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Meet Steven Santosuosso and Mary Flo Ouellette of Squarehouse Studios in Somerville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Santosuoss and Mary Flo Ouellette.

Steven and Mary Flo, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Squarehouse Studios is an interior design firm that was formed as collaborative partnership between Mary Flo Ouellette, Allied ASID and Steven Santosuosso. We first met while in design school, which was a second career for both of us; Steve had previously worked in shipping logistics and Mary Flo worked in furniture design and visual merchandising.

We established pretty quickly that we wanted to operate in a space where we could offer design services in a more approachable way than what we were seeing. We consider access to quality design not just as a luxury but as an essential component for quality of life– functionality for growing families, budget conscious first time homeowners, and not solely the big budget clients of the more traditional model.

Our offices are currently based in Somerville, MA and we have a number of residential and commercial design projects in the Greater Boston area working with a variety of local and national vendors.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge would probably have been taking the plunge and making our commitment to the brand our full time occupation.

After that it would have been the same obstacle that every young design firm faces– we needed a portfolio! We began by styling our own spaces, friends spaces, and taking pretty much every job that came our way. Interior design projects have a particular latency on returns and we were really lucky that we built so much momentum from such an early stage.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Squarehouse Studios – what should we know?
Our primary workspace is in residential interior design. Our overall style trends young but as our two principals have different personal styles and different skill sets we’re able to cover far more ground than if we were operating on our own.

We’re partial to a more eclectic modern aesthetic– we try to consider the natural evolution that comes with living spaces and employ furniture and styles that won’t look dated after we’re gone.

As a company, we do take a certain amount of pride in supporting our local artist community. Boston has such a rich arts and maker scene with so many talented artists and we ascribe to the idea of nurturing those relationships so that everyone in our creative ecosystem can thrive.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think our resourcefulness has definitely contributed to our success. Issues can sometimes arise during the course of projects that no amount of anticipation can prepare you for so rapid responses and creative solutions are always a necessary ingredient to project success stories.

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