We had the good fortune of connecting with Maegan Blau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maegan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always been interested in interior design but when I became a wheelchair user, the design of my environment became much more crucial to my ability to live an independent life. I knew that no matter where I live would need to make adjustments to fit my physical needs but i have never wanted to sacrifice personal style to achieve functionality. During the process of remodeling our first home I took on the role of designer and project manager and fell in love with the process. I advocated for myself through my design plan. Being in the spinal cord injury community, I have heard and experienced many of the struggles people who use assistive devices face and I saw an opportunity to be an advocate for others with their living situations like I was for myself. It became my goal to have my own interior design studio that specializes in adaptive design. We focus on the needs of our client and look beyond generalized standards. Everyone’s needs are different and having my personal perspective as well as the one of my community is what sets Blue Copper Design apart from any other design firm.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started Blue Copper Design in 2018 with the mission to create custom designs for custom lives. Our goal is to blend a high level of interior design with adaptive and accessible features for our clients. There are plenty of home modification companies out there, but what has been missing in traditional accessible design is the elevated personalized style in the design plan. We believe everybody deserves a home that makes them feel safe, comfortable and empowered to live the most full life they can. Starting Blue Copper Design was a natural process but I wouldn’t say it was easy. My perspective as a wheelchair user with a love for interior design is what has created this company and we face many of the challenges. We believe that interior design for all is a big idea that can do big things. Our challenges included solving problems of inaccessibility both in residential and commercial spaces to better improve the lives of all persons. It is a big challenge and we gladly take it on everyday. We hope to prove to the interior design community that beautiful spaces can be functional for anyone and we hope to prove to the world that everyone deserves a beautiful, personalized and empowering space to live their lives.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As an Arizona native I love living in the Phoenix area and love showing visitors around our beautiful state. A great weekend trip would be of course a getaway to Sedona. The drive is beautiful and once you get to town there is so much to do. I always check our the downtown area and look for crystals and psychic readings. My favorite place to eat in Sedona is of course Elote Cafe, it is a must! And what would a Sedona trip be without a few good hikes. They have a few good trails that are perfect for my Action Track Chair which is an off-road wheelchair. It is an amazing machine that allows wheelchair users to go hiking. it requires wide trail paths and Arizona has the perfect terrain for them. End your weekend with a flight at the Oak Creek Brewery and call it a weekend.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association. The amazing people who runs this organization have connected me with other amazing people and so on. The resources and support they provide is unmatched and they have built a great community. A lot of my success and progress as a woman in a wheelchair is in thanks to the programs sponsored or created by them. So for that I thank you.
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