We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrienne Hart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrienne, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood in a suburb of Flint MI. My parents very strongly believed in doing it themselves. We never had a tradesperson or service professional in our house- they just handled it. My dad added onto the house and what he wasn’t good at, he improvised. He even put carpet around windows on the extended back patio to cover the seam between the paneling and the window. He was not a good finish carpenter, but he could work a staple gun! It was the 70’s so it looked just fine to us. If my mom didn’t like the fabric on a chair, she took an upholstery class at the local community college and changed it. It seemed like there was always painting and wallpapering going on. And I watched the sheer pride beam out every time a project was finished. They glowed and I thought to myself- “I want some of that. I can’t wait to grow up!” Now, I bring that joy and pride to others. Having a home that is exactly what you need functionally to support you and your family and that has a look and feel that inspires you is priceless! It make everything better!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I transform people’s spaces to reflect who they are and how they live. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing a paint color and some pillows and other times it’s about removing walls and adding space. I love the challenge of digging deep into what change will make a profound difference in the quality of someone’s life. Discovering that one thing is what drives me. Environment plays a critical role in all human beings lives. Great interior design can change the way we feel, the way we interact with one another and therefore our potential for happiness. I see things differently, ask different questions to gain complete understanding of where people have been, where they want to go and what they want it to look like. My intuition and authenticity allow my clients to share without fear so I can do the most good. Lessons- there’s no such thing as perfect and that’s perfect in and of itself.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely visit Cave Creek/Carefree to shop and eat/drink at Harold’s. There would be a hike to Tom’s Thumb if they were up for it or maybe just Pinnacle Peak. We’d have dinner one night at True Foods at Kierland to see the lighted palm trees. Another day would be a trip out to Canyon Lake to kayak. And of course, if they’ve never been to AZ, we’d do a Sedona- Grand Canyon run.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Six and a half years ago my life was very different from today. I worked out of my house and just hired my first employee and worried if there was enough money to pay both of us. I weighed 100 pounds more and battled self esteem issues daily. Then I found a group of people that changed my life. I was invited to attend a BNI meeting (Business Networking International) and found leadership training, personal training, nutrition coaches, life coaches and referral partners that skyrocketed my business. George Redheffer was the one who invited me and my life has been forever changed.
Augusto Herrera and Brian Bossert