Business Wins and Losses in 2018

Is it too late to talk about last year’s business ups and downs? To talk about the losses and celebrate the wins? Well, hopefully not because that’s what this post is all about.

LOSS: I did have a loss last year. I applied to speak at a HUGE business conference in Chicago. Just filling out the application was daunting but I did it. I told Dear Husband and my kids that I was making application and, like always, they cheered me on. But alas, I was not chosen as a speaker. Whomp Whomp!

WIN! Fast forward though and I actually applied for something else in 2018 (I told myself to get back on that horse and stuff like that). I applied to win a Pop Up Shop in the local retail mall. I believe that everyone deserves a beautiful home and their own interior designer to help them create it. I imagined that my interior design business smack dab in a mall would bring affordable, high quality design to the masses. If I was chosen, I would win 6 months free rent to run my business, Alfred & Mary Interior Design, Inc., inside the mall. I made out the application, which included my design rendering showing my dream storefront. Surprisingly I was called in for an interview. I sat down in a conference room (did you know there was a big conference room in a mall?) with a panel of half a dozen people. And I WON!

Alfred & Mary Interior Design Pop Up Shop Rendering

The Team said that they thought Alfred & Mary Interior Design would make a great addition and be a big hit in the mall. Unfortunately, the details of their offer for a rent-free Pop Up Shop was not for me (one of which was that I’d be required to spend way too much time and many hours at the mall) and I turned down their offer. I am grateful to the retail professionals and I am still proud that someone loved my design business and my store rendering.

To show my dream store space, I had created this Pop Up Shop rendering and attached it to the application.

Alfred & Mary Interior Design Pop Up Shop Rendering

I thought that a black and white striped wall in my shop in the mall would be eye-catching to the shoppers. A desk (the one in my home office that I am typing at right now) would be where I would sit. There would be a pretty pink guest’s chair and a coffee table full of design magazines for shoppers to peruse for inspiration prior to them filling out a Style Survey and Design Brief.

Alfred & Mary Interior Design Pop Up Shop Rendering

On the striped wall would be design Storyboards that I have created for clients in the past. The shoppers could see a sampling of what they would receive with their design order.

Alfred & Mary Interior Design Pop Up Shop Rendering

My shop in the mall would have been pretty, don’t you think? Here’s to the coming Year 2019 – I can’t wait to see what good things it brings for Alfred & Mary Interior Design, Inc. ♥