For my first blog post, I think it's appropriate to write about one of my very first clients. After having done a few small organizing projects for a good friend of mine, I was asked to help her design one of her main spaces. She had purchased her house more than two years before and had done very little with the space. Some circumstances in her life had changed in those two years and decorating had been put on the back burner. Actually, not even the back burner; it had been abandoned altogether.
But knowing her, I could tell the fact that her house didn't feel like a home weighed quietly but very heavily on her mind. The room had become a major stumbling block, and it was affecting her life even more than she realized.
This friend, she was a perfectionist. And she couldn't define her style. This combination lead to a major fear of commitment. Given that, I knew the project may not be the easiest. But we pushed forward anyway. And by we, I mean me. Because of her fear, I knew that I would need to be a bit pushier than normal, yet still gentle enough not to scare her off.
In the end, that was exactly what she needed. We started out slowly and in the abstract. I gave her five pictures of rugs and asked, "if you had to pick two, which are your favorites?" That was a pretty easy question to answer, so we proceeded to pillows and floor cushions and lamps and accessories. Before she knew it, I had everything I needed to put her design together. She even enjoyed the process to boot!
I'll never forget what she told me when we finished our work together. She told me that our design progress had inspired and empowered her to work on other areas in her home. She said, "You've got me on the road to mental clarity and peace with regard to having my home feel more put together."
That right there is my passion! It is what I try to achieve with everyone I work with. Because we took what seemed like incredibly small steps at first, my client came away with not only a beautiful room, but also peace of mind.
So if you find yourself with an area in your life you can't seem to conquer, break it down into small steps. Make those steps as tiny as you need them to be! Soon enough, the anxiety of making decisions will be eclipsed by the sense of pride you feel in your accomplishments. Because make no mistake - those teeny tiny steps add up to some major changes!