Untucked Woman: Sara Molina Pedraza
Sara, what keeps you on the go?
That is actually a really great question! Everything about my job is about going from one place to the next and meeting with clients in different locations, so I have to say my daily life is 100% “on the go”. I am an interior designer working for L.A Green Designs, a design and development company that focuses on residential and commercial projects in Los Angeles and Orange County. On a daily basis I have to visit between 5-8 projects (work sites), meet with architects, project managers, suppliers, and clients. My work is constantly changing depending on the projects. Every day is completely different with new challenges and creative ideas to tackle!
What's your day-in-the-life?
My day usually starts around 6 or 6:30am, depending if I have any early meetings in L.A. Usually, my husband and I wake up to make breakfast and lunch as we talk about our daily goals and share ideas about projects. If I don’t have to visit any projects, I respond emails and research current design trends and ideas for upcoming projects. However, I often have to meet with our project manager to look at the progress of the homes and discuss finishes. On the busiest of days I get home around 6pm and on slow days I get home around 3pm. I usually take a three hour break and continue to work on the computer until 8pm.
What do you wear to work?
This is a very tricky question! I often wear leggings/pants, boots, long shirt or tunic and a scarf. My work is very informal as I am often visiting construction sites, however I also have to visit showrooms and clients, which forces me to have to carry a change of clothes and shoes.
What's one of the biggest challenges about your job?
I believe each house has to be read like a piece of artwork, it needs balance, cohesiveness and a little bit of chaos to add dynamic energy to the home. The biggest challenge is to bring all those things together and create a product that our clients will love. People either love a house or they do not, we push people limits by adding creative designs and finishes, but at the same time we need to make the home cozy so people can envision themselves living there.
What's one of the most rewarding parts about your job?
I often visit the open houses once a house is on the market, and hearing people’s opinions about the house is my favorite part. It is wonderful to walk through a finished project after months of hard work!
What does an Untucked life mean to you?
I am a professional working woman who is running from construction sites to meetings with clients, I need to be able to carry out my daily tasks and transmit a great sense of style. I think that is what Untucked represents, a clothing line that adheres to the versatile lives of contemporary women.
What do you love most about living in LA?
I love the diversity of cultures that can be found in L.A. My husband and I are also big foodies so we love trying new restaurants around all of L.A. My background is in Art History so throughout my college years I focused on learning about art of different cultures, which led me also learn about cultural diversity as well.
My favorite spot in the city is the Norton Simon. I love other museum like LACMA and the Broad, but the Norton Simon will always be special to me. Before I became interested in art and design, back when I was a little girl, my parents both artists/architects would take me to look at the artworks. The museum is so rich in art history and yet very private, almost like a hidden gem! The modernist artworks, especially the sculptures from Rodin and Degas are what sparked my interest to study art.
From your experience, what can we learn today?
Always cultivate creativity. Creativity is something that in today’s fast-paced world is often forgotten (even for those of us in the creative industry we need to step outside our comfort zone and do some creative exploration). We need to visit more galleries, museums, design shows, and music performances, it will help alleviate our stress and open our minds to new ways of thinking!
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