Retrospect and Looking Ahead

January. A time to reflect on the past 365 days and look ahead into the next.

2014 was quite a year for me and Vintage Scout. I officially became the solo Scout and 2014 was the first full year on my own. Closing the storefront and missing a crazy red head didn’t slow down business- the client base continued to grow. I knew I needed help and Someone up above must have also, because two talented individuals just kinda fell in my lap- Julie, who is our organized bookkeeper, and Sarah, who is the first Scout Associate Designer.

The goodies I learned at The Business of Design really began to take root this past year. I implemented much needed systems and a new software program, as well as simplified my pricing structure. We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’re getting there!Biz-of-Design

In my personal life, we finally ended the 4+ year court battle with my Dad’s wife to keep his dream of a family homestead. cabinThe Simmon Sibs and their families spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at The Cabin. The love and positive vibes were amazing. My brother, sister and I decided we want the house to be a cross between a Scandinavian cabin and a Southern Lodge- a tribute to our heritage. I’ll be excited to share with you along the way. Which leads me into 2015….

2015- wow. A few things things that lie ahead-

A new Vintage Scout logo and brand. Dana and I freshened it up after Jean left several years ago, so I suppose it’s time for me to do the same. Not only is Sarah a talented interior designer, she is also a highly sought after graphic designer. We have worked hard to come up with a new look that reflects me and what I envision the company to be. Some of you have already had a sneak peek as we have been slowly working it in. The full reveal including a new website should be soon. I can’t wait- I hope you’ll love it!new-logo

I’ll preface that the client I speak of is my sister, but I’ll be working on my first international project. Sissy is moving to Ecuador this year and building a new house. She and I will be traveling there in February for a site visit. Super psyched to say the least!Ecuador-House

More in love than ever with my clients and what they allow me to create for them. I don’t think I need say more other than THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! And I can’t go without acknowledging the team that takes the vision to completion- I work with the best.

2015 brings a milestone for me. I will turn… gulp… 50. Oh my God, I said it and admitted it. I pledge to be in the best shape of my adult life on that summer solstice day, both mentally and physically.

Lots of other hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations for this upcoming year. Thanks for coming on this journey with me and I hope 2015 is good to each and everyone of you!