An Interview with Nagwa Gomaa – By Hanan Awaad
Q. Nagwa, you were an accountant almost for your entire career life, how did you become an entrepreneur and interior designer?
When I moved to Canada, I had a moment with myself , I found that although I’ve been satisfied being an accountant all those years, it’s time now to do something I really love and pursue my dream working with arts and antiques. I always had a passion to antiques and home decor, especially that my father is a collector of fine arts, and he has a good taste and appreciation to good craftsmanship. He taught me everything he knows and I picked up from him and widened my knowledge.
Q. How was your journey from being an accountant to being a business woman and interior designer?
It was tough. I started as an entrepreneur from scratch, knowing no one, in a new country … but I was determined to succeed. I started slowly to participate in every show and event I could go to. Then people started to know me and trust me.
Q. Who are your clients?
My main customers are women who like to decorate their homes the DIY-style, but also, a big segment of my clients are working women who need assistance getting their houses organized and designed. Those women do not have the time to do their house make-over by themselves.
In terms of geographical location, I mainly work in the GTA area where my main costumers are located.
Q. What is the process of decorating a house for a client?
Q. What is the starting point in redesigning a room?
I always start with studying the functions of the room by asking questions, such as: who will use the room and for what activities or functions. Then I focus on color coordination as it is one of the most important elements in interior design. Lighting is another important element along with the design and size of furniture.
In many cases, I start by creating a theme inspired by one item in the room either to construct the color palette or to choose complementing decorations.
Q. How to add elegance to space without spending tons of money?
Originally posted 2016-03-13 17:50:31.