We had the good fortune of connecting with Trisha Gardner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trisha, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is an essential part of being an entrepreneur. When I was in entrepreneurship class at the U of A, I heard countless stories from many successful business owners about the number of risks they had to take to get there. You leverage your own personal assets, accept challenges from clients to push the limits on what you can accomplish, and say yes when others say no. That “can do” attitude and perseverance have helped define both of our companies. We wake up and take risks everyday, and that is always what leads to growth.
What should our readers know about your business?
Audra and I started Designer Fluff over 10 years ago. The company was born to solve a problem many interior designers faced- being able to get trade quality throw pillows in a timely fashion to wrap up their projects. Many workrooms are overrun with upholstery jobs and the pillows always take a back seat in the production line, often taking over a month to produce. Designer Fluff creates handmade pillow covers in the US and ships them to our clients within 7 business days.
We co-founded EdgeQuarters, a commercial interior design firm, in 2014. Our first major client was Indeed. Thankfully, because their company was growing so quickly, so did ours. We designed and installed over 400,000 square feet of office space for them across the US in the first two years alone. Our focus on design and helping each our clients make brand statements with their spaces has fueled our continued success. We create spaces that tell a story and that welcome employees and customers into an environment they won’t soon forget.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When our friends come in from big cities across the US and we want to show them the best Phoenix has to offer, we take them to for a hike in the beautiful Arizona desert, a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, an afternoon spa and pool visit at the Phoenician, and dinner at Binkley’s.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been so lucky in life to have two amazing partners- my husband, Jeff, and my business partner, Audra Canfield. The two of them help to balance me in both skills and life, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without their constant support.
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