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A Warm Hug

Interior designer Anne Mahoney creates a safe and loving home for a client and his young family.

Knowledge is power, and it can help you overcome any fear of the unexpected. When you learn, you gain more awareness through the process, and you know what pitfalls to look for as you get ready to transition to the next level.                        

~ Jay Shetty
Clean, carefree and comfortable was Anne Mahoney’s goal with the design of this living room. Forgivable, easy-care fabric choices make time together stress-free. Art by Nedret Andre.

There are some people that come into your life and you are forever changed by the intersection, hopefully for the better. Sometimes it is a gift they give you that marks the moment when everything from then on was different. Sometimes that gift is not tangible, but more of a shared experience; an exchange of knowledge, an insight into something you never even knew existed. Sometimes the experience of first meeting that person is just a lingering feeling of simple contentment and well-being, an aura that lasts long after they have left and is easily resurrected merely by remembering the exchange with an open and generous soul. Anne Mahoney is one of those people. 

The Scituate-based interior designer and founder/owner of Anne Lydia, LLC has lived a life with a couple of truths. 1.) From the time she was a child, she knew she wanted to be completely immersed in the world of design. 2.) From the time she discovered she was going to be a mother, she knew there was nothing more important than that role. Without even knowing it, she created a third truth for herself: being a supportive and caring friend to anyone who crossed her path.

Shades of blue hydrangeas keep this room serene and sophisticated for the homeowner’s mother who spends many weekends on the Cape.

All of those are admirable characteristics for any human, but what makes Mahoney different is the effect that lingers in her wake. As a design professional, that means that her clients are in caring, capable and confident hands. She tirelessly works with her clients to create a space that uniquely supports and nurtures their home. As a mother, it means there is no obstacle that will deter her from providing a life that is safe, supportive and scintillating for her two daughters. She gives selflessly as a friend, without expectation, and along the way receives a multiplying return from those drawn to her passion and positivity. 

It was the trifecta convergence of those qualities that brought Mahoney and a lucky homeowner together in the beginning of 2019. But that story can’t be understood without first comprehending the arc of travails and ultimately triumphs that led Mahoney to this project in Osterville. “Well, if you want the real story, we should probably back up a bit,” she explains. “In 2014, I had been doing my own interior design work for about a year, when I was faced with a divorce. This altered my plans, putting my one–year–old daughter and financial stability over my career aspirations. This was not an easy decision, but one I look back on and know was the right one.” Having a history of sales in the design product industry, Mahoney hit the pavement and as she tells it, “I decided I was going to sell one product, but I was going to sell it very well.”

Armed with a new directive to refocus her life, Mahoney set her sights on Phillip Jeffries, a well-respected specialty wallcovering company. “Long term, I knew I wanted to have my own business again, so I wanted to stay in the interior design field. I’ve always loved wallcoverings and think that Phillip Jeffries is the best in the business. My timing was impeccable as they were just opening their first US based design showroom in Boston and they needed a sales rep for New England.” Mahoney and the Boston team were able to exponentially grow sales over the next 3 years. Phillip Jeffries enabled her to hone her craft, by working with hundreds of designers throughout the territory. Mahoney’s time with Phillip Jeffries culminated in a once in a lifetime experience, when she was able to team up with their corporate design group to collaborate on a new pattern, named “Annie Banannie” in her honor.  

After providing for herself and her young daughter, Mahoney’s determination began to reap the rewards of her hard work. Financial stability, a new husband and another child on the way led her to a place that was very different from just a few years prior. That brings the story to 2019, when a friend in real estate called Mahoney, who was four months pregnant at the time, and asked her if she was ready to do design again. With a fresh perspective on life, coupled with encouragement from her husband, she set out to chase her design dreams again. And the timing could not have been better, as a great working relationship was just about to blossom. 

Mahoney was open and honest about her pregnancy with the prospective Osterville client. Despite this having the potential to interfere with project timelines, he was willing to take that chance saying, “Let’s give it a whirl.” Over the next several client meetings and site visits, Mahoney was able to transition her client’s wants and needs into a vision which would ultimately become reality.  

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