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Check Out Chandlar Glassett’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chandlar Glassett.  

Hi Chandlar, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I was always drawn towards design growing up. From decorating for the holidays with my mom to creating homes for my dolls, I loved being able to set a mood with my surroundings. I decided at a pretty young age that Interiors was something I wanted to pursue as a career. I took a few classes in high school and then went straight to the Art Institute after graduation. I spent 3 years completing my Bachelor’s degree there. The first year was tough. I didn’t know if I would be a “good enough” designer. Luckily, I pushed through and found my rhythm and finished with a strong portfolio. After giving up on what others would think or trying to produce work that would appeal to other people, that’s when things really clicked for me. 

My senior project was my parent’s new build. I was pretty lucky with the timing of it all because not every senior has a real home to work on. We worked with a well-known architect (Landforms Design), and he saw potential in me. He told me that one day after I got some hands-on experience, I needed to start my own firm, and he would help me by sending me some clients. So, I went on to work for several high-end design firms around the state and tried to be a sponge. I wanted to learn as much as I could and be the best that I could be. In 2019, I took a leap of faith and quit my design job to start my own firm. I’ve never looked back. As he promised, Blair from Landforms sent me my first client! Over the next year, things began to snowball. We are known today as “Glass House Collective.” Not only is Glass House an ode to my name, it also hints at the collective effort beautiful, functional spaces require. I truly believe in a collaborative effort on a project. It makes for a beautiful and well-thought-out space. 

To this day, I’ve done next to no marketing, and all of my leads have been word of mouth. I feel that creating relationships with people will always beat an ad on social media. I feel truly grateful to have the privilege to do what I love each day and work with such amazing people. They are what keeps me going. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There are bumps in every road. So, of course, it hasn’t always been smooth! I’m constantly learning and making mistakes. I had to learn very quickly that it’s okay that I don’t know everything and not to be embarrassed to ask questions. Comparison has been one of the bigger struggles for me. I’ll often see an inspiring space from another designer and wonder if I’ll ever produce something as great. Then I remind myself that I’m already on my way. Creating room for grace has been a huge help for me. A mantra my husband shared with me that I often repeat to myself is “Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.” 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I like to think of us as creative professionals haha. We’ve really tried to not be the stereotypical “stuffy” designers. I never want anyone to feel that I’m unapproachable. Building a home is stressful enough, so I try to keep things light while making sure things are executed properly and in a timely manner. 

Another thing we’ve really strived for that I think sets us apart is letting clients bring their style to us and then honing that in. You’ll often see firms that specialize in one style or another, but to me, I love the challenge of designing in different styles on every project. I want my client’s spaces to feel like them–not like me and my design “brand”. At the end of the day, it’s their house, and I want them to love it. 

What does success mean to you?
That’s such a broad question haha. In terms of success on a design project, I feel that we’ve been successful when our clients light up at the idea of their new home. I want them to walk into their space and explode with happiness. 


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Cody Glassett
Meagan Larsen

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