ARE YOU CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW DESIGN CLIENTS? +
When we moved to Phoenix I decided to take a little time off client work to focus on renovating our new home and my work with Domino. I’m still very much focused on that work, but if you live in the Phoenix area and have a really exciting project, I would love to work together! Email me here with photos of the space and any info you can give me about budget, timeline and ideas.
I WANT TO BE A DECORATOR. SHOULD I GET A DEGREE IN DESIGN? +
I think there is a way to own a successful decorating business without formal training in interior design. My college and early career background is in finance and business. If I could go back in time though, I would most definitely get my degree in design or architecture. A few years of hard work in the field and maybe a class or two (or five!) in AutoCAD will teach you many tricks of the trade, but in general I think it’s much better to do things the more traditional way if you can.
If you’re like me though, and are making a career shift after school, I think the best thing to do is to find an internship with a design firm that you admire. Offer to be their custodian for free if you have to, just to get in the door! It is so important to see how successful designers run their ships – everything from billing to project management to client relations to trade markups. It’s not always intuitive stuff. Having a good design eye is a necessity, but there’s so much more to running a design firm beyond that. Spending a couple years working for someone else while you get your feet wet will be completely invaluable.
HOW DID YOU GROW YOUR READERSHIP? +
The blogging world has changed a ton over the past few years especially, but I think the right recipe is frequent posts, original ideas and a genuine voice. I posted all my best tips here. :)
HOW DO YOU MONETIZE YOUR SITE? +
One of my favorite parts of blogging is getting to collaborate with great brands. A few times a month I share syndicated or sponsored posts, where a company I’ve chosen to collaborate with pays me to create content using or inspired by their products. I work really hard to only take on collaborations that are a natural fit and that get me excited to create and share.
I also occasionally use affiliate links through Amazon and Reward Style. If you choose to purchase something I’ve shared through one of these links, I sometimes will receive a small commission fee from the company.
Federated Media manages my banner ads, but for information about my sponsored post packages, I can be reached here.
HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW TO DO ALL THESE PROJECTS? +
I come by my love for DIY naturally. My (wonderful and supportive) dad went back to college, and eventually medical school, when he was a little older, so our family was on a pretty tight budget for most of my childhood. My mom was a Martha before Martha was a thing. You’ll never meet a better baker, sewer, repurposer, or generally more creative person. My mom is a never-ending source of inspiration and confidence and she’s always up for a spontaneous project. She and I share a similar philosophy that I know is not for everyone, but truly helps us keep things moving: Better to be DONE and not-quite-perfect than never done in the name of perfection.
I will add that something I’ve learned after so many years and homes is that there aren’t many projects that can’t be DIYed, but that doesn’t mean every project should be.
WHO'S THIS 'WE' YOU'RE ALWAYS REFERRING TO? +
One of my favorite things about moving back home to Arizona (after almost a decade on the east coast), is living so close to family. My sisters, Ali and Heather, especially are both incredibly helpful and supportive. My husband, Michael, is a busy lawyer, but he happily pitches in with projects on nights and weekends. He deserves a Husband of the Century award for the wonderful way he handles all the crazy I bring to his life with incredible patience and grace.
I’ve had a handful of assistants over the years who have saved my sanity. Kate Lines is my current design assistant/hero. She inspires me every day with her great design eye and incredible work ethic. She is helping me tackle this mountain that is writing a DIY book.
EVIE WAS BORN AT HOME?! WOULD YOU DO ANOTHER HOME BIRTH? DO YOU WANT MORE KIDS? +
Read all the graphic details of Evie’s birth here. It wasn’t planned for her to be born at home, but it was hands-down the most amazing experience of my life. It was lucky for us that my dad was there to help with her delivery, but if we have more kids in the future, I would totally consider an assisted home birth. It was a really beautiful experience.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU? +
I’m working on a book that I’m very excited about! Right now it’s shaping up to be a DIY book chock-full of NEW projects and ideas! Stonesong Press is representing me, but we have not yet committed to a publisher.
CAN I EMAIL YOU FOR BUSINESS ADVICE/DESIGN ADVICE/INTERVIEW YOU FOR MY CLASS PROJECT? +
I’m not just blowing smoke when I say I truly, truly wish I had more time for requests like this. I remember getting emails back from a few of my design heroes when I was first starting my business and in desperate need of advice. It meant the WORLD to me to hear back from some of them. I don’t think I realized then how much of a sacrifice it must have been and how generous it was for those designers to give me their time in that way. I love that our community is so kind like that and I want to contribute in any way that I can. There are only so many hours in the day, and I don’t like to spend a huge amount of time at my computer, but I really do love seeing your notes, and I promise to do my very, very best to get back to you. As long as you promise to not hate me if it takes me two months. :)