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DOLLFACE: Kristin Kilmer

Kristin Kilmer

  • What’s your job like?

My job does not feel like a job because its really my life’s work.  They say, “make your vocation your vacation and that is what I did;  Its not without everyday stresses but its absolutely worth it!

  • What kind of experience led you to this work?

I started off in sales which is fundamental for interior design as one has to really sell their vision into reality; I then moved on to Marketing Communcations which is an added bonus; but I always wanted to be on the creative side and not just the business side.  Now I get to do both.

  • What’s a typical work day in your life?

Its probably a bit more hectic and a bit less glamorous than people would think as there are 10,000 details to every room and a good designer really knows how to manage production and communicate their vision to the work force.  My design time usually comes in in the late evening hours when all is quiet

  • What excites you about LA right now?.

LA is always on the forefront of design trends both locally and internationally.  Plus there are so many different types of architecture and business opportunities that the possibilities for design are endless.

  • What inspires you?

I consider myself an applied artist so bringing out my client’s vision really makes me tick

  • Who is a woman or women you admire for their support of other women?

Well I gotta state the obvious and say Oprah Winfrey because that woman has some serious soul.  I’m a huge fan of Gloria Steinem (another obvious one) and Louis Hay.  On a local level, Jamie Nack for her groundbreaking efforts in the sustainable world

  • What’s the toughest part of getting started?

Developing a solid infrastructure and finding the best custom manufacturers to really make my designs come to life

  • What surprises you most about being your own boss?

Honestly something surprises me everyday but I have to pat myself on the back for my strength and endurance as this is not an easy business

  • Favorite quote

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.

Gloria Steinem

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