Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Chunn.
Brittany, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since the beginning of my existence, art and design have been a part of my life. I have always been interested in the adornment and embellishment of everything and wanted to be surrounded by objects that I find beautiful. My first encounter with design was at eight years old.
When I received a Barbie Dreamhouse for Christmas, I would spend hours decorating, redecorating and creating what I wanted from discarded materials. On my twelfth birthday, my parents gave me my first computed aided design (CAD) program. I spent many days and nights drawing blueprints and decorating the interiors of the spaces I had created. After graduating high school at 16, I had no clue of who or what I wanted to be. So, the first three years of college I studied early childhood education. A year from graduation, I met a girl who was in the interior design program at Georgia Southern University. She explained what the program was and I realized it was what I had been doing my whole life.
The next semester, I switched majors and schools and three years later, I graduated from Brenau University with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in interior design. With my high-level degree and a lack of experience, it was difficult to find employment. Eventually, I began teaching CAD programs to mechanical and architectural engineering students as an adjunct professor at a technical college in the local area, while simultaneously starting my own business. Within the last year, I have sold my custom new construction home and purchased a fixer-upper and have been doing everything from painting walls to laying tiles.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been difficult. Especially since I’m trying to create my own path. Anytime you take the road least traveled, it’s going to be a tough journey. I have tried and failed more times in the past three years than I have in my entire life. My advice to other young women would be when you start a project, always have a plan B because failing a few times is inevitable. When it does not work out, move on to your next plan quickly without wallowing in your failure. Although life is usually filled with ups and downs, stay focused and never give up on your dreams because ANYTHING is possible.
Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
My style is unique and different. I specialize in pairing objects that you don’t typically see together to create an original space or piece of furniture that you will not find anywhere else. I can do anything from redesigning grandma’s house to re-purposing aunt Jean’s favorite dresser or wardrobe. When working with clients, my goal is to create a space that is not only beautiful but original and customized specifically to the client’s individual style.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My mom was a single parent for many years. Therefore, we didn’t have much money growing up. My mother always found ways to get us what we needed and wanted. While the other kids were shopping in the mall, we were across the street in the overstock and thrift stores. Our home was always well decorated, and we wore the latest designer jeans (even though they were gently used). This period of my life gave me the ability to design for any client on any budget, large or small. If we take our time and put in a little sweat equity (if needed), we can create an array of things. I feel like everyone deserves to be surrounded by beautiful pieces no matter how much money they make.
- Interior Design Consultations- $250
- We base the design off of the clients budget. So if a client only has $500 to make over an entire room, we make it work!
- Phone: 678.617.1300
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kairinteriordesign
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