Sep 21, 2015

Passionate about home renovations, Mina Fies creates spaces that nurture and empower clients through a methodical and holistic approach to remodeling. Having worked in the real estate, sales, and design fields since 1994, Mina has experienced first-hand the frustration and dissatisfaction homeowners can suffer during the remodeling process. She and her husband developed a unique system, (the Renovation Roadmap™), which alleviates frustration by choreographing all aspects of the remodeling process - from concept to completion.

Also a Certified Practitioner of Interior Alignment® (Instinctive Feng Shui) and Certified Green Professional (CGP), Mina believes understanding and embracing the spaces around us is key to living healthier, happier, and more environmentally friendly lives.

The Renovation Roadmap

She will be debuting the new Renovation Roadmap system on the Capital Home Show Main Stage September 25, 26, and 27. But before you see her presentations at the show, get to know Mina a little better through our interview below.

Are you on social media?

"Aren't we all? I'm on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Houzz, Pinterest, and now I'm getting familiar with Periscope. Not ready for primetime, but I'm working on it!"

What three items do you always keep in your tool belt?

"My 'tool belt' is a group of trusted advisers. Women business owners that keep me sane, and my best friend Danielle who I've known since the 4th grade. She tells me like it is."

What was your first job?

"Hostess at an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant. I always smelled like fish and friend hushpuppies...yummmm!"

How were you discovered?

"Less than two years into our business, we had a project of ours featured on HGTV's Bang for your Buck. That show really gave us the credibility needed to take our business to the next level."

What famous figure inspires your career?

"Oprah Winfrey. I admire her for learning how to embrace her uniqueness instead of trying to be like everyone else. When you follow your passion, you live a blessed life."

Describe your design style in five words or less.

"Clean and contemporary with unexpected flare (alright, that's six)."

What was your first ever DIY project?

"Truth be told, I'm not really very handy. Don't have the patience for it, so I have a never-ending 'honey-do' list instead."

What design/gardening trend or item are you coveting this season?

"String lights. They come in so many fun shapes and sizes and create just the right amount of ambiance whether you're inside or out!"

What is your favorite room in your home and why?

"My meditation room. No matter where I've lived, it's a must-have. There's nothing like having a space that is your own sanctuary - a place to unwind, read, meditate, pray, or just take a nap!"

What's the last item you bought or crafted for your home?

"Artwork with beautiful blues and greens that remind me of the ocean."

What's your personal mantra?

"Anything at anytime is possible."

What is the most challenging part of your job?

"Maintaining a balance between day-to-day tasks with finding time for writing. I love the creative release, but never feel there's enough time in a day."

What is your favorite design or garden-related app?

" - I love seeing all of those beautiful finished spaces."

What is your favorite organizational tip?

"Put EVERYTHING in your calendar and get away from "to do" lists. I find when I schedule my life, I am free from the worry and anxiety of getting it all done. I'm clear it will be done because it's in my calendar and I don't have to think about it."

What is your design or gardening pet peeve?

"Bad Feng Shui in the bedroom. It drives me crazy when the headboard is placed on the entry wall (you always want it facing the door)!"

What's your favorite quote?

"'Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much' - Helen Keller. I love collaborating with my clients instead of just telling them what to do. It's fun watching them be amazed by their own creativity."

What's your best style advice?

"Only surround yourself with things you LOVE. Just because your Aunt Suzy gave you something 10 years ago doesn't mean ti has to hang on your dining room wall. Get rid of it and move on."

The Capital Home Show takes over the Dulles Expo Center September 25-27, 2015. Mina will be presenting Friday, September 25 at 1pm, Saturday, September 26 at 11am, and Sunday, September 27 at 2pm. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show. We can't wait to see you there!

SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2015.