Navigating Change: How Beaten Green is evolving and what that means for you
Beatengreen was born in 2009 and started life as a vintage furniture shop down a back street in St Ives, Cornwall before evolving into the interior design business that it is today.
However, as the client list (and family!) have grown, so our wants, needs and dreams have also begun to evolve, and following twenty four months of soul searching, nearly every aspect of life as we know it is about to change.
Have you ever instigated a super life changing experience based on a niggling, gnawing, notion in the pit of your stomach that the path you were currently travelling on was no longer heading in the right direction? Me too!
Over the last couple of years, for the second time in my life, my gut was telling me to make drastic changes. The difficulty was though, that I had no idea what those changes could or should be. So I had to perfect a skill that does not come naturally to me, and patiently wait, without planning ahead, for the right path to reveal itself to me, trusting my instincts that some direction would become clear.
Over the last few years we seemed to have outgrown all the comforts that we had been building and roots that we had been putting down. What once started as a move to our dream cottage in a rural Cornish village had now evolved into a quiet irritation of everything familiar. Luckily my husband and I felt the same and decided to bring some long talked about relocation plans into focus.
2018 was question time for my family. Following a recce trip in January, we decided that we wanted to spend some time living near our family in Australia, and following a 12 month challenge of form filling, health examinations, skills tests and keeping quiet, we found out on the 5th January this year that our visa application had finally been approved!
We are moving to Australia. Aaaaaaahhhhhhgggggg!
This is a tricky one for me. We are ridiculously excited, but telling our friends and family and all the fantastic clients that I have worked with over the years has been really, really hard. We plan to relocate after the summer this year and I can’t yet imagine how difficult it will be to say goodbye, but this is a calling that we can’t ignore.
On a professional level I knew some changes were taking place but did not yet know how they would manifest. Over the last 12 months I have managed to reach some wonderful ah-ha moments that took a long time to emerge but are now filling my head with excitedly anticipated potential and redirecting my career in a slightly more sideways curve. I have realized that my favourite moments at work have always been whilst designing at home and so I want to spend more time in the office unraveling and sharing the theory of great design.
At the end of 2016, whilst facing the curiosity of my as yet unknown, pending life alterations, I had decided to squeeze a new course into my curriculum and started studying my secondary passion, Life Coaching, in my ‘spare’ time (cue sniggers from my friends and family who put up with my workaholism issues). I qualified to practice professionally in 2018 and started to think about how to use these skills.
Whilst I still love the buzz of working for clients one-to-one, I have recognised that my attachment to the home is much deeper than the superficiality of its design. I also feel strongly about the psychology of home, how it connects us to ourselves, our lives, families and our habits as well as how it makes us feel by its beauty and functionality.
For me, there are 2 things that I know to be true
1) Most of us live in homes of some sort and
2) Our homes have a greater impact on how we live and feel than most of us realise.
I want to share my love of great design, my love of home, and my love of coaching to help us create interiors that not only look bloody amazing but that also nurture us and nourish our souls.
I want to create a community of like minded people who care about their home interiors with the same passion as I do, who might need some help in the style department or appreciate a little inside information on how to achieve the latest design trend.
As our overseas move takes me away from the building sites of Cornwall I plan to start writing about what I love the most about Interior Design, in the hope that it might be useful, supportive, informative and helpful to those who are interested.
I’d love to open a dialogue about this, both here on the blog and over on Instagram. If you have questions or topics you’d like to see me write about in the context of creating a soulful home (which I will be defining and talking about in more detail), please always feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.
The second part of this post 'What to expect next' will be on the blog next week.
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