At the outset in 1989, it seemed unlikely to me that David Michael Miller Associates Interior Design would succeed sufficiently to ever allow me to reflect on 25 years of business. From beginning DMMA in a converted second bedroom in a rented condominium at 17th avenue & camelback road, to operating out of our wonderful modern studio building in Old Town Scottsdale today, we have certainly evolved and matured. Over the years, we have had the good fortune to work for many very special clients, and have had the privilege of traveling to some pretty interesting places in the course of our work. I am so grateful to our clients who have allowed us to help shape the places and spaces in which they live.
Of course through the years, I have been helped by some very talented people within my own studio, as well as have been able to collaborate with many gifted architects, craftspeople, builders and workrooms along the way. No accumulation of good work in interior design is possible without being surrounded by talented people—and through the years there have been a great many. At the DMMA studio itself, Shelley Behrhorst & Brian Wieberg have been working with me now for two decades, and our clients know how important their contributions are to our completed work. Their tireless attention to detail, and vigilant efforts over the years have facilitated the creation of some very beautiful interiors. After all, the conception and visualization of our project’s interiors is not sufficient in and of itself–you must have the right talent around you to implement those conceptions and visualizations to make them real. I have been very lucky in that realm over the years.
So, for those who might be starting out in interior design, take heart—if I can start a business in a rented condominium with wall to wall plush carpeting and popcorn ceilings, there is certainly hope for all! And to those clients, builders and architects who have invited us to join them in their projects over the last 25 years, we count you as friends today, and we extend our greatest thanks and appreciation.
At the end of the day, I consider myself blessed to be able to work in a field that I love. Probably because I enjoy interior design as much as i do, looking back, it seems impossible that a quarter century has elapsed!