Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coming Soon...New Guest Series: Tools of the Trade

One of the goals I made for my blog this year was to start a guest series. I wanted to be able to invite some friends to share their talent with all of you, and I am so excited to get this series started!

I went back and forth with a few different ideas, but I kept returning to the "Tools of the Trade" idea. Not only am I always on the quest to learn more as a decorator but I truly believe that experience and learning from experience are key to success.

The series will highlight a fellow blogger who I have invited over to share any tips, tools, thoughts, advice and guidance on their experience in the world of decorating, design, and renovations.

Since I'm just getting my feet wet with a decorating business, I thought I'd share a few things I thought were important to get me started.

- A business card. Once I had decided on West Pear Interiors, I knew I wanted to get some business cards made that I could keep with me. You never know when you're going to stumble upon a potential business opportunity. I keep them in my everyday bag as well as my weekend bag. I've also had the opportunity to hand them out to fellow bloggers as well in the PSMM group.

- A grown-up measuring device, the Fat Max. I can remember one of the first pieces of advice my instructor gave our Layout & Design class was - get yourself a serious measuring tool because you will want to measure with confidence - and that is so true. I carry a small measuring tape in my everyday bag in case I come across something that I need to measure, but the Fat Max is the real deal and a great tool for anyone to have. When I go into a client's home, I want to make sure that I get the proper measurements I'll need to draw out a floor plan, measure for window treatments, etc.

- Lastly, the mighty paint deck. Such a great tool to have for quick reference, to view undertones and color families. Big nerd alert: when I see a post or article in which a person references a paint color that I really like,  I'll pull out the deck to take a look at the color.

I wonder how my ideas will change as I get going with this venture...you'll be the first to hear my experiences!

And with that, I've got a wonderful guest blogger and friend lined up to join us next week to share some great tips with us.

Thanks as always for reading and I hope you enjoy the new series!


  1. Sounds like a series I could benefit from. Can't wait!

  2. Leave it you, Holly! Great idea and I'm impressed you're cruising through your goals! Your punchy, stylish business card looks just like you! :)

  3. What a great idea for a series! I'm excited to hear what people have to say and I know I'll learn a lot :)

  4. There are the basic tools, and then there are the tricks of the trade! I can't wait to learn from this series. Another great idea, Holly!

  5. Some of my favorite tools Holly, I don't go anywhere without my measuring tape and paint deck! Your business cards are darling and will be memorable to whoever you leave them with. This will be a fun series!

  6. Ooh, this sounds so fun and interesting, Holly!! What a great idea. Can't wait to see who comes and what they have to say...I'm going to learn so much, yay!!! You really are kicking butt with blog stuff! Such cute business cards:)

  7. These are the basic tools. I keep my paint decks in the car because they are always required. The measuring tape is a must, of course, and yes, absolutely, a business card. Look forward to this series.

  8. I love this new series!! It's always fun to hear the tips and tricks of the trade (c:

  9. It's a great idea for a series, especially for those of us in the biz who often don't know enough about what others are doing. Designers are notoriously close lipped so I look forward to learning something new:)

  10. It seems really an interesting idea. Definitively it will be helpful for people like us. Looking forward to it.