Setting up my area of the CR Laine showroom at High Point Market!
I can hardly believe that by the time you are reading this post, I am realizing a dream! Well actually two of them – I am launching my two new collections with my fabulous partners CR Laine and Soicher Marin at the High Point Market today. In some ways, it seems as if it happened overnight, but of course it has taken months (and years if we’re being totally honest) of hard work!
When I was a child, I was always doing something creative. It’s in my blood. And even in design school I somehow knew that in the future I would have product lines. I saw visions of furniture collections and fabric lines instead of sugarplums dancing in my head. I didn’t know when, and I didn’t know how, and I didn’t know who I would work with, but I just knew that these launches were in my future. I never doubted that for a moment.
Still “playing” with design after all these years!
So how did I get to today? I talk a lot about how we can often know the “WHAT” that we want in our lives, but not necessarily the “HOW” to make it happen. So although I saw that product line (the “what”) in my future when I was in school, I had no idea at that time how I would get to this point…how I would get to the how.
You see, when you have a goal or dream, it’s a waste of time and energy to try to figure out every step before you take action. You only need to know the first step. And thankfully along the way of my design career, I figured that first step out!
Love these Alexander dining chairs – part of my new collection with CR Laine!
So today is the big day. And the secret to making my collections happen really isn’t a secret at all. Just like with many things in life, getting to these fabulous product launches is all about building meaningful relationships with good people. You don’t have to be an expert in everything, but you do need to find the people who have the knowledge you need. And if you are like me, those people have to be kind and collaborative and share a vision with you that you are both willing to work hard to execute.
Supervising picture hanging is very tedious and hard work (ha!).
Some of the people who have helped me get to this place have worked with me for years, and some of my partners and collaborators I’ve only known for months. So it doesn’t always take a long time to create something spectacular. But I think it’s best to remember that you can’t rush a dream. When you meet the right people, and the timing is right, it can all fall seamlessly into place.
This has all been a collaborative effort – my very favorite way to work. Yes, I am having dreams come true for me this week, but I couldn’t do this by myself, and I am so thankful to the people who helped me get here. I am so lucky to have fantastic partners in CR Laine and Soicher Marin. And I am so very proud of what we have created together.
Love my Soicher Marin collection of art – also debuting at High Point Market!
I hope you enjoyed a bit of sneak peek here of the new collections – and I can’t wait to tell you about a few more things we have in the works. Meanwhile, keep plugging away at YOUR dreams! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep your eye out for those people that can help you move to your goals! Remember, it’s about the WHAT, not the HOW.
Hooray for my big day. And if you’re a designer or retailer, I sure hope you will join me in High Point this week for a fabulous celebration with CR Laine and Soicher Marin, because celebrating is something that I definitely know “How” to do!