Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hey guys! Abigail the intern here! As many of you know or for some who don’t know, I have been interning for The Simple Life Decor the past few months as part of my Interior Design Degree at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin.  This being my first internship ever, I learned a lot and I would like to share with you some of my experiences!

I was very excited to get to know Wendy and The Simple Life Decor! At first, I was a little nervous because, well, this is my first internship and the fact that I was working for an online store was something very different! But I was ready for a challenge! At first, Wendy got me going on the whole social media gig. For the first couple of weeks, I began updating Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with new ideas to share with the world and some for us to try ourselves! Looking up ideas on Pinterest and sharing them on Facebook and Twitter really helped get the growing business attention! It wasn’t always easy though, I couldn’t always post things I like, but what the store has for a style. I also learned that styles do vary depending on the person. For example.. view of cottage/cabin is very woodsy and another persons view may be very chic.

This would be my example of a cabin/cottage.

Via http://www.foothillsfurniture.com/cabin-decor.php

Where this could be another example..

via http://organic-linkbuilding.info/cottage-decor/

Both ways are technically correct, but I have also learned to ask the right questions when asking about certain styles because they can get so easily mixed up.

Another thing I’ve learned is that it’s not what you want, it’s what the customer wants. Yes, you may be the designer but in the end, if you client isn’t happy, you’re not going to be happy! When you are becoming a designer and starting out, it’s so important to gain trust from your clients, and that’s what I stride to do! If a client isn’t happy, figure out why and fix it the best you can! But remember, you can’t please everyone in the world!

Blogging is also something I have greatly enjoyed doing for The Simple Life Decor! I’m honestly not the best writer in the world but it’s always been easy for me in a way. I really enjoy giving you guys tips and advice about new design trends that are going on! The design world is constantly changing and it’s never easy keeping up with everything but why not try?! 🙂

Another thing I have learned is that I can’t let myself get flustered with myself if a client isn’t pleased with a project I put together for them. Yes it hurts my feelings and I tend to get really down on myself sometimes, but then I have to stop and think about the bigger picture. Just because one client didn’t like my work, doesn’t mean the rest of the world won’t like it! It’s all part of learning, and a lot of learning is what I did with this internship!

All in all, you guys have been just wonderful! Thank you for letting me be part of your designing journey!

Oh! Before I forget! Check out this slide show I made of the store that just Officially OPENED!! 

http://www.kizoa.com/Video-Maker/d20620425k3249998o1/diaporama%20kizoa

Thanks again for this wonderful experience!

-Abigail 🙂

The Simple Life Decor is OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin!!

 

As you guys know, I have been online mainly for a couple years now and I’m happy to share with you guys that I have an official store! The Simple Life Decor is located in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin in the beautiful Door County.

Let me take you through my store and show you how hard myself and my team have been working to make this dream come true! All of these products are for sale in our store ONLY! So come on in and check us out!

We’re open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays all summer long!

Like I’ve said, officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!

Photo Credits to Abigail Schoenike

Slide Show Credits to http://www.kizoa.com/

http://www.kizoa.com/slideshow-maker/d20620425k3249998o1/the-simple-life-decor

 

Don’t Forget!!!!

I have an instagram page now!! Look up: Simple Life Decor

https://instagram.com/simplelifedecor/

 

Have you guys heard of the High Point Market located in High Point, North Carolina? This is actually a pretty cool event that happens twice a year in April and October!

 

What is the High Point Market? 

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

It consists of…

  • 180 Buildings
  • 11.5 Million Square Feet of Show space
  • 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

“Market Facts.” High Point Market. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.

What can you find there?

You can find one of a kind products that have yet to be introduced to the designer world! Furniture, accessories, and so much more to discover throughout every single building! There are also a bunch of educational events, seminars, and other social events to help you learn, social, and network with in the designer world.

This is a picture of the map from April 2015. A map of the event in October will be available late September 2015.

Designers! Designers! Designers!

This event is known for its wide variety of designers from all over the world! But who exactly can be seen here? Past designers and companies include:

Antonello Italia

Modern contemporary dining tables, sideboards, bookcases, TV stands, coffee tables, consoles, complements. Made in Italy.

Imports Decor Inc.

Imports Décor is located in Hillsborough, NJ. We carry an extensive line of stylish and elegant interior accessories and high quality doormats. Our products are manufactured in India, ensuring the highest quality and lowest price.

Kravet Fabrics

Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in to-the-trade home furnishings. This fifth generation family business distributes fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories. The family’s commitment to innovation has helped the company transform from a small fabric house to a global leader, representing brands and designers from all over the world. Kravet Inc. owns Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, GP & J Baker and Brunschwig & Fils, all high-end fabric houses that specialize in style, luxury and exceptional design. With locations in North America and worldwide, Kravet Inc. offers the highest level of customer service, quality products and web technology for today’s design professional. For further brand information, please refer to www.kravet.com.

 

…and many, many more!

“Find Exhibitors.” High Point Market. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.

Here is a short video on the exciting new products that are to come!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7l0xW13NAOs

“News & Videos.” High Point Market. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2015.

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My name is Wendy and after leaving a stressful career, I am on a journey to a simpler life. I have started a business called The Simple Life Decor (thesimplelifedecor.com) specializing in mid to high end cottage style furniture and decor for cottages and primary homes. My blog is focused on living a simpler life whether it be through creating a serene environment in your home or simple living tips! Subscribe to my list and shop TheSimpleLifeDecor.com!

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