A few updates on the scariest thing I've ever committed to... - Sugar and Cloth

A few updates on the scariest thing I’ve ever committed to…

studio updatesSugar & Cloth studio

And by that I mean the new studio. Is it just me, or do other people feel like they’re just winging it most days when it comes to owning your own business? I’m half terrified, half excited at almost any given moment. I shared this photo on the day I put my name on the studio door, and it was such a surreal feeling. I mentioned that if someone would’ve told me three years ago when I was waiting tables at a restaurant that I’d be standing in front of this door three years later, I would’ve never believed them.

A lot of people commented asking what my secret was, but I really don’t have one. It’s crazy how hard work, God’s grace, and a just a dash of faking it until you make it will get you places you thought you could only dream of. That isn’t to say that every day is a dream or that I know just what I’m doing, but I have such a clearer vision now than I ever have…

MY LATEST VIDEOS

MY LATEST VIDEOS

10362144_1406265619662061_1503716995_nThis journey has definitely taught me not to worry much about what people think. I really, really wish you could’ve been standing with me when I was telling a friend I worked with at the restaurant that I had started a blog and that people seemed to be really interested and that I wanted to work towards it to see where it went. You would’ve thought I was crying murder in public. I obviously worked towards it anyway, and fast forward to now and I’m filling my new prop closet in the studio with my collection of pretty things since then.

All of that being said, I still struggle with making things happen, learning to turn work off when I have no set hours, and I’m by no means raking in the money. I’m just modestly learning the small business owner ropes by trial and error, one by one. One of the best things about this whole experience has been getting to work with different companies that help make it happen.

hunter douglas decor view

I’ll be sharing the full studio tour here soon, so hang tight! For those of you that attended our first workshop, that was just a small peek! We have pretty much everything squared away for the studio now minus a refrigerator (I’m reallllly hoping for a retro one!), but most importantly we need to get the light just right for shooting our projects.

We have one giant window, and a skylight. The light looks great at juuuust the perfect time of day, the rest of the time it gets crazy shadows from every direction, which doesn’t leave us with the prettiest pictures.

Recently we teamed up with Decorview to have them helps us figure out a solution for the crazy shadows and what not, and they sent a local professional decorator (hey Monica!) to talk through solutions with us.

 

Sugar & Cloth studiohunter douglas decor view

We narrowed it down to the Hunter Douglas automatic shade system that we’ll be getting installed soon (this week!!), and I’m so excited. We went with the super white with the 10% openness so that the shade would act as a built in light diffuser for shoots. How genius is that?! I can’t wait to see it all come together after it’s installed and we have things put in their place for the tour. I’ll be honest though, I may be too excited to wait to share the new windows so don’t judge me when I ruin the surprise.

Before we go, I want to hear about your story. How did you get to your dream job, or how are you finding your route their now? I’m always curious how people perceive where I am now, because if they had only seen me then it would be so different!

This post was made possible by our partnership with Decorview

decorview

A few updates on the scariest thing I've ever committed to... - Sugar and Cloth

A few updates on the scariest thing I’ve ever committed to…

studio updatesSugar & Cloth studio

And by that I mean the new studio. Is it just me, or do other people feel like they’re just winging it most days when it comes to owning your own business? I’m half terrified, half excited at almost any given moment. I shared this photo on the day I put my name on the studio door, and it was such a surreal feeling. I mentioned that if someone would’ve told me three years ago when I was waiting tables at a restaurant that I’d be standing in front of this door three years later, I would’ve never believed them.

A lot of people commented asking what my secret was, but I really don’t have one. It’s crazy how hard work, God’s grace, and a just a dash of faking it until you make it will get you places you thought you could only dream of. That isn’t to say that every day is a dream or that I know just what I’m doing, but I have such a clearer vision now than I ever have…

MY LATEST VIDEOS

MY LATEST VIDEOS

10362144_1406265619662061_1503716995_nThis journey has definitely taught me not to worry much about what people think. I really, really wish you could’ve been standing with me when I was telling a friend I worked with at the restaurant that I had started a blog and that people seemed to be really interested and that I wanted to work towards it to see where it went. You would’ve thought I was crying murder in public. I obviously worked towards it anyway, and fast forward to now and I’m filling my new prop closet in the studio with my collection of pretty things since then.

