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CYNTHIA BRUNN, DESIGN CONSULTANT AT ETHAN ALLEN
Ethan Allen is a leading interior design company that offers a broad range of custom
furniture, accessories, and home decor including custom window treatments, bedding,
table linens, wall coverings, carpeting, an extensive customizable art collection and
beautiful botanicals. All within a design center setting where you can create the look
you’ll love from classic to contemporary with complimentary interior design services.
Briefly describe your business philosophy. My philosophy is to give my clients what
they want, not what I want. I listen to their vision for their space and then my goal is to
give them even more than they expect so that when they come in for a presentation
they are excited and eager to get started on a design project. The most important
aspect of my job is to make my clients’ dreams become a reality.
What is your competitive edge? My longevity in the business. I’ve worked for Ethan
Allen for more than 17 years and my product and design knowledge is my strength. I’m
passionate about what I do and I pride myself on providing the utmost personal design
service to all my clients. Most importantly, I ensure my clients enjoy the process. I keep
it fun, light and humorous so that they feel at ease and enjoy working with me.
What (or who) were you going to be when you grew up? I have always been very
creative. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a dress designer or a professional singer.
What makes you excel at what you do? I am passionate about what I do and I take
my job very seriously. I am a results-driven designer with a focus on efficiency and
effectiveness. I have a personal yet professional approach with every client I meet and
I have the ability to adjust to the needs of each individual so they feel comfortable and
confident in what I can do for them.
From a business standpoint, who’s your inspiration? My inspiration comes from
my clients. Every customer is unique and each project I work on is special in its own
way. I engage with each client and use their story as inspiration to create something
meaningful for them. I am truly inspired by my clients every day.
ETHAN ALLEN 435 CORTE MADERA TOWN CENTER, CORTE MADERA, 415.924.8507,
MELISSA FERST, OWNER AT INTERNATIONAL ORANGE
International Orange, located in San Francisco and Marin Country Mart, is a day spa and
retail shop offering curated holistic wellness in a simple yet thoughtful sanctuary.
Briefly describe your business philosophy. IO strives to provide a beautiful environment
for its clients to experience transformative wellness treatments and products from
expert service providers.
Which product or service (that you offer) is your favorite? I love our In Fiore spa
treatments. Either the massage with added In Fiore body balm or our In Fiore Facial
which includes the most amazing facial massage. With either one you walk out feeling
and smelling incredible.
What makes you excel at what you do? I have learned so much being in this business
for more than 15 years, but I couldn’t do it without my team of managers who truly
believe in the experience and the culture we are trying to create for our clients
and our employees.
What makes your work worthwhile? I love my work for two reasons. The first is being
able to provide a serene space for people to take time from their busy lives to truly relax
and escape. And second, I love working alongside a staff of amazing managers and
service providers. Everyone is committed to a healthy life for themselves and for
INTERNATIONAL ORANGE 2421 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 43, LARKSPUR,
415.563.5000, MARIN@INTERNATIONALORANGE.COM, INTERNATIONALORANGE.COM