Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Kearns.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story starts in Freeport, Maine. I grew up with two younger sisters and a family that was full of creative talent and a drive to work. Lots of my childhood was spent in my grandfather’s workshop being his personal assistant. He was a mechanical engineer and specialized in creating water purification vessels. In his spare time, he refinished furniture and caned chairs in his workshop. As his personal assistant, it meant grabbing his tools and pretending to use them followed by one of his sweet stories on how he made what I was holding or how he used it. I think back now and realized I didn’t even care which tool I grabbed, I just wanted to hear him talk.
When I wasn’t with my grandfather I’d be my Aunt Bonnie’s shadow. Between the daily mandalas we would draw or paint, we would create clay sculptures or sew my dresses and shorts. I spent every day I could with her doing something creative and fun. They weren’t all masterpieces though, and I look at them now and laugh. She had the ability to make me feel like I was Georgia O’Keefe or Picasso and she loved everything I made. Looking back at some of my old art work, I had a definite contemporary flair!
My other grandfather was another enormous influence in life. We’d spend the weekends watching HGTV, “Tim The Tool Man Taylor” or Law and Order. Whenever I’d show interest in what they’ve built or created he’d always look at me and say, “oh you could do that”. I didn’t realize at the time, but I was listening and hearing it clear… he was right. I could do that. In the time I spent alone, I spent rearranging my room, creating new pieces of furniture for it or thinking up my next layout. You’d be surprised how many ways there are to rearrange a thinly little rectangular room.
Fast forwarding… as a high schooler it was time to start thinking about colleges and what I ultimately wanted to do. I was fortunate enough to know the avenue I wanted to go in, and that was design. Once I got accepted to Mt Ida it all made sense. I was not only excited to have this as my career, but this was my passion too. When leaving Mt. Ida College I spent time in a few different fields to complete my “tool box” of knowledge and that really shaped me as the designer I am today.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I was lucky to discover my passion for design early on. This allowed me to dive right into it and create my road for success. We all know that road is bumpy, windy and never an easy path. During the completion of my studies in Interior Design the economy wasn’t the best. Starting out in the design field was challenging to say the least. I had to take jobs that weren’t directly related to interior design but would get me noticed for my design sense and maybe a foot in the door to where I ultimately wanted to be. I began my journey designing showroom displays.
From there I joined a lighting showroom and learned the ins and outs of why lighting is incredibly important to every space. From there I fine-tuned my love for “design” and realized my purpose as a Kitchen and bath designer. About 6 years ago I met a wonderful woman named Mariette Barsoum whose passion for design is infectious as well. Everyone has that person who took a chance on them and she was mine. I learned the do’s and don’ts of kitchen design and from there my love and passion for it grew. I have met many people who offered guidance and support along the way. Some of the struggles as a business owner relate to the advice you get. The best thing I did for my company was to hire a brand consultant. It was important for me to establish my brand, sound easy right? Wrong. I needed my message to be clear and needed to set some goals.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Amy Lynn Interiors story. Tell us more about the business.
Amy Lynn Interiors is a boutique design consultant specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and entry ways. When it comes to design we stray away from trendy and focus on being timeless. Our goal is to guide our clients with optimistic advice and daily inspiration. We are excited to pass our expertise along to the benefit of our clientele.
What sets my company apart from others is our passion for what we do. We are also great listeners. It’s the number one component of any of our meetings with a client. Listening to what they like or don’t like or listening to who will be using the space besides themselves. Once we’ve uncovered their lifestyle it is important to only focus on a few items that will better their layout and life. As designers we know a lot of great functional design options, but it is up to us to pick the ones that will make the biggest difference for our clients instead.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Boston is an amazing place. The energy in the city is perfect for entrepreneurs. There are several coffee shops, pop up offices and spaces looking for new businesses to come. I can only speak to the interior design businesses but in this economy, there is a lot of work out there. Boston is continually growing, just look at South Boston!
- Website: www.amylynn-interiors.com
- Phone: 207-406-0252
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/amylynn_interiors/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/amylynnkearns/
- Other: www.houzz.com/pro/amylynnkearns/
Collaborations & Photo Credits: NS Builders, Divine Design Center, Todd Wilson Images and JCC Consulting.