Happy Monday, everyone! Today, we're turning the spotlight on Lori May, interior designer and owner of Lori May Interiors here in Atlanta. Let's get to know her!
How did you get your start?
I have always loved making my surroundings beautiful. Before my interior design career, I was a corporate buyer and product designer. International travel was a huge part of my job. I loved the travel, but once we started our family, I no longer wished to be away all those weeks each year. I had also always wanted to have my own business. I made the decision to leave the corporate life and start my own company. I was able to create my own boutique design firm that married a high level of customer service with my feeling that everyone deserves a beautiful home. It has given me the best of both worlds, the ability to do what I love and the flexibility to spend more time with my family.
Was there one job or contact that set the course of your career?
My job with The Bombay Company changed my life. I grew up in a town of 2500 people. I had not been on a plane until I was in my 20’s. With The Bombay Company, I traveled all over the world. I designed my own product. My love of interiors was expanded by the flavors and colors of all of the places I visited. Paris, London, New York, California, Hong Kong, Beijing, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and India
What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?
We provide an incredibly high level of customer service and work hard to create long term relationships with our clients. It is our goal to create an unparalleled experience for each client. Because of this, our clients are our best advertisements.
If there was one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?
I would have started my design firm earlier!
What is your favorite stress reliever?
My favorite stress reliever is a cup of Jasmine tea on my back porch.
What is your favorite destination?
It is so hard to say! I have so many favorites. There is a sweet cottage in the mountains that we try to get to at least once a year. There are very few places that I find as relaxing as this place. Simple, beautiful, serene. We hike, we visit the small mountain towns and we just relax. It helps that I get no cell service there at all! I always leave incredibly invigorated and inspired.