A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Carrie Quinn has more than three decades of experience in the world of interior design. In 2007 she opened Maison Luxe, an interior design company and retail store located in Hermosa Beach. Carrie and her team offer complete design services, styling, staging, remodels and new construction.
What is your specialty service?
“Speed is our specialty! We work with local vendors who have merchandise in stock. No need to wait the typical six to eight weeks for your order. We offer ‘quick refresh’ projects, where we bring merchandise from our store and other retail outlets and transform your room in a day! Our clients love that it can be done so quickly.”
In what ways do you empower other women to succeed in business?
“We often have young designers shop in our store who are just getting started in their own interior design business. Having a retail store for 13 years and an interior design business for 20 years has taught me a lot, and I am happy to pass along tips and tricks to the trade!”
When did you first consider working in your industry?
“I was interested in interior design from the time I was in high school. Back in the day, they actually offered an interior design class in home economics. My father was an avid art collector, and my mother is an interior designer as well. When I graduated from FIDM, my parents were building a custom French Normandy home in Palos Verdes. My first job was to work with their interior designer on their home and learn some of the ins and outs of construction.”
What changes have you made due to COVID-19?
“Like many businesses, we had to pivot quickly and ramp up our online presence. We created our e-commerce store, and we have done some online design projects using Zoom. Technology has become central to our business model in these COVID-19 times. People are spending so much more time in their homes, and our products offer ways that clients can make their homes cozier, calmer and better places to live.”
What are you especially grateful for today?
“We are all so grateful for our health. We are also grateful to have a business so close to nature. Standing outside our shop and seeing the surf is a bonus.”