We had the good fortune of connecting with Teresa Martinez Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Teresa, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I love the hunt for pieces, and I love residential design! I like the impact interiors have on the mind. I like how a room can make you feel cozy or sophisticated. Since I was very young I was fascinated by decorating and often went antiquing with my mother. I would rearrange our house, and would paint my own room. As a child I collected Polly Pockets because I was in love with the elaborate tiny designs of the houses. I also love to draw and paint. I guess creativity and art overall makes me very happy but I also love clothes and accessories! Yikes! I sound like such a materialist, but I can’t help but to be fascinated by the artistry that can go into a garment or a purse or earrings! With all that said I am also a perfectionist. Order and balance make me happy and now a days, slow days in the garden with my daughter are the best. Success to me would be doing what makes me happy while being able to contribute financially to my family. Success to me is finding the right balance between work and family. Success to me isn’t measured by the amount of sales or revenue but by stability. Success to me is being able to walk away happy because you did not lose sight of your priorities even if the endeavor failed.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Lilian and Victoria is a small business that sells furniture, lighting, art and fashion. Our pieces are classic and inspired by traditional designs. Some of our pieces are handmade, and we’re especially proud of our handmade mother-of-pearl jewelry and handmade rattan purses. I was able to start this business from the experience I collected over the years working for high-end retailers and small high-end residential design firms. I don’t know if any business owner would ever call it easy, and in the beginning it is especially hard trying to get it up and running. My advice for anyone considering to take the leap is to plan, plan, plan, be organized, and keep an on going to do list to keep you on track. However a good support system like a spouse or friend that can help you with the daily chores of life will be a huge asset in getting you through your first months as a business owner especially if you are a parent. At this point in my journey of entrepreneurship I would like people to know my brand and feel assured in the quality of my products and services.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh gosh! This is a no brainer for me. So let’s pretend covid is no longer an issue. I would start at a day at the Musuem of Fine Arts and dinner at Tiny Boxwoods out on their lawn. Then I would take them to a show at Sarofim Hall at The Hobby Center then dinner at Le Colonial. Then I would do a day at Hermann Park and McGovern Centennial Gardens followed by dinner at Crisp on a night they have live music. Next I would do a morning at Common Bond followed by thrifting at The Guild Shop. Lastly I would finish with brunch at Tiny Boxwoods again because you just can’t get enough of that place!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
None of this would even be possible for me without my husband who is my biggest fan and support system! He is seriously the best thing to ever happen to me.
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