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DC Ladies

Last week, the The DC Ladies kindly posted a Q&A I did with them sharing my thoughts on opening my own business. 

For those interested in decorating, opening your own design business, or any business for that matter, I hope that perhaps this might inspire you !:)



jennifer jws, DC Ladies Home & Garden ContributorUp close and Personal:
Full name:  Jennifer Wagner Schmidt
Age-ish: 34
What part of the DC Metro Area do you live in?  Northern VA–Loudoun County
Career: Interior Decorator and Design Blogger
Education: George Mason University, BA Communications
Socially Speaking:
Blog: JWS Interiors/Affordable Luxury
Twitter: @Affordable_Lux
This and That:
What are your favorite and least favorite things about the DC Metro Area? As a DC Metro native, I’ve seen how much our area has grown and has to offer, whether its parks & recreation, new shops & restaurants, and good public schools.  Least favorite has to be traffic.
What was your first job out of college and how did you land that position? My first position out of school was as an Account Executive at a Tysons Corner PR agency.
What is your mantra? “Life life to the fullest”
What is your favorite DC Cupcakery? My girlfriend Kate of KupKates makes fantastic cupcakes
Coffee or Tea? Tea (Chai Tea to be exact)
What is on your nightstand? Magazines, journals I write in for each of my girls, and kids’ books
How do you balance everything in your life? I am religious so praying helps; great family and friends whom all support each other; great babysitters
If you could give your 22 year old self a piece of advice what would it be?Don’t forget who you are; Don’t Settle; Be Kind
What advice can you give young entrepreneurial DC Ladies to follow their dreams?…  If it is truly your passion, you can’t go wrong because you will always enjoy what you do , no matter how much money you make
How did you start your business..My love of design began as a child and grew into a full-fledged passion and business. I dabbled in design at the Washington Design Center, took a few design classes and realized this is what I’m meant to do. With encouragement from family and friends, I opened JWS Interiors in 2006 on a part time basis while raising (and still raising) my two daughters.

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