Today we’d like to introduce you to Lucy Condolora.
Hi Lucy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My interest in interiors is a lifelong journey. My mom’s side of the family is full of collectors and antiquaries and if given a choice as a child between Disneyland or the flea market, I would always choose the flea market.
Growing up in Atlanta, GA I found my way to LA when I studied theatre and film at the University of Southern California. My studies may seem unrelated, but it has set me up to see the world of interiors as a set- which I believe gives my work an element of wonder. Ultimately, creating a space is a story in and of itself. The owner’s story, the objects collected and the marriage of function and fun. That is the story of a home.
After graduation, I got my true start in interior design working in staging, which was a fabulous platform to get my hands dirty. In 2020, I took the jump and started my own design firm, Miller, James and Mary. 2020 was an unlikely year to start a business, but I have found that working from home and all of the time spent inside worked in my favor. People were eager to change their environment to fit new ways of life, and that’s where I stepped in. I am eternally grateful for my initial clients for trusting me during such a delicate time.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting and owning your own business is never a smooth road! Everyday I have triumphs and tribulations. Some days I am my own CFO, CMO, CEO, project manager and designer. I know one day when I have a larger team, I will miss the days of juggling it all.
All designers have their secrets of the trade that make their business run smoothly. I am still learning mine- which is a journey. I find myself getting lost in bookkeeping software and some days I feel like an accountant, which is an easy price to pay for my dream job. And of course, the most obvious but honest obstacle of all…the international shipping crisis.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Miller, James and Mary?
I am a Highland Park based florist and interior designer. My eponymous firm, MILLER, JAMES AND MARY is a full-scale design firm servicing floral, residential and commercial projects. Named after my grandparents, Miller, James and Mary focuses on the timeless, unfussy and fun pieces that make spaces worth lingering.
No project is too big or small! I am proud to service the Los Angeles area as my home base, and additionally have projects in New York, Wisconsin and Virginia.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
As a small business owner, I need many mentors for the various hats I wear. I have found that is it best to spread it out as to not bombard a peer or someone who is in the same field. When I have a question about construction, I know who to turn to, and that person is different than that of who helps me with my website. You will be surprised how many people in your community are willing to mentor and help, even if it seems unrelated at the time. Working for myself, I find that many times I need a soundboard or a second opinion. Making friends is so important to the trade! It is not a competition, and more than likely they will call on you for help too.
- Website: millerjamesandmary.com
- Instagram: @millerjamesandmary
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