Day in the Life of... Lauren Williams

 
 PHOTO COURTESY OF  LAUREN WILLIAMS

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN WILLIAMS

part of our mission at hotelette is supporting local, female creatives. so, we begin the design process of a hotelette by sourcing art from local women. the art and artists, in turn, inspire the space. enter lauren williams, who’s beautiful tapestry hangs at hotelette dallas. WE THOUGHT THE COLOR, TEXTURE AND MOVEMENT WERE THE PERFECT STARTING POINTS FOR THIS MOODY BEDROOM. AND, WE THINK LAUREN IS THE PERFECT PERSON TO LEARN FROM IF YOU’RE AN ASPIRING ARTIST.

Lauren, it’s so good to chat, let’s start with the basics… what’s your official Job Title?  Artist, interior design lover, owner of Lauren Williams Art.

where were you born? San Angelo, Texas

what’s your sign? I’m a virgo.

what’s your favorite interior design trend right now? I’m pretty sure its not a “trend,” but I really love smooth, plaster walls with built in plaster shelves and rounded corners. It reminds me of Santa Fe and the artistic community there. 

since hotelette is about travel, what’s your Favorite vacation ever? Last summer we chartered a sailboat and went island hopping in the caribbean with our kids. it was pure magic.

favorite food? Chocolate and lobster with melted butter. but not together!!

 photography + Styling by Alyssa Rosenheck for Domino

photography + Styling by Alyssa Rosenheck for Domino

 PHOTO COURTESY OF  LAUREN WILLIAMS

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN WILLIAMS

no, definitely not together! ha! okay, let’s get into the day-to-day stuff…What time do you normally wake up? I'm awake by 7am and in bed by 10:30pm. I love to sleep and am not a morning person.

timeline of your day? 7:00 AM wake up and get the kids dressed for school. (My husband has already fed them before I wake up, because he is amazing.) Kids are out the door by 7:30a.  Sit down for coffee &  breakfast of eggs and toast with my husband and 3 year old.  The littlest is off to pre-k by 8:45a and then I start work by 9:00 AM.  I answer emails first, then try to be out in the studio by 10:30a.  Lunch at noon usually consists of lunch meats, cheese, pretzels, carrots, fruit, and lots of water. Then back in the studio until 3:00, when the boys come home from school. We do snacks and homework and get ready for soccer practice at 5:00p.  We all sit down for dinner together at 6p. I love a big hearty salad and some sort of meat and definitely wine. Then it’s off to bath and bed for the kids by 7:30p and finally hang out with my husband until bed around 10:30p. A pretty typical mom-schedule, right? 

so, What was your main inspiration behnd creating the canvas with movement tapestries?

I love my beautiful kids, but I did not want to hang another gallery wall of photos of them in my house! Ha! Five years ago when I came up with the design, my budget for art didn’t align with my taste for art, so I was inspired to create something myself. I knew I wanted something that was unique and large enough to be a statement. I decided to make my own “canvas" by suspending individual strands of yarn from a wooden dowel. Then I used dye to create a design over the strands.  My first piece was hung in our dining room and my husband, who is very picky when it comes to art, really loved it. I knew if we could both agree on a piece of artwork for our home, then maybe other people would like it, too. I posted a photo of my first piece on my personal Instagram account and teased that we finally found a piece of art that we agreed on and said it was by an “underground artist”. My friends started asking about this “unknown artist” and I explained that it was me! Suddenly, requests for more piece were flooding my inbox and I worked at nights, weekends and during nap times to create pieces for all my friends. Over one thousand Canvas With Movement tapestries® later, I would have never guessed that my inability to buy art would lead to me becoming an artist myself.

 PHOTO COURTESY OF  LAUREN WILLIAMS

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN WILLIAMS

 PHOTO COURTESY OF  LAUREN WILLIAMS

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAUREN WILLIAMS

did you formally study art?

Negative.  I studied public relations and Spanish because I didn’t want to take any math classes and wanted to travel Europe for college credit! But this lead to me touring every museum I could find, being in front of some of the most well-known artworks and learning about artists from around the world. I think my experience traveling and experiencing new cultures inspired me to think outside the box when it came to decorating and envisioning artwork for my own home.

we love that! Sounds like our college experiences, too. finally, what’s your best advice for female creative entrepreneurs? Don’t quit your day job until your creative side hustle starts to rival your mainstream income.  This way you don’t stifle your creativity and make bad decisions based on a necessity for money. Be focused and work on developing your creative business during nap times, after the kids are asleep, on the weekends, skip tv and work! I used every spare second to develop my business and then when it made sense to make the switch I felt confident that I could still call the shots when accepting coussons and projects. I didn’t feel pressured to make bad decisions because I needed the money. I think that made all the difference in staying true to my art and the direction I wanted my business to go.