What We Do
Our Interior Decorating Business
Today is the 22nd day of the July Ultimate Blog Challenge and what an easy topic! The daily email I received for today’s topic is to write a blog about a service or product that I sell. For my blogger friends that don’t know about our family business, here’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
When I was growing up, my grandparents lived with us and Nanny was an excellent seamstress. I would watch her sew beautiful garments and although I never had sewing lessons, I learned the trade by watching her sew. My grandmother made the Christening gown in the early 1900’s for her children, then I wore it, our children wore and plus our grandchildren. I was lucky enough to being caring for this gown and will pass it down to one of our grandchildren to carry on the tradition. Nanny also made my beautiful Fast forward to when Rich and I got married in July 1967 and I started an alteration business. That led to dressmaking where I would sew everything from dresses, pant suits (yes that was a big thing in the ’60’s), men’s suits then on to prom and bridal gowns. It was so much fun designing the gowns without patterns. Our local country doctor was hosting a convention and when his wife called and asked if I could make a slipcover for their sofa, even though I had never tackled anything like that, I knew I had to try.
I took the first letter of our names Martha and Rich – Children (Christine & Cyndi) to come up with our unique name. Thinking back, it was interesting how our tiny sewing business in our home has turned into an interior decorating business with a store front.
Over the past 49 years we have met many wonderful clients that have recommended and referred us to others. We don’t advertise other than word of mouth and referrals. I enjoy creating window treatments that start out with a sketch and we don’t use patterns.
All our creations are fabricated at our in store workroom where friends and clients come in, pull up a chair and chat while we sew. We call ourselves a one stop shop, “Measure, Create, Fabricate, Install”. People have asked when do we plan to retire and since Rich is only 70 and I’m hitting 68, we have a lot of creativity left in us. When you love what your do, it’s hard to call it “work”.
It was an honor for Mar-C’s Interiors to be voted Best Home Designer and Decorator last year. We were nominated again for 2016 but the voting hasn’t been finalized yet.
My motto is “If you want to explore deeper oceans, you first have to leave sight of the shore”. When someone asks if we can make this or that, we never say no. If we haven’t tried, we won’t know if it can be accomplished and once we figure it out, we know if can be done.
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