When Alexis from The Little Things designed her office with Lenore Design, she has a few things in mind. Clean, bright, and modern. We would have said the same! We love her black and white contemporary office and how the team achieved a cozy, yet functional space! Not only did we get to take a peek into her cool space, but also, we got to chat with Alexis. The event planner and designer is all about the little things (pun intended) from to-do lists, to her adorable pup. Here’s what she has to say about the design process, and what it was like launching her very own company! Also, how pretty are the photos from Sarah Jayne Photography?! When you’re done here, take a peek at this beautiful bright office too!
Tell us a little more about The Little Things! When and why did you start the business?
I started TLT in early 2013. I graduated with my Masters Degree in Project Management in 2010 and worked as a project manager for a while – I liked that work, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. I knew I needed to be doing something where I could use the creative part of my brain and work with other creative folks on a regular basis in order to be happy with my career in the long term. Designing and planning events seemed like the perfect way for me to be able to use both sides of my brain, and so I just jumped in one day and never looked back!
We love to know how you got here! Is there anything in particular, a habit or practice, you can attribute its success to?
My mind moves a million miles an hour, so for me, writing things down is huge! I write daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists that are tied to the goals I’ve set. It sounds really simple, but being able to see my plan for the day/week/month and progress towards that plan really helps me to stay on track when I’m juggling so many things at once.
Now, about your cute office, where did the design inspiration come from?
I wanted the space to really represent me and my aesthetic – clean, bright, and modern infused with organic, natural touches. I definitely wanted to keep all of the major things (desks, furniture, etc.) super neutral and bring in any color/personality through the accents. I get bored very easily, so being able to change things up without having to break the bank was key!
It looks like such a fun place to work! How do you keep the day to day interesting?
Thank you! I try to keep things interesting by maintaining a good balance of “get stuff done” time and time spent doing other things like connecting with others in the industry, getting some fresh air, and catching up on things that aren’t tied directly to client work but are still important for the business nonetheless! Every day is different, and that’s part of what I love the most about this endeavor.
Do you have any tips for working with an interior designer?
Absolutely. Choose an interior designer who you trust and whose style is similar to yours. Be thorough and clear with them about what your needs are for the space and what you’re trying to achieve design-wise, and then let them do what they do best! I chose to work with Alissa at Lenore Design because I had seen her past work and knew that a) she had impeccable taste, and b) she’d understand and be able to design within my aesthetic without it being a stretch for her. I’d give this same advice to anyone working with any type of designer – a graphic designer, an event designer, a floral designer, etc. Again: choose someone you trust and whose style you love, give them some rough guidelines and communicate your goals, and then let them run with it – you’ll probably be surprised at what designers can do when they’re given the green light to create freely!
What's your favorite part about the space?
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