Aarti is an interior designer with over 15 years of experience working with clients from all over the world. With more than a decade’s experience working in prestigious international design agencies across a number of commercial and residential sectors, Aarti uses her industry-wide knowledge combined with her love of travel to deliver warm, sophisticated spaces packed with personality.

Tell us a bit about you as a mum…

Aarti Popat on the Working Mum Association

Growing up I have always been career driven and focused on where I wanted to be in my professional life. I always thought that I would have children.. one day. I wasn’t sure how good I would be or if I was even able to be as loving and as caring as I would hope. But when my now 3-year-old came along all that worry was for no reason, he has definitely opened my eyes to unconditional love. I love working and enjoy my career but I love being a mum just as much and feel that it really grounds me. I strive to show my little one that mummy can work and go out there and achieve big things as well as being home to tuck him in at night.

Tell us about your current job…

I am an interior designer and I run my own business, Aarti Popat Interior Design, where I work with residential and commercial clients focusing on creating spaces that tell a story and use narrative to really elevate their spaces. I also teach interior design full time at a prestigious school in Chelsea. So you could say work is complicated and busy!

How easy have you found being a working mum?

It is always a juggle and each week we meticulously have to plan everything that we do to ensure that we get the right balance. I do sometimes feel guilty about how much I work and how I could spend more time at home, but I know that I am doing everything that I do so that we have a good life and get to enjoy the nice things that life offers.

How have you found trying to balance being a mum with your current role?

The teaching is really flexible and I find having my own business has allowed me to plan life to work for us as a family. The only time I feel the strain is when I have big project deadlines and then its all hands on deck for as many hours as needed. I’m lucky that my husband is really supportive and does just as much for our little one as I do. If we need additional help, that is when the grandparents and our siblings come
in handy.

What has kept you going throughout your journey so far?

Aarti Popat on the Working Mum Association

I have always been focused on having a career as an interior designer and that hasn’t wavered and that determination to make it work. I know that I’m doing all that I do so that we can have a better life and that determination will help us to live the life that I want us to have. The end goal is something that I always have in front of me. I strive to show my little one that you should always dream and to achieve that dream you work at it with consistency and action to achieve it!

What advice would you offer anyone who is about to return to work after having a child?

Decide what it is you want out of your job or business and be focused on it.
Have a support network in place, just in case and start planning your weekly schedules so that you know you have all bases covered. You can do it!

What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you about combining motherhood with a job?

It is a journey, not a race. Enjoy each day and don’t strive to be the best at everything, give yourself a few things to focus on and do them as well as you can, don’t try and do everything, after all you are only human.

Anything else you would like our members to know about you?

Aarti Popat on the Working Mum Association

I use my interior design expertise to curate stories of individuals and businesses and strive to create a memorable experience. I am now helping others to do the same and you can join my free community, Curated Interiors, where I can help you to use the art of interior design to curate your own lifestyle led interior.

For more information about my work please see my website or follow me on social media for behind the scenes coverage on Instagram or Facebook.