9.15.2011

WHEN I GROW UP

When I was growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut.  That was my career choice for quite some time.  Once I went to high school, my focus shifted a bit.  I worked for a few attorneys during high school and one attorney, in particular, had a huge impact on me.  She was my mentor, I guess you would say.  She was smart, hard working and successful.  I wanted to be like her.  She even helped me get a job in college working for another attorney.  I spent six years working for attorneys and when I graduated from college, I came to the realization that I did not want to go to law school.  I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do, but I knew being an attorney was not my calling.  I ended up being a media buyer (buying radio, television and outdoor advertising) for a local advertising agency.  I liked it, but certainly didn't love it.  Nine months after our first child was born, my husband and I decided that it would work best for our family if I were to stay home.  That was about nine years ago.  Since then, we added a couple more kids and a few more responsibilities to my position as a stay at home mom.  It's a job I take great pride in and wouldn't trade a second of it.  

Now that I am all grown up and my babies are getting older, I have been yearning to do something more.  I have always loved decorating and I had such a great time decorating my past apartments, our first house and our current home. I have helped friends and family with projects from time to time and recently I have picked up a few new clients.  

I just finished up a design for a client and I am working on several others.  I absolutely love creating designs for others and I finally feel like I am doing what I was meant to do.  

Here is one of the designs I put together.  


This is the actual design board with fabric samples and paint swatches included. 


This client e-mailed me and asked for help with a few rooms in her house.  We started with a plan to transform the living and dining room.  Hopefully we'll be moving on to the kitchen soon. I can't wait to show you the changes once they are complete. She was so great to work with.  She is very open to DIY projects (like Shelley's fabulous sunburst mirror, tutorial found here) and she even knows how to sew.  She was the perfect client.

I'll be sure to share other projects as I work on them.  How about you guys?  Have you found your calling or are you still trying to decide what to be when you grow up?




8 comments:

  1. I love the mood board you've created (just added it to pinterest) and am looking forward to seeing the final results!

    Could you reveal the colors of the paint swatches? And the name of the flower fabric swatch?

    Jessica R.

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  2. I definitely think you've found your calling. Really lovely!

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  3. Hi. Love your board! I am also a designer and have been working on a new construction project for a client for about a year now. We have finally finished the construction phase and now they are moved in and its time to really decorate. I have been looking for a rug for their dining room for a while and that simple rug you have on your board with the geometrical shape ( the natural color one) might do the trick. Could you let me know the brand of that rug?

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  4. Well, I'd say you've certainly found your calling. LOVE your design, can't wait to see it when it's all put together, and to see more design boards from you! I want that floral fabric so bad it has me itching! Thanks for the shout out Andrea :D

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  5. This is one of those rare situations where I say 'quit your day job!' HA! No, you definitely can't quit being a mom, and let's be honest, it's the best/hardest/most wonderful job ever...but this is definitely a talent, girl! Can't wait to see more! (c:

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  6. Great board! Can't wait to see it all come together! You've got skillz for sure ;)

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  7. Amazing design board! I would love to have this influence in my home!

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  8. Yay! Good for you - you are made for this sort of work. So glad you are now taking on more clients!

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