Room Fu is celebrating its 10th anniversary this July. Independence Day, to be exact–without meaning to, I declared my independence from my former boring job, right on July 4th, when I plunked down a few virtual dollars on the domain name. From there, I was off and running, taking on two guinea pig clients who allowed me to design bedrooms for them so I could start developing a portfolio. Less than six months later, I quit my day job and went after this full-time.
I’ve started planning a party to commemorate the occasion (please join our event page to stay in the loop!) and have been thinking a lot about how this business came about. I can’t help feeling nostalgic about all of the things that led me here. My design degree (graphic design, not interior design), my stint in NYC–which led to a high level of fantasizing about larger interior spaces, obsessing over every home show on TV. Then the biggie–the Mac Daddy of them all. I would never have had the confidence toward home improvement projects if I hadn’t taken on this beast first:
This is the house I bought after moving back to Texas. When I was single. Before I had any hands-on home improvement experience. Five coal-burning fireplaces, four bedrooms, three bay windows, a wrap-around porch AND a veranda, two original hitching posts plus a real-live carriage step, and almost 3,000 square feet of complete and total dilapidation.
It was a thing of beauty.
I had the best time working on that house. Both sets of my grandparents each spent a month with me, coaching me through various construction projects. It was such a rush to see this house returned (to an extent) to its former glory. Too bad I never got around to doing the kitchen I’d gutted.
Ahhhhh, the memories…
LOL! I bet it was awesome!
so happy to have met you along the way, Robin! wishing you many more years of continued success.
Thanks, Donna! You’ve been very instrumental in helping me meet some of my goals–I’m very appreciative!