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Meet Lauren Montgomery of Collective Rentals Design House in Carson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Montgomery.

Lauren, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I went to school for Interior Design and Architecture so I started my career thinking I would work in design and eventually have my own firm. I was well on that path until early 2017. I was in a car accident and the doctor recommended I get a brain MRI based on the symptoms I had been having. The doctor walks in and proceeds to tell me I have a huge brain tumor in the hardest part of the brain to have surgery. Apparently, if you nick anything on this particular part of the brain your hearing and eyesight is damaged. The doctor said I needed to go straight to a neurosurgeon.

There was about a month or so of tests and during that month I reprioritized my entire life from top to bottom. One of the top things I said to myself after hearing the news was that I wanted to be in control of my own time and potential. Life was just too short. I knew I wanted to start my own business that would give me the freedom I wanted so deeply, so I set my mind into hyper-speed to think how I could use my skill set towards that end.

After my tests were completed, it turned out I did not have a tumor, but more of an unexplained abnormality that they would keep an eye on. Music to my ears. However, all the changes and decisions I had made were absolutely set in stone. I was relentless in my search for business ideas. I had a friend that was a planner for events and always thought how fun it looked, however, I did not want to plan events, I only wanted to design them. There wasn’t really an occupation for that, so I came up with the idea of having a warehouse full of rad furniture I would use if I did have the opportunity to design for events. A quick search found that specialty rental companies were very much a growing part of the industry.

The pains and stress of starting a new business came on full swing as I nearly killed myself trying to pull the funds, research and determination it took to make this dream a reality. I truly do not think I could do it again today, it was that difficult. I took a lot of risks, but thankfully it all worked out beautifully and the universe was on our side.

Now we are not yet a year old and I am so proud of what we have accomplished in that short amount of time!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think there is ever a smooth road to a successful business. The struggles are countless. I have spent many sleepless nights overbalancing it all. I have woken up trying catch my breath from the anxiety of leaving a steady career to the throws of running a business.

Everything from finances, marketing, social media, curating the collection… It’s all been a struggle. Like I said, I don’t think I could do it again now that I’ve done it!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Collective Rentals Design House – what should we know?
Collective Rentals Design House is an LA-based specialty rental company born from the minds of interior designers whose goal is to create divine and unique spaces for events.

We specialize in event design, as we design about 90% of our jobs. We also specialize in a modern but elegant and on-trend pieces that are constantly evolving.

I’m most proud of the distinct collection and branding. I am also very proud of the relationships we have made. Our clients range from world renown event planners to Coachella. I still have to be pinched every time I see who we get to work with every day.

What sets us apart is a really keen sense of interior design. Even if we had the same exact collection as everyone else, our designers would put it together in a way that is unexpected. We get bored easily and we have the backgrounds to support some really innovative work.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Will. Will and vision. Mostly will.

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Image Credit:
Dawn Jarvis, Diana Lake, Jilian Rose

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