Introducing Your Favorite Place® Magazine
The Method: Your Favorite Place® is the signature method of interior design developed by Mary Elizabeth Beal of MBID International, Inc.
The Magazine: Your Favorite Place® Magazine is an editorial journal sharing projects, clients, product vendors, local artisans, and the stories behind many of the decisions made that are not always evident in a simple photograph. The goal is to move beyond simply discussing design, and to showcase the many individuals who drive each project.
“In a time where so much is mass produced and duplicated, people see a photo of a completed space and forget real people, with real stories, and real hopes and dreams are attached to our work. We want to tell those stories that inspire our designs. It’s not just talking about design; it’s talking about the human experience. The stories make design come alive.”
– Mary Elizabeth Beal
“The most frequent question I am ever asked is what is my design style. People want to know if the spaces I design are traditional or modern, formal or casual, neutral or colorful. While many talented designers find great success branding a signature look, for over 15 years I have been developing and testing a different approach,” says Beal. “I’m not designing a place for me, but one that I hope will become Your Favorite Place®.”
Her proprietary technique guides strategic decisions and selections, enhances the client experience during the design process, and ultimately delivers an end result that more precisely fits each client or location.
“I have developed a unique strategic process that enables me to gather key data about you as my client. I study everything from personalities, interests, fears, and dreams to daily habits, organizational methods, and motivational drivers. I combine the information I gather with tried and true design principles and knowledge,” continues Beal, who earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, is NCIDQ certified, and is a professional member of ASID.
“The end result is a place that captures the essence of who you were, who you are, and who you hope to become. It is a place that inspires, motivates, relaxes, and increases efficiency, health, energy, organization, and joy. For commercial clients, that place will better promote your image, and brand.”
She continues, “Why spend money, time and deal with the hassles of travel to get to the place you love most only once or twice a year? I will re-design your home or business or a room in your home or business into a place you can’t wait to drive to every day. Your Favorite Place® will change your life, and I can design it for you.”
Her signature method is beginning to attract more and more business as existing clients continue to return for help designing additional spaces, and word-of-mouth referrals increase. Beal says in the last six years the firm has not spent any money on paid advertising and that 90 percent of their business is repeat or referral based.
Beal has thus far kept Your Favorite Place® a secret, but that is all about to change. She is not willing to divulge all of the proprietary details of her method, but she is beginning to share some of the ways she applies the concepts in her new interior design publication Your Favorite Place® Magazine.
“Your Favorite Place® is a trademarked method. It is how I do what I do. It is what makes me, well, me. Your Favorite Place® Magazine is an editorial journal where I can begin to share some of the stories of projects and clients, and how the method worked for them. There is also a tips section that will help readers learn how they can apply something they read about in one of the articles.”
The publication won’t be limited to Beal’s experiences or even MBID International, Inc. projects and clients alone.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to share some of the beautiful stories of the people and places behind interiors and even the products that go into interiors. In a time where so much is mass produced and duplicated, people see a photo of a completed space and forget real people, with real stories, and real hopes and dreams are attached to our work. We want to tell those stories that inspire our designs. It’s not just talking about design; it’s talking about the human experience. The stories make design come alive.”