Nov 19th Creative Class

Calling all Creatives, Decorators and Dreamers! This next class is for you!


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The next Creative Class will be held Saturday, November 16th from 10 am-4 pm., in my studio space in downtown Brenham, Texas. I plan to share my journey  into the decorating business with tips and advice on how to start and expand your business, work with clients and navigate challenges and pitfalls of balancing home and business.

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I AM NOT AN EXPERT on starting a small business or running a small business or even SMALL DECORATING BUSINESS.  I am an expert on my experience.  And I am willing to share what has worked, and NOT worked, for me on this 12 year journey!  This is a general class so I will not be giving technical advice on blogging or SEO or quickbooks! I will not have an answer for every question but I will have resources and tips and tricks to discuss and advice from my perspective. I plan to share my experiences and thoughts on the following topics:

  • GETTING STARTED: Education, Training and Business permits
  • TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG? Starting a website and how to navigate social media
  • BUILDING A PORTFOLIO. Using iphone pics or professional?
  • HOW TO CHARGE? What to do when friends only have a few questions? Hourly versus flat
  • BOOKKEEPING WAR STORIES: Quickbooks, Freshbooks, shoe boxes and more
  • CONTRACTS: Necessary?
  • PROJECT ORGANIZATION: Web-based versus notebooks etc
  • BUYING TO THE TRADE: Extending discounts and getting samples
  • AMBITION versus AUTHENTICITY Being published is great but not everything!

and more!

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I can’t wait to share this space with you! It inspires me every time I step through the door.

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We will spend the morning in the Studio then carpool the 2 minute drive to my home for lunch!

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So lunch here and then head back to the Studio for more learning and discussion!

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The November date will hopefully mean nice weather on the porch, if not we will crowd in my kitchen!

I can’t wait to reset this scene this time with fall pumpkins!

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The menu will be a repeat of below along with pie of course!

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Tara of Royers Pie Haven will be catering and Nib & Pixel and Bramble and Bee will also be helping with the event.  So thankful for these women! A tribe is so important to this journey and we will discuss that as well…The importance of building one another up!

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Praying for gorgeous weather so I can wear a scarf and we can enjoy begin outside!

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At lunch you will have time to visit with other creatives in the same boat as you…friendly faces that are also toying with the idea of putting their dreams out there finally, many already have and they will be a great resource as well.

I also hope to start a private Facebook group to follow our class so you can continue to share and support one another and hear from me ..more info on that at the class!


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Hope to see you Nov 19th~

Holly Mathis Interiors * 220 EAST MAIN * Brenham TEXAS 77833

There are only a few spaces left so go here to register asap so we have time to hand letter your name!!!! The cost of this class is $289

Thank you for Natalie Lacy Lange for these wonderful images from our first class!

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Real Homes- New England edition

I want to purpose to show more “real homes” in some future blog posts…homes I have consulted on but not done”full service expensive remodeling or decorating consults” on, just mini consults or “fluffing” here and there…sure these are very nice homes, and they may be anything from historic homes to lived in suburban or 1950s ranch style, whatever the case it does not matter.  All houses and homes have assets and things that can be tweaked and played up or down. My goal is show some non-perfect, non-Pinterest “real life” living and  photography in all of its BEAUTY and NORMALCY. And yes I know “normal” is subjective but let’s remember what real life, lived in homes look like without professional photography and perfect styling..they are still lovely, and this one is really lovely!

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Indeed this one is a treat, straight from New England!

The email from the homeowner went like this

       I am interested in design, but I am looking for someone to help me finish my living room, family room, dining room, stairs, etc.  I have most of my furniture, but I need help with pillows, accessories, paint colors, lighting, etc.  I just bought my house three years ago.  It is our forever house, so I am taking my time to decorate it.  It is a sea captain’s house built in 1825, but renovated in around 1910.

 

Of course she had me at 1825 and Sea Captain’s home! And then she randomly showed me a photo of the kitchen (wish I had it, it was pre the lights and very lived in looking but i could see the beautiful bones beyond the backpacks and shoes…

I helped with pillow fabrics and pulling together the living room etc with a few accessories and coffee table. And a choosing new lights for kitchen. Online consults can be as big or little as needed!

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You notice my favorite combo and starting points but evolved into more pattern and blue which was fine!… Ticking stripe for slipcovers, coffee table ideas and of course blue and right and neutral paint, the art is by a local artist Alison Hill, some of the other art in the room is by the family!

Online consults include basic boards but also some “crazy boards” with notes to illustrate and ideas for narrowing in on patterns and colors.  Some honest back and forth saying “you know I don’t love that KW ikat” or “I do!”

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When you are working online sometimes choosing fabrics can be a bit of a puzzle but it is possible for sure especially with etsy and the willingness of showrooms and vendors to send samples! And lots of email!

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Another real life aspect to these photos, which are simply phone pictures from the client, is they also show REAL LIFE transitions, meaning one picture shows her new rug in place and others show the temporary natural jute rug in place.  Because real life means sometimes you have to move the nice new red rug to the dining room until you find one for that space! It’s a good and reminds me how homes are always evolving and shifting!

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And the kitchen oh the kitchen!! Once the homeowner sent me a random phone picture of the kitchen I was REALLY smitten with this home.  The kitchen addition/remodel is exquisite with the beams and floors and now with the new lights!

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Look at the floor boards and beams…they did an amazing remodel..all I did was choose the lighting for island which the homeowner then ordered over phone and email with Cindy at True Blue Home.  I love working with True Blue  because they are true blue Visual Comfort retailer, unlike some of the flash sales sites that sell similar lights.   When you order through True Blue Home in Texas you get the full guarantee of Visual Comfort and more personalized customer service if there are any hiccups!  And wow that brass with the beams and look she has mixed finishes..brass lights (gilded iron to be specific) polished nickel on the kitchen hardware and bronze on the stools..and boy does it work!

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Sometimes all you need is a few new pillows, a ticking stripe slipcover on an old chair, a rug or lights in kitchen…it is a process and it takes time but when it eventually starts to take shape it is so worth it.  My client’s husband is an artist so she already has some great art and of course the bones of an 1825 house doesn’t hurt!

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And the big point is not to compare..her real life kitchen is amazing and her home is full of history but I bet she lacks big bathrooms and closets?! We all have different assets in our homes that we can play up..for some it is a kitchen or a porch or natural light or location.  Embrace the positive and try to downplay the things you love least.

 

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