We had the good fortune of connecting with Tamara Ramos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tamara, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I think after deciding we wanted to venture off on our own, we knew we had to establish a vision for who we wanted to be for our clients, ourselves, & our families. And sometimes that means staying true to what your beliefs are. We made a promise that we would not take on any projects that weren’t aligned with our values and who we are as individuals & creatives. This allowed us to focus on the projects with people we truly love working with & who respect our work. Even when we were just starting & had next to 0 clients, we would still be selective. We are looking to inspire, create, & provide the highest level of service for our clients and by having a process like this in place, it allowed us to be more present, creative, & fully deliver with elite results.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
TAKA INTERIORS was created by myself & my amazing partner Karolina Kozdra.
We did not want to build a firm that was so hyper focused on just the business aspect. We are always client focused; imagining spaces they can create memories in & have a sense of nostalgia when coming home. Being that I am from Florida & Karolina is in Arizona, we wanted to create a style that we didn’t really see in the market – “Where the Ocean Meets the Desert”; a blend of Florida airy designs & Arizona modern desert appeal while being purposeful in our use of textures & raw finishes to pay homage to our roots in Poland & Brazil.
Coming from immigrant families, we are keen on craftsmanship & have been exposed to it our entire lives. It wasn’t easy leaving our full time jobs, with no clients on board but we figured if we’re investing & believing in something, it might as well be ourselves. We are constantly evolving as a firm & are always looking to the future but practicing patience & consistency needs to be done when starting a business. Starting wasn’t easy since neither of us had an educational background in Interior Design but we knew we were meant for it. We had to learn how to run a business while also learn the trade at the same time. I think looking back, we were so eager & became human sponges with everything. I think this is why we are successful today. We focused on our strengths vs. our weaknesses and are always humble enough to ask for help & learn.
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.
Since Karolina is based in Arizona, she is constantly visiting me in Florida. We love going to check out new restaurants with fun designs like Novikov (which a vendor of our recommended & we’re now obsessed!), La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Sexy Fish, etc. We are also suckers for anything in nature & gardens so we like to try something new in that realm too. Fairchild Garden is a must visit. There are also so many different art installations in the Design District that get our attention as well.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’ve met so many incredible people along our journey & wouldn’t even know how to thank each and every one of them but a particular group of mentors we’ve been blessed to meet were the team at Lovetto Design in Naples. Also being Designers in the industry, LA, Lisa, and the team are always ready & willing to guide us along our path with a win/win comradery-spirit. Whether it is to ask a question, get advice, hang & work out of their showroom, they have been incredible mentors that we owe so much to.