texas from up north where every third person you encounter is an interior designer or has a friend/family member who is an interior designer… I learned early on stand out from the crowd I had to listen not only with my ears but also to the unspoken. So I train my team to recognize adverse body language and to read facial expressions because often times clients don’t know how to or are reluctant to express themselves this ability gives me/us an edge to understand the needs of the client and to deliver the luxury concierge interior design service desired.
I also practice these success strategies
1. I get up early.
2. I pray daily.
3. I try to keep meetings to a minimum.
4. I try to stay organized- someone said this old adage to me trifles make perfection but perfection is no trifle. I try to adhere to those words.
5. I hire young talent and I listen to them I find they think differently it’s important to surround myself with people who think differently than I do otherwise I don’t need them.
I’m very proactive. To give you an example, on my last project for a turnkey vacation property client, I noticed we didn’t have a cohesive plan for maximizing the design potential for each area of the units- each unit had its own vibe. This wasn’t harmonious and ineffective cost wise so I collaborated with venders to build a partnership process with specific color relationship guidelines. Bookings doubled in one year.
Since I don’t want to lose that ability to identify and solve problems, I keep a running list of pain points I see within a project and am always trying to come up with new ideas of how to solve them.
- Consultations- hourly $225+
- Interior Design -budgets 30k+
- Luxury Turn-Key Relocation-budgets 10K+
- Address: 1721E Southlake Blvd #120
Southlake, TX 76092
- Website: www.wynterinteriors.com
- Phone: 817-268-9005
- Instagram: Charmainewynterinteriorsinc
- Facebook: Charmainewynterinteriors
- Twitter: @charmainewynterinteriors