We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Micallef and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for making things beautiful. I enrolled at SDSU for their interior design program. I graduated and then worked for a hospitality design firm in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego. This was great fun and the work experience was wonderful. I got married and my husband and I started a family. After some years of being a stay at home mom, I had the desire to go back to work but wanted to have a flexible schedule. I decided to take the leap of faith and start my own business. I wanted to work on my own terms. It was scary in the beginning as I had always worked for others, but I had the desire to figure it out. My first clients were friends and through their support I got referrals for paying clients. I am glad I started my own business because I really enjoy what I do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I consider myself an artist. While interior design is different than a painting or a sculpture, my art is my innate sense of knowing how to beautify a room. Combine that with my education, drafting and drawing skills and a keen sense of style, this has led me to a thriving business. However, in the beginning, business was slow. I struggled with the knowledge of how to attract new clients. I joined business organizations and started networking. In talking with these other professionals about their careers, I learned much on how to grow my business. With my newfound ‘know how’ and support from my husband, my clients started to multiply. This is my story, simply stated. It’s related to friends and family because they are at the center of our lives. The home is where we gather; to show our love for each other. My job is to help create a space that is beautiful and unique for my clients to enjoy.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
What is not to love about San Diego? We have it all; a beautiful coastline, the mountains and desert and a mild climate. I am partial to the coast. I love hiking Torrey Pines State Beach with its fabulous views of the ocean. La Jolla is another fantastic spot with its spectacular cliffs and caves. Further south is Coronado Island. It’s great to rent a bike to ride around the island to take in the sights and see the historic Hotel Del. For some nighttime fun, Vista is home to many breweries, over 25 and counting. Just pick a couple of them and you cannot go wrong. My most favorite thing to do with a guest is to sit on the upper deck of Pacific Coast Grill in Cardiff. They are located right on the beach. There is nothing better than to enjoy a glass of wine with a sushi roll while the waves roll in at sunset.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am blessed to have many friends and family in my life who’s support has inspired me to reach for my dreams. My husband is my biggest fan. He loves all my designs. He has been with me every step of the way in forming my new business. My stepmother, Marylou, helped me to grow and expand my design taste. We loved to go shopping together for antiques. She and my dad lived in Arizona and I learned in depth about Spanish Colonial Architecture with her. You can also notice the influence of Spanish Colonial Architecture here in Southern California with our Santa Barbara style homes. My shoutout would not be complete if I didn’t mention my two close girlfriends. We have so much fun together as we have the same love of our homes and of interior design. We can talk for hours about what is in style, how to pick out that perfect chandelier or selecting just the right area rug for your family room. Spending time with my friends is not only joyful but keeps me fresh with new ideas for my clients.
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