This was truly my beginning to understand the core of interior decorating.
I went out on both residential and commercial consultations. I worked with everyday people that were on budgets but wanted that new look to a room, a total make over, or just beginning in a new home or apartment.
I learned about coordinating fabrics, wallpaper, paint, and using accents and accessories to balance a room.
These four years was definitely not only hands on experience, but understanding what colors, shades, and tones blended well together. I also work with top designers in the area that taught me the little tricks of the trade.
After four years, that yearning began to fester again and I found myself want something more. I loved working in retail and interior design, and it was a tough decision to leave. This was in the beginning of 2000.
Owning My Own Business - Inside Out
I created herb gardens with pathways, and Tom and my dad built a greenhouse. I loved germinating thousands of different herbs, flowers, and vegetables. I would do dried arrangements, make herb vinegars and sell them.
Once again that yearning to do something more took over me. In the fall of 2000 I decided to share my passion of plants and designing and start my own landscape and design business. Yikes, out on my own at the age of 45.
We bought a tiller and Tom made me ramps for my small truck. I wanted to help people like you, increase the value of their property as well as the result be their total enjoyment. I was by myself for the first year and tilled, dug many holes, planted a variety of trees and shrubs, hauled and spread top soil and mulch.
The second year my business grew and was able to upgrade my truck and hired a crew. This is really when the name of my company, Inside Out took off. I always put my clients first and on each consultation would ask if I could see the inside of their living space. This gave me a feel of the colors and textures they would like for their outside. I love working with people and also with designing gardens and landscape.
I still have the yellow hallway walls both upstairs and down, and also the cayenne walls in dining room and living room. The walls were white when we moved in.
I changed the colors to a neutral tone, did some wallpapering, and light green. I guess for now, I still love the yellow and cayenne. Years without repainting! That's a first for me. The rooms represent warm colors and also southern colors.
Inside Out Business Had To Come To A End
Having grown up playing sports most of my younger years, the toll of those years on the knees as well as that dear darling age factor forced me to stop landscaping and designing. This was definitely not one of those yearning moments.
On New Years eve of 2005 right before midnight, I went outside with tears rolling down my face and took the business signs off my truck. Mind you, they were colored coordinated with the tee shirts, sweatshirts, and caps that myself and crew wore.
Search And Find -To The Present And FutureFor over a year I mulled over in my mind and spend some sleepless nights trying to think how I could share my passion of landscape and design. During this time I still continued to play around with colors and would continually give rooms new look and feel to them.
In February of 2007 the yearning to continue my inside out business became burning within. I began searching the Internet to find some locally I could do. SBI!
The FutureI will continue to write and share with you different ideas of doing everyday projects for your interior, as well as matching color tones and shades. As far as the future, Tom is working full time also on his own online business with his passion and expertise, hiking tips for you.
For me, I guess the yearning to move forward and continue into a new venue will never end. I do know one thing for sure, I love writing, sharing, and helping each of you. My online business will continue to grow well into the future.
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