“The ability to help people make their homes a beautiful space to enjoy with their families and build everlasting memories is what keeps me going. My number one goal is for my clients to love their homes when the project is complete.”
Maryan Ibrahim, the proud founder of J Vera Interiors, an interior design company, embarked on her career journey as an elementary school teacher and later, a supervisor of special education.
Born in Egypt, Maryan immigrated to the United States at the young age of 11. Her passion for interior design developed after the renovation of her own home in Central New Jersey. She went on to say, “I always loved interior decor but it wasn’t until we bought our first house and completely renovated it that I finally found my true passion in interior design.”
Named after her daughter, Julianna Vera, Maryan spent five years as a stay-at-home mom before starting up J Vera Interiors. Becoming a mom of three has led to her decision to leave the education field and spend more of her time at home with her children.
“While I enjoyed being a mom, I still felt a void in me,” shared Maryan, “Once I found my passion in interior design, I knew I wanted to start a business and pursue it professionally so I set a goal for myself, enrolled in design classes, started an Instagram account, and the rest is history!”
The interior design of her own home reflects her personal designing style. She went on to say, “I consider my personal design style to be transitional. I like to mix modern elements with some traditional furnishings to keep a room from looking too much of one particular style,” shared Maryan, “I like to blend interior design styles to create balance, warmth, and a relaxed feel in a home. My own home reflects that.”
Many people draw their inspiration and motivation from different things. For Maryan, trying new things, visiting new places, talking to new people, and changing up her routine are the things that keep her inspired and motivated. Her favorite part about designing a home is seeing the reactions on her clients faces when they see the final reveal of the project. “The ability to help people make their homes a beautiful space to enjoy with their families and build everlasting memories is what keeps me going,” shared Maryan, “My number one goal is for my clients to love their homes when the project is complete!”
Maryan’s Favorite and Most Challenging Part about Entrepreneurship
“My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is creating my own opportunities and destiny,” shares Maryan, “I enjoy the fact that I am my own boss, make my own decisions, and set my own rules!”
Maryan shared the most challenging part about her entrepreneurial journey is balancing between her business and personal relationships. She went on to say, “Owning a business can cause severe stress and anxiety. It is hard to balance being a wife, mother, daughter, and friend.”
Our Favorite Questions
In your opinion, what are the top three traits every entrepreneur should have?
“There are so many traits that an entrepreneur should have but I would say the top three things for me are,
Vision- You have to have a clear picture of what you want your business to be and what your goals are.
Confidence- As human beings it’s natural to have self-doubt, but to be an entrepreneur you have to put that aside and exude confidence. You must believe in yourself or no one else will.
Persistence- What will set you apart from the rest is your ability to be persistent when you face rejection and not give up. Sticking with it when it gets hard is what will make you successful.”
What advice do you have for women aspiring to start their own business one day?
“Believe in yourself and go after what you want! Don’t doubt yourself. Set a goal then figure out the steps to achieve it. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. It’s ok if you fail but the most important thing is to not give up and get back up. You will have good days and bad days. Don’t let the bad outweigh the good and keep going! As women, we can be so critical of ourselves, but we have to fight hard to push that aside and have confidence in ourselves and go after what we want.”
Do you have any other words of encouragement for our readers?
“At the end of the day, we only have one life to live. If you are unhappy with where you are in life then do something about it and change it. Find your passion, set a goal for yourself, have confidence, work hard, and go after what you want. You have to believe in yourself and work hard. Nothing comes easy. Everything takes work.”