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Life and Work with Shelly Rosenberg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shelly Rosenberg.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Shelly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have practiced interior design for over 20 years and have loved every minute of my work in the luxury sector of the industry. However, with the birth of my third child, who has Down syndrome, my perspective began to change. I was introduced to an entirely new group of people who struggle with special needs and disabilities. They are challenged, all day long, with physical and emotional barriers. If those same barriers exist within their own homes, where do they rest? How do they thrive in life with no safe haven? I decided to devote myself to helping these families create a healthy, pretty home that can support and empower.

Has it been a smooth road?
My path, like everyone’s, has been bumpy in places. As a new mother, it is hard to even find the headspace for your own dreams. Even when I knew my timing wasn’t right, I’d still write down all of my ideas so they could germinate. Once you are an experienced mother, there is more space to visualize and maybe even make a start on small business, but the physical demands of raising kids can stifle your creativity and eat up your time. Balancing work and family has definitely been the hardest for me. My children are now 21,18 and 7, so I am careful to get in a good 4-5 hours a day, while they are in school. My mom used to tell me, “You can have it all as a woman, but not always at the same time.” I suggest young women be patient with themselves… there are many, many chapters in life. If you have a goal that’s meaningful to you, you WILL get there, one day.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
Consulting families, in person, on how to live well in beautiful spaces is great fun. It is so interesting to see how people live in their most private spaces. I feel very fulfilled to make differences in people’s lives this way. However, to be the kind of mother that is right for me, I have to reserve the majority of my time for my own family. This challenge is what gave me the idea for Acorn and Oak, a member-ship based, digital resource for families that deal with physical disabilities, Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, etc. I have also created a private-label line of organic, therapeutic products to support this population. Actually, anyone who experiences stress will LOVE our travel-size, mini weighted blanket to hold on their laps at school, work or in the car. Every product I recommend or create is made to empower families to live their best lives.

Who have you been inspired by?
I have always looked up to much older women. I yearn for their wisdom and confidence. I love to hear their stories of facing challenges and then succeeding despite them. Their experience gives me permission to trust my own path- to follow my own unique perspective. One of my favorite celebrities is 98-year-old Iris Apfel, a fantastic interior designer, and businesswoman. She is eccentric, brave and more successful in her 90s than ever before!

Pricing:

  • Membership Site Coming Soon
  • Acorn and Oak Products Coming Soon
  • Interior Design Consultations start at $500.00

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Image Credit:
Dan Piassick

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