I’m so glad you joined me today! If you have been following for any length of time, you may know my story and why I started this. For those that are new, I have always loved creating even since elementary school and then went on to get my Interior Design degree from Murray State University.
I graduated college, got married and started renovating our house all in the same year. I also started a design business along with working my “real” job in retail. The retail job is where I grew in learning merchandising, stacking, and layering techniques to make displays pleasing to the eye but also shoppable. From there I moved up the company in visual merchandising, traveling to other stores as a visual merchandiser, and then promoted to assistant manager. Its awesome now to see how God gave me each small step or person to help while opening the next door. Its amazing how HIS design for our life is so much better than our own.
I got a call from a dear friend, LeeAnn, that she had seen an ad in the newspaper for a job at Decor Direct in Union City, TN. It was a retail outlet for the wholesale company, CBK. They were originally started by the Kirkland’s and had changed hands several times over the years. I got the job of store manager and worked there for 7 years before getting laid off while I was home with our second child. It was a blessing that God worked out for my family. I probably would have never had the nerve to quit that job and the benefits had he not pushed me to start over. Like with any job you have so many ups and downs, I had some learning curves with being a new boss to over 10 people and adjustments to make. It wasn’t always easy, but God started working on me through several people that He placed in my path that I will be forever grateful for.
Afterwards, my husband encouraged me to start painting and selling furniture in a local flea market. We did that for 5 years while I was staying at home with our now 3 kids. We always treated (even in that small space) like a business. We would go to auctions, yards sales, estate sales with the kids in tow and find things to fix up and resell. He learned how to fix just about any problem-old drawers, veneer peeling, filling holes, even making tables. There were some days, I’m not sure how we managed to do what we did: loading, unloading furniture, staging, pricing, all the while wrestling 2 toddlers.
Fast forward, we have a home decor ship inside a local clothing boutique, The Dirt Road. Its unique that we are a store inside a store. I try to do a curated collection of vintage and new accessories in the shop because I love mixing old and new. Its how I decorate my own home!
Its been awesome being able to put names with faces and interact with so many of you. I’ve had numerous people come in and say they’ve bought one of our pieces. Most of all, I enjoy the ladies that start out as customers turn friends. I get to know your family, kids, and get to pray for things you are going through. I hope you follow along to see God’s design for our family, after all He is the ultimate Creator.