A Hugely Successful Designer Swears by These Daily Rituals

In honor of our co-founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s latest book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($13), we’re running an interview series featuring 17 questions (to parallel the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of inspirational female leaders who are at the top of their fields. Last round, we tapped the enigmatic venture capitalist Michelle McHargueNext up, we have the dynamic Pottery Barn EVP of design and product development, Monica Bhargava.

If we were playing a game of word association, Monica Bhargava's name would be quickly followed with one selection: passion. As the EVP of design and product development at Pottery Barn, she is the creative force behind the brand's innovative, globally inspired collections, which are adored by millions. For Bhargava, the old adage "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" rings truer than ever. Her intense love affair with the artistic process is infectious, and you can't help but be swept up in the romance.

Bhargava's unbridled devotion to discovering new and ancient artisanal techniques has kept her and the Pottery Barn brand at the forefront of the homewares industry. And this energy can be felt at the consumer level with every piece she helps create. Their collaborations with big-name artists and emerging designers (we loved the Ken Fulk and Jenni Kayne collections) are always instant sellouts too. Here, the creative force shares her formula for career success, morning routines, and her Instagram favorites