Mariam Ejaz was doing a design consultation for a friend when the conversation turned to a familiar complaint: a child’s room, unorganized to the point of being unsafe, needed design help. It was three problems in one—presents the client didn’t need, no budget to hire a professional, and no clear way to start. Ejaz, a budding design industry entrepreneur who studied at UC Irvine and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, saw an opportunity. The result was Outlive Design, an online invitation tool that allows family and friends to RSVP for events while also contributing towards a home design project in any monetary amount as a present.

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