Macy Lane Designs is an interior design firm that creates spaces that make people feel happy, comfortable and at home. “Our design philosophy is based on real-life living, and we work with homeowners to develop an aesthetic that is not only beautiful but also very functional for how they live,” says Jackie Wright, owner and lead designer.
“I have always been passionate about interior design, but since I did not have a degree in the field, I never thought I could become a designer,” she says. Then came the pandemic and a business slowdown for her marketing and PR firm. She took the time that situation offered to do some formal training in interior design. “After taking several online classes, I was hooked and made the decision to open my own design firm. So many homeowners are now spending a ton of time at home and need assistance with creating spaces they love and can live and work in — which means there is plenty of opportunity for a business like Macy Lane to make an impact.”
One of the biggest challenges of opening during the pandemic – which she says she shared with the entire design industry – was being able to procure items on time and on budget.
Making this move, Wright says she took to heart the advice one of her business coaches gave her when she began preparing for this career move: “Just jump in!” Says Wright, “I always had the mindset that I needed years of design experience before I could go out on my own. Having owned another business for 13 years, I knew a lot of the fundamentals of running a successful company — I just had to pivot and apply those skills to a new profession.”
Wright says she is glad she followed her passion and did it. “While the pandemic has been a very difficult time for everyone, for me it was a time of reflection. 2020 taught me that life is too short to not be incredibly happy with your profession. With a little bit of grit and a lot of hard work, anything is possible.”