Tina Mahoney, owner of Tina Marie Interiors and Root Cause Wellness Coaching & Counseling, sits in her new office on the fourth floor of the Stone Mill building.

By Dave Warner

Tina Marie Interiors and Root Cause Wellness Coaching & Counseling is now open on the fourth floor of the Stone Mill building in Canal Place.

Tina Mahoney owns both establishments and was also responsible for the interior design of the fourth-floor offices and event space.

The interior design business started in 2017. At the time, Mahoney was working for the Herkimer School District and had had eye surgery. “When I was staring at the floor for seven weeks, I sat there and thought about whether I wanted to return to the job or did I want to do something else. It gave me time to think about it.”

Interior Design was something that she had always loved and done as a hobby, but not professionally.  “People would walk into my house and tell me that I really had a gift and that I should be doing it. I didn’t really consider it.”

But, while she was staring at the floor, she started thinking about it. “I thought – I would rather have my own business and make my own hours and do things my way, on my time, and not be working for someone,” she stated.

After giving it more thought, she quit her job and just jumped right into it. “I said here we go.”

She took a course at the New York Institute of Art and Design; everything else was her ‘eye’ for putting things together.

During the coursework, they mentioned someone called Pam. “She never went with what they taught her to do. The trends. She would always do her own thing, and it was kind of a faux pas – you don’t have to follow the color wheel or do this or that. When they discussed it during the course work, I realized I was Pam,” stated Mohoney. “That’s me.”

She said that she does what her eye tells her will work. “It’s not about whether blue goes with green or red or whatever. I try to look for things that are traditional so that it’s timeless.”

Grand Colonial Bed & Breakfast, parlor, Herkimer, New York.

Grand Colonial Bed & Breakfast, parlor, Herkimer, New York.

Mahoney does both commercial and residential work. Her first big gig was the Grand Colonial Bed & Breakfast in Herkimer. “That was one of my first commercial jobs where it wasn’t just a house. It was a good first job because it challenged me as a designer. Everything was period-dated for colonial times, so I had to stick with that.”

She was unfamiliar with antiques, so it pushed her out of her comfort zone.

“I tell people that if they want to see my work, they can go over there because it’s really out of my normal design. But it worked, and it was a great first project.”

People who have seen her work say she has a particular style. “They say you can tell what’s yours. Just like when you see a Monet or Van Gogh, you know who did it. So, I try to stay in my lane and keep it to what my eye naturally gravitates towards doing. I want people to see my design and say, ‘Tina did that.'”

Mahoney calls the style transitional or traditional. “I’m very eclectic in that I don’t hesitate in mixing styles.”

Looking around her office, there’s a mix of modern and farm-house country. “I’ll mix it all together. I’ll stick with a color palette to pull it all together. That’s why I’m like Pam.”

Mahoney said she and Renee Dugan had been biking from Ilion to Little Falls when they discovered the Stone Mill location.

Initially, they went to the Antique Center to ask if they had any apartments, and they didn’t. So, they decided to head to the Stone Mill building and have lunch at the Cafe.

They spoke with Katy Tomei, who took them on a tour of the empty fourth floor after hearing the story about how they wanted to both branch out.

“I looked at the blank open space and said, oh yeah, I can do a lot with this,” she said.

“When we met everyone at the Stone Mill…they were just great people. They gave off great energy, and we just liked the feel of the place and the people.”

Mahoney said she likes the idea of bringing a bigger business to a small town, and folks have remarked that the decor on the floor looks like Manhatten.

She also has a business called Root Cause Wellness Coaching & Counseling in the same location. She’s a professionally trained and certified life coach and pastoral counselor and says she has the tools and understanding to help you create the life you imagine and get a renewed sense of self.

“I want to help people around here do better and feel better. Just mental and emotional health. That was born out of the desire to make the Mohawk Valley a more healthy area – to give people options,” she stated.

“Your home is your sanctuary, and it’s where you go to relax. It’s your refuge.” Her son remarked that it’s like Fung Shui – putting the two together makes sense because your home is part of your mental and emotional health.

“They’re two separate things, but they do tie together. If your home is cluttered, your mind is probably cluttered, too. There’s probably something going on inside of you that’s making it so that your house isn’t reflective of what’s happening inside. I see that a lot,” she said.

“It’s kind of ironic where I was led to.”

For interior design, you can find out more by visiting tinamarieinteriors.com. Root Cause information and appointments can be made at rootcausewellnesscoach.com.