So I Quit My Day Job...

...Back in April. I probably should have told you guys sooner, but to be honest, I was scared! But it's time to let you guys in on what's been going on with me. Jeez! Why am I more scared to make this announcement than I was to actually leave my job? 

Hopefully by now, you've already figured out that I left my full-time job at the furniture store to purse my dream of running my own interior design business. I've been alluding to it for months now on my Facebook & Instagram accounts. Heck, I even co-founded a group for creative female entreprenuers! Scared Stevie was just leaving bread crumbs hoping you all would connect the dots and she wouldn't have to muster the courage to write this post. 

I quit my day job four months ago, and I couldn't be happier or more terrified. 

Not once in the last 108 days have I doubted my decision. I know in my soul that leaving the 9-5 culture was inevitable for me, and that now there's no going back. It's an exhilarating feeling to know that years of hard work, persistence and faith have paid off, but also terrifying to know that this is just the beginning. There's no guidebook for where I'm standing today. Every single day, I'm pouring all of my creative energy into designing the best possible ways to serve my clients and fulfill my purpose in life.

I've known WHAT I wanted to do for 10 years now. Since then, I've been learning as much as I can, honing my skills, developing my aesthetic and creative point of view. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture in 2013, but even that didn't show me HOW to be an interior designer. 

I don't want to confuse anyone. 

Interior Design is confusing enough as it is. Historically, there's been no real transparency in the Interior Design industry as a whole, and because of that no one really knows exactly what it is that designers do and how (& how much) they are paid. Established, successful designers have no real interest in sharing their best practices with the competition, so this veil of secrecy and exclusivity is perpetuated generation after generation. 

I'm telling you this so you know that I didn't just copy and paste someone else's way of doing things. I've poured my heart and soul into designing a creative process and service structure that will demystify residential interior design for my clients. Because when all is said and done, what we all want is pretty simple;

A home that looks beautiful, functions for our lifestyle, and that we are proud to welcome our friends and family into. Right?

I want to take you there. Here's how I do things differently:

Service, Not Sales

After 3 years of working in the field as a designer/salesperson, I can tell you it's not for me! If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know you don't need a McMansion sized budget to have a Pinterest-worthy home. My clients pay me for my design services only, I have no interest in pushing them to spend more than what they are comfortable with. 

Flat Fee vs. Hourly Rate

I choose to work primarily on a Flat Fee based structure. This means you will know upfront, before any design work is completed, how much you will be investing in my services. This along with my Service, Not Sales policy is a complete 180 from the traditional hourly rate + mark up structure that is the standard across the Interior Design industry. 

In-Person & E-Design

You don't have to live in Pennsylvania to work with me!  In addition to in-home consultations & full-service design for clients in south central PA & northern MD, I also offer both E-Design and E-Styling service packages. These are great, affordable options for getting a professionally designed plan that you can implement at your own pace. Perfect for non-locals, or do-it-yourselfers looking for a some design direction.

For more info about my interior design & styling services, visit my "Interiors" tab, or click here!

And with that, I want to thank each and everyone of you reading this now for supporting me. Those who maybe just stumbled across this blog today, and especially those who have been with me since I started blogging 6 years ago under the name Lace & Paper Flowers (an ode to my namesake, Stevie Nicks). I wasn't sure exactly how things would play out, but every day since then I've been working towards this goal of working for myself and doing what I love. So thank you for being there for me along the way, showing me grace as I've figured things out, changing blog name not once but 3 times, starting new side projects (Etsy, Thrifted, and more to come I'm sure!), and finding my way. Your support means so much! 

If you like what I do on this blog, the best thing you could do for me is to tell your friends about me. I need your help in getting the word out! Share this blog post, invite others to follow me on social media, or just mention me next time someone is talking about redecorating! Anything you could do would be so, so appreciated. Thank you again!

Luxe Hotel-Inspired Master Bedroom

This project was designed by Stevie Storck for Interiors Home in Lancaster, PA. 

Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.

