I met Kerry Duet, founder of Design Center of Acadiana, shortly after I started my business. Her daughter and my daughter were developing a close friendship of which I had only ever seen in coming of age movies. Between school car lines and slumber parties Kerry and I got to know each other. Feisty, intelligent, accomplished business owner; I totally wanted to be her friend. By friend I mean I called her randomly while she was trying to work and I’d ask her all sorts of probing questions. “What should I ask when I interview new hires?” “How much should I pay for admin services?” “What kind of software do you recommend for blah blah blah?” I was confident in my accounting skills, but the first few months of really owning a business I was green and had never been anyone’s boss. Fortunately, Kerry was willing to share her wisdom and years of experience. I learned. I grew. I was inspired.
Not only did I learn about growing a business, I learned all about her business. I learned about the dedication she and the team at Design Center of Acadiana have for their work. Their phrase #loveeverysquarefoot is more than a hashtag, it’s their way of life. The quality and craftsmanship poured into each project is the result of pure passion.
What I learned from Design Center of Acadiana:
Create. Recreate. Coffee. Work and playtime don’t have to be different.
Why they inspire me:
Work > Sleep… well to an extent. After the local flood in 2016 Kerry and her DCA team amped up the the work hours, but things were business as usual. This wasn’t a mission to just close deals, this was a mission to get people back into their homes, back to a “normal life.”
Who they are:
Floors. Walls. Life.
Right here in the heart of Broussard sits one of South Louisiana’s premier suppliers of flooring and decorative surfaces, staffed with experienced professionals, offering materials and services “a la carte” for any size improvement or construction project. DCA’s showroom is by appointment only and booked one client at a time. That means as a client you get focused time to explore the 1500 square foot curated library before deciding on how to finish that most valuable investment – your home. Tile, wood, natural stone, hardware, cabinet samples and more have been weeded through to present only the right choices.
From spare bathroom remodels to multi-home residential development projects, DCA has been making Acadiana #LoveEverySquareFoot since 2011. The people behind DCA, however, have been building their network and honing their skills for far longer. With over 55 years combined construction experience, the DCA crew delivers expert support and quality materials without the designer price tag.