We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlena Carson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlena, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
I think a lot of people get a skewed idea of the interior design process from the design shows they watch on T.V. It would be nice to be able to remodel a house in just a few days or weeks but that is just not the case. So part of my job is to explain realistic time frames and budgets.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We celebrated our 2 year anniversary this October which was a huge milestone. Although I have been in the industry for over 10 years, doing it on my own has had its challenges. As other business owners know there’s so much that goes into starting a company. I went to school for art and design so the admin, marketing, and bookkeeping I have learned to hand off to others. Overall I am extremely proud of how far we have come and I am so looking forward to 2021!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For quick mountain trips, I love to drive the Morrison, Red Rocks area. They have that little strip on Morrison Road with fun restaurants and bars or there’s a lot of great hiking trails around there. For city fun, I love the Cherry Creek area, there’s so much great food and shopping! The Cherry Cricket, Hapa, or Cucina Colore are my go-to restaurants.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been very blessed with a huge support team that has my back. First is my family, especially my parents, and my sister’s. I have 3 sisters and they all help me run my business, from helping with orders, marketing, and just everyday advice. Next is my husband Danny he’s an artist so he gets me and encourages all my out-of-the-box ideas. I could probably tell him I wanted to be an astronaut and he’d say “awesome, do it!” I also have a great group of friends that are also designers that I have been able to lean on over the years. I am very fortunate to have all of these people I can call at any given time when I need help with my business and in life.
Linkedin: Marlena Carson
Yelp: Marlena Design Group
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