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Meet Maria Hildebrand of Designing Interiors

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Hildebrand.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Maria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I attended college and received a degree in Education in 1983. But after working in the field, I discovered that teaching was not the career path for me. Four children and several years later (and at the urging of my younger sister) I enrolled in classes at a local community college for Interior Design. She claimed that I was ‘meant to design homes’ and made vivid references to my earliest work – Barbie’s Beach House Renovation Project.

I began working for a local designer while completing my design courses, and soon I was booking my own clients and learning everything I could about running a business. After 3 years of priceless ‘on the job’ training, I accepted an offer at a big design firm. I thought I had finally reached my goal, but soon realized that the ‘hard sell’ atmosphere was not for me.

In 2002, I opened Designing Interiors, Inc. and worked out of my home office. My first employee was my freelance bookkeeper who’s still with me to this day! After several years of growth and strong client retention, I hired a marketing consultant to help with company branding, event planning and promotional materials. A year later, I decided to move my business into a studio space in Naperville. I could see that I was going to have more work than I could handle on my own, so I began searching for another Designer. Patti Peltier started at Designing Interiors in 2014 and after one year, we were keeping up with the growth, and planning for more!

A larger studio and a third Designer came next. We needed to continue to expand in order to keep up with the demand from our repeat clients. This is when Diane Matthews joined our team! An office assistant was necessary at that point so Tuesday Fisher now helps with research, CAD drawings and just about everything else! We moved one more time to gain the amount of studio space we needed for a comfortable and productive work environment. I am so blessed to have such a creative and hardworking team at Designing Interiors, Inc. and I look forward to many more exciting and productive years helping people achieve their dream spaces!

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?
Surviving the market crash was difficult. People were not spending money on their homes because of market uncertainty. It was a long 7 years and many Interior Design Firms did not make it. I was fortunate enough to have very strong client referrals that helped to keep my business alive.

Designing Interiors, Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Designing Interiors, Inc. specializes in custom home builds. We help guide our clients through hundreds of selections that need to be made when buying a custom home. We listen very carefully to what our clients are saying, and what they are seeking for the look and feel of their home, and we help them achieve that! We also do many large renovation projects such as master bathrooms and basements. It’s a wonderful feeling to drive past beautiful homes in Naperville, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton and know that we had a huge part in making those houses a home.

What really sets us apart from other Interior Design firms is our attention to detail and our outstanding customer service. We are proud to have won BEST OF HOUZZ in Customer Service for 5 years in a row!

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I am most proud of the Cavalcade Tour of Homes that I have participated in for the past three years. People are able to walk into these beautiful homes and truly see what we can do for them from the ground up!

The beautiful interior details that we have added to the homes’ architecture, the stunning furniture and drape selections! We take such pride in every detail of every home that we design and the feedback is always so fantastic! The Cavalcade Tour of Homes is a great place to showcase those talents!

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