Updated: Feb 4
-My first Professional Head shot as co-owner of Pinnacle Design Group, 2007
Starting a Blog in 2020- last day of the 30 day challenge!
So here we are... the last day of the challenge I signed on to do with Construction2Style.
I have loved this experience and will be continuing on with the help of my employee Hailey Hansen.
We have decided 3 times a week is where we will start and hopefully be able to keep that up! We are already getting more client interview questions back and those have been my favorite thing to read an post. I have some creative clients and colleagues on those movie titles describing their remodel!
I will finish the last blog post with a peek into how I became an Interior Designer. It was not the usual road but I strongly believe I am where I am today because of hard work and never giving up. Balancing being a mom, wife, and business owner is a 24 hour job!
I wanted to be a Forensic Pathologist from as long as I can remember up until I took a trip to Europe in high school. The art, architecture, furniture, etc. captivated me and I decided I wanted to be in that world. I moved from Grand Forks, ND right out of high school to Minneapolis, MN to go to The Arts Institute International for Interior Design.
I excelled and envisioned myself on Trading Spaces or Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
It took 7 years to get my Bachelors of Science degree. I worked full time, got engaged, bought a house, got married, decided to start a family, had our first child, and managed her being extremely sick very soon into her life. Not the road I would suggest to any 18-23 year old as it was very hard!
-PINNACLE’S VERY FIRST DEISGN PROJECT!
-obviously not professional photography, but a fun project and we learned a lot!
Upon graduation I struggled with leaving my full time job as a Men's Gymnastics Coach in a program my husband and I built together for over 5 years. I decided to work at The Tile Shop for a while to be involved in my field and still be able to coach part time.
-Pinnacle Design Group, 2007
I, along with Angela, a fellow Interior Design friend from college, started Pinnacle Design Group in 2007. We took on one project at a time and it became clear that we did a good job and that my time at The Tile Shop was done, as I wasn't ready to leave coaching behind, but couldn't work 60-70 hours a week any longer. Angela wanted to be a stay at home mom so I started Pinnacle Interior Designs on my own.
In fact, I didn't quit coaching until 2017 and still go in to sub about once or twice a month. I decided to go full time with Interior Deisgn in the fall of 2019 and I have not looked back.
- Teaching a client how to tile their own backsplash to save money!
I enjoyed the freedom of part time coaching and part time design to be home with my kids when they were young, but they are all now in school and I am finally where I envisioned myself...just ten years later! Funny how life takes you on a journey!
Currently, I have 18 active clients. To date I have had over 135 clients! I have been told by many people I am crazy to have that many and that I won't ever make a substantial salary because I have to be too efficient with my time and that I eliminate the higher echelon of clients since I can't devote so much time to them.
-Photographer catching me laughing with client at a remodel wrap up shoot: 2018
I love helping as many people as I can and I like having a lot of different projects to keep things fresh.
I am grateful for the flexibility I have to be able to couldn’t see at my kid’s school, pick them up from school, be able to stay home when they are sick. I often work very long days, but it’s worth it!
I love teaching Hailey about scale, "rules" of design, design styles, how to measure, how to place orders, etc. I has been fun being a teacher and see someone flourish!
I hope you learned a little more about me and can relate to something on here!
Thank you to Morgan of Construction2Style for encouraging me to start a Blog, sign up for the 30 day challenge, and complete it!
If you missed any days...go back and get caught up... and THANK YOU for reading and being a part of the Pinnacle family!
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!