Gettin’ Down to Bidness

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Saturday I drove to Brenham for Holly Mathis Interiors’ Creative Business class.  I spent the day in Brenham at her studio and then at her home for some serious inspiration and education from Holly herself.  I met a ton of other women at all different stages of doing this decorating/styling thing and the whole thing was EXACTLY what I needed.  It was like encouragement, inspiration, and a kick in the pants all wrapped in one.

First of all, walking into her studio space is inspiration in itself.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures of everything.  She’s dabbling in retail as well (her words) so it doubles as a cute little boutique: designer pillows, candles, local art, etc.

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And now I’m kicking myself- why oh why did I not come home with one of those designer pillows??

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We sat down at chippy farmhouse tables with perfectly imperfect mismatched chairs to scones & pastries on blue & white china with mimosas and coffee.  We each (there were about 15 of us) had our own spot with a hand written name card that was actually the envelope for a letter from Holly and then our notebooks chock full of info and space for note taking.

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After introductions and a first session, we carpooled up and headed to Holly’s house for lunch.  We got to tour her house and also it was a great time to chat and find out how others in the business are doing things.  What program do they use for moodboards, how do they address pricing, how do they access “to the trade” sources, etc.  My big question was “What is the Dec Center and how do I get in??” Some of you may be laughing at me and some of you may also have no idea what this is.  It was just great because I could totally be myself and open about what I do and do not know about this business.

I’ll show you a few pictures of her house.  Of course it was adorable in every way.  It was recently photographed for a magazine due to come out in the spring I think.

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Here we are in the kitchen, spilling out into the foyer as Holly prayed before lunch.

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I loved how open she was about her faith.  If you’ve ever read her blog, you know this about her- that its a big part of her business. It was just great to hear her encouragement- to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and to pray, pray, pray.  She was also incredibly authentic and down to earth.  I loved that so much.

After lunch we headed back to the studio eager to learn more and ask a million questions.  For me, the best part was the information about making myself a “real” business.  I’ve struggled with fear and intimidation about a lot of that and have just sort of taken things as they’ve come rather than going about this in a proactive, intentional way.  I’ve got some goals for The House of Figs.  And that doesn’t necessarily mean growing and being busier… for now at least.  It just means getting some things organized and made official, not being intimidated by the whole “to the trade” thing, and starting to see myself as a real business owner.

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So in the words of Holly’s brother (did you know he’s Jimmy Don from Fixer Upper?  He makes all of Joanna’s metal signs!) It’s time to “git down to bidness!”

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

xoxo Bethany

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9 Responses to Gettin’ Down to Bidness

  1. Holly November 21, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    oh girl when I saw your use of the word “badness” I just died laughing ..love that..and loved having you so much and meeting you…God is good!!!

    • Bethany November 21, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

      Hahaha, laughing out loud!! Saturday was just the best, thanks for everything!!! xoxo

  2. Nancy November 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    it was so nice to meet you on Saturday Bethany. i cant tell you how many times i heard someone tell their story in holly’s class and thought to myself “me too!” i hear you on the fear factor of starting a design business. but i also know unfortunately after losing two very special people last year how incredibly fleeting life is and for me i’d rather fail than never try at all. fear is just the devil talking…you got this! just know that you have a friend in me who believes in you and will not hesitate to encourage you in any way i know how. you’re my tribe.

    xo,
    nancy

    ps…where are the boots from that you were wearing saturday. i love them!

    • Bethany November 21, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

      Thank you so much, Nancy! I so need and love the encouragement. I feel so much more confident just after Saturday- like I can do this now!!! I love having a tribe, y’all are just the best!! And my boots were Toms desert wedge. 🙂

  3. Melanie November 29, 2016 at 1:37 am #

    Bethany, I got to sit by you! I felt like a fish out of water and sure appreciated your warmth. 🙂 Glad I found your web site. What beautiful pics you got of Holly’s shop and home! You’ve got an eye for the aesthetic – ever think of pursuing something along those lines? 😉 Godspeed as you go after those dreams! P.S. Wish I had come home with one of those pillows too!!

  4. Melanie November 29, 2016 at 1:53 am #

    P.S. I just started following you on Pinterest and I noticed that I bumped your follower count up one from the undesirable number of 666! Ha ha! You’re welcome! 😀

    • Bethany November 29, 2016 at 6:07 am #

      Lol, Melanie!! Thank you! ?? it was so nice to meet you… and now I’m following you on Instagram! I love having this new tribe. It’s so fun and much needed. Xoxo

  5. Melanie November 29, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Thank you for following me! I just started my Instagram last night, so I don’t have much content yet. Ya know, when I was in my late 30s / early 40s, I was the savvy one who knew how to use all the graphics software. Now I’m in my 50s, and I find myself saying, “Hmm, now how does all this hashtag business work?” Ha! Or perhaps I should say ‘hashtag bidness’! 😀

  6. Tonya November 29, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Bethany, it was so nice to meet you at Holly’s class. What a wonderful day we all had! I, too, feel the fear and intimidation you speak of. I’m taking this business thing one day at a time. Isn’t it nice to know we are not alone in this?!

    And, I’m with you on the pillows!!

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