We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Glenn Boman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah Glenn, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Hi! So, Sarah Glenn Interiors had not been up and running for very long before we found out I was pregnant with our daughter. Growing my own business and planning for our first child were not two things I had planned on doing simultaneously. I learned to be an entrepreneur and a parent at the same time. It took a while for me to figure out the balance. To be honest, I am not sure that I have the balance figured out now – but do any of us really have it “all figured out”? I truly love working with my clients on their homes AND I love being present for my family. I have immense gratitude for the ability to do both. My priority is our family and being available for our daughter especially while she is still so young. This means that I end up doing most of my work during her nap time, at night, and on the weekends. This is the choice I am making right now. I am beyond lucky to have a family that is supportive and clients who are understanding of my somewhat irregular schedule. Especially after the pandemic began, people are more understanding than ever that we all have lives outside of work.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Sarah Glenn Interiors was born out of my belief that it is possible to make a home unique and beautiful at any budget. Many of my clients are first time homeowners or first time parents. They have ideas about how they want their home to look but no idea how to execute the vision on their own. I have other clients that are renovating their homes and need assistance with design choices. I also have clients who are needing to update their spaces to meet the needs of life transitions like a divorce or children who have gotten older and the family needs to use the space in new ways. Most of my clients are completely overwhelmed by options, and they simply want me to edit down the options and give them a little bit of direction in the selection process.
What sets me apart from others is that I am willing to work with clients at any stage and various budgets. If we are starting completely from scratch or have a good base to work from, if we are furnishing one small living room or working on a full-scale remodel – I am genuinely excited to work with my clients to make their homes a true reflection of their personalities and lifestyles. I am grateful that I was able to adapt my business to working completely remotely since the pandemic began. I have worked on several kitchen and bathroom remodels on homes that I have never even stepped foot inside. This was a challenge, but it has actually increased my business because I now not only have clients locally here in Atlanta but also scattered all across the US. I love learning about what my clients are passionate about, what excites them, and what makes them feel good and then incorporating this knowledge into the decor of their homes. It brings me a lot of joy to help others realize the full potential of their spaces.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love when we have visitors to Atlanta! Out of town visitors are often surprised at the unique character different areas of the city hold, and it is one of the things I have always really loved about this city.
For sites to visit I would hit:
– High Museum, Botanical Garden, & Piedmont Park. I grew up in the Ansley Park neighborhood, and I really love midtown so taking visitors to these spots is always on my list.
– Oakland Cemetery & MLK National Historic Site. The cemetery is beautiful and you really can’t come to Atlanta without visiting the MLK historic site.
– A Beltline walk or bike and visit to Ponce City Market for some shopping is also usually on my agenda for visitors.
I used to work in the restaurant business so I am quite passionate about food and restaurants. We have so many amazing options in Atlanta that it is almost hard to narrow down. We are lucky to live near the new businesses in Summerhill so we end up getting a lot of pastries from Little Tart which are mouth watering good. Little Bear, though we have only gotten take out due to the pandemic, is absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to dine inside. Storico Fresco in Buckhead or Forza Storico are my go to spots when I want an Italian fix. Miller Union is another solid favorite.
The bar at Kimball House is nice for a cocktail. Golden Eagle is also really fun, but they sadly recently closed. We also love getting a beer and sitting outside at Monday Night Garage!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to Rebecca Rumph Pocock. She was my direct manager when I was working at the Design & Build firm Hecho Inc. in Brooklyn. They really took a flyer on me when they hired me because I was not yet very experienced in the interiors space. From the get-go she was encouraging and adamant that anything I did not know already could be learned on the job. She was also a wonderful example, for me, of a woman in the design space that both had a growing career and a family. She was able to give time to both of those parts of her which I knew I wanted to be able to do once I had children. When we left New York and moved to Atlanta, Rebeccah was excited to hear when I started my business and readily available by phone for advice. Her belief in me – the notion that I could turn my skills into my own business – was and still is really meaningful.
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