Thursday, September 24, 2009

Debramac Interiors - Closed for Business

It's never too late. How often have you heard someone utter those words? It can apply to a myriad of things. It's never too late to find love. It's never too late to go back to school. It's never too late to come out of the closet. Go ahead - pick one. In my case, I recently discovered it's never too late to take a new career direction. Having run my own business the last ten years, it seemed unlikely I would start over again, but last fall's downturn in the economy forced me to consider my options. All signs were pointing in the direction of working for someone else and packing it in. Then spring and summer arrived and business picked up, so I put that idea on the back burner with the intention of re-visiting it in September. As much as I wish it were otherwise, when it comes to finding employment, it is often who you know, not what you know, and in my case a combination of both. An old school-mate I graduated with, rang me up about 3 weeks ago to ask if I would be interested in talking to the company she worked for about a position that had become available. Her timing couldn't have been better. I agreed to talk to them. The initial interview impressed me and evidently I impressed them, so a second session referred to as a "design exercise" was scheduled. I spent a day doing what I do best (in terms of my work) putting a room together for a fictitious client. I had to do the to-scale drawings by hand (to prove I could I suppose) and that was a bit nerve-wracking as I have been doing computer-generated floor plans for years now, but like riding a bike, it all came back to me and I pulled it off. I then had to select all the furnishings, fabrics, window treatments and accessories and create a vignette for my "clients" and present the plan. I was there most of the day. It was so much fun, it made me feel like I was back at school again. It also reminded me of the part of my work I enjoy the most - pulling it all together. Playing with fabrics, textures, colour, scale and balance. Recently I have been more of a contractor "babysitter" than an interior decorator and that was not what I originally set out to do. This took me back to the path I had veered off and it felt good to be back on it. My potential new employers seemed quite pleased with the work I did and said they would be in touch, likely with an offer soon. They now had to convince the C.E.O. of the company that I was a good hire. Yesterday, the offer came and I couldn't be happier. I start my new job on October 13th. Just like that! Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I believe things happen for a reason and this is no different. Let's face it, this just bloody landed in my lap. I'm lucky. I know there are people who spend months, sometimes years looking for work, so I am grateful I did not have to endure that stress. Change can be a wonderful thing and "change" seems to be my mantra this year. I am currently putting Debramac Interiors to rest. As part of my agreement, keeping it going would be a conflict of interest. I thought I might feel sad about this, but oddly I am not. I think it has run it's course and it was time to go. I had just re-designed my logo, business cards and created a website last spring, but had decided to wait until this fall to print or launch anything. I must have had a sixth sense about this that prevented me from following through with that plan. I had just run out of business cards and my website was waaaay overdue. Now it will never see the cyber-world. So, as you can see, it's never too late for fresh starts and new beginnings. I am living proof.
Debramac Interiors 1999-2009 R.I.P.


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Carla Sandrin said...

Congratulations, Deb. I'm sure you will do a fabulous job; they were smart to hire you!

I know you'll be busy, but I hope you keep writing.

All the best,

Anonymous said...

It seems a shame that you are saying goodbye to being captain of your own company. I'm sure you will shed a silent tear. However, I'm also sure you will set all canvass and make haste toward your new horizon. May the wind be always at your back.