East Coast Home + Design September 2014

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I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. - Oprah Winfrey dollar account. My past career afforded me the opportunity to travel to such places as Italy and China as well as many domestic locations searching for the right products for a changing market. The experience gave me a strong background and helped develop my skills to identify quality product and run my own business. East Coast Home + Design is celebrating 10 years of Design, how have you seen design change over the past 10 years? The biggest change I see in design is how consumers are able to view trends, styles, and product 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Houzz, Pinterest and the many design shows that are on TV are great avenues to give consumers ideas about what they like and dislike, but often these shows do not portray the amount of behind the scenes work which goes into designing a room. One of the things I pride myself on is that I make the process transparent for my clients and help guide

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them each step of the way. If there is one solid statement you can make that would help clients understand the design process what would that be? That it is a process, it sounds simple but it’s not! I once had a client call me in November and expressed that she wanted her living room completely designed, with all new furniture by Christmas. I explained to her that while I understood that she wanted a beautiful room for the holidays, the only way we could put together a room that fast is by choosing in stock furniture which would limit her choices and the design of the room. I took my client to a few showrooms so she could see her in stock choices and she realized that she did not want to limit herself in order to have the room for Christmas. By following my guidance she now has a beautiful room for many Christmases to come.

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