Modern Chic Mom on the Street Desireé Washington inspires those around her through her bright personality and passion for helping people reimagine and redesign their homes or business spaces. Whether she’s designing interior spaces for her family-run business or hanging with her family, she is sure to do so in style!
I am Desiree (Des for short), a full-time working-at-home mama of a boy toddler and wife to my business partner. I am the founder, owner, and lead interior decorator and designer at Designs by Des for a little over two years. It’s a young minority family-operated business in southern MA. We specialize in creating beautiful multi-functional spaces for busy families and small businesses. Though we are located in MA, we design nationwide from residential and commercial projects. When I am not busy running my business with my family, I am passionate about teaching other moms how to have a healthy home balance with healthy self-care practices, organizational tips, and quick crafting DIYs that are easy and affordable.
I love staying fit in between and exploring with my toddler, who constantly keeps the youth in me. I have a very passionate and vibrant personality and love sharing positivity every day through sharing my world. I think that comes from my three recent scary, life-changing experiences of surviving an emergency appendectomy 26 weeks pregnant. It was a very unexpected emergency cesarean. A year later, just before my baby turned one, I lost my full-time job of almost seven years. I am passionate about helping others through this pandemic as my business is a thriving product of this scary time we are in.
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What inspired you to start your family business?
I’ve always wanted to work for myself and work with my family, but I was never clear on which direction I wanted to take until four years ago. My parents were also entrepreneurs of a small wedding corporation (printing, transportation, and planning), and they inspired me to have the lifestyle of creating my own freedoms and flexibility.
I had a lot of traumatic experiences in the corporate world right after graduating college that pushed me to go out on my own. But I learned so much from working in leadership roles and with many industry professionals. When I started taking on smaller jobs with my family, I was confident it was what I wanted to do full time. The pandemic forced me to do it full time, but ever since then, I have not looked back.
What did you grow up thinking you would do for work?
I always wanted to be an architect or artist of some sort, hence why I went to school for architecture.
How long have you been doing what you’re doing?
I’ve been interior decorating for a little over two years, but previously was doing lighting design and consulting for six years with small internships in photography and architecture. You can say I am a unique hybrid designer.
Where can people find your business website and social media channels?
Below are my social media handles:
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Which three words best describe your style?
Glam/Luxury, Modern, and Chic
What are your favorite places to shop?
Homegoods, Target, and At Home Stores
Stilettos or flats?
Stilettos (though you can find me in flats the majority of the time)
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Best parenting advice?
It’s hard to just narrow it down to one thing. My two favorites are, first, to always make yourself a priority, meaning carve out time throughout the day to take care of yourself. You can’t parent from a half-filled cup; when mama is taken care of, so is her family. The second is to not judge your child’s progress from others. Every child is so different and requires so many things. Of course, reach out to your healthcare professional if you have any major concerns, but give you and your baby time. It takes a lot of patience.
What’s been your best family vacation?
Since becoming parents, so far, it’s been our trip to California, but we are anxious to travel to Disney as a family of 3 for the first time very soon.
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What song would you dance to when nobody’s watching?
“The Way You Make Me Feel” By Michael Jackson (I am a HUGE MJ fan).
What’s your favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day?
A romantic bath with candles, jazz music, and a glass of wine. It doesn’t happen every night, but I try to make it happen as a love date with myself at least once a week.
What’s your favorite show to binge-watch?
I’m a HUGE “Sex and the City” fanatic, so I will binge watch that any day, but more recently, I have been loving “Insecure.”
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We love the way that Modern Chic Mom on the Street Desireé Washington has shaped her world around helping others reimage their home interiors, along with running a family-owned business. Be sure to check her out on Instagram or Facebook.
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