We had the good fortune of connecting with Tamra Peters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tamra, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Most people don’t wake up thinking, “I want to be an entrepreneur today”. I certainly didn’t. But there was always this indescribable hustle and drive in me from a young age that I believe ultimately led me to House of Design. From starting my first job at 13, to going to college for design at 18, the passion behind interior design and the work ethic was always there.
I grew up wanting to rearrange spaces. Building architecture and visiting friends and family’s homes always excited me. Seeing how people lived within their own environments and how unique each space was, enticed me. I knew from a young age that design brought my heart close to the center.
Even with all of the passion and drive for design, I still landed myself in corporate America! An amazing opportunity for most, but it was not for me. I ultimately started House of Design because I wanted control over my own destiny. I knew I would never fully reach my true creative potential being bottled up in corporate America. Taking the massive risk and stepping out of the security that the corporate world offered was risky and challenging (to say the least). But, after 9 years of working with a leading tech company, I decided to put full trust in myself and launch my first design firm, “Designs by Tamra” in 2017.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the owner and founder of House of Design, LLC. We are an interior design and staging firm located in Kennesaw, Georgia that services the Greater Atlanta area.
House of Design offers not only interior design but full remodeling and home staging services. Our team of dedicated and highly-trained interior designers thrive off of sharing their vision with homeowners everywhere!
What drives us is a little undervalued, lost art-form called passion. We truly love and enjoy what we do and it shows with every single home we touch! With passion comes quality, vision and top notch service. We design with intention and with our hearts and that has always given us an edge over competition and has driven us toward great results and success at House of Design.
We are so grateful to have been in business nearly 5 years with massive growth, despite the many transitions of the design industry. We have transformed over 1400 homes and counting by helping to make our clients’ dreams come to life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The state of Georgia is such an incredible place with winding rivers, picturesque mountains, and expansive lakes! Not to mention, our restaurants and night life scene is amazing.
I believe in creating memories with experiences. I’m also a huge fan of nature and being outdoors; therefore, we’d pack a picnic basket and kick things off with a good bike ride somewhere in North Georgia; perhaps Kennesaw, or the belt line bike trails for a smooth ride and beautiful scenery!
I would not let them leave town without trying a few of my favorite restaurants, considering the HUGE foodie that I am! Breakfast At Barney’s would be a must! Thrive in Buckhead as well as The Garden Room would be top of the list! Oh, and did I mention the world famous Slutty Vegan? Yes, the list would go on and on!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to introduce my interior design firm – House of Design. We work with so many talented individuals and I’d love to highlight a few. I want to offer a huge thank you to my team. They are the heart of this company and House of Design wouldn’t be all that it is without them. I started as a one man operation and I knew that in order to get to where I am now, I could not make it alone.
Courtney is our Design Architect who handles all of our 3D renderings, floor plans and mock ups. I dream and she digitally brings it to life! She brings a great vision to our brand with her love and appreciation for natural esthetics and clean lines. Her “can do”, eager attitude is what I value most about her and I truly look forward to seeing what her future holds!
Halen, brings a sense of hunger to the team that keeps the flame lit inside of me on my tougher days as an entrepreneur. I’ve been told that I make it look easy, but what folks don’t see is the grit and grind that takes place behind the scenes. I can always count on Halen to be ahead of the curve with thinking of a solution to any design dilemma!
I would also like to thank my family for always supporting me and motivating me to be successful. They say it takes a village and my siblings are definitely the heart of it! I truly appreciate my parents for how they raised me to be great! Their continuous support as I strive to become a better version of me each day is priceless! Their strength is what gives me the drive to continue doing what I love and never give up, even during the tough times. They are my life coaches, mentors and everything else in between.
There are so many amazing people in my life that truly make up House of Design. My warehouse and logistics team are literally the backbone to our operations. Without each of these amaze individuals, my dream to create beautiful homes for people to live and love in, would not be possible.