SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PROFILES | HOME EXPERTS
Bethesda Magazine HOME | September/October 2013 259
We realized there are so many luxury home
brands that aren’t available locally. We
collaborated on NEST 301 to introduce
consumers to those products.” “
What made you decide to get into your line
MG: I wasn’t fulfilled with corporate life, where I
spent most days behind a desk and computer. I hired
Steve to decorate my house in Potomac, and we realized
there are many luxury home brands that aren’t available locally. We collaborated on NEST 301 to introduce
consumers to those products.
SC: With 31 years of design experience and as the
owner of Yardstick Interiors, I wanted my clients to have
a one-stop shopping experience to find art, furniture,
fabric, lighting, rugs and accessories for their homes. I
was excited to introduce clients to unique product lines
not available in typical retail settings.
What is your professional and educational
MG: I have an MBA in international finance, with previous careers in investment banking and biotechnology
start-ups. I grew up in Italy and spent five years studying
art there. I’ve always been passionate about design.
SC: I graduated from Washington & Lee University
and was going to attend law school when my father
asked me to give the family business, Yardstick Interiors,
a try. I never left!
What brings you the most satisfaction in
SC: I feel good knowing that when they arrive home
from work, my clients are relaxing and enjoying the
beauty that I helped to create. I cherish a lot of the
friendships I’ve made by engaging with people first as
MG: Realizing ideas and materializing dreams.
What is the one thing that your customers should
know about you?
SC: I listen to what my customers want, and I never
close a project until they’re completely satisfied. Many
interior designers impose their own strong opinions onto
a project. I try to step aside and really listen to what the
MG: I married the same woman four times in one
year. Ask me about it when you meet me!