Periodically we ask our listeners to submit questions for us to answer on a podcast episode, and this is the first of those episodes! These questions can be about us personally or about our business or interior design, and it was really fun to answer YOUR questions on the podcast today. For today’s episode, we explore how we can up with our business name, what our favorite learning resources are, how to balance work and life as a married couple, rugs on carpet, where to shop, and more!
Q&A with Peach and Pine Home
How did you come up with the name Peach and Pine Home?
We went through a lot of ideas before settling on Peach and Pine Home. We wanted something that was catchy and simple (and names with 2 nouns are very trendy). After a lot of thought and bad ideas, we came up with the name Peach and Pine Home. Peach for Jeremy (he’s from Georgia) and Pine for Chandler (she’s a Texan). It’s a nod to our roots, and we still love the name!
What resources do you recommend for aspiring interior designers?
If you’re an aspiring interior designer, one of the best pieces of knowledge we can offer is that being an interior designer is less about creativity and more about business than you’ll expect. If you’re wanting to be an interior designer, you probably already have the creativity and skills needed to do it (although those will both grow). You need to focus and learn the business side and be the best at business you can be to become a successful interior designer. With that being said, here are some of our favorite resources for the business of interior design:
A Well Designed Business - an AMAZING podcast about the interior design business specifically. We’ve loved this podcast for a long time and it has been so helpful in guiding us toward running a business well.
Goal Digger Podcast - this podcast is more about general entrepreneurship, but it is an excellent resource for building your business!
Learn from other designers
This is SO important! Having a mentor, business coach, or some sort of guidance from someone in the industry is so incredibly helpful. Chandler worked with a another designer in the area when we were first starting Peach and Pine, and it was so helpful to have that experience! We also just recently started working with a business coach (shoutout Scarlett Thread Consulting) and it has been incredibly helpful to have that guidance. I would recommend doing that as soon as you’re able!
Learn from vendors you work with
This is another super important thing to do! As you’re starting your business and working with vendors and subcontractors, always be in a spirit of learning. These people (generally) have been in business for much longer than you and understand their parts of the industry - examples being countertop vendors, cabinet vendors, plumbers, handymen, electricians, etc. The more you understand how these people work and what their processes are, the better you’ll be able to plan projects and serve your clients more completely.
If you have more specific questions, feel free to reach out to us! We believe in helping each other!
How do you balance work-life and business-life together as a married couple?
This is something that we work on regularly and definitely don’t have it all figured out! A couple things that we do to help balance:
Schedule date nights regularly that are not work-related
We take Sundays completely off of work and focus on family
Intentionally love each other as spouses specifically, in addition to being business partners
How do I decorate with sentimental items that aren’t “Pinterest worthy?”
This is a bit of a complex answer that will be different based on the item, it’s sentimental value, and the person using it. For us, we don’t display anything that Chandler doesn’t think is beautiful. We do have sentimental things that we have quick access to (coffee mugs, photo albums, etc) but are not displayed prominently. If you’re looking to keep something like that around that is functional and you want access to but don’t love the way it looks, don’t feel like you have to display it. Keep it close by in a cabinet or a basket so that you can get it when you need it and it’s out of sight when you don’t.
If you do want to display something that is sentimental but you don’t it particularly beautiful, incorporate it with things that you DO find beautiful. Style a shelf with it and include some old books or art that you love. Just because its sentimental doesn’t mean it has to be the centerpiece of your design. Surround that thing with beautiful pieces and incorporate it into your overall design.
Are rugs on carpet good design or not?
In short, YES. Listen to the episode for more :-)
What pieces should I invest in when renting an apartment.
Chandler and I differ slightly on this answer, but both are valid thoughts. Chandler says to start with a sofa and/or an extendable dining table. Jeremy says to start in your bedroom with a bed or an occasional chair. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to invest in quality pieces. You can take furniture with you when you move, and even if it doesn’t end up working out in your next space, you’ll be able to get a reasonable return if you buy quality from the get-go.
Pro Tip: “There’s no reason to not invest in quality just because you’re renting”
We also recorded a podcast episode previously titled “How to Renovate a Rental: Updates Your Landlord Won’t Mind.” We think this a great resource for additional things that you can do in a rental situation to make your space feel more like home.
Where do you start when you don’t know where to start and your design style doesn’t feel cohesive?
Start in the living room because it’s where you spend the most time. A simple thing to look for is in your hardware - be sure to keep your hardware finishes consistent throughout the space. In a similar thought, you want to keep the colors of your accents in a similar family as well. If you have a lot of neutral-colored antique books that you use to decorate your living room shelf, taking the bright yellow Spongebob figurine off the shelf will help it feel more cohesive (for example).
Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to live with less while you are figuring out your style
And also, don’t be afraid to Kondo. Figure out what you have that you truly love and don’t be afraid to get rid of what you don’t. Only keep things that bring you joy and your design style will start to come together.
We also did an episode on finding your design style, if you’re interested in hearing more.
What is your favorite place to shop for home decor items?
We shop trade-only resources for our clients, which is one of the benefits that we bring to our clients. This allows us to get them the best quality at the best value, but these resources are only accessible to industry members. What DO like to do in each design is to incorporate a piece that has a story. These pieces most often come from the flea market or an antique store. Nashville has a GREAT flea market once a month that we really enjoy going to. If you’re looking for something special or to make a statement, a flea market or antique store is a great place to start.
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