Just as as every snowflake is different, Debra Lohman believes every customer's home has unique design needs.

Her store, Blinded by the Light, sells hand-selected home decor, furniture, artwork and window coverings that can't be found at big-box retailers.

The backstory

Before Lohman opened the store in 2020, she worked with home goods manufacturers who sold to stores such as Target.

"I've always had an eye for design. ... My dream has always been to be an interior designer, and finally I just decided it was time to pursue that," Lohman said.

After living in Austin for 10 years, Lohman chose Liberty Hill, seeing that it was an up-and-coming area full of new homebuyers.

"There weren't a lot of stores like mine in the area. One thing that's unique about my store is that I have a lot of larger statement pieces to fill a space; whether that's wall art, area rugs or furniture," Lohman said.

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"People may not always know what they want until they see it all come together, so I love working with people to discover that," Lohman said.

Another detail

Lohman partners with the window covering brand Hunter Douglas to help customers choose the right blinds, solar shades and motorized window treatments for their home.

The other products in her store are hand-selected at marketplaces across the country.

"It's really important for me to see and feel everything i'm buying to know what's good quality and what isn't," Lohman said.

Looking ahead

In the future, Lohman said she hopes to offer furniture customization while working with U.S. manufacturers.

Additionally, Lohman said she plans to continue her involvement with local nonprofit organizations.

On Dec. 2, Blinded by the Light will participate in Liberty Hill's annual Christmas Stroll and give a portion of shopping proceeds to the Hope House charity.