Today we’d like to introduce you to Ingrid Sadowsky.
Hi Ingrid, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I’m Swedish but lived in many countries and am married to an American sailor who shared his life with the US Navy, helicopters, and me. Antiquities and interior design have always been my passion, but I started my career in fashion as a designer and pattern constructor, and I styled shop windows. The fashion business is hard work but doesn’t provide a steady income. A cousin lured me into working in his restaurant, which in the eighties was perfect money, and through mentorship, I became a restaurant manager. Life moved on, and I got offered jobs as a purser on sailing tall ships worldwide. After more years in hotels and restaurants, I became more interested in organization and human resources. I moved to the UK again, went to business school, and did a long run at Birmingham University. I did the research for my thesis at Marriott, the hotel chain, and I spent some years with them. Back in Sweden, I joined a big corporation of entertainment and events to reconstruct organizations as part of the management of change. I was looking for a new apartment in Stockholm when I saw an advertisement for an old farm in the archipelago, and before thinking too long, it was mine. Left glitter and glam in the city and became owner of a farm from 1709. A large main building and 7 stock houses in different need of restoration. The chance to fill the house with lovely antique items showed up, and I went all in. Due to the lack of farm conservation, I decided that the places needed to contribute to their survival. I opened an antique shop which spread out when the houses were restored. Business in the archipelago is mainly in the summertime, so I decided to teach at the university and get a teaching degree. Parallel with being a lecturer at university, I now run an antique store and have started doing antique shows all over the country and some abroad. Years went by, and my husband and I decided we wanted to spend more time together, so we sold the farm and bought an old house in the Sierra Nevada in Spain to eventually retire. Years of commuting followed between guest lectures and antique shows in Europe and being in the US. Finally, I started Ingrid Sadowsky’s Antiques, where I am today.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing is ever a smooth road, but if you love what you do and can pay the bills, it’s worth it.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have my style, which has become my trademark. An antique interior by me is directly coupled to me and my name. My style is very European and eclectic, and it tells a story. I always create a story if there is no particular client to decorate for. I also do my restoration on furniture and upholstery and produce home accessories of historic prints and fabrics.
How do you define success?
To be able to do what I love is probably very un-American, but there you go, I’m just a legal alien.
- Website: www.sadowskyantiques.com
- Instagram: #ingrids_sadowsky_antiques
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