All of that being said, I still struggle with making things happen, learning to turn work off when I have no set hours, and I’m by no means raking in the money. I’m just modestly learning the small business owner ropes by trial and error, one by one. One of the best things about this whole experience has been getting to work with different companies that help make it happen.

hunter douglas decor view

I’ll be sharing the full studio tour here soon, so hang tight! For those of you that attended our first workshop, that was just a small peek! We have pretty much everything squared away for the studio now minus a refrigerator (I’m reallllly hoping for a retro one!), but most importantly we need to get the light just right for shooting our projects.

We have one giant window, and a skylight. The light looks great at juuuust the perfect time of day, the rest of the time it gets crazy shadows from every direction, which doesn’t leave us with the prettiest pictures.

Recently we teamed up with Decorview to have them helps us figure out a solution for the crazy shadows and what not, and they sent a local professional decorator (hey Monica!) to talk through solutions with us.

 

Sugar & Cloth studiohunter douglas decor view

We narrowed it down to the Hunter Douglas automatic shade system that we’ll be getting installed soon (this week!!), and I’m so excited. We went with the super white with the 10% openness so that the shade would act as a built in light diffuser for shoots. How genius is that?! I can’t wait to see it all come together after it’s installed and we have things put in their place for the tour. I’ll be honest though, I may be too excited to wait to share the new windows so don’t judge me when I ruin the surprise.

Before we go, I want to hear about your story. How did you get to your dream job, or how are you finding your route their now? I’m always curious how people perceive where I am now, because if they had only seen me then it would be so different!

This post was made possible by our partnership with Decorview

decorview

Comments

  • Laura

    06.14.14

    I’m so freakin’ proud of you Ash! You totally deserve all of your success and I can’t wait to see what’s yet to come!

    • Ashley said:

      Thank you, La! Now I demand you come visit me ASAP.

  • Ashley, I’m so incredibly excited for you! I too feel as though I have no freaking clue what I’m doing some days. After a mini meltdown here and there, I usually power through and figure things out ( but it’s still so scary! ). Love the shade selection, btw.

    • Ashley said:

      That coming from you makes me feel a lot better! How are things coming on those mini tassel packets? ;) The shades turned out so, so good. Can’t wait to share!

  • Lynet Witty

    06.16.14

    oooh. definitely want to see that studio tour! i’m still mad about missing out on the calligraphy workshop. as to figuring out small business? yeah, still on those first initial steps but i am LOVING the journey!!! <3

    • Ashley said:

      Haha, you are doing fabulous my love! Kiss the babe for me!!

  • Challie

    06.16.14

    I just graduated from a great interior design program and landed something pretty close to my dream job working on commercial interiors in Houston! Because I’m just starting out, I know I’m going to have to work really hard to truly be in my “dream job,” but I’m excited about the opportunity and ready to hit the ground running!

    Anyway, I love your blog and have really enjoyed following you in this process. I’m also really looking forward to maybe attending some of your workshops in the future. P.S. If you ever need any commercial design advice, hit me up!

    • Ashley said:

      Will do! Thanks Challie, best of luck to you! xoxo

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks so much Abigail!

  • I just left my full-time job a month ago to give the proper time and attention to my side business as a florist (Hoot & Holler), which is now my full-time business!! I agree with the feeling half terrified and half excited and having trouble setting boundaries. I’m loving it though, and loving following your journey too! I have been a big fan of the “fake it till you make it” strategy. Seems to have worked VERY well for me so far ;).

  • Wow, thanks for sharing your story! It really is motivating to see how far hard work and just the right amount of luck can take you! Always a pleasure to read your blog :) xx

  • Just catching up on your blog.Congrats on the studio, can’t wait to see the entire tour. Just wanted to say that I Love that you remain open with your readers and you are still very humble! Blessings to you going forward!
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    • Ashley said:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, totally made my day! xoxo

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