Melanie Chiera

Melanie Chiera

www.mygeorgianfarmhouse.com

@mygeorgianfarmhouse

Country and State:

Georgia

Profession

Interior and DIY blogger

ABOUT

I have an amazing husband of 7 years and two absolutely wonderful children, my boy is 6 and my daughter is 2. I have a passion for decorating and party planning. We relocated from Ft. Lauderdale to Georgia almost 4 years ago. We built ours over the course of 1.5 years. In that time I spent countless hours researching designs and styles. I came to find that shabby chic, antique/ rustic style farmhouse was what “spoke” to me.

Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?

I love searching for decor. Whether it takes a single trip to a retail store, or months to find that perfect accent piece of furniture. The majority of my Home accents are from local antique shops and markets. Although I do love to fill in the empty spaces from stores like Hobby Lobby.

What are your passion and aspiration in life?

I’ve always loved decorating and interior design. Growing up, my mother and I used to go to open houses and new build model homes on the weekends. As I got older and started college, I would love to move to a different apartment complex every summer. Little did I know that the excitement of moving was in fact just the opportunity to decorate new spaces.

What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?

I think that everyone has regrets and wishes to take back something from the past. I think if I had to take anything back it would have to be sticking with art. I would have taken more art classes throughout high school and possibly wound up in an art college. Which ultimately would’ve led me right where I am today.

How do you describe yourself in terms of working with clients?

I love working with clients to help their parties come to life. (birthdays, showers, etc.) I love to make their visions into a reality.

How do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?

It’s tough. I’m a stay at home Mom so I try my best to run my social media at times when my children are sleeping. Same goes for services for clients, it’s amazing how much can be accomplished during nap time. Weekends are dedicated strictly to family time.

Please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

Does getting my husband to recognize how difficult being a stay at home Mom is count? If so, going on a vacation and leaving him in charge for 5 days did the trick.

Please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as an Interior Designer/Home Decorator?

My proudest accomplishment is finding the perfect accents for affordable prices. Furnishing our home was extremely difficult on such tight budgets. But I made it work!

Please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

As mentioned above, money was tight upon moving into our new home. However, we needed furniture to fill the enormous spaces we were living in. Instead of maxing out credit cards and tossing old furniture, I grabbed paint and repurposed a lot of stuff we had in our previous home to go with our new home. This left us with a lot more to play within our budget. I was able to splurge on other, bigger items as well.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as an Interior designer/home decorator?

My advice would be to find the style you love. Start window shopping and price shopping. Social media can be your best friend, take advantage of it! There’s an amazing sense of community out there on Instagram. I started my account and it bloomed, as did I. I made amazing friends and I’m learning and being inspired daily.

Photo Credits:

Photographer: Melanie Chiera

@mygeorgianfarmhouse

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