My career as a Business Consultant started in the backroom of my first retail location called Skip To My Room, a children’s fine furniture and accessory store. With scissors, glue, and a type writer I redesigned a major furniture manufacturers catalogs. The company provided lovely pictures, item numbers, and pricing but guess what….in my inexperience and humble opinion they did not tell their story well. I had to take six of their catalogs and cut them to pieces. In my tiny little retail shop I was producing sales for this company that had them sending their national sales rep to see what I was up to. Let’s just says my sales were over the top. Along with merchandising, I made their biggest investment of training stores all over the US my craft table of fun. The rep was was miffed when he saw the “new and improved catalog.” What did I do? I told a story. I took what parents experience everyday when trying to design and choose collections and helped them write their story. ( This little craft projected launched my career in consulting as this company hired me to design their catalogs.)
It’s easy when you have a creative and designer brain to make “it” work. Imagine if you did not have that kind of creative thought. Many people do not. What comes natural and easy for a creative person does not come easy for someone who is not wired like that. I imagine the person who put those catalogs together was thinking of numbers, product codes and then dropped in some images. Now how is a parent going to decide and choose designs that best fit their kids room needs?
I was zoning out on Instagram ( @elizonthego find me ) the other day and came across this picture.
I took a screen shot and thought, “this person get’s it.” What is so special about a picture full of pillows? The designer, Karen Larkin of elmenOPillows is helping write and tell a story with her pictures. She has done the designing for the not so creatives to give them ideas on how to use color, prints, and texture. If she had one single pillow, it would look pretty and a creative person can think of five other colors or prints to go with it. You can also take one single pillow and add in elements of design to show how to use that one single pillow. However a non creative thinker may like that one single pillow, buy it, get it home and then not know how to mix or match anything else to go with it. I met this designer over 20 years ago as we were young moms raising our children in our cul-de-sac. She moved within a year and through Social Media platforms we have kept in touch. I have a confession. As I was looking at these pillows, took the screen shot and was inspired to write I had NO IDEA in that moment it my friend.
How are you telling the story of your business or brand? Do not assume that the consumer will know how to pull in all the pieces to begin to write their own story with YOUR products. We are the experts in our industries. We are more connected than ever and there are many ways to tell your story and give your viewer options and ideas on buying your story. You don’t have to be a published or a famous author to write, take pictures, and share a story to sell your brand. Perhaps more of the consultant, than kids room designer is coming out as I write. I have worked with many companies who have not grasped the importance of telling their story. Telling a story did not just start with the onset of Social Media. If you are telling a good story, guess what? You will sell your ideas, your product and the end consumer gets excited because you have added great value to their shopping experience. Look closely at the picture below. The story of how to use this piece of furniture. Mixing and matching all kinds of kids room design accents in a color theme. Helping my customer’s make decisions on decorating and just how much stuff this piece can hold. How are you telling the story of your business or brand?
With all the fun of summer, be sure to print off some of those cute and darling pictures of your kids. We are losing the art of decorating with our kids faces and sweet moments. Frames add a lovely accent to any room in your home. Kids love to look at themselves. Each of my own kids have always had some of their baby pictures, pictures with grandparents, and special moments framed in their room. At bedtime we would look at the pictures and either “remember when” or talk about the people we love.
I grabbed a host of frames to share here. All of these frames are in stock. Drop me a message on my contact page if you would like to purchase any of these frames. Just for reading here I will give you 10% off your entire order. (Including other items purchased from this website.) I love frames and you can only imagine how many I have with 5 kids. Happy Summer. Elizabeth Traub
Just For Girly Girls by Candy Wright: Guest Blogger
Whether you’re decorating a room for a little girl or little boy, there are endless possibilities when it comes to themes and colours. Whichever theme you choose, it should create a perfect fairytale wonderland where your child can rest peacefully and engage in the child’s play of make believe.
Just for Girly Girls
Pink is the picture-perfect colour scheme for girly girls. There are a wide variety of bed ensembles that utilize all shades of pretty pink. For a real feminine look, consider a floral pattern with three dimensional flowers that delicately spread across the comforter. Add some matching pillows in different shapes with an eye-lit bed skirt. To add more inspiration to the pink floral theme, hang your child’s name on wooden blocks in the room painted with pink flowers. You may even want to add a garland of pink flowers draped across the curtain valance. With a little imagination, there are endless decorating possibilities when you use the design formula of pink plus flowers.
Have a little girl who loves ice-cream? She’d probably fall in love with a bedroom centered on an ice-cream theme. Paint the room white and use cone-shaped sponges to create a pink ice-cream cone pattern. You can make a line of pretty cones along the wainscoting or upper edge of the wall. Select a bed ensemble with colourful pink and green ice-cream cones with colourful sprinkles to add more colour and texture to the room. With a little searching, you could also probably find novelty pillows in the shape of ice-cream cones or pops. The ice-cream theme is both delightful and sweet. Just like your little girl.
Bring some old-fashioned charm to your little girl’s room with a vintage lavender look. Vintage quilt cover sets with a folksy embroidery motif plus ribbon trim, pleats and pin-tucks create a dreamy setting. Add some sheets with lavender and white hearts for a well-pulled together look. For some more old- world charm, top the bed with lavender and white crocheted pillows. All around, lavender creates a sure haven for sweet dreams.
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Have you noticed that pink in a kids (girls) room has never gone out of style. I took these pictures a few day ago. A very small sample of the hundreds of pink items we have in stock. Pink in all my years of being a kids room designer has never gone out of style. I love when a mom meets with me, and says something like, “Lucy loves pink but I refuse to buy anything pink for her room.” It does not take me long to help a mother’s aversion to pink change as the desire is to create a room that Lucy really wanted. Pink rules and girls love it. In the next few months we are going to have some fun mixing and matching all kinds of color stories together to share here on our blog. All of our products are always for sale. If you are interested in any of these items be sure to contact me, Elizabeth Truab, HERE
It’s a beautiful Spring day in The Dalles, OR where Hung Out To Buy resides. We recently relocated from Portland, OR and now finding our way in a new community. It’s been a great season of transition and we are excited to be getting involved in the community starting with a Public Market. That will start in May. In the meantime I took some of our products and starting shooting some fun pictures. I have a feeling that old 1965 clothesline is going to make for some very cool Hung Out To Buy images. Those pictures to come.
Over the next six months we are going to be scaling down our inventory and changing things around on our website. Be sure to check back as we make some changes. This Spring air is going to spring some new life into a business that I love. Being in the kids interior design has been in my blood for over 20 years. My main business is working as a consultant. Here is a link to my everyday job. I have always said that this business is like my garden to play in. Today was fun to look outside at the green grass and just place a few items in such a pretty setting. Like I said, we are getting all Springy over here.
Here a lamp, there a lamp, ever child’s room needs a cute lamp that grows with them. This lamp offers a nice height and imagine your daughter reading in bed with this darling pink polka dot lamp.
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If you are stuck on how to bring more color into your child’s room, may I suggest finding a piece of art that mixes all kinds of color. This lovely piece gives both a pastel and primary cast of colors.
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