My design journey began long before I began my own design business.
When I was 17, my 4-H design project was selected for State Fair and while I had discovered my passion it wasn't without a few 'bumps in the road.'
During my first year in college as a design student my portfolio was sabotaged and I failed my design classes (someone had slipped a large piece of paper into my portfolio telling the Professor where to go and what to do after he got there). Confused with my grades I met with my Professor and discovered what happened. He revised my grades to 'C's explaining that 'great designers pay attention to the details'. Of course there is truth in that statement but what my humiliated, 19 year old, super sensitive, wild imagination heard was, "you're bad with details therefore, you don't have what it takes to be a great designer." (ten years of learning how to juggle all those 4-H details & directions was squished in ten minutes). So naturally, I changed to a business major (insert chuckle emoji here).
After college I enjoyed a successful career in broadcast advertising but when I wasn't creating advertising ideas and strategies for my clients I was creating design plans and staging strategies for myself and others. In 1987, before staging was even a thing, I staged and flipped my first home and created a bidding war during the open house. During the years that followed, I continued doing design projects for friends and family. In 1997 my husband and I and our four children lived in a tiny, old farmhouse built in 1900 which hadn't seen an improvement since the 1960's. While we painfully (and on a daily basis) realized our home was not creating family harmony we were 'stuck' as to how to fix it. Being the creative type I was confident I could create the look and space we needed in our home but because we had different points of view, I was wrong. We interviewed many contractors, trades and retail merchants and listened to their free 'design advice' which didn't make sense to us either by form or function. We also felt pressured by this 'free' design advice to build a project we couldn't afford (now don't get me wrong, I work with, respect and am thankful for the builders, trades and engineers that are gifted in their area of expertise but they are not trained as interior designers. Interior Design is hard - and the more I know, the more I realize that I don't know it all! There are so many variables and options that all effect each other, which means so many more chances to make mistakes. When I get home, I want to smile and feel good - not stare at that ugly, costly mistake.
So I returned to college to finish that design degree. And guess what? I graduated Magna Cum Laude and my design portfolio was featured on the College website. I learned how both form and function work together to change a house into a home and found truth in Proverbs 24:3 which states, "By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." You see, great design does involve details but it also relies on a process and a discipline and am empathy that combines it all. And I also discovered that as our home changed, by the grace of God, so did we.
That is why I am passionate about what I do! My work breathes new life into my client's homes and enhances their lives! And at this point in journey, I'm also seeing how those changed lives, change others (to God be the glory).
One last note: My mother suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and I recently came across her diary and discovered she had never achieved her dream of becoming an author (she wanted to write poetry). This has inspired me to write this blog(and while I am a visual story teller, I am not a writer) for myself, my beloved Mr Man and our children about the life we lived at home together and as a reminder to them (and to myself) of who we are in Christ, what it means to live by faith and as an encouragement to make daily choices that will bring us one step closer to becoming all we were meant to be. May it be an inspiration to you as well, whether you are beginning or finishing the journey, Enjoy it....it is a gift...live it well! Many blessings! (Numbers 6: 24-26),