Welcome to a Well-Designed Business. My guest today, Maria Leigh Palantino, came into the interior design industry as her second career. She started a career in fashion design then pivoted, and brought with her many skills from her fashion career that guide her philosophies, design style, and the way she cultivates a memorable experience for her clients.
For Maria, it wasn’t just about being scared to take the plunge to start a new career. The real challenge was giving herself permission to leave behind not just her expertise but something she had worked so hard for and trust herself to build something new. Today, she’s sharing how she overcame that challenge and created a thriving interior design business.
[4:43] Maria shares how she decided it was time to take the leap to become an interior designer.
[9:30] Maria and LuAnn discuss how hard it can be to give yourself permission to change careers.
[24:46] Maria discusses how delegating early in her business created value and allowed her to reach greater heights.
[33:41] Maria shares how she weaves her fashion design experience into her interior design business.
“The path and life which you're presented with or the career path or the profession that you dedicate your life to, isn't always where you will end up, and that's okay. In the end, it truly will work out—whatever your passion is.” -Maria
“It does seem like a significant process to actually ultimately give yourself permission to walk away from one race to another.” -LuAnn
Homebodi Designs was born as Maria transitioned out of the fashion design industry and navigated through COVID-19 spending lots of time at home. It was during that time that she became a true “homebodi” and noticed the importance of being happy with the design of your home and spending time with the ones you love.
Maria's background in fashion design and working within the industry over the past five years provided her with a seamless transition as she decided to enter into the world of interior design. The principles learned from the industry created a firm foundation for her newest venture and her own business. It has given her a new found passion for design and a new identity as a designer.
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