January 16, 2009

Passion + Focus = Following your dreams

Kelly @ JAX Decor & Design
A few years ago, Cobi Ladner said in her column in House and Home magazine that she thinks about the room she’s decorating all the time. Then when the room is done and she’s happy with it, she stops thinking about it.

I do the same thing, but on a way bigger scale – I think about decorating LOTS of rooms ALL the time!!!! I always seem to have multiple decorating projects going on – at the moment, it’s my home office, hallway, laundry/mud room, dining room, and loft. And while all these projects are going on, I’m thinking about other potential projects. It’s a good thing we have lots of rooms in our house!!

But eventually, I’ll run out of my own rooms to decorate. So, it’s time to branch out and start to decorate other people’s rooms too :-) Which is kind of scary, because I don’t have any formal training in decorating – but then, neither did Sarah Richardson when she started out, and look at her now!! Not to say that I'll ever be as famous as Sarah, but she's proof that you can be successful at whatever you do if have the drive and the desire, regardless of your background.

Recently, some friends have asked me to help them decorate rooms in their homes, which I’m REALLY looking forward to. It’s one thing to decorate for yourself when you know (or think you know!) what you want and like – it’s a whole new and different challenge to figure out what someone else wants and likes and then create a space that they’ll love.

I truly believe that if you have a real passion for something, and you watch and listen to people who are great at it, and you’re not afraid to take the chance, you can succeed. That’s why Victoria (V, as I call her) and I are both pursuing our dreams to decorate, design, and renovate. We have different interests and strengths – I enjoy the decorating and finishing touches, V enjoys the planning and executing before the decorating – so we decided to create a blog together. DesignTies will cover lots of different topics related to decoration and renovation… it’s the place where decoration and renovation come together :-)



Anonymous said...

I am the very first to leave a comment! yahoo!
Welcome to the web ladies. I look forward to being a regular reader.
Hugs to you

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Congratulations on the new blog. I look so forward to many wonderfully inspiring rooms and decorating tips. Marty

Anonymous said...

I just browsed your showcase and love the things you've done! I wished I lived in Ottawa so that I could hire you!! I'm looking forward to reading new posts here on your new blog. I especially want to hear about your Rate My Space experience... what a thrill that must have been! Congratulations to you and Victoria for starting this new blog and good luck with your business ventures.

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