Hello and welcome back! In case you missed yesterday's post, let me give you a little background on this project: As a designer at Interiors Home, I had the amazing opportunity to work with a couple on the interior design of their new home before construction even started. Charlie & Gladys met a little later in life, and were preparing to move from Lancaster to a quaint suburb of Ann Arbor, Michigan to be closer to family. Their Lancaster home was a hodge-podge of his and her furniture, with each room having a totally different look and feel. What they wanted more than anything for their new home was a design that felt elegant, purposeful and cohesive. Yesterday, I shared their living room, dining room and foyer and today I'm talking about their Master Bedroom. I wanted this room to be a relaxing and inspiring retreat for Charlie & Gladys, that felt like their very own luxury hotel suite.

Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.

However, I find that if every single piece is new, the finished room will just lack some soul. Something that I try to do in every project is to mix in vintage items, or favorite pieces that the client already owns.  Gladys purchased this dual arm brass floor lamp over 20 years ago when she was furnishing her bachelorette pad (from Interiors Home, no less!). It's stunning modern design is what convinced us to stray from the chocolate and pewter color scheme of the main living spaces and accent with warm brass finishes in this room. This chair is a favorite frame of mine. It's a timeless design (with a surprise back detail!) that is very versatile depending on the upholstery fabric you choose. I think the spare, traditional lines of this chair are given a fresh new edge when paired with the vintage modern floor lamp. A small accent table from Bernhardt and Gladys' own vase filled with some flat leaf eucalyptus and this corner was complete. 

Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.
Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.
Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.
Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.

I can't go any further before we talk about the insanely beautiful sculpture hanging over the headboard. I wish I could take credit for this, but I can't! This is another piece that Gladys had collected over the years. The original brass was tarnished rather dark, so we took it to Janie Reeves of Design2Finish. Since all brass will tarnish over time, she suggested a longer lasting fix to achieve the bright brass look we were after: gold leaf. Now I have tried my hand at craft store gold leaf, but it's nothing compared to what Janie was able to execute with this piece. Janie is so knowledgeable and taught us about the history and different types of gold and metal leaf available. The resulting finish is a work of art that will last for years and years to come. To me, this is the one piece that truly makes the room. 

Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.
Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.

When it comes to bedroom design, there are two approaches. Choose a collection you like and buy the full bedroom suite or ditch matching and create your own suite by mixing manufacturers, finishes and styles. You can probably guess which camp I belong to... We started with this GORGEOUS Haven Sleigh Bed by Bernhardt. It comes in two finishes and I chose the darker one because I knew I wanted to do something different with the nightstands. Bernhardt has a lot of nice options for nightstands in the Haven collection, but instead I went with the Lily White nightstand by Caracole. I'm a big fan of using small chests as nightstands (because who couldn't use more storage?) and the finishes on this piece are just so striking. Warm walnut frame with white reeded drawer fronts, gold hardware and striping detail and a cream quartz top. It sounds like a lot going on, but the design is just so refined looking to me. 

Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.
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To give the room that luxe hotel feel, I went for all white bedding with accents of this beautiful charcoal modern strie silk fabric. Next to the chair there on the wall opposite the bed, we had planned for this gorgeous armoire, but unfortunately the movers were unable to get it through the small vestibule that you enter the master bedroom from.

Hiccups like this can always happen on a project, especially when it's new construction. Gladys & Charlie reselected this slightly smaller armoire, but it was still on order on the day the photoshoot. We also had some more art to hang in the room, but we wanted to wait until the armoire issue had been resolved so we knew exactly where we wanted to hang them. That's why in these photos you're only really seeing the bed wall and the corner with the chair. There wasn't much happening in the rest of the room yet!

Window treatments are another detail that we couldn't address as we were working on this project from Pennsylvania. Custom treatments require exact measurements and can't be ordered from a blueprint, since small details like window dimensions can change during the course of construction. Now that the house is built, they will be working with a local showroom in Michigan to design the window treatments. For this room, I would love to see semi-sheer fabric roman shades layered behind some nice floor length drapery. 

Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.
Luxe Transitional Master Bedroom | Bernhardt Haven Sleigh Bed, gold white grey pewter, eucalyptus, vintage brass floor lamp, vintage brass bird sculpture | Interior Design by Stevie Storck Design Co.

I couldn't be more pleased with the way this room came together. It has exactly the luxurious, boutique hotel feel that I was hoping to create for Charlie & Gladys.

What do you think? Are you a fan of hotel-style bedrooms or are you more into bedrooms with a casual eclectic vibe?