Top Talents Share What it Takes to Make it in Design

To judge their first-annual Trade Tastemaker Design Awards, home décor retail giant Wayfair enlisted interior design heavy-hitters Windsor Smith, Jeffrey Alan Marks, and Candice Olson. The tastemakers reviewed submissions from designers across six categories: Designer of the Year, Best Use of Color, Best Design Innovator, Best Commercial Space, Best Design Solution, and Rising Star. While the judges met to pick the winners at Smith’s gorgeous Los Angeles home (thanks to winter travel woes, Olson called into the discussion from her native Canada), we took the opportunity to ask the experts for their advice on how to make your design stand out in a sea of competition, and how you can fast-track your success.

Keep scrolling to see what these top designers had to say!