Today we’d like to introduce you to Maegan Blau.
Maegan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always had a passion for interior design. As a kid I was constantly changing up my room, watching remodeling shows and spending weekends reorganizing and painting my walls. I haven’t always been in a wheelchair. When I was 17 I had an accident that left me with a spinal cord injury. I have been a quadriplegic now for 10 years and as you can imagine life has some different requirements with a wheelchair. In my early 20’s I purchased my first home knowing no matter what home I chose it was going to need some renovations to work for my lifestyle using a wheelchair. I hired a friend who was a contractor for the construction, but I always had a very clear vision of how I wanted then renovation to go.
It was really important to me that my wheelchair did not define or take over the house. I did not want the design to be created for a wheelchair user for many reasons. First I knew I would not have that house forever and I was very animate about retaining resale value but more importantly, I do not feel as though it was necessary to always be reminded of your physical limitations. We can do much better than plastic grab bars and plastic roll in showers. My contractor and I worked together to create this vision and I fell in love with the process. At the time I was a visual merchandiser at a local retail store and began realizing that I was my most fulfilled when I was creating. I instantly began thinking of interior design as more than a hobby but as a career. A few months later I enrolled in a design school and never looked back.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is any road smooth? haha. Being a business owner has been the biggest challenge in my life so far. I worked in the design industry for almost two years before starting my own company and though I learned so much from those experiences I don’t think anything can fully prepare someone to take the leap and start a business.
Having my own design firm has always been my dream and I am so grateful that I have made it through my first year of business. I have big plans for Blue Copper Design to not only make an impact in our client’s lives but to break the molds of what adaptive design represents.
Please tell us about your work.
The experience of designing my first home was completely eye opening when it came to adaptive design. I was 100% my own advocate when it came to the design plan and execution because it is such a specialized niche of design. Most contractors know ADA guidelines and think that’s about it when it comes to designing for a person with different abilities but it can go way beyond that.
Our specialty is in adaptive design and curating custom designs for the custom lives of our clients. Though that is our specialty we currently service all types of design service from virtual design to full service.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being genuine and always being willing to make it right.
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