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Check Out Ana Matiz Mandowa’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Matiz Mandowa.

Hi Ana, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My career started in 2001 as a Residential Real Estate Paralegal. In 2010, after the real estate market crashed, I decided to go back to school nights and weekends while working full-time. I later graduated from Brenau University with a CIDA accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design / Master of Interior Design. Shortly after, I obtained my real estate license with the State of Georgia and became a Realtor with Virtual Properties

I started doing contract design work for a local architectural firm that focuses on restaurant design for small businesses to nationally franchised chain restaurants. Simultaneously, I worked on my own commercial and residential projects. One of my favorite projects was helping my best friend design her custom-built Modern Farmhouse in Winder, GA. Most recently, my husband and I have bought a new home and started renovating it. Follow me on Instagram @iaminteriorsbyanamatiz for all things home – Interior Design and Real Estate. I am truly blessed to be a multi-faceted professional where I can utilize my creativity, education, and experience to represent my clients in buying and selling their homes as well as create interiors that they love.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Switching careers is never easy; however, I would not have had it any other way as I know my personal and professional experiences make me a better Interior Designer/Realtor. Although it was challenging to balance work, school, and my personal life, accomplishing what I have thus far was well worth it. I truly love what I do!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a full-time Interior Designer and Realtor working in both residential and commercial spaces. Being proficient in Interior Design and Real Estate, I am able to provide my clients with a unique skill set. I am to envision the true potential of a space, offer ideas for modifications, give value of improvements, and understand the ins and outs of the closing and design/renovation processes.

I am most known for my 20 years of experience working as a Paralegal for some of the top real estate law firms in Metro Atlanta and obtaining a Master’s degree in Interior Design that gives me a wealth of knowledge to serve my clients. I am most proud of helping my clients with their homes and/or businesses– whether it’s achieving their goals in homeownership, selling their homes for top dollar, and/or designing a home or business that they love and cherish. It is gratifying to be a part of someone’s dreams coming true.

Now let’s talk design! Interior Design is my passion. I love all sorts of design styles and like to offer an array of design styles to my clients. However, in my home, I definitely lean towards an eclectic, luxe modern aesthetic. I like to blend high and low priced pieces as well as use old and new pieces in my interiors. This leads me to one of my favorite things to do – VINTAGE SHOPPING! I absolutely love the hunt of finding a unique treasure in the midst of chaos. Some are overwhelmed by the mere sight of an unorganized cluttered consignment store, but I thrive in places like that. I frequent a lot of antique, thrift, and consignment stores in the Metro Atlanta area for my vintage finds, and ALWAYS seem to discover a unique piece for an amazing price. I also like to shop online and in-person estate sales, but it is not as thrilling. Shopping second-hand is definitely not for everyone, but it should be. The fact that an accessory or a piece of furniture has a past adds to a space. It also helps the environment with less waste by giving a piece a new life. By collecting items over time, my home is curated with unique pieces, old and new, that tell a story of who we are and what we love.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Wow! That’s a hard one because there are so many. I grew up in East Atlanta in the 80’s, and it was truly a beautiful time and place to grow up. But my absolute favorite childhood memory would have to be spending the summer of 1990 in New York. My brother and I spent the summer with my grandparents in Queens and my aunt in Spanish Harlem. At home, we weren’t allowed to go past the stop sign at the end of our street, but in NYC [without our mom’s supervision], we had the freedom to explore the BEST city in the world. We walked for blocks, rode the train, and took the bus to wherever we wanted. I was amazed by the architecture, urban environment, and various cultures. It was then that I truly fell in love with architecture. I especially love Brooklyn Brownstones, which is my interior design aesthetic for my personal home. I love mixing elaborate moldings with modern light fixtures and hardwood floors, using antique furniture with contemporary accessories, and creating intimate gathering spaces with a sense of formality.

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