As we approach the Studio’s third anniversary, I can’t help but think back to where this all started…recording a very awkward Instagram story, in between pumping sessions, in my (now) middle child’s nursery. I had spent the previous decade of my life working in advertising/art direction, and I just knew I couldn’t keep doing it for a minute longer. And yet, I didn’t feel totally qualified to make the leap into something new.
I was smack in the middle of my most difficult postpartum experience, dealing with a colicky baby, and by the end of most days it felt like I had done nothing for myself at all. I honestly felt like a shell of myself. When I started finding my way back to normalcy it became clear that the dream I had been putting on the back burner for so long could not be ignored any longer. If I was ever going to feel like myself again then I had to be honest with myself about the work I was really being called to do.
So, I took a chance and hung out my shingle as Studio Riggs. That first year we had 3 clients – one friend, one friend-of-a-friend, and one stranger on the internet who I will forever be grateful for.
Over the last 2 years we have learned and grown so much. There have been times when it was hard to continue, when there were big gaps between projects and I didn’t know how much longer I could keep posting the same 4 rooms on Instagram, but I have never wanted to quit. This business truly gives me so much life and joy.
When I was in the depths of my postpartum depression it felt like I had nothing positive to give the world or my family. This business saved me, and made me feel capable again. It truly is like the old Elsie de Wolfe quote – “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful, that will be my life.”
Designer, toddler-wrangler, professional decision-maker