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.
And now I’m kicking myself- why oh why did I not come home with one of those designer pillows??
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.
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.
Here we are in the kitchen, spilling out into the foyer as Holly prayed before lunch.
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.
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!!!!