Welcome to my blog! First I want to thank you for being here and taking the time to read my posts. Let’s start with some background on me and how exactly I got into interior design and home remodeling.
I actually graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters in Accounting. I worked four years in public accounting, first at a Big 4 and then a smaller local firm after that. Something was always missing, I never truly felt fulfilled. Originally I had hopes of finding a big fraud scam, like Enron or WorldCom, but apparently that doesn’t happen too often…. So what I thought was going to be my dream job became a bust.
Determined to get out of public accounting, I made a transition into the private sector hoping to find my calling there. The hours were definitely better but I still wasn’t fulfilled. I always felt something was missing. We had bought a house a few years earlier that we continuously worked on and updated. Being able to put my heart into this home, whether it be through a full on renovation or a simply refurbishing a piece of furniture, truly satisfied my soul.
Discovering My Passion
I’ve always been a HGTV freak, mainly House Hunters but once Fixer Upper came out I was completely obsessed. I ended up buying Joanna’s book and found out that she didn’t go to school for design or have a fancy certificate. Nope, she just happened to “fall into” it with Chip and she’s definitely good at it!
It got me thinking… maybe this was something I could do! No, I don’t have a background in interior design but neither did she. I do have the passion, drive, and ability to see the potential in a space and bring it to life. Quick little flash back – before going to college I had dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. Being an artistic person in some form or another, it isn’t too much of a surprise that I would consider a path in interior design.
I got lucky enough to marry someone in the construction business, as a Project Manager. His knowledge and experience within the industry is invaluable. He’s not one to sugar coat it, so I knew he would definitely be honest and tell me if he thought I couldn’t hack it. To my surprise, when I told him he was even more excited than me! I was certainly excited don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t help thinking; what makes me so special or what sets me apart from everyone else out there doing this? Not him! He could not have been more supportive and encouraging. Seeing that I had a natural talent and the passion to make it happen, he pushed me to go for it.
In essence he and Joanna Gaines’ book are the reason I am starting this blog and a design and remodel business; hence Blue Byrd Design was born!
This blog is for all those with a passion for home decor and design. I will be sharing my personal renovation projects that I have done with my husband in our own home, as well as some that I have done for clients. In addition to renovation projects, I’ll be sharing tips and tricks on some of my DIY’s! Feel free to contact me with any of your design questions or needs.
I look forward to growing this blog and expanding my business and I hope you will grow with me!