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Episode 606: Barbara Gilbert


Barbara Gilbert is the owner and lead designer at Barbara Gilbert Interiors, an award-winning, luxury interior design firm in Dallas, Texas. Barbara translates her expertise in color theory, principles of design, and environmentally friendly renovation into beautiful, functional interiors.


One of Barbara’s primary goals is streamlining the design and collaboration journey for busy professionals. From concept to completion, Barbara and her team endeavor to make the experience enjoyable and stress-free. After an initial meeting to discuss wants, needs, and lifestyle, Barbara’s unique back office processes allows clients to approve design elements, see budget reports, and approve spending online.


Barbara is known for her dedication to excellence, even to the smallest details. Her passion, talent, and professionalism are evidenced in her many design awards, including 13 ASID awards, four Interior Design Society Designer of the Year awards, six consecutive years as Best of Houzz for Interior Design and Customer Service, and HGTV Pro Network Designer.


Before launching her interior designer business, Barbara owned her own insurance agency. That experience greatly informs her business choices as a designer. Many creative professionals have trouble with the side of the business that calls for both long- and short-term strategic planning. Not Barbara – she brings level-headed, bottom-line-oriented thinking to her work as an interior designer.


A life-long passionate learner, Barbara is a Certified Dewey Color Specialist, and a Re-green Certified interior designer. She serves on the National Board of the Interior Design Society, is the former President of the Interior Design Society, Dallas chapter, served as a presenter for the 2011 Dallas Home and Garden Show, and as a judge for 2011 Habitat for Humanity Design Duels.

Explore Barbara’s Website here

Add  Barbara’s book recommendation, The E-Myth Revisited, to your library by clicking here

The E-Myth

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