“It’s incredibly fulfilling and rewarding to run your own business. Obviously it does have its stresses and drawbacks but to be able to do something I love every single day, I know I am a very lucky girl.” – Sara Moore, Owner/Designer at Tall Boy Design and Project Management. Get your free interior design consultation from Sara Moore here.
Good design is something that we all love. We may all have different tastes, but we’ve all had that moment of seeing a beautifully designed space, and thinking “yes, I’ll live here, thank you very much!” One woman who is changing the landscape of design and project management, is GirlCrew Dublin member, Sara Moore. Sara is the brains behind Tall Boy, a company which specialises in lifestyle interior design for residential and commercial properties.
“Before I set up my own business I actually worked in facilities management and project management for a private healthcare firm. I was responsible for fitting out new residential units for individuals with autism and challenging behaviour which meant everything from the colour paint on the walls to the cutlery in the drawers. Because it covered so many aspects I kind of fell into the interior design end of things and soon realised I had a talent for it.”
“By being so hands on I realised I had a knack for both the design and project management.Which is probably quite unusual as one is deemed a very creative skill, and the other very organisational and process driven.”
Combining these skills has allowed Sara to create a company that puts the needs of the client first. “When setting up Tall Boy I knew both of these skills could well in tandem with each other so that’s the very basis of my business. I design but I’m also there onsite everyday making sure the project runs smoothly and my clients are happy.” If you’re based in Dublin, you might be familiar with Sara’s work and not even know it! One of her recent projects includes the gorgeous Bar Rua on Clarendon Street.
This bar has the GirlCrew seal of approval, as we’ve hosted many events there including our Thirsty Thursday gang who are imbibing their way around the city. We can attest that this place is absolutely beautiful, so make sure you pop by. If you fancy giving your own home or business a bit of revamp, Sara Moore is offering a free design consultation for all GirlCrewers.
Quickfire Questions with Sara Moore of Tall Boy
1) What is the best thing about your role?
I love that’s its so varied, I can be working in the office on the project design and moodboards one day but then be on a building site the next day. I also love seeing a design come to life, the whole process always amazes and impresses me.
2) What did you find most challenging about it?
Every project can have its own problems and sometimes those things are just beyond my control as a designer and project manager. The most challenging thing is being able to just accept each issue and find the solution quickly and cost effectively. As a Project Manager when something goes wrong it can be difficult to be the decisive one – you make a decision hoping it’s the right one and usually it is!
3) What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
Bar Rua on Clarendon Street was a huge project for me. It wasn’t just the building design I created, but also the brand and logo so it was a real labour of love. I’m very proud of the fact that it turned out exactly as I envisioned. That doesn’t always happen on a project as the client brief can change quite a bit sometimes. With Bar Rua its exactly how I imagined it would be. Also there’s a lot of myself and my personality in the design. I think that comes through and I love that.
4) What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Construction and design are very male dominated environments, and that is something you have to just accept. Don’t be afraid to let your voice be heard. People will respect you if you stand up for yourself and make your opinions known. It took time for me to see that people were actually really interested in what I had to say. That gave me more confidence as a designer and as a business owner.
5) What would be your motto in life, and in work?
I’m a big believer that “Everything happens for reason” and also “Whats for you wont pass you by”. It makes me very accepting when things don’t always go the way I’d like them to. You have to believe that there’s a bigger plan and that it will all work out the way its supposed to – although it might not seem that way at the time!
6) What’s your favourite thing about being in GirlCrew?
I love the female support and positive energy in GirlCrew. I’m a member of the GirlCrew Entrepreneurs and GirlCrew Bloggers; I find them to be massively helpful in terms of information and advice. As a small business owner its very easy to feel isolated and alone. Knowing that the support network of GirlCrew is there makes it so much easier.
Claim your free consultation with Sara Moore of Tall Boy Design and Project Management, here.