Briana Ellis | SD Member Spotlight

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Briana Ellis

Dames Collective Chapter: San Diego

Architect & Interior Designer

MASH Motifs

Briana Ellis Architecture and Interiors


1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?

BIZ #1: MASH Motifs

MASH is a curated, shop-able, interior decor website with tools to help you Make Any Space Home. You can DIY it with our pre-designed Motifs, or work 1-to-1 with designer, Briana Ellis, to create a space that reflects your style and personality. 

BIZ#2: Briana Ellis Architecture and Interiors

A one-woman design practice, specializing in custom homes and remodels, as well as urban infill development and tenant improvements. 

2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far? 

My biggest win so far was landing my first project as a solo architect. I am designing a custom home for a family on a beautiful piece of land in Fallbrook.

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3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration? 

Instagram! The visual platform is the perfect place to see new and beautiful spaces and see what design styles are trending. 

4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from? 

It is called "your gift" because you were meant to give it to the world. Your business is not about making money, it is about creating value for others by sharing this gift.

5. What is your morning routine?

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I am a newbie entrepreneur and have been focusing on intentionally creating a routine that works best for me and not just what everyone tells you "the hustle" should look like. I am realizing the most important thing is doing something that helps create a positive mindset for the day, as well as capitalizing on my peak a.m. mental energy. For me, that has been waking up around 7, enjoying a cup of coffee and playing with my dog or listening to a podcast. I get started with work around 8 while I am still in my PJ's- I'm learning not to waste my morning brain power on getting dressed (one point for the working from home team!). By 11/11:30 I am ready for a break and jump in the shower or go to the gym.  It feels a little backwards at times, but it's working!

6. Favorite podcast? 

I binge on podcasts and then switch to another when I've burned through one; my show at present is The Life Coach School with Brook Castillo. It's fantastic for examining your thought patterns and habits !

7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:

I danced in the 2003 Super Bowl Pregame and Half Time shows. Dancing on the field for some amazing artists in front of thousands of people was the biggest rush I've ever experienced! 

8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself? 

Ha. Well, it was only a year ago...but I'd say "Just get it out there. It's not going to be perfect and the process is iterative. Get it out there as soon as possible so you can get feedback and make it better. You can't test a product when it's still just living in your head."

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To get in contact with Briana, visit her website Mashmotifs.com, or email ellis.briana@gmail.com