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Meet Trailblazer Emily Marek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Marek.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My interest in Interior design started when my mom would be decorating our family home. She liked decorating as a side job and I would always watch and help her. As my eye for design grew, I knew I could make a career. I graduated from NAU with my Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. Right out of college, I worked for a contemporary furniture store helping them with lighting, furniture and drawing custom furniture pieces. I soon was recruited by a new Luxury Interior Design Firm in North Scottsdale where I worked there for three years. After those three years, I was offered a position as a Lead Designer for a Design/Build firm in North Scottsdale, I accepted the position and worked there for 2.5 years. I knew I had a special talent not just with designing but with people and furnishings. That is when I decided to open up my own Interior Design business. Soon after, I decided to take the leap of faith and opening up my own design business I found out I was pregnant. I am a new mom to our beautiful seven-month-old baby girl! My heart is so full of work and being a mom. I have been blessed with amazing clients and projects that I thank God for every day!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s not going to be easy, BUT it will be worth it. People will try to knock you down, just remember to stay true to who you are that is why people like you is because of YOU!! You are special there is no one else like you! They hired you because they choose YOU! There have been a few bumps in the road for me along my design journey but I will not let anyone stop me from being the best I can be. In this industry, people are very competitive, I wish more of them would realize we are all here doing our best and to support one another!

We’d love to hear more about Emmy Couture Designs.
I specialize in residential new construction, from the ground up. I love a good start to finish a project. Starting with helping design the floor plans and how the layout should be set. I love selecting all the finishes and assigning them to each space. Drawing is a huge part of a design and seeing the project take shape on floor plans and elevations and then to reality.

I also specialize in remodels. We are doing a lot more remodels right now, from kitchens and bathrooms to gutting a full house remodel. It is a good way to update a certain space.

Finally, furnishings and accessories are what makes the house a home at the end of the project! Selecting the right pieces of furniture for the spaces how the homeowner wants the space to function. The final touches are always fun like the icing on the cake.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Social Media now has a huge impact on design. I love seeing all types of designs on Instagram, Houzz, and Pinterest.

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