Women in Business: Farah Merhi, Founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor

This week we’re bringing you a very special woman in business: Farah Merhi. Farah is someone that continually inspires us in the home design industry and someone who has achieved an incredible amount of success. She is the Founder and President of Inspire Me! Home Decor, a home decor lifestyle brand which brings classic, elegant, and glamorous design into homes around the world. Founded in 2012, Inspire Me! began as an Instagram page and has since become the most followed home decor page on the platform with over 3.9M followers!

From day one, Farah established a personal and honest connection with Inspire Me! fans, a connection she continues to foster through expanding the platform as well as continuing to host a one-on-one dialogue with her audience.

Get inspired by reading her story below!

Inspire Me Home Decor
Farah Merhi

1. How do you juggle your work and home life?

It has been a struggle for me to find a balance that makes everyone happy.  I guess that goes with the territory of being a working mom and wife. Mommy guilt kicks in when I am working, and the guilt of not working kicks in when I am away from my office. I take it one day at a time and as long as I know I am trying my best and giving my all, that’s all that matters! My family has been very supportive, it’s definitely been a team effort!
2. What is your favorite part of your job/position?
As founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor, my favorite part about what I do is knowing that I am inspiring home owners worldwide daily. Its a humbling feeling knowing that I am able to offer home owners tools to help them on their design journey. Inspire Me! Has turned into a platform where home owners can learn about trends, home decor products, see designs by interior designers, builders and interior design enthusiasts.  When you create a platform that turns into the “go-to” platform for home owners and designers, you get a sense of responsibility towards them, finding innovative ways to continue to help them every way you can.
3. Who did you look up to as a young woman and why?
My mom. She inspired me to be who I am today by being a strong woman who did what she loved doing, which is Interior Design. She taught me to always be compassionate and help others when I can. She showed me that a well designed home makes you happy and content. She taught me to prioritize my family no matter what. She sacrificed a lot for her children, putting herself last and making sure we always had what we needed and wanted.
Farah Merhi
Photo credit: Farah Merhi
4. Have you ever experienced sexism in your industry and if so, how did you handle it?
I am lucky enough to say that I have not yet experienced sexism personally but it does not mean that I am not aware of its existence. I know of female friends who have experienced it and it has really discouraged them in many ways. At some point, if I were to experience it, my personality is such that I would actively respond to it and call the individual out on. I do realize however that some individuals are unable to respond to it which is why I am a strong advocate for women’s rights.
5. What words of advice would you say to a younger version of yourself?
The younger version of me struggled for years trying to figure out a way to do something that truly made her happy. As a political science major, planning on law school, it was clear to me that I was going through the motions, career wise. I struggled for years trying to find the right path and doing something that made me happy. So I would say to her, keep looking, keep trying and you will eventually discover your passion and you will be living the dream of doing what makes your heart jump with happiness. The path you are going through at the moment is preparing you for whats to come!
6. How did you get to where you are today?
A lot of hard work, passion, love, dedication, perseverance. A lot of help from my family and understanding from my kids. Hard work ethic and staying humble. Understanding what my limits are. I would say most importantly, defining what my goals are for Inspire Me! Home decor and working hard towards these goals. My journey was not free of bumps and hiccups, but I embrace them as they were a learning experience for me and what made me who I am today and what IMHD is at this point.
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
That is a very good question! I have big dreams and big goals for myself and for IMHD. I am working towards them day in and day out. I can’t say where I see myself in 5 years but the long term goal is for my brand to continue to help home owners world wide as best as I can and to continue to find innovative ways to do so. I would love for IMHD to become a household name in more ways then one.