Amy Wilson is a renowned interior stylist.
She is on a mission to bring Joy and thoughtful design to peoples homes. Keep up to date with her journey on instagram @AmyWilsonInteriors.
Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role
I am 43 , Mum to 3 children and an adopted Yorkshire woman!
I studied Geography at University in Leeds and then took a few twists and turns in my career before settling on Marketing & PR which led to me going freelance at the age of 27. Since then I have been lucky enough to work with a huge variety of large and small business building brands and seeking out creative solutions for PR & marketing strategy.
My love of interiors was always a passionate hobby and felt like therapy to me. The growth of my Interior Design business was so organic – it almost established itself. It is only recently taken over my marketing consultancy as my primary business.
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?
I have always had big dreams and goals for my career but they have changed hugely over the years. I am forever looking ahead to how my career will develop but I much more reactive to opportunity than a planner. The thing I have always know is that I wanted to be my own boss and work for myself and that whatever industry I landed in it would be creative.
Have you faced any challenges along the way?
I don’t think it would be fair to refer to my 3 children as challenges but it is certainly fair to say that the balance of raising them and being available for school runs & nativities along with always making room for work has been difficult, at times, to get right.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest career achievement to date is finalising the branding & website for my Interiors business. I have put all of my experience and dreams into making my brand truly reflect the business I have and more importantly- me!
What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?
The people I work with and their success and satisfaction is what drives my own success – I am relentless in my pursuit of realising my dream to improve the lives and businesses of the people I work with.
How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?
I have been fortunate to meet some incredible people who have guided & inspired me over the years although not in an official mentor capacity. Over the last year I have started to work as a mentor and really enjoy assisting the growth of my mentees.
If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Equality, what would it be?
Gender equality, or lack thereof, in school is a real frustration of mine- there are still examples of boys’ & girls’ subjects. The curriculum is improving but not quickly enough and the language of gender stereotypes continues to reinforce difference and therefore inequality.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?
Remain flexible and adaptable and prioritise your happiness over financial reward.
What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?
My next challenge is to grow my Interior Design business whilst still allowing me to fulfil some of Marketing consultancy commitments as I am not ready to leave that behind yet. I am exploring opportunities for developing my business to combine all of my passions- there is still plenty of work to do!
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