Carrie Quinn

Maison Luxe is an interior design studio as well as a home furnishings and accessories boutique store located in Hermosa Beach. Owner Carrie Quinn graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and has more than 35 years of experience in the world of interior design. She opened Maison Luxe in 2007.

What is the #1 way you support your clients?

“Attention to detail and follow-through. We are often making significant changes to an existing client’s home, and this can cause emotional feelings to come up for them. I let them know that each phase of their project is being handled properly, so they can trust the whole process. My clients often tell me I have a very calming, chill vibe.”

Which personality traits are most important in your field?

“Listening skills and intuition are most important. I need to know my clients’ tastes, desires and even some of their life stories, as this all plays into creating interior spaces that are reflections of the lives they lead. I observe subtle clues, verbal exchanges, the homes they already live in and the things that excite them. I then can trust my gut that I have enough information to make choices that reflect what my clients want.”

What challenges are specific to your industry?

“So much of what we do is custom and hand-crafted furniture. We work with more than 100 vendors, contractors, subcontractors and architects. The challenging part is making sure all these interactions are coordinated seamlessly so a project stays on track. Another big challenge is the way the digital world has influenced design. Everyone has easy online access to design images; there can be a perception that design is an easy process. Interior design is like other art forms in that there are basic principles that need to be learned and understood before good design can shine through.”

Does motherhood make you a better entrepreneur?

“Being a single mom and raising two boys, I had to be creative to juggle their sched-ules while working full time. When raising kids, nothing runs smoothly all the time. In this sense, motherhood is entrepreneurial in that you must think quickly and often invent creative solutions. All moms are in some sense entrepreneurs.”