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Meet Amber Golob of Amber Golob Interiors in Evanston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Golob.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Amber. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After starting adulthood as a CPA, I realized my passion did not lie in crunching the numbers. I loved client and project management and thought to combine that with what I did each weekend, design my own home! I took a risk, quit my job and went full time back to school for my Fine Arts degree.

I set my sights on the Merchandise Mart for an internship and began with a luxury kitchen design showroom. I began running my own clients early on and really catapulted from there. I started my own firm shortly thereafter, and when the opportunity to have my own showroom presented itself, I dove in again with both feet. The overhead of a bricks and mortar showroom scared the heck out of me. I needed a steady stream of clients and did some old fashioned cold calling to find contractors that shared my strive for perfection and client service. I was able to partner with some great companies that have been keeping me busy ever since.

I love helping clients realize their dream space, helping them navigate the design process to live their luxury!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For me, because I did not ever work for another design firm, I have done a lot of learning as I go. Design school helped with the technical skills and my business degree with the day to day, but learning the ins and outs of construction has taken guts and time. I really just jumped in. I have made mistakes, but I own them, learn from them, and dig in harder the next time.

One of my earliest challenges was learning the difference in navigating the construction and remodeling industry having come from the world of accounting. Construction is not an exact science and learning to roll with it has taken time. I still expect a high level of perfection that is not always attainable, but it does serve me well.

My biggest challenge remains finding the time to give my clients the level of service I require, while finding time for my family and myself. I had two small kids when I started my firm, and I am still figuring out how to get it all done each day. Each day is a race, one I have yet to win!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Amber Golob Interiors – what should we know?
I work heavily in kitchen and bath remodeling, although I love the opportunity to concentrate on furniture, window treatments and accessories and love the projects where I do both! Beginning my career in cabinetry and kitchen design, my understanding of construction and millwork details set me apart. I bring that detail knowledge to any room, and think about each room not only aesthetically but functionally as well.

I am most proud of growing the business having never worked for another firm. It has not been the easiest road, but very fulfilling!

My ability to capture my clients’ own luxury, the space they imagine with the extra flair a designer brings — that sets me apart from others. I am an excellent listener, and am adept at understanding what people like and don’t like, sometimes before they do! I bring great enthusiasm to each project, which my clients appreciate. Remodeling can be stressful for a homeowner, and enthusiam for the project even weeks in can be a huge help. I enjoy solving problems on the jobsite, working with client and contractor to get the best result.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Successful design requires an understanding of proportion, scale, color and comfort, teamed with the professional client management skills to get the project done. You have to be able to understand the client’s idea of their luxury and then execute that dream with dedicated client service.

My “design eye” and people skills combined have been most important to my success. My design eye I was born with, my people skills (I think from growing up in a small Iowa town) and then working hard to live in the city! I just really love helping people. If your beautiful space helps you have a beautiful day, then, I have succeeded.

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