My second day at Kravet’s Blogfest 2012 was even more exciting than the first! The editors from House Beautiful wanted to know what inspires me and what “A-HA moment” I have created in my own work. We heard from designers Jon Call, Michael Herold and Jill Goldberg on their “A-HA moments” in their careers. Since I opened Denise McGaha Interiors over 10 years ago, I have had the opportunity to meet so many other designers, but hearing the viewpoints of these talented and successful designers gave me a complete understanding that we are all SO similar in what creates the passion in our jobs as interior designers.
I think my “A-HA moment” came when, during the recessioon, I had the opportunity to explore closing our doors and closing the book on owning my design firm. I left a corporate career to pursue my passion of interior design after 9/11 and decided that life would pass me by sitting at that desk on the 19th floor…if I let it. But, after a tough three years and the loss of a great base of high-end home builders and many sacrifices by my amazing family to support me, I considered going back to the security of that desk.
After a long talk with my husband who wasn’t a huge fan of my starting my own business in the beginning, he told me “You won’t be happy doing anything else. Don’t give up now…”
And not long after that, I had the opportunity to create this wonderful space for a local Show House and found that often just after you give up (or think you might) the best opportunities present themselves.
I feel that this project gave me the boost I needed during a dark time in my career and was the bridge to where I am today. Happy and successful again…doing what I love. A-HA…
*Photography by Dan Piassick Photography