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JUN 2019

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BRONXVILLE, NY — After graduating from college, Meghan Hackett-Cassidy worked her way up through internships and positions with larger design firms, all while working on freelance projects on the side. These freelance projects "opened my eyes to owning my own business," Hackett-Cassidy explains. "After being at [a large firm] for two years, I left to start my own firm. I was looking at the time for a partner because the workload was becoming too much for me, and that's when [my sister] Erin suggested that we partner up." Erin Hackett's path to the design industry was slow and organic. "It's kind of some- thing that I've been exposed to my whole life, partially because of my sister and her career path. My mom is also in real estate, so it's just something that's kind of always consumed our lives, something that I was interested in and was relevant to me," Hackett relates. She was working fields such as marketing and events, but never felt that she had found "the right fit." She explains, "So when Meghan was at that crossroads looking for help, not knowing which direction to go in, we made the decision to start working together. Fast forward three years, and the sisters are still working together as Hackett Interiors, based in Bronxville, NY, offering services ranging from kitchen and bath remodeling to property staging. TEAMWORK According to Hackett-Cassidy, one of the ques- tions she and her business partner are asked most commonly by clients and interviewers – not to mention family and friends – is, "What makes your partnership successful?" Both sisters agree: In order for a partnership such as theirs to work, clearly defined roles are a necessity. "We are very different, even though we're sisters, and on a daily basis, we do different things in the office," Hackett explains. "We defi- nitely collaborate and share ideas, but Meghan is very much more of the 'designer' and more of the creative [type], and I have taken over the marketing and the business end of things. At the end of the day, we're doing very different things and we're playing to our own strengths." That's not to say that they function com- pletely independently of one another within the company, of course. "We each have our own tasks to complete, but we collaborate together as well to make sure that everything gets done efficiently," Hackett-Cassidy adds. SMALL TOWN CONNECTIONS Bronxville, with its high average household income and population of just over 6,000, pro- vides Hackett and Hackett-Cassidy with plenty of work. "We work in a small town where we grew up, so for the most part, there's usually a common denominator [with our clientele]," Hackett explains. "We either have already known them, or we have a mutual friend or client. Of course, we've worked with people who we didn't really know, but there's usually a sense of familiarity." According to the sisters, many of the home- owners they work with are middle-aged or older and looking to settle into what will likely be Sisters Team Up To Create Elegance BY AUTUMN MCGARR Sisterly design duo Meghan Hackett-Cassidy and Erin Hackett provide elegant, timeless style for the New York City suburbs. The Hackett Interiors duo utilized soapstone countertops in this light-filled kitchen to add both function and beauty to the space. A master bath is an ideal room to create a spa- like and inviting environment, according to the Hackett Interiors duo, who worked to make this space fresh and welcoming. Thibaut wallpaper, a unique light fixture and a lacquered black mirror add personality to this small powder room. Photos: Emily Gilbert Photography 30 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 DESIGNER PROFILE

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