We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Lyons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I never really planned to start my own business. I just wanted to created a peaceful space for me to come home to at the end of every long work day. As I began to do that, I would post progress pics on my Instagram, and people were watching. I had a high school classmate reach out to me to help her design her new house. That was my first official project, and now six years later, it was that project that changed the trajectory of how I felt about design.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Brittany Lyons Art and Interiors, LLC, is a boutique design firm based in Dallas, TX, specializing in helping clients experience self-care through peaceful, functional design. My firm acts as a design concierge service meaning I handle everything from start to finish. Finding contractors, sourcing furnishings, finishings and accessories, and product/project management is what I like to think sets us apart. I love being able to truly let this be a luxury service for my clients in allowing them to only be involved to a certain extent of the process.
I’m really proud to be able to work on such great projects and have such great clients! No two projects are ever the same, and there is a great deal of stress, but the final reveal to clients and end result of the space coming together after all of the planning really makes all the hard work worth it. This is not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination, but being able to enhance client lifestyles through design is what I’m here for.
I have learned many lessons along this journey, but there is one in particular that I’d like to share with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs. The lesson of valuing your time and talents is one that takes some of us a while to learn. We want to get business or come across a certain way, but at the end of the day those clients or projects that are meant for you will come. Don’t be afraid to properly evaluate the value of whatever service you offer. By this I mean charge what you are worth. People won’t always value your time like you do, so putting a dollar amount on your time is essential to making sure it’s not wasted. Establishing proper rates will allow you to be less stressed, and open you up to the perfect clientele population for your niche.
I’d just like to reiterate what I mentioned earlier about helping clients experience self-care through peaceful, functional design. There is just something about coming home to a nicely designed space. One with proper storage for your family and busy lifestyle. One with that comfy sofa where the entire family can bundle up for movie night, or you can sit and read a book alone. One where your bedroom is a nurturing environment for rest and relaxation. You can’t have the peace of a space without proper functionality in that space, so don’t forget to save room financially to invest in quality furnishing to curate the atmosphere you want in your home.
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.
Living in Dallas over the last five years has really allowed my husband and I to explore the city well. We live in Dallas proper, and eat out more than we should, so we have a long list of favorite spots! My husband’s eating habits are plant based, but I’m still a meat eater so we visit places that can cater to us both. Some of our favorites are:
– Vegan Food House and Casa del Vegano in Bishop Arts (both owned by the same owner)
– Andalous Mediterraen Buffet (Richardson off 75) and Grill (Irving)
– True Food Kitchen (several locations)
– MLK Food Park (trial run from May- June, but my fav BBQ chef Smith Spot BBQ sets up here)
– CAVA (several locations)
– Luna Grill (several locations)
– Torchy’s Tacos (several locations)
– BBBop Seoul Kitchen (Bishop Arts)
– Bangkok City Restaurant (two locations, both in Dallas)
– Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Uptown Dallas, I think they also have another location)
– Afrah (Richardson)
– Flower Child (several locations)
– Klyde Warren (on any nice day you can sit out and read, indulge in the many food truck options, take your kids to the park and pre-pandemic they would have movie nights on Saturdays, I’m hoping they bring this back!)
– DMA (Dallas Museum of Art)
– Dallas Farmer’s Market
This list isn’t completely exhaustive, but it’s a pretty good start! Every time we have friends or family come visit us, we take them to at least one of these places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my husband, Karlos Lyons (LPC-A at Lifeologie Oak Cliff), who has been extremely supportive throughout this entire process. In his profession as a therapist, he must stay curious, so when I would discuss my hopes and dreams he would always question me about “What steps would you take to get there?” or “What’s the worst case scenario if you did (blank)?” These questions would always allow me to bring a realistic view point to my desires, and because these questions, along with many others, were asked and answered, I was able to take that leap to pursue my business full time.
I also have to thank my parents. Growing up, we were always buying and “fixing up” houses. My dad was a contractor many years ago, so he knew the value of buying a property with potential. I didn’t make this connection until a few years ago, but I’m certain that all of the houses they bought ugly and made look pretty subconsciously influenced my path toward design.
Other: Houzz – https://www.houzz.com/pro/brittanylyonsartandinteriors
Branding photo – Darnell Porter Photography Project photos – Mike Healey Photography