7.15.2015

I Almost Walked Away & the Designer Dish


Hi friends-
Thank you for your kind feedback on the Eclectic Trad project I shared in my last post. 
You're the best!

{recent client work #whitefishlakeproject}

You may have noticed that since January, I've been lapse in my blog posts. Although I have consistent client work, between personal things going on at home, my second 11 weeks miscarriage in January, & blogging, something had to give. It wasn't going to be my kids.  :-) **Editors Note: A few of you have left the sweetest comments or texted me about our loss. Thank you! I promise this post wasn't written to garner sympathy. I really wanted to share where my head has been these last months and bring you along with me on the process. I'm excited for what's to come.

{recent client work #whitefishlakeproject}

Did you know my background is actually in Foreign Policy and not Interior Design? There's a part of me that always wonders if I'm a "real" designer, but there are plenty of famous designers that didn't go to school for design and are hugely successful. Long story made slightly shorter, I took a few months to decide if I really wanted to keep going with Interior Design and if so, how will that look? How can I shape a life where I do what I love and stay true to my values?

And guess what. I've missed you! I learned that I love blogging and miss having the time to connect with you in a greater way than a few sentences on Instagram

{recent client work #whitefishlakeproject}

 I decided to put my focus on my clients and their experience, and create boring business stuff like creating a checklist for my client intake process. ;-) I'm making changes to meet the needs of my clients
 and still connect with you in a valuable way.

{recent client work #whitefishlakeproject}

My vision is to change my blog to more of a portfolio
and still reach out to you on a more consistent and personal basis.
I think I've found a solution...
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26 comments:

  1. i am so happy for you that you have learned through this where your heart is. :) sometimes we have to go through these hard times to come out and top and learn about ourselves and grow. and i also love all of the blues and greens. ;)

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  2. So here's a design question for you, how do you know if a room needs a rug without buying one and trying it out? Do all rooms need rugs? I'm specifically asking about our master bedroom.

    Thanks and SO glad you're back and didn't give it up. You have such a talent and I'd hate for others to not get to sample that! :)

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    1. Thanks Danielle! This may seem like a silly question back to you, but does your bedroom have hard floors or carpeting? Believe it or not sometimes rugs are used over carpet.

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  3. So thrilled you're going to keep at it, you're so talented!! And I'm heartbroken for your losses. #bighugs

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  4. Love this! Sometimes it's important for us to take a step back and look at the "360 view" on things. I follow you on Instagram, and love your styling. So sorry to hear of your losses. <3
    -Abby

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    1. Hi Abby! Thank you for popping in here to say hi! And you're absolutely right, I need a new view. Thanks for reading! xo

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  5. Yay for us that you are keeping at it!

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  6. Love this! I am going into interior decorating after testing the waters for awhile (and without a formal education in design) so I'd love to read more about how you have built your business. Xoxo ~Carrie

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    1. Thanks Carrie! Will do! It's tricky to write that without feeling egocentric. But I'll try!

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  7. Abby, I can relate to a portion of your struggles. I've had to redirect my focus recently, too. I'm
    so glad you're still doing interior design. Selfishly, I have a big house that needs some of your expertise! 😉
    Lots and lots of love,
    Jess Brimmer

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    1. Thanks Jess! We should chat. Love you bunches! Can't wait to finish your guest bedroom and bath!

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  8. Your voice in the design world has been missed. Glad you're back!

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  9. Glad you are back to blogging. It is such a great outlet! Looking forward to your Dish.

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    1. Thank you, Elisa! Some days I think I'll skip the clients and just blog, but then what would I blog about? ha!

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  10. You need to keep designing....I have seen you grow so much in the last 5 years! I know you almost walked away once before but seriously Abby I know you love it! I am so sorry about your loss....and I hope that if it is what you want you will be blessed with another child. You have the love:)

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    1. Sherry, you're one that I look up to because of your crazy talent. Thanks for your kind words.

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  11. This is a fun idea! I would love to see tips on finding and choosing an upholsterer. I actually also live in Grand Rapids, so if you have any upholstery shops to recommend, I'd love to hear about them! I'm glad to read that you'll keep up the interior design work -- I really like your style.

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    1. Thank you! I'll definitely include a chunk on upholstery.

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  12. So sorry to hear about your loss dear one. May God bless you as you continue to follow His lead (Numbers 6:24-28)

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    1. Thank you! That's so sweet of you to take the time to comment.

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  13. Keep designing! You are made for it! I am also another decorator who is not formally trained in school. (I have an elementary education degree!) But if you have a passion for something, which I know is design for you... you will be amazing! I went to blog podium two years ago and Sarah Richardson was there and spoke on this same topic. She also does not have an interior design degree. So she just said that she reads, works hard and makes sure she knows just as much about design as those who have a degree in the field. Anything is possible and you have that special talent!!
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

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    1. Thank you, Amber! Sarah is such an inspiration. HUGS!

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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