WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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business "I always need new kinds of stimulus" education and previously worked in fabric design, followed her hus- It's a lot, but Grossman seems to thrive on that. "I always need new band's advice and soon began designing a line of framed prints based kinds of stimulus," she says. "I think it has something to do with hav- on vintage botanicals. But the prints were expensive and at the time ing an artistic, creative make-up. You always need to be refueling that." the economy was floundering. Grossman quickly realized she needed For people considering taking on a similar challenge, Grossman rec- an alternate, more affordable product. ommends giving strong consideration to one's family life, particularly Grossman cannot recall how she landed on the idea of pillows, in terms of financial flexibility and available time. But if the urge to never having been a particular pillow collector, but she began printing make a switch is there, Grossman thinks that if you can find a way, do her botanicals on pillows and, sure enough, they started to sell. Out of it. "You never want to get to a point in your life where you say: I should this, Ox Bow Decor, named after the street she lives on, came to be. have, I could have, I didn't," she says. Several other print themes followed and today Grossman's pillows are helping companies customize complex computer accounting systems take on more than I maybe should, but I find a way to balance it." No when she took a trip to Nicaragua that changed her life forever. The small feat given that Grossman does all the designing and business trip was organized by the Wellesley Congregational Church and management from the third floor of her home, oversees factory pro- Murray signed up simply to share something of herself and her duction and distribution (she's committed to manufacturing every- resources. But her response to the experience was greater than she thing in Massachusetts), and attends all major trade shows herself. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 In 1993 Wellesley resident Joan Murray was happily settled at her job than you would for any other employer," says Grossman. "I typically 142 Hearing the Call an easy one. "When you work for yourself, you work many more hours MAURA WAYMAN sold in over 300 stores around the world. Not that her path has been could have ever imagined. "I was blown away by the graciousness of Laurie Grossman Ox Bow Decor

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