Sandi Lahage is a self-starter, results driven, and one might say, occasional foul-mouth. (thanks mom).
I grew up in Massachusetts, raised by two immigrant Portuguese parents who along with 2 brothers and 1 sister, just wanted their kids to be respectful of others, hard workers, and love their careers.
My mom was a seamstress and like many other Portuguese women, thats what a woman did for work back in her early adulthood. She met my dad who worked on a the family’s farm and they wed in their early 20’s. They moved to MA in the late 60’s with my moms family and started their new life together. My mom continued being a seamstress and dad went to work for Nissan Corp and retired with them in 1997.
My sister had the Math & Science gene along with one of my brothers and my youngest brother and myself both had the creative gene. I graduated from Bay State College with a Degree in Fashion Merchandising and worked my way up to Management in my first job. I was the youngest at that time Managing a staff who was twice my age but, none the less, we always found things to share, they used to say that I had the gift of gab.
About 10 years later, with the advice from a co-worker, I transitioned to selling Furniture for a very prominent Retailer on the East Coast. I enjoyed listening to my clients and understanding that they are in different stages of their life: you might be buying your first home or down-sizing after sending kids to college, the end result is always the same, build relationships. I learned just how important Product Knowledge is within every industry.
In 2004, my husband and I moved to San Diego after one of our worst winters of snow fall. Our families were very supportive, probably because they had a beautiful & WARM place when they came to visit. I had to learn how to cook, mom was a spoiler with her homemade dishes every night at the dinner table, I had to teach myself by watching TV Cooking Shows and reading some Meditterranian Cookbooks. I enjoy cooking healthy meals and still capture authenticity of flavors.
I continued on my path with Furniture Sales Management but now working for a smaller family owned Retailer. Learning all the other departments that are needed like Purchasing, Merchandising and Operations to name a few, it gave me a much broader insight to this Industry. Still very much involved in the Sales aspect of my job, I wanted to take it another step further which was to study Interior Design so that I can assist clients on an even broader sense. I attended Interior Design Institute in 2014 and earned my Certification. I have continued working with clients in all stages of their homes, from entire remodels to just furniture style updates.
Along with watching my sports on TV, I love my Boston teams, I enjoy a good happy hour with my hubby and friends, the sounds of a great playlist, going to workout, or just hanging in cooking a great meal.
“Designing is about creating spaces for people to enjoy. As a designer, listening is the key to creating a home that defines a clients taste. Your home should perfect who you are today, not who you want to become.”