A Big Announcement & Reader Survey

I recently celebrated a milestone birthday and have been doing a lot of soul searching. One third of my life is over. What do I want to do with the rest of it? What am I trying to achieve through this blog? What can I do with the lessons and knowledge I’ve gained through my experiences over the years? How can I connect with my readers and provide real value for them in their lives?

I don’t have all of the answers right now, but I’ve been making thoughtful decisions, setting new goals and shifting the way I envision my future. I’m fortunate enough to have a voice in this community of like-minded individuals who are all working towards the same common goal—to create a home they love—and I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to connect with an audience and help people reach their goals. That is really what I want to use this platform for—to
connect with you. I’m here not only to help, but to build relationships and make a difference in others lives.

Never would I have thought five years ago when I started this blog that I’d be where I am today. I had no power tools, no money, and no one to teach me what to do, but the desire to design a space I loved was stronger than my fear of failure. Little by little I worked my way up from the bottom and through both failure and success, learned so much along the way. When friends and family would encourage me to pursue this as a career and emails would come in asking for help, I’d always dismiss it as “just a hobby” and “My background is graphic design, not interior design”.

The truth is, I just needed time to grow, learn, make mistakes and gather up the courage to do what I know I’m really meant to do. After thinking this through for a very long time, I’ve decided to take the leap: I’m starting my career as an interior decorator. While I’ll be taking on local clients, I’m also be offering e-design services for anyone, anywhere, on any budget—and that’s where I’ll really be focusing my time since so many of you have personally reached out to request this.

I have a ton of ideas on new ways to make this all happen, but before I make it official I need your honest feedback. The first step is really getting to know you and what you want from this. What interests and excites you? What type of content do you want to see? How can I provide value to you personally?

I’ve set up a simple, anonymous survey which will determine the future of this blog. If you’ve ever received any sort of value from anything I’ve posted or shared, please give back by taking a moment to answer a few questions so I can know a bit more about you, why you’re here and what you hope to gain as a reader. Your encouragement and support have been what’s kept this blog moving and challenged me to push myself in many ways. While I haven’t been able to respond to every comment and question in the past, I do read them all, so
thank you. Even if you’ve never spoken up, thank you for just being around and reading what I have to say. None of this would still be here if it weren’t for you guys.

This survey is 100% anonymous, so please don’t hold back! I want you to be completely honest and open as possible. Nothing is too weird/crazy/off limits. The more honest you are, the more you’ll get out of this. Promise.

I’m sure this announcement also raises some questions, so here are some answers:

What will happen to the blog?

It’s not going anywhere! We’ll still be renovating our home and posting about it like always. I also plan to share client renovations (I have a few local projects in the works already!) which will be something very exciting to look forward to. You’ll be able to follow along with me on those journeys and witness real life before + afters working with different spaces, budgets and styles.

When will your design services be available?

I plan to launch the new site June 1st.

How much will it cost?

My experience comes from working with a budget and I know most of my readers can relate. I’ll be specializing in real life, creative solutions for real life budgets with options starting at just $10. I may end up making adjustments to my services depending on the answers I receive in this survey, so tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll strive to make it happen!

What about the print shop/your Etsy stores?

Don’t worry, I have no plans to change that right now. I was actually in the middle of developing a brand new product line (which I am still super excited about!) but put that on hold to focus all of my efforts into this e-design launch. The future of everything really depends on what happens with this new path, so only time will tell. I’m prepared to embrace any direction it takes.

Again, thank you all so much for the support you’ve lent over the years. If you have any questions/comments/concerns that you don’t want to be anonymous, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below! I’m listening carefully to every bit of feedback so I can move forward confidently on this new path. I can’t wait to get started…