Done in a Day Decorating is located in Marlborough, generally serving clients within Greater Boston, Metrowest and Central Mass.
Tell us about your background and how Done in a Day Decorating came to be?
I have a Master’s degree in Economics and for 11 years I worked at Sun Life in Wellesley in insurance product management and marketing. I originally wanted to go to school for interior design but I could not make that work at the time, so I went down a different road. I left Sun Life after the expenses of my daughter’s college were complete. The timing was then right for a change. I started my design company in November 2004 after I became certified in staging (to sell a home) and redesign (use what you have decorating) – hence the name “Done in a Day Decorating”. My business has evolved over 11 years to be
more traditional interior design, but I still do an occasional staging or redesign job.
What inspires you?
The beauty of the world and its spaces. I am always looking at the details wherever I go, I like to internalize what makes things looks great, and why some things are off. This gets me in trouble if I don’t watch my eyes when I get invited to a party in someone’s house! I love color, depth, texture, balance, and fun design! I dream interior design!
What do you love about owning a small business?
Independence; owning the “product” yourself; meeting new people weekly and working with other small businesses. I also like the freedom to visit my daughter and grandchildren in Virginia without coordinating one more person’s corporate project deadlines. My business is flexible.
Why did you choose the Northboro area for your business location?
Because that is where I live! I have a home office in my home in Marlboro but in 11 years I have met there with a client just once. Client meetings are at their home or while we are shopping (if they like to tag along.) My husband and I both grew up in Framingham and moved to Marlboro 18 years ago.
Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?
It’s hard to be a small business owner now. Just think what the internet has done to store owners? Just think of the “free” guidance store owners give away to patrons who then purchase online from businesses with low overhead. I network within my business community on a weekly basis. There are innumerable ways to help each other succeed in our businesses. Shopping local is so important to our economy, and to making it unique!
You said you’re celebrating 11 years. Congratulations!! What do you attribute this success to?
Studying the world and continuing my design education. Happy clients who spread the word about me. A formal background in business planning, marketing, and product management. And, a great crew of local entrepreneur experts who advise me and make my designs come to life. I could not do it without them!
Do you have a favorite customer story you want to share?
That’s hard. I have several favorite clients, but stories? I would have to say that the best stories would come though situations where clients hire me because they know they have no design talent but they push back on every change that I suggest. When I finally get them out of their comfort zone, and we finish the project, they can’t believe they fought so hard and have trouble parting with their room to go about life! Success!
- My first job was: McDonald’s in Framingham on Rt. 30.
- My favorite movie is: Not sure…? So many. I keep telling new homeowners to watch “Money Pit.” You have to have a few months under your belt to appreciate it. Make sure you go to the bathroom before you see it.
- I cannot live without: My wonderful husband John. I would be lost.
- Beach or mountains: Beach. St. John every year! But, we stay on a mountain there!
- The best advice I ever received is: If you don’t love what you do, don’t get stuck doing it your entire life.
- A cause I care deeply about is: Education and preserving history for future generations.
Portrait by Nicole Leblanc at Le Petite Studio