In the Coffee Bar blog, Meet the Founder series, we ask each woman to share their wisdom by answering two specific business questions. We follow up by asking what is one habit that contributed to their success. We hope you gain insight into the hard work it takes to build a successful business and build a new habit!
DONNA MONDI | DONNA MONDI INTERIOR DESIGN
Meet Donna Mondi, founder and Principle Designer at Donna Mondi Interior Design (DMID), a high-end luxury interior design studio. She was recently featured in ELLE DECOR adding another accomplishment to her resume!
With over 18 years of experience and certified by the American Society of Interior Design as well as the National Council for Interior Design, Donna specializes in transitional design that combines traditional architecture with contemporary furnishings. Her work has been showcased on national and local television, numerous magazines, design books, show houses and house walks.
Donna’s aesthetic is a fusion of European Classicism with American Modernism, along with an element of surprise. Inspired by a long love affair with European architecture and furniture design along with 20th-century American style, Donna’s work showcases influence from Hollywood Regency to Mid-Century Modern. The firms’ approach is to infuse interiors with elements of different periods and styles to create timeless, unpredictable surroundings. By merging traditional and contemporary style, the end result is interiors with layered textures, avant-garde elements, and cutting-edge styling.
Tell me about time during startup that you had to make a tough financial decision. What did you learn from this experience?
As you think about the future of your business, what are you most excited about? What are you most concerned about?
Question: What is one habit that contributed to your success?
Answer: You get up early and work, and it is an automatic habit. As an owner of a company it seems like you may take all the time off you want, but it is the opposite. No matter what you work. When you don’t have to, you still work. I read a lot of business books. My degree is not in business. I know how to do design and have a degree in design, but I educate myself on overall business actions and it has made a big difference. I read books on different entrepreneurs and how they did it. I take little bits of nuggets on each thing I read to educate myself on what I did not know about business. I may read blogs and be aware and pay attention to how other businesses do things outside of our industry and it has helped me in how I run my business.