As the proud owner of Mathison Interiors, I never take any job lightly. Whether it is a client that needs a lamp to brighten up a room, or a complete installation, I value each job as a great opportunity to meet the needs of people God puts in my path.
When I say that no job is too big or too small, it’s not about the dollars. It’s about people. It’s all about people to me. People matter. I can remember a circumstance where a lady came in and her house had recently burned down. Her family was so devastated and at a loss. They did not know how they were going to put their home back together. I really felt God had sent them to our team because we could help meet a need. They needed furnishings but most importantly, they had an emotional need. They felt helpless and unable to figure out a plan to replace all they lost. We were able to make a plan, provide the furnishings, help them process through many of the emotions of loss and devastation, put them on the path to healing and complete their project. It was such a blessing to work with them. Every project is unique. It’s never about the money, it’s about doing the job correctly and helping to meet a need. Every person is important.
One time a lady came in and she needed her entire house done in two weeks. She had just bought a new house and needed the entire home furnished, even stocking the kitchen. She had a need, and we were able to fulfill it…and yes, within her two-week time line.
Commercial and Residential Design
I have many years of experience and have completed a wide variety of projects. Examples of some of these projects are large commercial and residential projects, decorating and furnishing a yacht, furnishing second homes, rearranging a single room or simply hanging a mirror. I have learned that any particular job might start out with one need, but often leads to another.
Sometimes the smaller jobs lead into the bigger jobs. We may go to a client’s home and see their space. They state they are interested in purchasing a rug, a lamp or a mirror. My motive for going to their home is not to sell them on other furnishings, but rather to try and help them make the wisest purchase. If I am unable to go to the client’s home, I will ask him or her to send a picture. A picture is worth a thousand words. Other situations, we have people looking to us to help give advice about their project. They may have pieces in their space that are great for their room, but they just need us to move those things around to help them create the overall look they were wanting to achieve.
Alabama Bankers Association
Many of the larger projects start from the ground up. Our first step is to create a plan. This plan is not limited to just furnishings. It can include picking out flooring, countertops and paint colors, but it does not have to stop there. Our team is an excellent resource for those necessary remodeling decisions of where to place walls, overhead lighting, cabinets, faucets, light switches and outlet placements. It may also include helping to decide whether installing wall paper or painting a room is the right choice, and any other tedious decisions necessary to complete a construction project.
One example is a local business called Alabama Bankers Association. On this particular job, we supplied all the furnishings and décor, as well as partnered with the architect with many of the design decisions.
Making a Difference
Recently, I truly received a blessing. We had a client who was on a strict budget. Her home had not had much attention. She had just purchased a sofa, and she needed more items to complete her living room. We took the pieces she had, polished them up and used those in her space, as well as adding new furnishings. When we were finished she said, “Thank you for helping me. You said on your commercial that no job was too big or too small, and you meant it. Thank you for taking care of me.” To her, her job was small. To me, it was not any different than any other job. Her need was met. I was so blessed by her. It was not about how much money she had budgeted. It was more about having a plan and working the plan. We talk about that a lot. It is often more about how quickly we can complete a project, then whether they can afford it or not.
At Mathison Interiors it is simply about people and meeting their need.