Today we’d like to introduce you to Candace Wilkes.
Candace, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ever since I can remember I have always had an extreme interest in arranging and rearranging spaces and homes so that they functioned well and looked beautiful. It is something that has always come natural to me – to see a space and visualize how I could enhance it with either a few quick changes or a complete overhaul.
I entered the interior design and home organization industry back in 2013 when I was brought on to run the creative services (decorating, home and space organization and event planning) for a then startup. It was during my 2+ years working in that role that I quickly learned my strong passion for designing and organizing.
In March of 2016 House of Paige was born.
Has it been a smooth road?
Since House of Paige was born it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Entrepreneurship is an exercise in hard work. It requires patience and determination. I’m nearly two years into running my own business and while I am so blessed with the success that I have had thus far, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little scared for the future. I have many new business development ideas brewing but they require time, effort and money – all things that don’t appear overnight. I think finding ways to take small steps towards them will be exciting but also challenging.
For me, finding outlets to connect with other industry professionals has been huge. The design industry in and outside of Boston is full of many wonderful people and it’s been amazing to lean on others for advice and support!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with House of Paige – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
House of Paige is a creative studio specializing in residential interior design, eDesign and home and space organization. My clients range from retirees to young working professionals and the homes/spaces that I’ve worked within have been as small as 700 square feet and as large as 7,000 square feet.
I’d say my most common clients are working professionals and young, busy families. As for the design work that I specialize in, those projects range anywhere from paint color selections to complete space design which could include but are not limited to new furnishings, paint and decor. And the organization projects range from closet organization to new home organization where I help my clients unpack and organize every inch of their new home (kitchen, bathrooms, closets, etc.)!
Although there are many challenges in running your own business, there is even greater reward. Looking back to where I started before I even entered the design industry to where I am now is sometimes hard to wrap my head around. And knowing that I got to where I am with very little training and guidance, a lot of hard work, patience and determination makes me really proud of myself and House of Paige.
There are many talented professionals in my industry but I think what sets me apart is my honest approach. I want my clients to feel like they’re working with their best friend and while I definitely direct the project, I’m always open to the client’s needs and wants. If a client really loves a piece of furniture they already own then I will try my hardest to make it work in the new design plan. I also believe in creating spaces that are approachable and I love mixing hi and low furnishings. And lastly, because I specialize in both design and organization, the spaces that I create are always functional and catered to both an organized and stylish aesthetic.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Boston for so many reasons but I especially love the different neighborhoods and how they’re all quite unique. There are also so many incredible restaurants and neighborhood shops that I absolutely love and will miss when I no longer live so close to them one day.
There really aren’t many things that I dislike about our city but one that stands out to me is the cost of metered parking! I know that sounds so silly, but seriously why is it so expensive?! And if we’re sticking on the parking theme, I’d say we could use more public parking and/or more street parking! Hah!
- Website: www.houseofpaige.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_houseofpaige_/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houseofpaige/
Catherine Threlkeld Photography, Kiera Syle Photography, WE Studio, Nicole Baas Photography