interior Design

Tiny House Living

I teamed up with The Dakota Adventist Academy again for this tiny house project. The students built and designed this tiny house, and I was asked to stage it again for the Bismarck Mandan Home Show. I absolutely love staging this space. It’s fun to imagine living in this space, and how a person would use it.

As soon as I got off the phone with them I started a mental checklist in my head. I have a room in our basement full of staging items, and I also shop the rooms of my house. I love how it all came together. Its modern, chic, a little bit of farmhouse, and tiny!

Another fun thing about this project was that I had an interior design student reach out to me on her spring break to see if I had any projects she could help with or job shadow with. This was the perfect project! It was fun to meet with her and visit about her college experience! She is attending the same college I went to in Alexandria, MN!

interior Design

Just Start

I was organizing my office today, and I came across my college portfolio from 2002! Just Opening that up tugged at my heart strings. It reminded me of all the hours I sat in my tiny apartment bedroom and worked on projects. I LOVED Design school. It brought out all of my creative energy. I cant even tell you the hours I spent on school projects!

We knew in college that many of us would graduate, and not find a job in Interior Design. Not because we weren’t good enough, but because there wasn’t a lot of jobs to pursue at that time, unless you went on to a big city. or working at a big box home improvement store. That ended up being the case for me. I worked in design for a few months as an office designer. I did not find a lot of joy in that job. I wasn’t able to be creative, and it was basically putting puzzle pieces together. So instead, I used my skills in our personal homes throughout the years. Which really led me to where we are now, building houses.

Many people don’t love the building process, but we love it. My favorite part is walking through a home that just got framed. its so great to see the plans on paper come to life.

My point to this whole story is, even though I didn’t pursue a job in design the past 15 years, it’s always been my passion. It hasn’t gone away. I don’t love design just because of Chip and Joanna Gaines, or HGTV. (I mean, they are my mentors even though they don’t know that!) I Love it because it brings me joy, And when I opened up that portfolio today it brought me so much joy, and it was a good reminder that it doesn’t matter when you start, just start!

My point to this whole story is, even though I didn’t pursue a job in design the past 15 years, it’s always been my passion. It hasn’t gone away. I don’t love design just because of Chip and Joanna Gaines, or HGTV. (I mean, they are my mentors even though they don’t know that!) I Love it because it brings me joy, And when I opened up that portfolio today it brought me so much joy, and it was a good reminder that it doesn’t matter when you start, just start!