The BOLD Summit

Although I'd generally refer to myself as a "decorator," I think of myself first and foremost as an entrepreneur.  Design is the field I've chosen to work in (because I fell in love with it shortly after graduating from college) but there's no doubt in my mind that if I wasn't working on homes, I'd be involved in some sort of business of my own in another creative field.  Every couple of months I come up with random concepts for other companies I'd start up if I had a clone and/or lots and lots of money.   (One in particular that I can't shake and am dying to do one day!!) A fun Saturday morning or Friday night for me often consists of working through a random business concept with my husband, visualizing how it would be branded, how we'd get it going, logistics, who our audience would be, and how much capital we'd need (always the kicker ;)  ...

18 Jul 2014

A Book

I've been writing this blog for almost six years and during that time, have always sort of thought about book ideas.  I was approached about writing a book a few years ago when bloggers started publishing books, but as I began to write a book proposal for my agent, I realized that as a designer, I just wasn't ready.  I didn't have the book in me that I wanted yet.  I didn't feel that I had enough projects under my belt, enough eye candy to share, and I felt as if I was still coming into my own and figuring out my style and niche.  ...

26 Jun 2014

How to get into a Great Client-Designer Relationship

I'm absolutely crazy about the people I work with.  Especially, my team and our clients.  We have been fortunate enough to be able to work with the type of clients who become lifelong friends.  I think it's largely because of the amount of information we put out there for our clients to consider before we are hired, and because we all ask so many questions before we agree to work together.   We've gone through a getting-to-know-you process before we've even started the actual design process. ...

05 Jun 2014

A Career In Design

I didn't start out knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up...  at all.  I majored in Communication in college and when I graduated, I worked in PR for my dad's business.  It was while decorating my first apartment that I realized how excited I was about making my apartment a home.  It was all I thought about and I realized that I wanted to have that same passion about my career, so I decided I would try to become a decorator.   ...

01 Apr 2014

Before & AFter: Foyer Refresh

It has been a crazy-busy week so far here!!  I loved reading everyone's comments & emails on the last post (The Toy Wars) and many of you had me cracking up.  It definitely seems like the issue of toys is a hot button (who knew???!! ;) but do I hope you know that I adore my kids and love this messy stage of life with them and don't in any way need (or have!!) a "perfect" home, but that-  to our family- toys & stuff do not equate love.  There are plenty of places where children don't have much, but are loved and they are happy.  In our house, we prefer our kids have less and only keep what they use and are really into.  Even in the past few days, I've watched as my boys seem to be playing even better together.  It's amazing.  (And let's be honest, in this country, what we all consider "less" would be an incredible amount in many other places. ) ...

12 Mar 2014

What Waiting Tables Taught Me About Running A Decorating Business

Owning a business over the past few years has been a constant learning experience for us.  One of the things I've learned (the hard way!) is that to run a smooth business, you need to set your processes into motion and then stick to them.  It sounds simple really, but it's not. ...

12 Sep 2013