We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandy Holden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandy, what is the most important factor behind your success?
In almost any industry it’s important to work as a team. As an interior designer, there are many people that make up our team. It starts with the client and then branches off into architects, vendors, general contractors, project managers, and so many other trades that bring a project to life. My belief is “we can be stronger in numbers.” After 18 years in the interior design industry, my team has become like family. I trust these people to put their best foot forward for the sake of executing a project to the highest standards in the building industry. There is absolutely no way I could ever know or learn all of the information that goes into one project. Therefore, I ask for team work.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Interiors In Design, we are passionate about creating beautiful spaces that reflect your unique tastes and needs. The most important aspect of our design process is understanding how you want to use the space. What are your intentions, needs, and desires? How do you imagine yourself using the space? What is your time frame and budget? Once we have all of these questions answered, we are ready to come up with the most functional design solution for your specific purpose. Your desires are at the heart of every decision we make for your project, and we love working closely with each client to ensure the space meets every need you may have. We will be with you every step of the way, through planning, design, procurement, and project management, to create the space of your dreams. We are skilled at creating both residential and commercial spaces at a local level and nationwide. From product design to seasonal décor, we work on a broad and small level to deliver design solutions to fit every need. Working with owners, contractors, property managers, investors, developers, builders, and asset managers is what we do best, and we believe the most successful projects are completed with a team mindset. We appreciate what every one of our team members and clients have to offer, and we make a point of each team member being valued and honored. We love working with repeat clients and creating lasting, strong relationships. This company grew organically, and we value a flexible, accommodating style when working with team members and clients. Making sure that our clients are inspired, comfortable, and happy throughout the design process is very important to us. We also stress the importance of continued education, and our formally trained design staff is always learning new things with each project we take on. Staying current in this constantly changing industry takes dedication, which means that we attend multiple trade shows per year and are constantly researching the best new products and styles for fresh, current designs that stand the test of time. Above all, we want you to fall in love with your new space and we look forward to creating with you!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s see… fun things to do and see in Tucson. You can’t come to Tucson without taking a stroll down historic 4th Avenue. A street filled with bars and local retail shops. Bison Witches has been around since I moved to Tucson 18 years ago. Che’s Lounge has the best cocktails! Boca Taco has some of the best tacos. And course if you’re feeling crazy, there’s multiple tattoo shops! And just around the corner from 4th Ave is Congress Street (downtown Tucson). Visit the historic Hotel Congress where John Dillinger was captured. While there eat at the Cup Cafe. Ask for Tiffany to be your server. She’s the best! Congress is also known for its prohibition style cocktails. Congress is lined with many bars, restaurants, breweries, and night clubs. During the summer stay at the AC Marriott and take a dip in the roof top pool. At night put your dancin’ shoes on and go cut a rug at The Playground. If you wanting to simply relax, stay at one of the many luxury resorts in Tucson. Ventana Canyon, La Paloma, The OMNI, and the Ritz are among my favorites. All have restaurants, bars, spas, and golf courses on site. If you’re wanting to venture a little ways outside of Tucson for a day trip, check out the Sonoita and Elgin wineries. There are shuttle services running out of Tucson that provide transportation to and from the area. And if you really want a glimpse of the Wild Wild West, head to Tombstone. Favorite Restaurants for breakfast/brunch: Baja Cafe, Prep & Pastry, 5 Points Market Favorite Restaurants for Lunch/Dinner: Wild Garlic Grill, Contigo Latin Kitchen, The Parish. The Cup Cafe, Maynards Market and Kitchen, Reilly Craft Pizza, King Fisher, Seis Kitchen, Boca Taco, Tavolino, Cafe Poca Cosa, Bottega Michelangelo, Guadalajara Grill, BK Tacos, El Guero Canelo, El Berraco Other attractions in Tucson: Sabino Canyon Recreation Center, Mt. Lemmon, Reid Park Zoo, Old Tucson, Pima Air and Space Museum, Mission San Xavier, Casino del Sol, Desert Diamond Casino, Rialto Theatre.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, I would have never taken the leap of faith 7 years ago going out on my own had it not been for the support and encouragement of my husband, James Holden. James could apparently see something in me that I couldn’t and he always would sit and listen to my fears, doubts, and uncertainty. But he also challenged me to the age old question, “What if you don’t try it? You’ll never know.” And once again, like most times, he was right. I not only had the support of my husband but my entire family and friends as well. They all knew my story as to why I moved to Tucson in the first place. Everyone could see it was time to spread my wings and fly. No one questioned my thought process but instead encouraged me to do what I had set out to do and that was to become a full time interior designer in a successful firm. That’s when I joined my best friend, Eva, in her already well established and successful design firm, Interiors In Design. Eva opened Interiors In Design in 2009 and had always offered me a position but I was the one that had to be ready to make that move. Eva had provided a vehicle for success but anyone coming on board had to be willing to put forth the effort and hard work to keep that success moving forward. Here we are 11 years after the start of the company with a team of 6 and we are moving into a brand new studio in July! And it has to be mentioned that without the support of our clients, vendors, and business colleagues, we may not be where we are today. All of these people have loved and supported us, our vision, and our story from Day 1.
Solaris Photography Jeff Volker