I’m Amy Perrault Arciere, founder and editor of DREAMPORT | Design. Style. Imagination. and president of Naples Bay Blinds + Shutters, LLC. I’m obsessed with all realms of the imagination—from graphic to interior design, kitsch to castles, skylines to palm trees—and everything visual in between.
I’m a big idea lover, award-winning marketer, accomplished entrepreneur and prominent designer. A New England native, I have over 20 years experience empowering small businesses entrepreneurs, providing luxe concierge services for clients with a keen eye for detail, sophistication and passion for making their houses a home.
In 2009, I started this blog as No, You Can’t Buy Me a Drink: Life of Josie M., for a graduate school project under the pseudonym of my great-grandmother, Josie Minkel, as my place to share the trials and tribulations of single life in a coupled world.
Since then, The Life of Josie M. has evolved from spoofs and romances, costumes and sets, and some snappy dances into DREAMPORT—the heart of where my personal and professional passions lie—imagination!
Consider DREAMPORT to be your destination for insights as well as time-tested strategies into the latest luxury design and lifestyle trends in Florida living, with of course, a dash of childish delight—theme park fun and adventure, and our love of toys, Disney / Pixar and Hogwarts’ wizards.
RECENT HONORS, AWARDS + MORE ABOUT AMY
- Naples Bay Blinds & Shutters named BEST OF, “Best Place to Renew Your View” | Naples Florida Weekly
- Top 25 Women to Watch | Western Mass Women’s Magazine
- Hartford’s 40 Under 40 | Hartford Business Journal
- Advertising Club of Connecticut Gold Award | Four-color Consumer Collateral
- Harold Grinspoon Foundation Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Recipient for Blogging
As president of Naples Bay Blinds + Shutters, LLC, Amy re-branded one of the top local custom window treatment businesses with an aggressive and strategic digital marketing plan, utilizing strong interpersonal skills, relationship building and acute attention to the luxury client sales cycle.
Naples Bay Blinds + Shutters originally began in 1982 as Mr. Vertical/Florida Interior of Naples. For over 25 years, the Arciere Family, originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, built a longstanding reputation based upon trust, integrity and craftsmanship as the region’s leading authority in window treatment needs.
As an adjunct professor at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Amy leads traditional/adult undergraduate and graduate students through the exploration of integrated business, marketing and social media curriculum.
Amy holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University, Longmeadow, Massachusetts and BA in Communications from Western New England University, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Amy is also the Team Development Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for Southwest Florida, as well as a Committee Member of the State of Florida’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’s Advisory Team.
Amy is often guest speaker at events such as panel discussions, seminars, and other local organization events for personal brand development, social media, general marketing topics and breast cancer awareness, prevention and fundraising.