Kia Porter Photography
“Once upon a time, there was a mommy who had a sleep deprivation induced epiphany!”
Today I would like to share the story of how Little Nest Design came to be. Before my second baby came along, I worked as an art and play therapist at a shelter for abused women and children. The work provided me with a creative outlet and was very fulfilling, but often emotionally devastating. And as the case with many social work type jobs, the pay wasn’t great. Even if I was emotionally able to be with my babies at home AND work with abused children (which I just wasn’t) it didn’t make sense financially. While I loved being home with my kids when they were little, I did feel like there was a part of me that was missing. I longed to channel the creative part of myself into a career, like I had as an art therapist. And then the idea to be an Interior Decorator came to me in one of those Oprah-like “a-ha” moments!
The corner spot of this sofa is the coziest spot in our home! (Felicia Chang Photography)
It was one of those nights where I had been up several times with various children – it’s like they were passing the baton “okay, its your turn to wake her up!”. I had finally given up on sleep, as my brain was wide awake. As I was sitting on the couch and journaling, which is something I do when I can’t fall asleep, the business idea came to me. I had always been passionate about interior design and DIY. I loved decorating our home and my favorite things to read were decorating magazines and the Pottery Barn Catalogue. I realized that interior decorating was my passion, and it was something that I could share with others.
A few of my favorite decorating books on display! (Felicia Chang Photography)
The name “Little Nest Design” popped into my head during that same middle of the night epiphany. When the kids were smaller, at bedtime I used to say ”okay, time to tuck you into your little nest!” and I thought it would be the perfect name for my business! I felt so strongly about it, I purchased my domain name right away, even though it would be years before I would actually start my business and develop a website!
Stella’s “Little Nest” aka her first big girl bed! (Kia Porter Photography)
I have always loved all aspects of interior decorating but in particular, I really had fun with my kids bedrooms. My original idea was to focus on just that- bedrooms for babies, kids and teens.
Kallum’s lego themed room (Kia Porter Photography)
Over time and as my kids grew and our needs changed, I realized that it wasn’t just bedrooms I had a passion for, but also trying to make our whole home kid friendly, functional AND pretty!
I am in love with this sink, stylish yet practical. (Felicia Chang Photography)
I see decorating for families as kind of a niche market, one that comes with its own set of unique design challenges. I believe that having a home that is kid friendly doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.
This cute farmhouse-style kids table and chairs is one of my favorite things in the kitchen! (Felicia Chang Photography)
When you have kids and pets, you have to consider things like safety and durability. And lets be honest, sometimes the poop can literally hit the fan! Kids can be messy, they break stuff and I have never known a pet to throw up on a solid floor surface when there is a carpeted area within a 5 mile radius!
“Family Rules” (Felicia Chang Photography)
As parents, especially if you are a stay-at-home parent, your home becomes kinda like your workplace! It’s so important that you love your space and that it functions well for you. I firmly believe that this is achievable for everyone, no matter the budget!
Our mudroom sees a lot of action! (Felicia Chang Photography)
Over the past few years I have been slowly trying to grow my decorating business. My biggest project to date has been our current home, which we purchased in 2013. The house had great bones, but needed to be updated, and I was so excited to take this on. We embarked on a full house renno, and gutted the kitchen, 3 bathrooms and the mudroom. We tackled every surface -the floors, popcorn ceilings, and paint- it all got a facelift! To say I learned a lot is an understatement. I loved being able to select all of our finishings, but living through a renno with 3 kids and a puppy certainly tested my sanity! I loved everything about the process except living in it (through it?). My dream would be to buy, rennovate and flip old houses (just like my idols Chip and Joanna Gaines from the show “Fixer Upper”) if we didn’t live in one of the most expensive cities on the planet!!
I am excited to share my ideas and inspiration on this blog and will continue to work with families to help them achieve their #decoratinggoals.
Thanks for reading!