When we moved to California in 2014 and I started Niche it felt like I had jumped from a plane before I checked my parachute. I knew a handful of people, I had no clients and no vendor partners. I had never worked full-time as an interior designer. I am deeply grateful for the generosity, kindness, and faith my new friends, clients, and work partners showed me as I built my business. I dreamed for years of working as a designer full-time and this has been a tremendous creative experience.
When I decided to give this a go, my husband, Shawn, and I were about to leave Boston for Santa Monica. We were sitting on the sofa and I told Shawn I wanted to change careers. That I wanted to take a bet on myself to take the design work I’d been doing on the side and make it my sole focus. And, oh, would he mind if I had no idea if I would make any money doing it. The next day he came home with a stack of interior design books and rendering software and said, this is your dream, you’ve got to do it and I’m so happy to support you.
For the next four and half years, Shawn has been my board of advisors, my middle of the night freak-out coach, and my voice of reason. And, Niche has grown in ways I never imagined.
A few months ago, Shawn was offered the opportunity to take his dream job as the Global Head of Drug Delivery for a subsidiary of Astra Zeneca. It taps into every area of his academic and professional background and gives him an opportunity to make a positive impact on patients’ lives all over the world.
The minor caveat being that the job is located (for the next three years) in Cambridge, England.
And, it’s my turn to be so happy to support him.
I’m not sure what my professional life will look like while we’re there but I can’t imagine my life without design.
We’ll be back in California when this assignment is up but this time, it will be San Francisco.
So, I want to say thank you. Thank you to every client who let us make their house a home. Thank you to all the vendor partners who are on my speed dial and do such brilliant work. We couldn’t do this without you. But most importantly, thank you to my assistant, Kenley Chapman. We’ve spent the last two and a half years five feet apart from each other and every day it was wonderful. You are one of the best people I know.
It’s hard not to be sad when you say goodbye. But, my dad says that’s the price you pay for loving, so I’m OK with it.
We’ll have three new projects to show you on Instagram soon. Thank you to our clients who have been generous with their homes and their time.
For now, Instagram will be my go-to platform. Please follow me so we can stay in touch @Camilles_Niche
And, because I can’t do a post without pictures, here’s a sneak peak at the three projects we just shot. (Thank you Jenna Peffley, Lauren Killmeyer, and Liz Foster for the brilliant shoots!)