That was exactly the conversation my sweet husband and I had when we were thinking about launching the business ‘Rincey Philip Interiors’. With dreams in my eyes and being the big dreamer that I am, I asked him if we should just go ahead. Being the practical down-to-earth man that he is, he obviously calculated all the risks involved. He asked me, “Babe, what if we fail after all this time and money we invest? I rhetorically asked him, “Honey, what if we fly instead?” And nothing would make him happier to see my eyes gleam with so much happiness when I spoke about anything interiors. Long story short, the dream won and we went on to create our dream life!
Undoubtedly, there were so many times in our journey we soared high and equally plunged down in disappointment or hopelessness. But one thing that kept us going were the lives that we got to touch, one space at a time. Nothing can replace that deep joy. We clearly understood our ‘why’ in the business and we continue to work with that one mission in mind – Changing Lives, One Space At A Time!
Growing up, I was always very keen on all things creative. Creatively shot photographs, beautifully crafted videos and getting lost in wonderfully written stories, were few of the things that sparked joy in my life. I was that girl with plenty of great ideas but unfortunately could not express it through art – which back then was the only form of expression of artistic creativity. So, if you cannot express any form of artistic creativity through art class, then you aren’t good enough for the arts field. That was what my little brains, perceived back then. Turning my attention from arts to the sciences – another subject that I did enjoy was Mathematics. My Mother was so good at it and I was in awe of how she calculated so quickly and was so intelligent in problem solving. Thanks to her, I always did well in Math and Physics, which naturally lead me to choose the sciences and continue to take on that familiar path of engineering. Again a popular choice back when I was joining college. I enjoyed those classes in engineering which had a lot of problem solving involved but I always felt like something was still missing.
I graduated with good grades, came back to Abu Dhabi and decided to learn something completely new! I enrolled myself for Masters in Business Administration and after two years, worked as an engineer for a few. Even while working for the contracting company, I remember sashaying to the Architecture and Interiors department, from the Electrical department, and was in awe of all the work that they get to do for our projects! But never once in my wildest wildest dreams did I think that I would be learning to draw up drawings on my own and come up with creative ideas to design and help lives in the process! (Crazy thinking that today, that’s exactly what I do – everyday! )
Soon after, I found the love of my life, married and moved to Dubai – to another gorgeous city of hope and beautiful interiors! My husband saw the deep interest I had in interiors, (he was mostly surprised at how I could never get tired of watching HGTV shows and YouTube interior makeovers all day long!) and he suggested I do something about it! Okay. 4 years of engineering and work experience in the field, 2 years of MBA in marketing and now I switch to interiors?? Like, who in the right mind does that back in 2013? Well, I still did. I looked out for the most affordable courses in Interior Design in Dubai at that time. Of course I did not want to make a mistake the third time over in my educational choices! Completed the 8 weeks of an ‘Introduction to Interior Design’ course. And boy oh boy, did I–love-every-bit of it ! Like “Hey Interior Design! Why did you not show up in my life after high school?? I found the love of my career life, so many years later!”
The learning began, the digging deep began. The opposition began. The mind battles began. YouTube was my best friend. I made the decision, I knew interiors it was, there was no looking back. I prayed for direction and it always seemed like the right direction to go forward into! I learned how to run a business from wonderful mentors online. I asked around to friends and family for projects. Some turned their backs, some were gracious to give me a chance. Slowly and surely I built the portfolio. Freelancer to a licensed company. Facebook and Instagram to a fully fledged website. Working alone to hiring a team. Been there, done it all. I put my binders on and just looked to the road ahead. With my mom as a mentor, my husband as an encourager, confidant and critique, my father who looked out for my company’s financial strength, to my sister who was my cheerleader, my brothers, sisters in laws and parents in laws who always always checked in and encouraged me, I consider myself super blessed!
Today, my superman of a husband still helps me in the business and is the best support that I can ask for! With serving over 150 clients and over 7 years changing lives in the business, we have come a long long way in our journey. We now have a great team who is the strength of the business and gives our business so much life and purpose! Our clients are our family and they always remain a part of our lives. They always remember us and always come back to us for more! In our quest to changing lives, we bring families together and we let them thrive. With Rincey Philip Interiors, it’s not just good design, it’s a brand new life!
The sole intention of this blog was to create one big family. Not just with our clients but we wanted to invite you, the reader, into our world and hopefully spark joy and inspiration through our stories!