Meet Brittany Lyons, whose interior designer career started as a side hustle

Brittany Lyons is a graduate in biology, who has done well in her job as Coordinator of the President’s Office at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

But when her hustle and bustle as an interior designer became too much to juggle a full-time job, she had to choose.

The 32-year-old Oak Cliff resident quit her job in September 2020 to focus on the designer career she never intended to have.

Growing up in Mississippi, Lyons’ parents often moved into repairmen and sometimes flipped houses before eventually building their own home.

“I think it’s just a gift from God,” she says of her talent for the interior of the house.

Her first commission was in 2015, after she moved into her first home, furnished it the way she wanted, and posted photos on instagram. A friend from high school saw him and asked him to remodel his house, and it started a steady stream of customers acquired through word of mouth.

Lyons and her husband moved to Dallas in 2016, and she’s taken to social media to promote herself here.

She works on everything from massive suburban homes to city apartments.

“My main goal, whatever the project, is to help my clients take care of themselves through a peaceful and functional design,” she says.

What is the hardest thing about running your business?

The most important thing in this industry is to find good help, contractors, painters, installers and people who will do the job and not charge an arm and a leg but still give you quality. Now I have a team that I trust. But it’s about making sure the people who represent me are honest, integral, show up on time, don’t leave a mess or cause a mess. Ensuring that anyone working on behalf of my brand is a good reflection of me and my business.

What is one thing without which your business could not survive?

It was important for me from the beginning to hire a professional photographer to photograph my work. I post these photos on Instagram, Houzz, pinterestand a lot of my business comes from there.

What’s the biggest project you’ve worked on?

I recently completed a new build in Lucas, TX, a $1.5 million custom home, and we were picking out everything from flooring and paint colors to stone and lighting. I found the things my clients wanted to put in the space to make it truly theirs.

But do you also do apartments?

No matter the size of a space, it deserves to be enjoyable. There is something in a pretty space. You just enjoy it more. You use it more.

Do you have any tips for small spaces?

Opt for lighter paint colors. Paint the ceilings the same color as the walls and use mirrors to give the illusion of space. Do not have oversized electronic devices. You’d be surprised how many people buy a 70-inch TV that’s just too big for their space.

What’s your favorite piece to revamp?

I love bedroom projects. I don’t know about this space, maybe it’s because it’s so personal. I like to create peaceful spaces. There’s so much that can be done with the headboard and all the sheets and pillows.

What do people misunderstand about hiring an interior designer?

Even though it’s considered a luxury, there’s so much value in hiring an interior designer. I don’t think people realize what all of this entails. I make sure things arrive on the right day, that I received the right item. I shop at Home Depot or Lowe’s. I help them decide what kind of grout to buy, how far their lights should be. I hire contractors. There are so many things involved in the design process, and a good designer should make it less stressful for you. The greatest value when it comes to hiring a designer is just time. We save our customers a lot of time. It’s worth having a designer because you pay a fraction of the total renovation cost to get everything done right the first time.

What’s the best thing about your job?

It’s quite a stressful job, but I like the reward that comes with it. Seeing a client walk into their newly designed space for the first time. It really brings me joy when clients tell me afterwards how it has affected their lives.