Baristanet Profile: Megan Downing

Name: Megan Downing

Where do you live? (Upper) Montclair

When did you move there? 2016 from NYC

Where did you grow up? Stuart, Florida and was born on the Eastern Shore of MD

How do you make a living? What is your everyday passion?

Interior Design. My passion is Elemental Interiors, the company I founded with my friend Sarah. Our desire in starting the company was to transform spaces and in turn hopefully help make lives a little better.

And should I say mom!? I have two amazing girls and hope to be the mother they need me to be. The balance between work and motherhood is a gift.

Coffee, tea or … ? Lattes. Oat milk Lattes and Matcha! I love Tumeric Golden Lattes too.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Sunshine! Hanging outside with family, friends and our dog, Charlie. Of course, I like a good yoga class and time to just be.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Le Salbuen. The food is amazing, and the space is so personal it is a treat to be there. My 2nd is Villalobos. I love Mexican! Love their peanut pumpkinseed guacamole – creative and delicious!

What’s on your nightstand? Books. Books. Books. (Hopefully I am absorbing all the information through osmosis.) Crystals. Reading Lamp. A dried flower globe, my daughter gave me for Mothers Day. And my iPhone.

What are you listening to? Allison Kraus. Vance Joy. And of course Frozen, Moana…

What are your current indulgences? Sleeping in on the weekend and letting my husband get up with the girls. And cookies.

What talent you would most like to have? Play the guitar and sing. Write my own music.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair? How amazing everyone is. The balance of people, each unique but somehow still open.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? She loved and was loved.


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