Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Story, Part One: Floor Plans & High School Papers

A few weeks ago I opened up the floor to you, my sweet readers! I asked for any and all questions you had for me and the questions poured in on all forms of social media. I answered a ton of the questions in this post here, but a few were so involved, I felt like I could delegate a whole post to my answer. Today I wanted to dive into one of the most popular questions I receive as a designer and young business owner. 

"At what point did you decide to become a business owner, start your very own design business and offer services? Was it in relation to blogging or did you always know you wanted to start your own business?"

In order to successfully answer this question, I think I need to go back quite a few years and fully tell my story. As a creative business owner, hearing other's stories of how they got to where they are today is always inspiring. I hope to educate and inspire others through my story, so here is part one.

I've been creative ever since I can remember. My story starts much like any other interior designer's story: I grew up rearranging my furniture and got my hands on anything that had to do with color and decor. My mom also reminds me I was often found in the wrapping paper closet, wrapping up empty boxes and tying them with the prettiest ribbon I could find. This is one of those things that is cute the first few times it happens...and after the twelfth time...maybe not so cute ;) When I was in elementary school, I began sketching floor plans in school, just like you see above. As soon as I got home, you could find me building those very floor plans out of jenga blocks all across my bedroom floor. When other kids would be doing word searches or playing tic-tac-toe at restaurants on the kid's menu, I would be sketching more floor plans. The drawing you see above is a floor plan I drew when I was probably 10...ha! I even gave names to the kid's in the family I made up to live in the house.

I've always been infatuated with houses. Still to this day, when we drive by beautiful homes, I often try to guess the interior floor plan based on the elevation and window placement, and Heaven forbid we drive by an open house -- we must get out and look! My grandma is an interior designer and seamstress (who I now work with, as we provide custom pillows and window treatments for all of my clients!) and she used to take me on some of her jobs when I was young. I saw her doing what she loved and that really inspired me. Maybe this was possible?!

My infatuation with houses grew into a love for the home and what that safe place represents to a person or family. Throughout my childhood and teen years, the desire to create and decorate only grew. For much of my life, I remember thinking I could never actually do interior design as a job. I had countless people tell me it wasn't a good job financially, or make up some other derogatory comment about the industry, so I didn't think it was something I would pursue. Then my freshman year in high school we had to write our term paper on what we wanted to be when we grew up. For me, this was an easy choice: I would write on interior designers! I used this opportunity to research the industry, the typical pay, the skills and degree needed, and I interviewed a few designers so I could have quotes in my paper. 

This is when my thinking changed and I started putting a lot of my time and energy into learning everything I could about design, even while a freshman in high school. In my high school paper, one of the most influential quotes my grandma gave me was to "Dream big. Don't stop at dreaming though; make those dreams come true by working hard with determination and integrity. Learn all you can, so you can be great at what you do. But most of all, do what you love and do it with passion.” In that moment I knew pursuing design would be hard work, especially if I wanted to own my own business one day. I needed to be creative, have business-minded goals, and have passion at the foundation. 

Needless to say, after turning in the essay and receiving an A (yes, I still remember that!) I knew this was it and I would make it happen. Finding a college to support my career goals, but also one that would fall in line with other things I valued was going to be tough, but eventually my family and I found a great fit for me!

Stay tuned for next week's part two of my story! Do our stories share any familiar characteristics? I love learning how other's got to where they are now, so please do share in the comments!

Happy Wednesday!


  1. This is so awesome my friend - your true passion that you have made a reality!
    I love your sketch - I used to draw sketches when I was young, of the house I would build one day and now I've built it!! x

  2. I love that this is truly something that you've been passionate about your entire life! It definitely shows in your work! our sketches at age 10 are better than what I can think up in my head now!


  3. Funny I remember my English teacher, I was lucky and had him three of the four years in high school, saying are you sure you want to be a cop? You're a really good writer. My mind had already been made up but writing has become therapeutic to me again. I was pretty proud when my daughter wanted to include a poem of mine in her portfolio on writers. Looking forward to part two.

  4. I used to draw floor plans at that age too! It was so much fun! Maybe my second career will be in interior design vs going the boring route in school and becoming an accountant ;). So cool to read how you started out!

  5. I loved this! It was so great reading more about you and how you got started, its always fun to see similarities and differences in someone else that's in the same field. Those floor plans are pretty good for only being 10! I always rearranged furniture and my room growing up. When my parents used to come home after being out all day, I would have a whole new set up hehe :) I also think I redecorated my room about 6/7 times (maybe more) in about 20 years of living at home (I believe).

    Lauren Baxter | LB Designs

  6. Oh I so love learning that I wasn't the only "design crazy" little girl out there! I begged my sister to play doll house, we'd spend HOURS setting the houses up, she wasn't so fond of that part.When my family was house hunting, my mom and I toured a home we fell in love with, I came home and drew up the floor plan for my dad, I was about 10 at the time. We ended up buying that house and my dad still has the floor plan I drew.
    Also, I love that your grandma is also a designer! My mom is an artist so I was often around designers but I think it would be neat to have a close family member like that. It's so fun that you can work with her in your shop too.

  7. These ideas are very effective and helpful in designing floor plan with giving a great look to your Home Design.


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