We had the good fortune of connecting with Donna Champagne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donna, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As someone who has a passion for motherhood, as well as organization and design, I believed I could start something that allowed me to invest in all three. I slowly began my business about nine years ago, about three months after becoming a mom and not wanting to return back to my 9-to-5 job. I got a taste of motherhood, the greatest job on earth, but I still wanted to do something that fed my passion and used my talents. After putting my daughter to sleep one evening, an idea sparked in my head and its been growing and evolving ever since.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
With a goal to help you love where you live, Champagne at Home, provides affordable organization using the KonMari Method®, while incorporating design options for those wanting to take their space to the next level. Champagne is my last name, and ‘Champagne at home’ is a play on words I guess you could say. While many enjoy sipping champagne from the comforts of home, the title also incorporates myself in helping those achieve a place where you can be at ease, clutter free, and love your surroundings.
Our homes are one of our biggest investments; it should be a place of minimal chaos and a place we look forward to returning to after long days. Life is messy, kids are messy (wink), those perfectly curated homes in magazines and on social media ARE NOT REAL LIFE. But with discarding clutter, tidying practices, and added design, I help my clients achieve something beautiful and practical for everyday life.
Organization and design; I think the two go hand in hand. Most personal organizers do not have a design background, so Id have to say thats what sets me apart. I am also self taught, aside from my recent studies under KonMari Co, for their organizing method and Japanese philosophy of tidying and discarding which fascinates me and has changed my outlook on the items that surround us.
Although organization is an important part of our everyday lives when it comes to managing tasks, anxiety, and work flow… creating a space you love thats surrounded by textures, colors, and items that bring you joy can really make a home or work space more inviting. We are atmosphere-driven creatures. Theres a reason we crave working at coffee shops with wooden walls, cozy, leather seating, and simplified decor. I want my clients to have that same excitement and “sanctuary” experience when it comes to their homes and work place.
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.
If my best friend was visiting the area, and I wanted to give her my perfect Houston experience, lots of eating would be involved. We’d start right by my house at The Kitchen in the Woodlands for coffee & brunch because its one of my favorite local spots, followed by some shopping at Pell 1990. Tiny’s No. 5 would be on the lunch itinerary because of its light, inviting interiors, and gorgeous outdoor dining space.
We’d go to dinner at MAD in River Oaks District for their creative experience, and yummy, Spanish tapas. Id want to stay a few nights at The Post Oak Hotel because I love the art work and energy. Another dining experience would be going to Bloom & Bee for its floral and feminine textures, and pretty cocktails. I love to bargain shop for interior decor, so lots of stops at the antique stores around the city would be ideal, and several houston decor shops, many I have yet to visit. Clarkwood in Montrose would be on the list of cocktail bars we’d stop at; I love the floating neon light that lights up their space, and the beautifully designed bar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank Chef Nelson Padron and Chef Maria Christina Osuna, owners and creators of Avila Flavors & Experiences, for believing in me, and allowing me to help bring their micro – restaurant vision to life. They were one of my first design clients, and challenged me to create something I had never done before on that scale. It sparked an even bigger passion for design in me, and made me more excited to say “yes” to new experiences. Their talents, kindness, and life experiences are a blessing to witness, and their friendship is unmatched.
Tracy Robinson Danny Baker