Welcome to my second Woman Crush Wednesday feature! In case you missed the first one, this is a new series I’ll be sharing each month, talking with some amazingly creative and inspiring women I think you need to know!
Today’s #WCW is one of my oldest (and most talented!) friends, Beth of Beth Hart Designs. This girl does it all: Paper design. Home design. New mom + loving wife. Eternally thoughtful friend. I am absolutely thrilled to have a few of her words shared here today!
// Tell us all about you! Who you are, what you do, what you love.
Hi! I’m Beth Hart – owner and designer at Beth Hart Designs – a Delightfully Southern paper + home design business. I live in Nashville, TN with my wonderful & supportive husband Jamie, our precious almost 1 year old daughter Madison, and our curious little beagle-dachshund named Belle. Beth Hart Designs began in the Spring of 2008 as a paper (stationery & invitations) business, but recently I’ve started offering home design services – using my graphic design skills to help clients make their homes Delightfully Southern. I love coffee, antiques, music (especially live music at The Ryman), shopping/browsing at the Nashville flea market, making things pretty, giving old pieces new life, the colors blue & green (coastal hues), trying new restaurants, catching up with friends, being a wife, being a mom, and being a child of our Heavenly Father.
(Photo at our last session together – can’t wait for Madison’s one-year!)
// What does a regular day look like for you?
Well, the fun part about being a business owner is that no two days are the same (for me anyways)! My Mondays & Wednesdays include morning play time with our daughter, lots of coffee, and catching up on emails… then fast & furious work gets done during her naptimes! On Tuesdays & Thursdays, our daughter goes to school… so I set up in-home consultations and client meetings along with errands to the post office and my paper & printing companies. I do my best to take Fridays “off” although I typically work during naptimes when necessary.
// What led you to begin your design businesses, both paper and home?
My paper business began after working as a graphic designer at a Mom & Pop printing company that was physically located next to a stationery store, followed by my job as “Paper & Printing Manager” at Swoozie’s – a retail store known for festive paper & party decor. Both of these jobs inspired my dreams to be designer & owner of my own company, and they provided me with such valuable knowledge and experience in the printing & stationery industries. After years of serving clients for their stationery & invitation needs, I developed a passion for home interiors where I use the same design concepts used in graphic design – symmetry, balance, proportion, scale, mixing colors, patterns, textures, etc. Last year, my husband and I bought and renovated (are still renovating) a 1950’s ranch home where I developed even more of a passion for home design. I have a strong belief that “home” should be beautiful, comfortable & full of life without breaking the bank, so I help clients by putting together design road maps /plans for them to follow as their budget and time allow.
// Where do you find inspiration?
Oh so many places! I mentioned loving Coastal hues (blues, greens, sands) so obviously the beach, lake and nature in general are very inspirational to me. My husband and I love visiting Charleston, South Carolina which is full of Southern, Coastal & Traditional design inspiration. I’m slightly addicted to Pinterest & Houzz, and I use these platforms not only for inspiration but also to help my clients get a “vision” for the plans I put together for them. I love, love, LOVE the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” where I’m inspired by designer Joanna Gaines. Although I tend to have a slightly more traditional, coastal farmhouse style than Joanna, I love how she uses antique architectural pieces in unexpected ways. And I adore fabric – a lot of times my stationery designs are inspired by fabric patterns, and my plans for a client’s room stem from a beautiful fabric pattern that I’ve found.
// Best part of what you do? Hardest part?
1. Inspiring and helping clients achieve beautiful and comfortable living spaces that they are proud to come home to.
2. Working on a flexible schedule so I can be present for my family as needed.
Work is never “complete!” I love marking things off my to-do list, but when you run & grow your own business, there is always, always more work to be done!
// Favorite way to ‘treat yo-self’?
I’m a sucker for Jeni’s ice cream, but I also love a little glass of Champagne & Chambord from time to time 🙂
// Favorite design you’ve created (paper or home)?
Oooo this is a tough one, but I’d say both of my favorite paper & home designs have to do with our daughter… Her 1st Birthday invitation and her nursery at our home. She is such a blessing and means the world to me!
// Dance party time! What song do you put on?
Slow Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra or “Come Away With Me” by Nora Jones
Boogie Dance: “Brown Eyed Girl” or “Days Like This” – both by Van Morrison
// Who would you choose for your Woman Crush Wednesday?
Hmmm, I have a hard time choosing just one! For home design, I’d choose Joanna Gaines from “Fixer Upper” or Phoebe Howard (Mrs. Howard). I also appreciate the fashion styles of Audrey Hepburn and Princess Grace Kelly. And for overall lifestyle, I appreciate the efforts and honesty of Lara Casey (just finished her book “Make It Happen” which was so inspiring)!
// What’s the biggest message you want to share through your shop and services?
I want to inspire my clients and “followers/fans” to live balanced, beautiful lives that they can share with others. Invitations & Home Design go hand-in-hand for helping my clients provide warm & gracious Southern hospitality that they can share with their loved ones.