We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Snowden and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittany, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From the time I was a little girl, I was always so full of personality and everyone around me always spoke about how expressive I was as a child. Anything that consisted of me putting my own touches and creativity on it was something I enjoyed. When I was a child, I loved putting together outfits, doing my hair, and doing my makeup. I would love to take pictures and pose. Anytime I had a school project, I would always go above and beyond because I took pride in knowing that I had created something that no one else had thought of. I loved to draw and paint, which I am still great at till this day. I later found a love and passion for cooking. Anyone who knows me knows that cooking is my way of showing love to those around me. Everything that has ever interested me was something that I could put my personality into and really show my individuality. I love being able to create things for people which I put my heart and passion into. I always wanted a career where I could create things for people and give them something that was one of a kind. I wanted a career where every day was different. I wanted something where the work wasn’t always the same and I found that in Interior Design. I started off as the receptionist at my previous design firm. I was so intrigued by everything the designers did. The fabrics, tiles, furniture selections, paint samples, and light fixtures were like gold to me. My boss at the time would give me small tasks starting out and she realized my talent and passion for design. I went to talk to her about going to school for Interior design and she supported me all the way. A couple of months after starting school I got moved from admin to the design side of things. I became the assistant designer to one of the most talented interior designers I’ve met thus far. She literally took me under her wing and taught me all that she knew. She trusted me and allowed me to grow as my own designer and for that I will always thank her. She allowed me to find my highest creative self and flourish. Being an interior designer is so fulfilling because you create an everlasting piece to someone’s life, business, or investment that can always be transitioned to fit their lifestyle or purpose at the moment.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
When being my creative self I always tend to lean towards things that stand out and are different. I love doing things that are non traditional in the Interior Design world. I feel like playing it safe has never been my design personality. I admire things that are out of the box and original I definitely am a risk taker when it comes to design which is what sets me apart from others. It’s been a long road from the unexperienced designer I once was to the Professional Interior Designer I am today. It hasn’t been an easy road but I couldn’t be more proud of myself. It took for me losing my job during the pandemic to get where I am today. Losing my job was one of the most traumatic and heartbreaking experiences I’ve endured especially behind something I am so passionate about. I always knew I wanted to work for myself but I never saw it happening this way. I wanted to have a plan and do things in what I believed was the “right way”. I did not receive the chance to do things my way. I had that opportunity taken from me the day I received a call telling me my hours would be cut due to the pandemic. I was given a choice to stay and continue working for someone else barely surviving during the pandemic or to step out on faith. I chose ME! I gambled on myself and rolled the dice. I felt confused not knowing where to start or where to begin when it came to my career but I refused to go back and work for anyone else. So I pushed forward and decided to start a purse boutique called Lively N’ Lavish to keep me busy until I figured out a plan. I also began turning houses for one of the biggest property management companies in the United States. That brought me back to my roots of Interior Design being able to transform houses once again. It wasn’t completely the same but it was a start. I started to slowly build my confidence back and started sharing some of my work. This is when I began getting a lot of inquiries about work and I ended up landing my first independent design project working for myself. From that point things continued rolling in. I finally figured out a plan after almost 2 years. The biggest challenge I faced during this transitional period was believing in myself and knowing that I could do this on my own. It almost seemed impossible to me because I wasn’t ready but what I’ve learned is that life happens when you don’t have a plan. I learned that I am my road block and I have to get out of my own way. I want the world to know that this is only the beginning of my story. I still have many chapters to write and have so much to still share with the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To start things off right we’d grab food and drinks at Therapy lounge and enjoy some hookah. Shopping is a must so we would hit up all the malls such as Cumberland, Lenox, and Stonecrest to make sure we are ready for any occasion. Atlanta is a city that loves to brunch and Breakfast at Barney’s is one of the best spots to enjoy a hearty brunch! We’d do indoor skydiving, the escape room, and a sip and paint during the week. For a nice relaxing dinner with a great ambiance we’d go to Two Urban Licks and enjoy a night at the High Art Museum. That’s the designer in me of course! Georgia is known for all its beautiful nature and I absolutely love exploring. One of my favorite places to visit is Amicalola Falls so a day trip would be in order. Depending on the season we could catch a football or basketball game because who doesn’t love sports!! Atlanta tailgating is definitely an experience. To partake in the nightlife scene Edgewood is an absolute must on the weekends. You get the Atlanta vibe from that strip alone. Another great spot to get a real feel for Atlanta would be a Suite Lounge day party. Although Atlanta is fast paced city we are fortunate enough to have places to wind down such as the great Chateau Elan Winery. They have a wonderful spa on the property and what’s a vacation without pampering yourself?

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In my life, I’ve been blessed to have an amazing support system from my friends and family. Everything that I have ever done in my life, my friends and family, have cheered me on and supported me every step of the way. I am beyond blessed to have such amazing friends and family that are constantly reminding me of my capabilities and how talented I am. They literally never let me forget! When I started doing Interior Design, I was so nervous about sharing my work with the world. I remember the first time I ever posted work of an Interior Design project. I was so overwhelmed by the amount of love I received from my family, friends, and even strangers. My friends and family are constantly telling me how talented I am and are always so intrigued by everything that I do. I appreciate every person who has ever supported me, complimented me, and uplifted me. One person I am extremely grateful for is my first mentor Kim Dionne. She was the first person I became a design assistant to and I can’t thank her enough for all that she poured into me during our time together. I also would like to thank my love JaBree Mason for supporting me in all that I do. Thank you for cheering me on and motivating me even when I struggled to see the bigger picture. Lastly, I cannot thank my little sister AyDee Bailey enough for being as supporting and loving as she is. She is an amazing little sister! Her telling me how proud she is of me is all the motivation that I’ll ever need. My friends and family are what keep me going and have motivated me to continue pushing forward with my dreams, no matter how scared I’ve been. They pushed me to continue being great and for that I dedicate this shout out to them.

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