How I Got Into Interior Design

My first memory in the construction industry was when I was 8. My parents were remodeling our 1905 house… my older brothers thought it would be fun to hoist our bikes up on the second level of scaffolding, use a 2x6 as a ramp and ride down. I was “encouraged” to go first. When I woke up later, I learned that my front tire didn’t stay on the ramp for very long and that it was an impressive fall.

Regardless of the skinned face and bruised ego, I was hooked. I loved construction – I got right in there and helped tear out the old lath and plaster walls, spent lots of time at the hardware store, and when my ‘old’ room was ready, my parents even let me pick out my own carpet, paint, and blinds. That’s where it all started…

At the age of 8, I’d discovered something I was passionate about and something I’m good at. Interior Design simply makes me happy and I like that that it’s a very personal business. We talk about how you sleep, eat, cook, your hobbies, your family, what you love, what you loathe… we get to know you on a personal level way beyond what most shopping experiences are. We do this because we need to know those intimate details and what your passions are in order to find the perfect fit for you.

Like it or not, we are all emotionally attached to what goes into our homes. We “dress to impress” when it comes to our homes Interiors. This is not a gender specific topic – I’ve done plenty of man caves, fishermen’s dens, re-loading rooms, gun storage areas and each one had very specific needs.

There’s a lot to consider when we are selecting items for our homes. Furniture, cabinets, countertops, doors, windows, window coverings… we think not only about how they look, but how do they hold up, how do we clean them, are they good for re-sale, will other people like them? That’s why it’s important to look to professionals in making those decisions.

Most of our homes will be the single biggest investment we make in our lifetime. I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I spent a few hundred thousand dollars on one single item. I’ll get my money’s worth because I will use it every day and it keeps me safe and warm. But it’s also my retreat at the end of the work day, where I invite my friends and family, and where I will raise my children. I want it to be my place of solitude, where my guests feel warm and welcome, and something I am proud of.

So, next time you walk into a store, please don’t say you are just browsing and walk by, we want to get to know you! We like having you in our stores and getting to know you. We love when you shop local because that’s investing in us too.

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