And I saw these...
And I thought to myself, I bet that could be the main ingredient for a really cool nightstand. I texted a photo to my client, who loved the idea. And then I added some bells and whistles like drawers (little cubbies and doors are not so great for storage), and added a stainless steel surround.
It took a while for my woodworker and me to figure out how to get it to work, balancing the weight of the solid brass doors, but I was thrilled with the results and so was my client, who said "you should sell these because I have never seen anything this cool!" After I finished the project, I couldn't help but wonder if it would be a successful business idea. The boxes aren't easy to find, it is super labor intensive (i.e. expensive) to build these pieces and therefore cannot be sold for cheap prices. I decided to take the leap anyway.
I have spent months and months collecting vintage post office boxes from all over the country all the while keeping my mouth shut as to what my plans for them were. No need to plant the idea in anyone elses head while I was trying to pull a business together. I had a few samples made, mixing finishes and door styles.
And Modern Postal was born.
I have been consumed with all things that go into starting a new business which has taken a lot of time away from friends and fun but then I have met all sorts of interesting folks along the way. And I have learned a lot. Like how hard it is to find these darn vintage post office boxes. Especially the really cool ones (like the art deco beauty above). And just how scary and exciting it is to start your own business. And just how grateful I am to have open minded clients that wanted to try my crazy vintage post office box nightstand idea (and pay for it!) because without them...
If someone had told me 3 years ago, when I was laid off from my old executive job, that I would change careers, become an intern and work for free for a year and a half (YIKES!) to learn everything I could while going back to school for some design classes and then start my own business I would have told them they were crazy. Who knew? So, if you want to see what I am up to in the custom furniture world you can check out my Holly Westhoff Design website here and pin away because there are a bunch of things I am really proud of! And I would love it if you liked my new page on Facebook.
And the really big news is I will be showing my line at Dwell on Design from June 21-23 at the LA Convention Center... next week! Holy cow! If you live in LA, I would love it if you stopped by booth M16. It is a teeny tiny 5'x10' space but worth a peek! You can go here to register for tickets and enter the code SAVE5 for $5 off admission. I am more nervous about this than I was appearing on the Today Show. And one of my idols, Michael Graves, will be speaking there. So, to share the same airspace with someone like that is pretty cool. And big companies like Williams Sonoma and JC Penney will be there too. Perhaps they are looking for someone to create a line for them before one of their competitors knocks me off?
I will continue blogging here so, please stick around!
For those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and you can read about the start of my journey as an interior design intern here and if you didn't already know... I created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!
until next time...
the formerly almost 40 year old intern