Today I want to introduce you to another one of my fantastic Mastermind members – Meredith Bohn. Meredith is one smart cookie, particularly about historical design and the story behind amazing old homes in her New England area. You know how I am enamored with antiques but not yet an expert in them? Well Meredith is definitely one of my go-to experts on that topic when I need to take my antiques expertise up a notch or two. Meredith has been in the design business in one form or another since 1990, but has been working for herself in the industry since 2004. The part of the business that makes her happiest is her niche: honoring history but designing for today’s living. All of her work is based on that strong sense of history and a classical approach to today’s lifestyles. “I always found the romance in the wear pattern on a stone step, or the marks made from years of handling – these things make the past very real for me,” she says.
And as you can see from one of Meredith’s gorgeous Showhouse rooms above, she is very talented at making historic elements blend with current pieces for a fresh, classic result! Meredith says her biggest triumph in her business for 2014 is re-launching her website and redefining her business to showcase her niche and truly define what she does that sets her apart. “I feel that has been the number one factor in beginning to become ‘known’ in the area, both to clients and the industry here,” she says. Meredith’s goal for 2015 is to put all that she’s learned into consistent practice, both with marketing and blogging and business revenue growth. She says she is also pointing toward a published presence in the larger regional magazine other than showhouse features. And though we can’t reveal all her secrets just yet, we know that Meredith is well on her way to achieving this goal in the coming months.
When Meredith isn’t working, her favorite thing to do is travel, especially to England and Europe. She hopes to do a big trip in 2015 and her ultimate goal is to live in England for at least 10 years in her own Cotswold cottage! And I for one hope Meredith makes this happen sooner than later, because I will for sure be going for a visit. She also loves anything beach related, but only the ocean will do, from Maine all the way down to Florida. She laughs while saying her Viking heritage demands a sea breeze and the smell of the salt water, if at all possible! And there’s that love of heritage and history coming up again–I love how her personality is SO authentic to her new brand. Meredith’s sons are grown, but she says they are always the light of her life! She has worked in design almost their whole lives. “They laughingly explain to friends that our lives are always one big decorating project! Seriously, I love doing design work, but I love family time and I work hard at making sure I take care of both,” Meredith says.
She says that her biggest a-ha moment from her two years in Mastermind is really defining her strengths. “Tobi and her great team have absolutely made a profound difference in my approach to my business. Mastermind is not just a collection of great ideas and insights from a group of fantastic people and designers. Mastermind is a true synergy of ideas, methods and approaches that has allowed me to create a design business that I am passionate about and is unique to ME.”
So if you’re looking for a designer to create a home that “Honors History but Lives for Today”, Meredith is your gal. Thanks for letting me share this amazing designer with you.
See you soon! xo,