The birthing of my furniture line. I listened to the voice within.
People often ask me “What inspired you to create your own furniture and lighting line?” What a great question. No one asked me to do this. There was no one standing over me telling me what they wanted and what it looked like. I had come so far in building these homes, the walls, the beams, the stain colors that matched the perfect hue of the drapery fabric I had fallen madly in love with. The door knobs with their subtle and bad ass baseball stitching on the leather handle made me as excited as a hot fudge sundae when I was seven. The answer to that question I always hear, is that I was called to create. The rooms I built spoke to me and the difference is, I listened. Searching endlessly for the perfect chandelier for a space that I had dreamed up every last detail for, soon became exhausting and felt futile as nothing felt right. Then one day, I woke up and started drawing, the same way I draw the homes when I first go into building phases. Usually in my sweats with a large pot of coffee and my hair madly piled to the top of my head is when most of my most creative moments happen. I draw and sketch until I can see whats in my head and when the moment comes where I feel I have the piece, a calm comes over me and I know I have just completed it.
Of course now I am at the beginning stages of the process, but in actuality, its as good as done. The figuring the rest of it out of how to get this piece into physical form is just an adventure. A lot of listening to my thoughts and random ideas of who to call, following the mysterious leads in my head. Eventually as I persist in my blind adventures, I find my way and follow my gutt. The key is not caring what people think and hearing 100 no’s and being turned away. But sooner or later, like any adventure, the right match comes along for the artisan and the creator.
The key is knowing that the journey is not going to be what you think it is. The first chandelier I created, 9 feet tall in all its glory had whispered to me that it needed a coffee table right beneath it with the subtle hint of the same designs. I listened to that voice and created the table… and then the sconces and then…. well a few years later, I am on a plane to France to pick up other architectural elements to put on boat back home. To hear the voices of design is one thing, listening to them is what makes them a reality!
What voices are you listening too?
Share with me your ideas… it will start the journey.
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