Dawn Tucker: Artist, local Wichita designer, entrepreneur, businesswoman, mother, wife, friend to many and Jazzercize fanatic! Dawn owns and operates Dawn’s Designs, a full service design studio, located in downtown Wichita at 400 N. Mead.
Either You Have It or You Don’t- and Dawn Has It!
What originally started as hobby, is now a successful, full-service design business. Even though Dawn does not hold a formal design degree, she has certainly put in the hours to create a well-known and respected business with her creative eye and versatile designs.
Dawn has created success within her business by listening to her clients and accessing their design needs on an individual basis. She believes in addition to the design being visually pleasing, it must also be functional.
“We incorporate what brings a client peace and joy!”
Where Design Took Flight
During her time working in aircraft administration, she had a creative side she wanted to fulfill. Whether that was creating her own wreaths or decorating a friend’s home, she had an eye for design. Eventually, her husband and daughter pushed her to make the leap from a hobby to a full-time career.
In the early days of Dawn’s Designs, a real estate company she had worked with suggested she consider interior staging for residential homes. Dawn then attended the Home Staging & Redesign Association workshop and conference where she received her staging certification. Quickly, things began to change.
Dawn’s Design started in the basement of her home and went from three plastic containers full of décor and accessories to three full time designers in three short years!
While visiting her studio, I had the opportunity to visit one on one with Dawn. It is evident just how naturally this all comes to her. Not only in her work, but in every aspect surrounding that. The care she demonstrates is truly unique and how much she values her personal and professional relationships.
When Dawn’s Design outgrew the limited space in the basement of her home, she found the perfect partnership with Stuart & Associates. They now share the 400 N Mead storefront, and make it work seamlessly. Her team is now compromised of five members who are there to fulfil each client’s need.
While staging has been successful for Dawn’s Designs, she has decided to redirect her focus primarily on interior design. She also wants to build her commercial design portfolio.
“Creating something meaningful, yet professional is hard to get right.”
While there is less emotion in the commercial design process, creating a positive work environment can completely change a company’s atmosphere. The world of commercial design is also ever changing, so it is a new way of learning and growth for Dawn and her business.