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Our dining room sat empty for months. Okay maybe it was empty for just a handful of weeks and then we couldn’t take it anymore and put in a folding table and plastic outdoor chairs, but in my mind that was still empty.
On the main floor of our house we have a Florida room. Being that it’s a Florida room it is a considered a 3 season room, because there is no heat in the room. The previous owners used it as an indoor patio with outdoor furniture and it looked like this when we moved in.
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For the longest time our backyard was mainly just grass and a little small area where we laid down some pavers so that we could set out a little plastic table/chairs during the summer. Not exactly ideal for entertaining. For the past couple of years we have wanted to build a deck and enjoy the […]
My father said that he doesn't care what each of us (3 girls) do just as long as we love it and no matter what, we'll be successful. I started out thinking I wanted to work for a museum but FELL into this design thing and LOVE IT more than museums!
I can't wait to buy The Martha Rules/beg for it for xmas.
Ok, this book has been moved up to #1 on my list now- I must start it tonight 🙂
We have such similar stories. Like you I never considered studying design in school thinking it wasn't professional enough. I am learning to listen to my heart a bit more.
I seriously need to pick up Martha Rules and read it.
Guess this is now my must-read. Thanks for sharing!! ID was my 2nd major. I had always thought it was just a hobby, too.
Seems like simple enough advice, but I fear not enough people follow it. I, like you, went against my gut instinct as well. I chalk it all up to experience, but one day – after all our globetrotting is done, I hope to have some sort of design-oriented business.
Great way to tie-in the Martha book with your own experience – keep it real!
I JUST started my own business this weekend actually! Well sort of 🙂 I opened an etsy shop finally FINALLY doing what I love, which is creating invitations & doing paper goods. So very excited!
I really enjoyed your post…I'm just starting a small jewelery business and i keep wavering from utter confidence and excitement, to panic and anxiety, to "what made me think i had the talent for this?", back to excitement…roller coaster ride, anyone?
Whatever people think of Martha, they respect her business sense, and I totally agree that being in love with what you do makes such a difference. I'll have to check out the book! I'd love to consider a career in design someday 🙂 But, for now I work in a totally different industry…
Same as you. I'm a bit jealous. I too majored in business when I initially thought about graphic or interior design. Now that I am jobless in another country (because I can't speak the language yet) I have found that I spend SO much time on interior design. I admire you. I'm sure it's not easy. ds
Truly inspiring and such beautiful pictures! Thanks 🙂
great post! and so true. and now all i want is a big table in a sunny spot for cactuses.
This is such great advice in a very inspiring post! Love the images you selected….especially that canopy bed!
Thank you for providing us a rule a day! My story is very similar to yours. I've been drawing floor plans since I was 8 years old, but thought that was the job of an architect and I didn't want to pursue that. I spent the past 10 years thinking I wasn't creative enough and only now I'm coming around to believing in myself and pursuing interior design!
Being your own business owner, do you value the business degree that you got in college? I think you're a wonderful example of having a well-rounded education and work history that reinforces the quality of your creative work.
My degree was in English, and I'm just now coming around to actually using my degree, which was my passion but got nudged aside for "practical work". Yucky words. Thanks for sharing your journey!
I am going to have to read this book! I love that you took the jump and are doing what you love. If I could do anything I would give up the practice of law and be a wedding planner. Maybe someday.
Martha's advice is simple, but very true. I'm an attorney by training and now work at a major energy company. I enjoy the energy industry, find it interesting, etc. but am NOT generally in love with what I do on a day-to-day basis. Maybe someday, but not today.
So I'm giving it some time, but have found myself spending more and more time blogging, designing (both real and imaginary rooms) and trying to figure out a way to make some money off both of those. 🙂
Find something you love and get paid for it-a great goal for all of us to have.
I'm glad you found you way to the design field.
I feel like I TOTALLY am 2 steps behind you… I have always loved homes and design, but took the practical route and majored in business in college. Now I do project management and am bored to tears, using my blog as an escape, taking a few classes, and hopefully doing what you're doing now!
