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Meet Emily Healy of Healy Interiors in Melrose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Healy.

Emily, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in Rhode Island and have always been in love with the historic architecture of New England. From an early age, I was always drawn to any type of creative outlet and immersed myself in art classes. I started in college as a student of fine arts, but quickly realized the passion I’d always had for interior design. I loved exploring people’s homes and was intrigued by the challenge of balancing form and function, along with enhancing spaces and the way people live in them.

I graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from New England School of Art and Design here in Boston, and shortly after set out to Southern California to start my career. I worked at a high end residential boutique and even gained some commercial experience. I met my husband in California and we moved together to his hometown of Chicago, which led me to a position of running a design team and creating the designs for full custom single family new construction and gut renovation homes.

My dream has always been to return to the East Coast and start my own interior design business. I feel as though the knowledge I gained from different parts of the country was essential, and I’m happy to be back here now doing what I love.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My path to get here has been mostly smooth, but had a rocky start. I began my career in 2008 in Southern California and it was not a great time to be looking for work. I ended up taking a few unpaid internships during the day and bartending at night to make ends meet. It was rough for a little while, but I stuck it out to keep my foot in the door. Eventually the hard work paid off and I was hired on as a designer. I’ve been expanding my design experience ever since.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Healy Interiors – what should we know?
Healy Interiors is a full service interior design company. I specialize in residential interiors, but also provide design for hospitality and commercial clients. From working for design build firms, I gained a lot of experience designing single family new construction homes and renovations, and that includes teaming up with builders and architects for projects. I’ve also spent a great deal of time on job sites at all phases of construction so I have a wealth of construction knowledge and plenty of project management experience. I am also NCIDQ certified which is the standard credential for professional interior designers. I love building relationships with my clients, as well as the team that works to bring their dream to life.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My friends and family have all been super supportive! My husband has been extremely instrumental in the creating of my business. He helped me with all of the paperwork and organization I needed to get started. There is a lot that goes into it, especially initially, and it would not have been so easy without him. I’m very grateful for that! My dad, who is a graphic designer, designed my logo which I love. He was also a big supporter of me starting my own company having done so himself in the past. He loved his career and it was encouraging to know someone in my immediate family had taken a similar path. I also owe credit to my supervisors over the years who continually pushed me and helped guide me along the way. I learned something from each of them.

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