Next Wave: Georgia Zikas

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Writer: Leslie Hatton

For Connecticut-based interior designer Georgia Zikas, nothing happens by accident. With Massachusetts roots and plans to expand on Cape Cod, the path she has forged may not have been the one she envisioned for herself early on, but she is proud of what she has built and appreciates the people and experiences she has collected along the way. With her undergraduate degree in communications, encouragement from her family and a dose of bravery, Zikas opted to pursue what was always her passion and she dove headfirst to continue her studies at the New York School of Interior Design. Since then, she’s been building her business with deliberate and strategic moves and surrounding herself with people who mirror her zeal and gratitude. The Vice President of Educational Foundation on the Board of the IFDA, (International Furnishings and Design Association) for the New England Chapter, and recent spotlight on the Creative Genius podcast, she shares a little of her secret sauce for success. CCH: What made you realize you were interested in interior design?  GZ: I always had a passion for design, but it wasn’t something that seemed to be in my path at the time that I was heading to college. I earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Communications from Suffolk University, but in my late twenties, my husband encouraged me to “go for it” and I enrolled at The New York School of Interior Design. I was living in New York City, working nights and weekends...there’s no such thing as an overnight success. I started at the D&D Building, then worked at a design firm on the Upper East Side. From there, I landed at the prestigious Gomez Associates, which was truly a dream job. Alongside Mariette and Brooke, we worked with celebrities and movers and shakers all over…

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Leslie Hatton

Leslie (Horne) Hatton enthusiastically joined Cape Cod Life in October of 2022. Educated in Mashpee and Falmouth, she graduated from Assumption College and received her Master of Education degree from Lesley College. A former teacher, she has taught middle school, preschool and most recently, fifth grade. She and her husband Tom have three children: Aidan, Colin, and Erin. Their newest family member is Millie, an outgoing, outrageously happy chocolate lab. She loves to talk about all of them so better not ask. One neat tidbit about Leslie is that she is the author of the locally best-selling children’s book Cape Cod ABCs, with over 10K books sold on Cape Cod, the Islands and across Massachusetts. Happiest in the summer with a little sun on her face, she loves being with friends and her family, laughing, drinking and eating all over beautiful Cape Cod.