Bridgit Bienstock: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur

Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is BKB Interiors principal interior designer Bridgit Bienstock, whose life-long dream of being a designer was realized when she launched her business 17 years ago. What advice does she have for other young professionals? Find out in today’s profile…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am the principal interior designer at BKB Interiors. While I focus primarily on residential design, I have worked on many residential and hospitality projects in Montreal, NYC, and Los Angeles throughout my seventeen-year career. I create an environment, a vibe, a home.

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I have always wanted to be a designer for as long as I can remember. I like the challenge of revamping people’s homes into something creative and fabulous. I worked with some very talented people before starting my own firm. I am convinced that working with an interior designer can save a person both time and money.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is finding new direction on a daily basis and always keeping it fresh and new. Anyone can put a coat of paint on their walls but I love the challenge of using different materials that initially you wouldn’t even think go together. With a bit of creativity and many years of experience, you find that taking chances creates a unique experience.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Doing the exact same thing. I truly love what I do. The thought of my clients loving their new space, whether alone or with guests, gives me real pleasure.

What does success look like to you?
Success is working with my clients in a collaborative effort, creating an environment where people love coming home to every single day. Success is having my clients refer me to friends so that they too achieve the same satisfaction with their homes.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?  
I worked with Loto Quebec on designing several hotels and casinos. Aside from the guest rooms, I designed several ballrooms, a spa, restaurants, and the main lobby. I even coordinated the main lobby lighting with Dale Chihuli.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Work hard, listen to your client, be available for them. This is their home. They want to know that you care about it as much as they do. I like to apply what I call the “four Ps” of my trade: Planning, Patience, Practicality, and Professionalism.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support several charities. The most important one to me is the Prader Willi Foundation. My nephew was born with this genetic disorder that is recognized as the most common genetic cause of life-threatening obesity. I am also very active in my children’s school.

What to you is notable?
Notable is being different. Standing apart from the rest. Notable is being respected for your vision and seeing it through to completion… all within your clients’ taste and budget!

Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
iPhone 5c pink, white cover. It’s all about the details.


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