Mosaic Milestones – Celebrating 25


How did 25 years go so fast?

Before Mosaic Luxe, I shaped my office, sales and design skills in positions as:

  • Office Admin throughout Chicago
  • Retail Sales at Banana Republic Home
  • Intern at MTV and Victoria Hagen
  • Top seller with boutique European Showrooms
  • Gallery Manager for 20th c. Art
  • 2010 – HGTV Design Star

Mosaic Luxe, is the third operating name, in 2016, I created the name for broader reach.

  • 2003 – Stacey Cohen Designs
  • 2009 – Stacey Cohen Interiors (SCi)

Year 25 - Celebration of a comitment to design

Celebrating 25 years in business is an exciting milestone, marking a quarter-century of dedication, growth, and success. This anniversary showcases resilience in a competitive market and the ability to innovate and adapt over time.

The celebration kicks off with a fresh new website that highlights current and past projects, features a blog spotlighting collaborations with vendors and contractors, and offers tips and tricks for design enthusiasts needing a little extra guidance. The company will also use digital platforms to share its anniversary story through social media, blogs, and videos to reach a wider audience.

In the coming months, Mosaic Luxe will roll out a series of email campaigns to share its journey and express gratitude to its loyal customers, dedicated vendors, and supportive community. Celebrating 25 years in business honors the past and sets a positive tone for the future, emphasizing continued growth, innovation, and commitment to excellence.

Columbia College Chicago
The New School Parsons
HGTV Design Star

Paths That Almost Happened

Pain Webber Stock Broker. 1996 – PW was my main temp account. In 1994, they were expanding their diversity reach and and offered to place me in their company training program. To know me then, was to know I only had my heart set on being an artist.

Meet & Greet liaison for Priztker HQ. In 1997, at the age of 23, I was offered $30K (today it would be $60k) to sign people in and direct them to where they needed to go. I was insulted, there was no art in that position. My dad couldn’t believe I turned it down.

Ad Sales. 1997. I was an assistant, really, a glorified “fax” girl. I worked in the NBC tower for an Ad Sales company, nice people, good job. I was there and was itching to get to LA, so the offered to transfer me to the LA office. I thanked them, and let them know I was going to get an artist job once I arrived.

Floral Designer – 1998. When I set down in LA, I found a job at the most beautiful flower shop on San Vicente in Brentwood. – The Woods. aptly the last name of the owners. Wayne Woods was the guy that made fruit in the vase a thing. The fate of the job – they had a woman from the somewhere near the Hamptons truck in farm-chic furniture for the displays. The introduction would later circle back, unknowingly to design school.

1998 – Back to Chicago and back to temping… Turns out, art is not super lucrative and LA wasn’t my place. I was actively working a long-term temp job, and they closed up shop over night.

1998 – On foot, I started weaving in and out of stores on Michigan Avenue filling out retail sales applications, only to find that Banana Republic opened a home store. It was magnificent! And it was for me!

Within the year of working, I took some design classes at Harrington College of Interior Design and applied to Parsons in New York.

September 1999 – I was a student at Parsons School of Design.

First Photoshoot

C. 2009

This was a fun & creative day. This girl, all smiles, hadn’t even applied to Design Star, hadn’t been in a magazine, and just was launching SCi, had just passed the LEED AP certification, and was working on a Green- home in Chicago.

I needed an image for my website, so my BFF and design assistant pulled a backdrop together at the Green Depot and my first headshot was created.

The look is still consistent: chandelier, black and white and green with pops of pink flowers.

At this stage, my tag line was “Clean line and Modern principles.” and that too, still stays true to my approach.