For this edition of the guest blogging series, I’ll like you to meet Shandra Ward, a woman who is well traveled with a broad background. She does interiors and events like yours truly. (I can only hope to become as successful). Best of all, she may be coming to a tv screen near you. You have to read to see which show…
Name: Shandra Ward Signature Design Studio
City: Houston, Texas
Profession: Interior Designer, Event Designer, Graphic Designer, Art Consultant
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What’s a typical day in the life like for you?
Creatively busy. I’m up at 6:00 am getting my son ready for school.
After I drop him off, I’m on the grind. I’m either in the “creative lab” working on projects or creating new products. Meet with clients and set up meeting with new clients. Promote the business through social networking for about an hour and a half. Continue to stay organized (the hardest thing to do).
Moscato break…LOL! Then pick up my son, go home, cook, help him with homework, chit chat with the family, and Moscato break…LOL! Then I start my second shift from 9 to midnight. Then it is bedtime and I start the same thing over again in the morning.
What has been your biggest learning lesson both personally & professionally?
You can’t worry about things you can’t control.
How have you benefited from social media? And where can we find you?
Social media has been a great benefit to me and the growth of by business. I’m able to reach potential clients all across the globe.
Social media has really helped the small business person grow and market himself for little to no cost. It has revolutionized the way we communicate with the world.
What would be the ultimate dream project?
The ultimate dream project for me would be designing a vacation home in Lake Como , Italy .
Any design/fashion tips?
Great design comes from a winning formula. By using the basic design elements in your plan, you can’t go wrong.
I’m a big list maker. What’s on your TO DO list?
Everything from A to Z…LOL!
What are you currently anticipating?
I am currently anticipating auditions for Design Star season 7.
Fill in the blank. It’s the lil things like ____creativeness_______ that brings you joy.
Favorite luxury to indulge in?
Hanging out with my son.
Good seafood; lobster, shrimp, crabs. Pastas, t-bone steaks, avocado egg rolls from Cheesecake Factory
HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, WEEDS, The Boondocks, movies that star Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, and that sexy Paul Walker.
I also love classic, old Hollywood movies, such as, Sunset Boulevard, Suddenly Last Summer, and all movies that star Liz Taylor, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Dorothy Dandridge and so many more. I enjoy looking at the sets and the fashions from these old movies, because they inspire by designs.
HomeGoods, Re-sale Shopping, and local discount stores
Eyeliner, lipstick & lip gloss MAC & Mary Kay
Vodka, Moscato, Vodka
White rum, Vodka…..
I was very fortunate to have been able to travel across the globe. I have been to Hawaii , Canada , Africa, England , Italy , & France . My favorite is Italy !
I would love to live there. Good food, great fashion, beautiful historical landscape. For my next travel adventure, I’m going to Greece .
If $ were no object, what would be your ultimate design indulgence?
To design my own line of dinnerware