We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Lou Fulson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary Lou, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I love the freedom of being able to create something beautiful that impacts you everyday. Your home and place of work should be an aesthetically pleasing foundation that enables you to live and work comfortably. As an interior designer I am able to walk into a space and see what could be. The process of watching my thoughts come to life is one of the best things about my job.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Fulson & Company is an exclusive boutique design firm specializing in high end luxury spaces for both residential and commercial projects. We love a full project from the blueprints to the final styling detail. I am the Principal Designer of our boutique design firm, Fulson & Company. My husband, Marc and I are also business partners. Fulson & Company has evolved over the years. We started as real estate investors 19 years ago, and are now designing renovations, commercial spaces and new custom homes for select clients. As we started to invest I realized I had a good eye for design. With a desire to develop this skill and gift more, I enrolled in UCLA’s Interior Architecture program. (As I found out with my great grandfather, continued education is in my blood!) This post-graduate level program gave me the technical skills to develop a design process. In the beginning Marc was finishing his career as an officer in the US Air Force and I was raising our growing family (we have four adventurous boys!) so I worked part time with clients. As my boys grew older, I was able to increase my service to our community and have had the privilege to complete large projects (about 9,000 sqft), to small cottages and everything in between!
As a military family we moved around a lot and have experienced different build styles. This experience informs our point of view: what is timeless everywhere and what is beautiful to each location. When a family hires us to style their home with a particular region in mind, we reach back to our personal memories in these unique communities to set a comprehensive design ascetic and source gorgeous sofas, chairs, lamps, rugs and art etc.
We are so excited for our future design projects. Sometimes Colorado can be a bit behind the National trends. I would like to bring a breath of fresh air design wise to our community. I don’t want us to be “trendy” per say because that’s how we get styles that don’t work with our environment (e.g. everyone using an over abundance of grey). I do want us to be able to hold our own unique design style in a way that is classic yet progressive.
We have learned that working with clients who have great taste yet know they don’t have all of the skill (and sometimes desire) to pull off a project by themselves is a great combination to hiring Fulson & Company. The design process is a very lengthy and intimate experience. We are selective when deciding whom we choose to work with. We have found that this makes the experience better. Our clients feel well taken care of, appreciate our integrity and love the tailored design elements of the final project. We feel appreciated for our hard work and vision for their project.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love the westside of town! Being close to the mountains is the reason to be in Colorado. Downtown Colorado Springs is really evolving into a sophisticated place to eat and drink.
We would get some Jamaican food at Spice Island Grill while downtown. All of their food is delicious. We will follow it up with a drink at Dos Santos.
We also love the historic Broadmoor hotel. The service is impeccable and the scenery is lovely.
A trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must. Feeding the giraffes and elephants is an experience that beats other Zoo experiences by far (yes! Including the San Diego Zoo!)
Of course the Air Force Academy is a wonderful place to visit. The incredible chapel is where Marc and I were married 15 years ago.
Manitou is always fun to try the natural springs, put our feet in the creek and get a funnel cake. And a drive through Garden of the Gods is a must stop for your Instagram photo shoot.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family is a wonderful source of inspiration. I just recently found my great grandfather’s diploma from Colorado College dated 1937! And always my mother, Brenda Harris. As a single mother, she earned her Masters in Education when I was in preschool.
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