Decorating the shop for the holidays

BEACHGLASS by: K.Miller Interiors will be officially four weeks old tomorrow. Really? Four weeks?!! It feels like it could be four years!  That sounds bad…and I really don’t mean it that way, but wow – it has been busy.  I can’t say I wasn’t warned, but I think until you decide to jump into something like owning your own business, you just can’t grasp how all-consuming it truly is until you are knee deep in the thick of it.  But I’m learning everyday and in spite of my current poor eating habits, non-existent exercise routine, and some sort of teenage bad skin flashback I am currently experiencing… I am loving it.  I’m getting the opportunity to experience and expand on the things I love to do (design & decorate)  and struggling through some of the things I will never learn to love. (did someone say taxes?)

But last Sunday was such a great day. I came down to the shop, turned on some Christmas music, locked the door, and tore this place apart until it was completely transformed. I had so much fun! Sure, I’ve always gone a little over the top decorating for the holidays in my own house, but not the same way you can go crazy in a retail setting.

Here is a little peek at some of the displays…

circle creek rocking horse

nestled pillow

wreath on dresser

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Have you decorated for the holidays? With the short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, time is definitely ticking!  I’m afraid that with all the hours I’m spending down at BEACHGLASS, our own house may not achieve it’s usual holiday sparkle. Although, our whole family loves Christmas and all of the traditions involved, so I doubt my boys will let me cut too many corners around here. I’l find a way to get it done…I usually do.  I just wish I could find some Christmas elves to pick up after me when I’m done!

Come share some holiday spirit at  BEACHGLASS! We are open M-F from 9am-3pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm.  And from now until Christmas we will be staying open Wednesday nights until 7pm!

just do it.

We are a big sports family, so the famous tagline from Nike gets thrown around quite a bit in our house. It seems to work well in almost any situation, and I catch myself using it with my boys all the time. Make your bed? Homework? Walk the dog? … just do it.  I think it has become my rendition of the “because I told you so” parenting line my generation grew up hearing so often.

So when the opportunity to open my own shop and studio in Mukilteo became a real possibility, I had a big decision to make. Will anyone come? Do I have the time it takes to be successful? Will I love it as much as I think I will? How will my family adjust to me working all the time? Can I do this??? So many questions…so little answers.

Just a couple of sleepless nights. Continue reading