We had the opportunity to speak with Edyta Haligowska, founder of H.E. Space Design, about her work in the space industry and her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. We asked her about her business, how she got started, and some advice for aspiring interior designers out there. Check out what she had to say!
Hi, Edyta. We really appreciate your time and attention. Can you tell us how did you start working in the interior design industry? Who is your biggest inspiration?
I always had an innate sensibility for design perhaps because I grew uparound it. My father was an engineer and was constantly working on projects, drafting, designing, and building.
Beauty is all around us and just the concept of life is inspiring to me. Art, literature, nature, culture, fashion, and trying new things all inspire me to various degrees.
In order to know yourself better, you have to experience life. Studying literature and history gave me an understanding of what I like. It’s fascinating in history that one moment leads to the next, like how styles evolve and influence culture. Literature, history, and design are entwined; there is no one without the other.
I was driven to have a career that is creative. Early on I took a job as a design consultant in a high-end furniture store to see if I would like it. After a short time, I knew it was for me, and the next step was to get serious about it. I enrolled in design school shortly thereafter to pursue a degree in interior design.
Can you tell us more about HE Space Design?
HE Space Design is a residential interior design firm. I focus my energy on effective communication to achieve what clients want, and beyond. The project is a “story in creation” and I want it to be an enjoyable and educational journey for the client. Every client has a particular style, and I want to bring that into each space with their individual uniqueness, making the space truly as authentic as possible. Ultimately, creating an environment that feels emotionally empowering and relaxing at the same time is the goal.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen over the years? How do you think technology has changed the industry?
One of the biggest technological changes is the instant ability to contact someone on your phone by email or text. Living in a world where information travels so fast has a profound impact on the process of design. Also, another technological improvement that has a massive positive impact is the development of LED lighting. Any technology that helps save our natural world is something that I will always champion.
What do you think sets your company apart from your competitors?
What sets me apart from my contemporaries is I am more of a “hands-on” designer with complete attention to my clients’ needs. I will guide client selection and purchase process with my expertise and knowledge of the design industry. Knowing what the project demands and how to accomplish it helps to see the problems and solutions. I always have a goal and a purpose in mind, and know my priorities. I am laser-focused.
We’ve seen inflation driving the prices these days. How do you deal with this? How do customers respond to surge in prices?
Despite the global price increases and longer lead times, there is nothing that I can change about the process of design. Clients are always the ones who set the budget, and they are in control. I stay transparent about the project and manage expectations. I always suggest designing one space at a time, only with the entire vision in mind.
What’s next for your company?
Continuing to work with clients on small and big projects, growing, and learning.
Do you have any advice for someone who is just starting out in the home improvement industry?
Find a design community, attend design events, and continue to learn. A career in interior design is fun and rewarding but it also can be challenging… when it does get hard, stick with it and be persistent.
As we conclude this interview, we want to thank Edyta for her time and attention. It’s been a pleasure sharing her story with you, and we hope that you’ve found it informative and engaging. We want to encourage our readers to stay tuned for more great interviews in the future. Thanks again for following along, and we hope you have a great day.