Décor Aid Founders Sean Juneja And Markus Weber Talk Interior Design Platform In Exclusive Interview
Décor Aid is one of today's most affordable, transparent and easily accessible interior decorating services. Founders Sean Juneja and Markus Weber have developed an interior design platform that allows all individuals the opportunity to live in a well-designed home.
Headquartered in NYC, Décor Aid is committed to expanding its business offerings and connecting clients with designers that meet their specific needs. The company has launched in London, San Francisco, Miami, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and, of course, New York City.
Juneja and Weber have created a system that is revolutionizing how designer and client partnerships are constructed. Décor Aid clients do not need to worry about an inept designer on the job, each designer is supported by the company's customer service team. The platform accepts projects small and large, and the billing model is straightforward -- no surprise hidden fees or mark-ups. Fees and hourly rates are completely transparent, and project deadlines are met even if that means Décor Aid streamlines, outsources or automates tasks in order to expedite the process.
Scroll down for our exclusive Identities feature with Juneja and Weber.
MB: Early bird or night owl?
SJ: Early bird. But with the way Décor Aid has been taking off, I've been burning the midnight oil.
MW: Early bird.
MB: What is your perfect day?
SJ: Any day with my wife and three kids is a perfect day.
MW: I'm a newlywed, so any time I can spend with my wife is pretty perfect.
MB: Inspired by?
SJ: Travel. No matter where I go in the world I always feel inspired by what I have seen.
MW: New York City - it's an endless source of inspiration no matter where you go.
MB: Must have?
SJ: iPhone. I'm not good at going completely off the grid.
MW: Music. You can change your mood and state of mind in an instant.
MB: Favorite item in your wardrobe?
SJ: An old cashmere sweater that my wife gave me when we first met. It's incredibly soft and always puts a smile on her face.
MW: My wedding tuxedo - it reminds me of our wedding day, being surrounded by all our family and friends.
MB: Everyone should have ________ in their home.
SJ: Something that is special to them, a family heirloom or an objects from their travels.
MW: Love & laughter. A home filled with it never goes out of style.
MB: Vacation spot?
SJ: Paris. No matter how many hours I have spent wandering the streets of Paris, there is always something new to discover.
MW: I grew up in Germany, so skiing in the Austrian Alps and visiting family in Bavaria has always been my favorite way to spend time off.
MB: Travel essentials?
SJ: My digital SLR. I love to take photos of architecture and the places we visit. In fact, a Paris hotel was the inspiration for one of the rooms in my home.
MW: A good book or pod-casts for my long-haul flights home.
MB: Recent self-discovery?
SJ: My love for the simple things in life.
MW: Looking forward to industrial design moving out of fashion.
MB: Favorite quote?
SJ: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein
MW: "Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends." - Walt Disney
MB: You're unique because...
SJ: I value individuality, and I encourage people to share their ideas, which is key when you work in a creative field.
MW: I prefer to let others be the judge of that.
MB: Career in your next life?
SJ: Astronomer. I love astronomy and the challenges that come with it.
MW: The same as now, because I love what I do every day.
MB: If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?
SJ: You can only fail if you do not try. And regret is worse than failure.
MW: Let go of the idea that you have to follow a certain career path to be happy and successful. Set your own path.
MB: Proudest moment so far?
SJ: I'm proud every time we expand to a new city. I'm reminded how far we've come and the exciting road ahead.
MW: Décor Aid got invited to participate in Housing Works' inaugural Design On A Dime benefit in Miami as well as to the annual New York event. It's exciting to be a part of this select design community and help a great cause at the same time.
MB: Women should always...
SJ: Chase their dreams.
MW: Follow their heart.
MB: Men should never...
SJ: Forget Valentine's Day!
MW: Allow women to open a door.
MB: Most courageous thing you've ever done?
SJ: Leaving behind job security to follow my lifelong passion for design.
MW: Starting a business definitely tops my list.
MB: A book you could read religiously?
MW: Johann Wolfgang von Geothe's "Faust."
SJ: George Orwell's "1984." I love making the comparisons.
MB: Favorite artist/designer?
SJ: Picasso — he broke away from the status quo and invented a unique way to express his vision.
MW: Leonardo Da Vinci. He was an artist, entrepreneur and visionary with a work ethic that was second to none.
MB: ________ keeps you happy.
SJ: It sounds cliche, but family.
MB: Your legacy...?
SJ: Helping people.
MW: Changing people's lives by helping them to create their dream homes.
MB: There is too much...
SJ: Copycat design. People should embrace their personal style.
MW: Impersonal interior design experiences. We believe in getting to know our clients, building relationships and creating a home that reflects who they are.
MB: In the end...
SJ: Offer the best product and service in the market. No marketing effort can be a substitute for that.
MW: You should live in a space that makes you happy and works for you. Preferably with a comfortable sofa and incredible lighting.