…and I’m an interior decorating addict.
I love every aspect of creating beautiful, warm, inviting, comfortable homes — painting, upholstering, creating, building, sewing, and much more. And I love to do these things myself…to get my hands dirty.
So how did all of this come about?
I’ve always had my hands in creative endeavors for as long as I can remember. When I went to college, I thought briefly about majoring in Interior Design, but I was torn between that and psychology, believing that I wanted to spend my life as a marriage and family therapist. So in 1995, I graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
The next several years were spent working at the Department of Veterans Affairs, going on several missions trips to Germany, Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey, and finally moving to Turkey for a year-and-a-half. During those times, I would have opportunities here and there to decorate and create, but certainly not as much as I wanted.
In 2001, I moved back to the U.S., married my husband Matt, and settled in Oregon. For the first time in my life, I had my own house that I could use as my playground and testing ground for my interior decorating ideas. I had loads of fun, but I definitely went overboard, painting the inside of my house in 21 different colors. (Thank goodness my style and taste have been refined since then!)
It was during my three years in Oregon with Matt that I determined that I wanted to start an interior decorating business, and just a few months after moving back to Texas in the summer of 2005, I started Kristi Linauer Interiors, offering full service interior decorating services in Waco, Texas, and surrounding areas.
For the first three or four years, the work seemed new and exciting. I was starting to work with clients who had more money, and could afford nicer things. I had the freedom to go into a furniture store and pick out brand new furniture to fill rooms. I was hiring people to do the painting, wallpapering, building, window treatments, etc. I thought that things were headed in the direction that I wanted them to head…or at least, in the direction that I thought I was supposed to want them to head.
But I found myself feeling very restless and dissatisfied.
During that time, in 2007, I started this blog, Addicted 2 Decorating (actually called Addicted 2 Decor in the beginning). I wanted it to be a place where I shared, taught, and inspired others to tackle their interior decorating projects on their own. I wanted people to know that they could have gorgeous homes, even if they didn’t have a lot of money. My blog was also a place where I chronicled my projects in my own home, an 834-square-foot condo that I was remodeling and decorating all on my own, with almost no help from anyone else.
I started to notice that when I was working on my own projects, creating things, building things, upholstering furniture, and doing all of the work myself, I felt alive. I loved getting my hands dirty. I loved knowing that it was my creativity, and my own two hands, that created and transformed the items. I found it incredibly invigorating to go into a thrift store, purchase a diamond-in-the-rough, and turn it into something beautiful. Soon I realized that I much preferred shopping in thrift stores, searching for those diamonds-in-the-rough, than going into furniture stores and purchasing a room full of brand new stuff. In fact, I got to where I dreaded the “day job”, and the more I did it, the more dissatisfied I became with my interior decorating business.
So in 2011, I made the transition from “an interior decorator who blogs” to “full-time blogger”. Now I feel like I can use my creativity to its fullest. I can get my hands dirty. I can build. I can create. I can sew. I can do all of those things and more without feeling like I should really be doing the “proper” thing as an interior decorator by hiring out the work that I enjoy doing so much.
I finally feel like I can THRIVE.
So does that mean I don’t do interior decorating anymore?
Not exactly. I’m just very choosy about the projects that I take on. In the beginning, when I first started my business, I didn’t have the liberty to be picky. Financial obligations demanded that I take any and every job that came my way.
Now things have changed. Now I can be choosy. Now I can choose to work with people who know, understand, an appreciate the fact that I want to do the work myself.