The dream has always been to make a living being creative. Period. Not to be on TV, famous or labeled as anything in particular. My career has happened the way that was right for me. It still is.
Working with my hands and finding different ways to play with all the ideas in my head has always made me feel pretty content. We all have "the thing" or "things" that relax us and make us feel like we're actually connecting to a part of ourselves that feels authentic.
As far back as I can remember, I have always been making things. Not always with much success. As a matter of fact, I am a brilliant failure! I have failed so stupendously and with such flair in the past (and I'm sure again in the future) that for quite sometime I thought there couldn't be a new way to fail. I would be proven wrong.
Having grown somewhat fond of my failures, since they have informed and guided my successes, I am eager to take chances that feel right for me. Launching a furniture line during one of the greatest recessions in our history is definitely one of those "taking chances" moments.
The past year has been filled with planning, designing, re-designing and then re-designing some more. I love working with my hands and have done everything from making my own filo dough to tiling a roof. Not a master at any of that, but more along the lines of..."I know a little about a lot of stuff." Knowing that I couldn't actually make each piece myself, using my hands, was something I had to give up. I trusted my new partners and their expertise in an area that I am barely scratching the surface on.
Figuring out how to make a product that looks good, easy to ship and follows my mantra of being affordable, is a bit of a challenge. There are fabrics & nail heads you'd love to use but drive up manufacturing costs. The slope of the back of a chair has to be adjusted to make the product easier to ship, the list goes on and on. Working on producing an actual line and launching approximately 20-30 upholstered pieces in the first roll out has been a learning experience in patience, endurance and working as part of a team. The whole process seemed endless, exciting, frustrating and quite honestly a bit scary.
Well, today I saw the first pictures from the factory of each piece in prototype form. The team that has worked tirelessly to make this all happen have out done themselves in helping me get oh so much closer to the mission statement: well designed, affordable furniture that is about your lifestyle.
I will be seeing each piece in person within the next two weeks. That is the last time I will have to make final tweaks before the line is introduced this summer.
I can't thank the whole team enough for all their hard work.
I can't share photos with you yet. I'm sorry--NOT trying to be a elusive. The retailers that are carrying the line along with the PR team will be making that announcement with photos first. I will bore you with details and all the photos you can handle later.
Here's to all of our glorious failures for they are the secrets of our successes.