Behind the Scenes at House of Jade Interiors

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photo by Lindsey Orton

We love showing all of our readers pretty and inspiring rooms but today we wanted to pull back the curtain and talk about how our business runs on a day-to-day basis.  I’m not sure if our business schedule is conventional, but it works really well for us.

We both have two kids at home (with each one on the way) and because our kids are young we like to be home as much as we can.  This career choice has been so nice because we can be flexible with our schedules when we need to.  We have chosen to keep our work part time. Some weeks are less busy and some are more busy.  We typically work two days a week.  On those days we have family that helps or a great sitter we take our kids to.  A typical schedule is 10-4.  We are able to squeeze in meetings, errands and, of course, lunch within that time frame.  Jamie (more on her later) does all of our scheduling.  She gets all of our forms and contacts all potential new clients to set up meetings.

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At a recent new build meeting

At new client meetings we walk around a client’s home and talk about their needs.  We measure and take pictures and Jamie takes lots and lots of notes.  If it’s a new build meeting we’ll meet at the clients existing home and go over floor plans and potential needs for their new house and once again Jamie takes lots and lots of notes.  If it works with their schedule our interns will join as well and help with measuring.

On work days we will also check in on current projects.  We’ll go out to a new build to check on progress or meet with an existing client to give them updates on where we are at.

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photo by Lindsey Orton

If we have an install day we’ll spend the whole work day installing a space or home.  If there are multiple rooms it will take us multiple days.  These days are really rewarding because we get to see a space come to life! The room goes from being conceptual to a reality!

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Design plan for the Modern Farmhouse Boy’s Room turns into this:

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 Our interns are also crucial at installs.

IMG_8940There are lots of boxes to unpack, curtains to iron, furniture to move and errands to run! There are always last minute accessories that need to be bought or returned as well.

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We could never do what we do without our great team! In addition to our interns we have two assistants.

Jamie is the backbone to our business.

IMG_8622She does all our client scheduling, ordering,  tracking of orders, communicating with vendors, floor plans and helps with sourcing for design plans.  She is also the one to keep everything running at installs.

We hired Lisa a few months ago.  She helps run the blog and our marketing as well as assists with our e-design projects.

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She also helps out with some of our bigger local projects.

Currently we are on the lookout for a good office space but for now we work out of our own homes.

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We meet about once a week just to catch up on projects and plan for the week ahead.

There are plenty of challenges with running your own business but overall we all love what we do! Amongst the challenging days there is always laughter and plenty of amazing moments. We all feel pretty lucky to be doing a job that is so fun and rewarding!

10 Responses to Behind the Scenes at House of Jade Interiors

  1. Ale Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    What a great post! Love hearing how you make all those beautiful rooms happen! I have a question…where do you send all the furniture and decor before the install? Does the homeowner have it, do you keep it in storage, etc?

    • Kirsten Krason Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      That’s actually a great question. We have a receiving company where all the large furniture is delivered to and they keep it until installs.

      • Ale Monday, September 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

        Thank you, have always wondered about that. I’ve never heard of a receiving company before 🙂

  2. Amy Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing! My dear college friend and I are attempting to start our own design business and reading others success stories are so encouraging! Tips, tricks, and stores are always so helpful!

  3. Sarah Monday, September 21, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    I love that art above your couch and would love to see updated pics of your home! You are such an inspiration and I love your style. Fun post

  4. Tessie Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    I absolutely love the behind the scenes! Thanks so much for sharing. Everything you do is always so well thought out and inspiring. Keep up the great work!

  5. Natalie H Friday, September 25, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    I loved this post! Such great team you have. Sounds like my dream job – wish I could be working for you too 😉

    Congratulations on all your success!!

  6. Jen Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

    Loved reading this! If you don’t mind sharing do you have a favorite app/website to keep track of your projects, etc?

    • Kirsten Krason Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

      We use google drive a lot 🙂

  7. Martha Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    I loved this! I’ve always been impressed with how you’ve handled being a mom and a businesswoman. I love seeing more of the day to day stuff. Thanks for sharing.