Now I want to buy this book!
Keep up the amazing work! You've already done the hardest part – making the decision to go for it! 🙂
Fabulous post and I'm a little bit envious. What I'd do– wedding or event planning business. Always thought that I wanted to do interior design- but I too wrote it off as a hobby. Only I didn't stop at majoring in Business in undergrad, I went and got an MBA concentrating on Finance. ???
Anywho…I'm not sure how much talent I have compared with every one else's great work that I see! But, it is reassuring to hear that even great designers struggle with similar feelings.
Thank you for the post and great rec. And sorry this comment is so long! Eek!
Thank you so much for sharing this book and I look forward to reading your Martha tips. I think I'll add this book to my Christmas gift list! This year I have been starting my own business making paper embellishments and cutouts for weddings and parties. I also design invitations and such. My business is Timeless Paper. It is so nice to connect to another creative person who has been through similar events that I'm working on. Love your blog! Please stop by my blog anytime: timelesspaper.com/blog.
What a wonderful post (and thanks for helping me find a "Must Have" item for my Christmas list!)
If I could do anything… anything? I would open my own home decor boutique.
Now if I could only get my dreams and my husbands to fall into place together… lol
Do what you love and the rest will follow!
Rules were meant to be broken, right….I think I might need to read this book.
I hope one day I am able to take that leap and do what I love even though I have denied myself that gift up until now. I feel stuck and don't know how to just take that leap of faith. I really admire you and your strength. Such a great example for all of us!
What a great topic and thank you for such a candid post. I have had decor in my bones, like many of you, since I was young. I had to submit floor plans before moving furniture as a child because my parents found me trapped under a desk at age 8. I followed a conventional path through college and once the plans to be a doctor didn't pan out, I've been in sales ever since.
We moved to FL two years ago and I almost took the plunge. I looked into the local art school and came thiiiiissss close to enrolling in an interior design program. I chickened out, the debt was too much for us to handle at the time.
The only solace I have is that I know that EVENTUALLY I will come around to my calling in design. Before I was restless and in despair that it would never come, but am comfortable now to let things unfold as they may. There's a time and a place for everything.
Great to hear your story!
Looks like a great read, I may just have to pick it up. I feel like I'm at a crossroads myself. I'm not feeling super marketable so this might be just the thing to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
Hope you're feeling better my dear!
I read this book when it first came out. After reading your post, I have decided to take it off the shelves and re-read it again!
I always wanted to have a catering company. Maybe now is the time to look into this.
I love what I do and it happens to be interior design too. I just went out on my own and it's the hardest thing I've ever done but it's also the most rewarding. It wears me OUT 🙂 but I can't imagine doing anything else.
Thanks for sharing your story. Glad you followed your heart!
I just wanted to chime in and congratulate you on your courage in following your dreams. I have a similiar back story to yours. I love interior design but in college I decided to major in Merchandising and Design because I thought it was more practical. I then worked as a sales manager in a department store and later as a retail buyer. Now I find myself unemployeed and want to have a career, a business of my own, and not just working for a paycheck. What that business will be, I have no idea, but I am looking forward to the journey. Your blog is really encouraging and I look forward to following your successes.
I hadn't heard of Martha Rules, amazing because I'm am a huge fan!I have even written papers on her for my fraud degree about how she was unjustly attacked in the fraud case and reasons as to why this was the case (and I'm completely conservative!) I definately want this book! Thanks for introducing it and sharing the tips. I like to read your view points, you are very business savy. As I'm looking to expand a business, I love hearing what other women have to say.
I have wanted to be an Interior Designer since I was 15…so 10 years now! I have completed almost all course work for my colleges IDES program and want a BA in Fine Arts of INterior Design! As for what I want to do for a career that would make me happy? I love entertaining people and being in a space that makes my anxiety level go down. I think thats why I love design because it is an instant appeal to me and I understand how it can realy effect your mind and soul.