We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandy Saintilus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started SANDY. STUDIOS for two reasons. One, representation. Representation is important and I didn’t see a lot of women of color in mainstream interior design media. Seeing people who look like you, doing what you want to do, lets you know what’s possible. I hope that growing my business (both by helping clients and building my YouTube community) encourages others to pursue their passion for design. Two, the struggle is real when it comes to decorating your home. I believe a space catered to you can truly improve your quality of life. The four walls around you shouldn’t suck the life out of you, they should pour into you and make you smile. I want others to know that interior design can impact your mental health and good design makes for happier people.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Education is the core of SANDY. STUDIOS, LLC. In addition to servicing clients, I started a YouTube Channel to create content about how to make your house a home. Fifteen thousand subscribers later, I’ve built a thriving community of home decor lovers who use my tips and tricks to transform their homes into personal havens. Building this community has been far from easy. I send hours scripting, filming, and editing videos. It’s basically another job. I have to be very intentional about managing my own clients and my platform. The best lesson I’ve learned throughout this journey has been to not compare my beginning to someone else’s middle. There will always be a new subscriber goal to hit or a new property I want to work on. I’ll get it all one step at a time. It’s not a race.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite places to take my friends is the Beltine. I love being outside and exploring new places to eat. Every time I walk the beltline with a friend we find a new restaurant to try out. The Beltine is in the heart of the city and the hustle and bustle of people around create an energy that makes you want to have fun. In addition to restaurants on the Beltine, I also love Gocha’s Breakfast Bar (everything single plate is delicious!), Morgan Falls Park for hiking, and The Red Phone Booth for a craft cocktail prohibition experience. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Black Interior Designers Network