BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Brenna Silveria, Owner-operator at Hope + Bay Design Co.

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Brenna Silveria, Owner-operator at Hope + Bay Design Co.

What is your name and occupation?

Brenna Silveria, Owner-operator at Hope + Bay Design Co.

What is your instagram handle?

@hopeandbay

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

2 years

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I was born and raised on Long Island. I moved to the Boston area 13 years ago after I got married. Boston has always felt like home to me. I visited the city for my 16th birthday and it's had a piece of my heart ever since.

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

Prior to founding Hope + Bay, I worked as an Interior Designer at a leading New York architectural firm that specialized in Educational Design and Planning. It was there that I learned the important concept that what we design is for our clients not for ourselves. I worked alongside architects, engineers, landscape architects, construction managers and contractors gathering years of experience in all aspects of the design process from client meetings, budgeting, design development, construction documentation and construction management. During my commercial career there I designed interiors for public/private schools, public libraries, churches and private residences. My love for design was sparked at an early age sitting across from my Dad (who is an architect and successfully ran his own business for over 30 years.) He would sit with his plans and yellow trace and let me have my own roll and pencil to be a part of the design process. We worked together for many years and that time designing together was invaluable to my career. Fast-forward to getting married and having children. I knew that I wanted to work for myself and be able to create a life with a schedule flexible enough to let me be the Mom I wanted to be. ``What I love most about my home is that I can raise my family and run my business all under one roof.`` Unknown

What would your clients say about you and your company?

My clients would say that I listen to their needs, deliver a design that fits their budget and have answered their design challenge reflecting a livable + lovable space for their family.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Breathe.

What is your favorite book?

I'm going to use my daughter's quote here - ``How can I pick just one? They're all so good!'

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

Emily Ley Simplified planner. I'm old school. I like to use paper and pen first, to organize my life and thoughts. I'll then add everything relevant to our family color coded Google calendar.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Believe in yourself, take your time, you ARE destined for greatness be flexible your ``greatness`` will change over the years.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I'm a melanoma survivor.

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