Time to have a party! Last year I completed training to become a Certified, Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings Specialist (try putting that on a business card) with the Sustainable Home Furnishings Council. There are about four hundred of us GREEN Leaders in the United States who have completed this work. Including many interior designers who are the A-Listers of design. The ones who have cable TV shows, are in the decorating magazines, publish heavy coffee table books, have their names on furniture you can get at national retailers. You know, those people! Seriously, we – me and them – have something in common: we care about our clients and want to be of service to make it easier for you to own products that are eco-friendly and sustainable. We are interior designers, furniture retailers and furniture manufactures.
Today marks the 222nd day since the grand opening of my business Van Nice Design last November. Note: I have quite a few years interior design and decorating experience, but always working for someone else. Now I’m the one in charge. Gulp! So if you could indulge me I’d like to get all introspective on you for just a minute or two.
Van Nice Design is a work in progress. Perhaps like me, you or someone close to you have your own business or hope some day to follow your dream and start a business. For you, here are some truisms I’ve learned that I either did not know or did not fully appreciate just 222 days ago:
1. Get help with your business as soon as possible. ASAP! Figure out all the things you can get someone else to do better or more cost-effectively than you can. It can be hard letting go. After all letting go means you will have to pay that someone else to do the delegated work for you.
At our house we are beginning to do a major cleanup over the next seven weeks. If you’re like me and don’t like to clean house (sorry, Mom!) it helps to have a deadline or an event coming up to get you all motivated. In our case the “2011 Sherman Hill Doors To The Past” tour of historic homes is coming up the last two weekends in September. Our house is one of about ten on this year’s tour. Actually we live in a section of the building shown above called Alchemilla. It is six townhomes made to look like one enormous Victorian mansion. Alchemilla was built in 2007 on a weedy vacant city lot and designed by architect Jefferey Morgan. If you want to drive by, its located at 16th Street and Pleasant Street in Des Moines, one block north of Hoyt Sherman Place and one block west of Methodist and Blank Childrens Hospitals. Better yet, come pay us a visit on the upcoming home tour.
As a Des Moines interior designer, Patrick Van Nice has more than 17 years’ experience providing a full range of interior design service throughout Iowa and across the nation. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their two children.
If you are in need of good interior design ideas for your home, contact Patrick at: 515-577-5562, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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