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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tracee Murphy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracee Murphy.

Hi Tracee, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
We are celebrating 21 years in business this year! My first degree was in Psychology, and I soon learned that this was not where my passion was. After purchasing my first home, designing and decorating it, I found my neighbors constantly asking me to help them with their homes. I eventually realized that I should get paid for my work and decided to go back to school to make it official. I officially became a designer and promptly opened Trade Mark Interiors (in Pittsburgh, PA) to allow me to have a flexible schedule while raising my young children. Eventually moving to SRQ in 2006, I started TMI all over again and have slowly built the business to my now team of five!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I wish it was smooth! My biggest challenge was relocating in 2006, right when the real estate market was crashing in Florida. It was a tough few years getting going again, but I was patient and worked mostly by myself during this trying time. It was a great opportunity to build my (still standing) relationships with the terrific vendors that help us create beautiful interiors!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We specialize in Residential & Commercial Interiors with a strong emphasis on construction. We are experts in designing ‘From Plans to Pillows’ (our newly Trademarked tagline). TMI is known for it’s a cohesive team of designers that work collaboratively to give our clients the biggest/best dream they didn’t even realize they wanted. I am most proud of staying in this lane for 21 years and riding out all the difficult times to be able to provide fulfilling jobs for my team.

TMI is unique in it’s team approach to design. We collaborate on all of our jobs – so it’s like getting 3-4 designers in one!

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I believe that being an entrepreneur is inherently full of risk! What I’ve learned from my business coach & experience is that there is so much calculated risk and educated guessing happening on a regular basis that if you’re not comfortable with risk, then growth will be difficult! I’ve always been concerned about the risk of hiring new people but it is a necessity and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Most of the time… lol.

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Nicholas Ferris Dylan Jon Wade Cox

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