Paige Geffen
INTERIOR DESIGNER + CO-FOUNDER OF THE BONES

PAIGE GEFFEN

Interior Designer + Co-Founder of The Bones

Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA

paigegeffen.com
Instagram @paigegeffen
Instagram @thebones__

 

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I’m an interior designer, prop stylist, and content creator.

Sometimes my work intersects all three categories. I design + decorate spaces for my clients, style props + product on set, and I create content for social (I often style vignettes for brands).

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

I quit my job at an interior design firm and started to take on freelance gigs as a prop stylist. It was the best (and scariest) decision I've ever made - to follow my intuition and true calling. I've never looked back. I've paved my own way by figuring things out as I go, taking risks, and being authentic in my work and aesthetic vision.

 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

I don't like to talk about lack in general because I'd rather energize abundance. For me, having faith and confidence my skills has been an important part of running my own business and co-founding an interior design firm. I also love to work with like-minded clients who are looking to grow, enhance, and expand their lives, homes, and/or business in many areas. I believe in the intention behind aesthetics. How can we elevate our lives by elevating our spaces and our visual identities (as a brand, as a person, etc). ?

 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

I'm working on a few different things, but I've been the most consumed with building my new firm, The Bones. It's been gratifying to partner with another interior designer with similar work/life aspirations. We both very excited about our ethos - it's intentionally evocative and meaningful.

 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

Artful yet clean, sophisticated yet edgy. I draw inspiration from the outdoors, so materials, textures, and the color palate I am drawn to reflect this.

 

WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

It's always a delicate balance! I'd love to take on more content creation jobs. I love working with brands who need visual content. It's been a great way for me to connect with other businesses and like-minded people.

 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

I think the management part is always the most challenging for me. It can be difficult to jump from the creative process and back to the business side of things multiple times in a day (but that's what running an interior design business looks like).

 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

All of the managerial tasks! That way, I could focus on the creative process the most.

 

LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

To trust the process. To not stress about the little things. That's it. I have learned what not to do just as much as what to do through my experience, so it's all been invaluable.

 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

Probably an expert on business growth/financial growth. I try not to focus too much on what other people are doing creatively. Of course, I draw inspiration from other creatives, but I try to stay out of the process because I don't want to taint my own process.

 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Commercial spaces. Let me design all of your commercial spaces. I can't wait to design a boutique hotel.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.

The most important thing is someone who is kind, open, and respectful. Being fun is an added bonus. A lot of clients tell me what they need to bring into their lives and show me imagery and inspiration aligned with their taste, but they sometimes don't trust the process in order to get there. You don't have to have a crystal clear vision - I'm here to help you to create it! But a knowing of self is very important. Clarity in design paves the way for a smoother process.

 

WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE? 

It depends on the project - timeline and overall budget can effect this. I'm always willing to work with clients. Good synergy is always important above all else!

 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

Shoot me an email, and I will always engage. hello@paigegeffen.com

Be yourself! That's always the best way. Hopping on a quick phone call to determine your needs and expectations is always a quick way to initially see if there's room to work together. Other than referrals, I get jobs through people who find my website/instagram, which is always fun.

 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

People watching. Painting. Looking at art. Immersing myself with other creative people. Telling my mind to shut the hell up, so that my inner creative voice can speak a little bit louder to me.

 

LASt one, Who's in your go-to squad?

Remi Brixton (of course - she's my design partner at The Bones)

Emma Holland Denvir, Sallie Harrison, Jeff Alper, Erica Tighe.

I could go on forever, but here are some people who are close to me and happen to be badass creatives.


This member profile was originally published in November 2016.