Grania Murray: From Software to Interior Designer
Today in The Lounge, Nick chats with Grania Murray, an interior designer of 20 years from Dublin. Despite her unconventional entrance into the interior design profession, she says her successes are embodied in the great satisfaction of her clients around the world.
A Big Career Change
Grania Murray left college with an advanced computer programming degree and took to some modeling on the side — until one day, a photographer came to her home for a shoot and decided to take some photos of the house itself! She then received an offer from a publisher of a design magazine to print the photos with Murray’s credit. Despite having a degree in advanced computer programming, her natural niche for design enabled her to begin a career in interior design.
The Learning Curve
Murray’s “backdoor” entrance into interior design presented several challenges—though none of which proved too daunting for her. She later attended to interior design school in Ireland for a semester, but found that she already knew and practiced what was being taught. With the advice of her professors, she jumped straight into the industry.
Murray explains that gaining experience in practice taught her various qualities important to being a successful interior designer, such as charging correct amounts and conveying designs to clients. Above all, she discovered that the key to attracting clients is forming relationships based on trust and authenticity, and accurately demonstrating her visions to clients is the crucial step that bridges this trust between her and her clients. She credits advancements in technology for enabling her to digitally show her clients exactly what she envisions for various interiors. Murray also discusses the importance of considering the client’s budget, timeline, and additional plans for the future. Overall, involving clients in the design process enhances personal relationships and makes the holistic design experience more exciting and fun for both parties.
Throughout her interior design career, Murray has designed spaces, both commercial and residential, all around the world. She also conducts speeches and has been featured on several radio and television shows. Murray even hosted her own television show called “House at Home” in Ireland, which provided advice on various interior design products by way of interviews with suppliers and manufacturers. Murray explains that her recording work has drawn a large clientele for her interior design business, as the shows can be broadcasted repeatedly. As an experienced designer, Murray advises young interior designers to gain experience in commercial and residential projects while working under a practiced designer, and to pursue personal relationships with clients.
Living in Los Angeles since 2013, Murray’s latest project is an interior design website, A Well Considered Life, which serves as a resource for useful and inspiring suggestions from professionals to “enhance one’s life.” This includes interiors, events, travel, fashion, and food. Her goal is to provide a single page where people can get advice and suggestions for their everyday life endeavors. On the side, Murray works with clients online who send in images of the space in consideration, and she compiles a list of suggestions for the redesign.
Learn more about Grania Murray at www.graniamurray.com!
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