but if the last few years have taught me anything at all,
it's that the very things you think you need most desperately
are the things that can transform you the most profoundly
when you do finally decide to release them...
over and over, i learn the hard way
that the thing i'm clinging to can be the thing that sets me free.
- shauna niequist
we've never been "hiring".
we started this company before facebook was a thing.
our before and afters were in a leather bound photo album i showed to one person at a time.
my mom was my design assistant.
there was no budget to hire anyone to do anything.
we did it all ourselves.
the business was our baby.
i loved it madly.
as it got bigger,
people came along.
passionate people who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place too.
brilliant people who are smarter than we are at a whole lot of things.
hopeful people who were happy to work for the little we had to offer knowing it would become more.
and they were right, it did become more.
our people are why our business grew.
i love them madly.
but releasing control of everything has been hard for me.
clinging to what i know feels safe and smart.
if kelly had held up that half of a man head plate (below) at homegoods
i would have been all "i LOVE him, but i don't think our client will understand"
my code for "no"
because i desperately needed to control and cling.
but fortunately, i was not with kelly at homegoods that day.
and this plate wall is one of my favorite things she ever designed.
i love it madly...
the more beautiful everything becomes.
about finding freedom
when she stopped clinging and released control too...
The entire process was not something I had been familiar with. We consulted with them and got to know them for a short time. Then we communicated some details via email and a few phone calls. Then we just waited for their install date. We were asked to be gone all day while they did their magic and to arrive home after they had left to see the big reveal. The entire process made me a little anxious. I was not sure how they would pull something together that fit our taste and function without my input or ideas before the install. (I was forgetting that, obviously my taste had not been fabulous up to this point or I would not need these amazing ladies!)
They arrived on the agreed date, on time. We had to return home at some point during the install and were not allowed to see the progress but heard lots of laughing and fun! I wanted to be a part of what they were doing just to add that kind of laughter and entertainment to my otherwise routine day. They left at the agreed time and sent us a text to come home and see the end result.
I really cannot believe how beautiful my home looks! If I had seen a picture of this living room on this website, I would have chosen everything in the room. I love how cozy it feels and that my family can gather together without me feeling like I need to lay a giant tarp over everything to protect it! I am also amazed at the details! They added tons of little pieces to my home that I didn't expect. Plus they rearranged lots of pieces that I already had and loved but wouldn't have known where to put them.
I don't know how these women can spend a short time getting to know someone and then come back and decorate their home in a way that feels like they did it themselves! And even though the process was a little anxiety provoking (not knowing what they had planned for OUR home), it was very freeing to trust them with our space and not need to control the process. I am already saving up to have them do our bedroom.
Thank you beautiful new friends!!! Come back soon...
christina for all