Our member of the week is Sharon Siegel. Sharon is an interior designer, specializing in Feng Shui and space clearing for both homes and offices. She works with clients to maximize the harmony and energy of their spaces. Take a look at Sharon’s website, which is a great marketing tool that includes pictures of the work she has done and testimonials from her clients. Also check out her profile on our yellow pages to find out more about her background, and our interview below to hear about her experiences as a freelance interior designer.

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1. What has been your most interesting project?

My most interesting project was the opportunity to help with the interior design and furniture placement for 400 apartments in Manhattan, in two different buildings. I worked with the owner of the buildings, assisting her in selecting the furniture for all the studios, one, and two bedroom apartments, to create a unified look and harmonious atmosphere. These apartments were being sold as condos fully furnished. I was asked to visit on site and interpret the character of the individual spaces, and to determine the furniture placement. The project took almost one year. It was amazing

2. Why did you decide to go freelance?

I decided to go freelance since I love the work that I am doing. This gave me the opportunity to pick and chose the projects, the people I want to work with, and also the freedom to do advanced studies and also to start teaching.

3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?

Be totally committed to what you love to do. Spend time doing the research and studying, and it will come. The work will start to come at a steady pace.

4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?

Right now I am living in West Harlem, which is very up and coming. I also love the West Village.

5. What is your inspiration?

My inspiration is that every day of my life I get to create harmony through design in the lives of people for their homes, offices, retail stores and spas. It has been very exciting to see the final results and how they affect people’s lives.