Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design

As a decorator who entered the field after a full career as a photographer, I never had the opportunity to intern or work with another designer. I often wondered how other designers conducted business. How did they structure their day? What was their contract like? What procedures and steps did they follow once a job was secured?

Over the past few years I have run my business the best way I knew how but in all honesty, I have been somewhat loosey goosey as far as procedure goes. Well that is a thing of the past because last week I flew to Atlanta to learn from the super successful, top designer Kimberley Seldon.

Kimberley has made it her mission to change the way the majority of designers conduct business (too many hours logged for not enough money earned). The core of  her program is a 15 step client process to guarantee a project will be completed on budget and on time. Shocking right??

I highly recommend you check out her next class but in the mean time, you can pick up her new book which is the next best thing.


On a side note, travel is my biggest source of inspiration and I always look for colors, patterns, subjects or light that catches my eye. Unfortunately, all I saw of Atlanta was the airport and hotel but here are a few things that I thought were photo worthy.

Linda Holt Photo

Atlanta Airport-waiting for Tam-Linda Holt Photo

Love this color palette and lighting I saw late afternoon at Atlanta airport.

Embassy Suites Hotel Lobby-Linda Holt Photo

Embassy Suites Hotel-Linda Holt Photo

Looking down from the 9th floor was this wonderful image of color and pattern.

Embassy Suites Elevator-Linda Holt Photo

Embassy Suites Elevator-Linda Holt Photo

Early morning when the sun came streaming through the window there was about 10 seconds when the elevator door opened and you could see all the way through. I thought it was cool but maybe it is just me.

On a design note, my favorite thing about the Embassy Suites (besides the free cocktail hour) was the black and white graphic wallpaper and these red leather slipper chairs. I don’t know how I feel about the carpet as it made me a little queasy (of course that was after cocktail hour)  but I am sure it would hide just about any stain you could spill on it.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

If you have a project you would like finished on time and on budget, give me a call…I have a great 15 step process!

10 Responses to Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design
  1. Myriam Jacopille Reply

    Thank you for posting this Linda. As someone new to the Interior Design field after spending 20+ years in Financial Services Technology I struggle with many of the same questions you list above. I will definitely be purchasing the book! 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      The book is great and it was even better to meet her in person. Thanks for taking the time to comment and good luck with your new business!

  2. Kelly Reply

    That rug makes me dizzy too! I will have to check that book out. Glad you are always learning and sharing!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly..yes, check out her book. It is very helpful for anyone in the design business.

  3. Jil Sonia Interiors Reply

    Kimberley is amazing isn’t she??? I’ve had great success since following her system and advice. She’s worth every single penny!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Jil, I agree 100%!

  4. Tina Gleisner Reply

    Love the black & white geometric wallpaper & the red chairs for accent (let’s pretend the rug is red too) … although I’m not sure I’d be that brave as once you invest, you’ve got to live with it for a while & it took us 4 different blues until we nailed our condo a few years back.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Tina!

  5. Annie Vincent Reply

    You are so lucky to be able to attend! I have her part 1 and 2 books. This post reminds me that I need to take the time to finish them! They really are great!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      definitely make time to read them Annie. They will change the way you do business for ever!

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