A Day in the Life of... Courtney Anderson

photography courtesy of  secretary studio

photography courtesy of secretary studio

We met courtney on our spring soirée with Flea style and sol society and got to know her on a trip to Marfa curated by Sol Society. With plenty of time spent in the car and perusing art galleries, we came to know Courtney well and knew we wanted to share her Day in the Life on HOTELette.

She recently made the huge decision to turn her side-hustle into a full-time gig (read more about it below!), and is a badass creator and maker that we know will inspire you!

Where were you born?

I was born in Plano, TX and grew up in McKinney, TX. It used to be a small town when I was there!

Where are you currently living?

I’m currently living in Dallas with my husband, Tyler and my cute dog, Brooklyn.

Where and what did you study in college?

I went to the University of Arkansas and majored in Apparel Studies. My junior year, I needed an internship, so I went to Chicago for a summer where I worked at Anthropologie as a display intern. I loved it so much and quickly figured out that I needed some type of art degree if I ever wanted that position. I went back to school for another two years adding Art Studio as my second major and it was the best decision ever!

photography courtesy of arrowwood designs

photography courtesy of arrowwood designs

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Favorite trip?

My favorite trip has probably been to Morocco with Sol Society! I’ve taken a lot of amazing trips, but that one was by far the most life changing. Traveling with a group of young creative, entrepreneurs really opened my eyes to how my life could look and how attainable it could be. We would talk openly about our intentions and goals, and by the end of the trip I was inspired to step down from my position as Creative Director at Favor The Kind and to start Arrowwood Designs.

Tell us about Arrowwood Designs…

Arrowwood Designs started out as a hobby back in 2012 when I made jewelry to build my portfolio for my dream job at Anthropologie. It slowed down, because I got the job (yay!), but I kept it up as a side hustle making jewelry, macrame and woven wall hangings for friends and Etsy shoppers. It was so much fun, so I started making more pieces and would set up at shows like Flea Style and Renegade Craft Fair. It then grew into freelance fixture building and window displays for companies, which is when I met Carley Seale who owns Favor The Kind in Dallas. When the Creative Director position opened up there, I jumped on it because working for small businesses brings me so much joy! I have been there ever since and very recently decided to make Arrowwood my full-time gig. I am currently doing freelance work for Favor The Kind, Bed Bath and Beyond and am making custom tables and display fixtures for clients. I am basically a jack of all trades, so I love giving creative direction and helping people with whatever projects they are working on!

What’s your official job title?

Freelance Artist and Owner of Arrowwood Designs.

photography courtesy of  secretary studio

photography courtesy of secretary studio

What is your favorite part of your job?

The favorite part of my job right now is the flexibility that I have to balance life and work. I have more time to travel with friends and family and am able to say yes or no to any project!

What time do you normally wake up during the week?

I wake up at 7am everyday and spend the first half hour of the day outside with my dog drinking coffee. It’s lovely!

What does a typical day-in-the-life look like?

7am - 8am: Make coffee, take my dog out and get ready for the day

8am - noon: Is my peak time to get work done. I think I am my most productive and creative during this time of the day, so I’m usually in the garage building something, or I am on location with a client!

noon - 4pm: Quick lunch if I remember to eat, and then back to work!

4pm - 7pm: Spend time on my computer responding to e-mails, sketching out future projects and making lists!

7pm - 10:30: My husband usually gets home from work around this time and we eat dinner and catch up on tv shows!

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photos courtesy of courtney anderson

photos courtesy of courtney anderson

What do you do to relax?

Red wine, pistachios and Netflix!

What do you do to get inspired?

I love to travel to get inspiration. I feel like if you want an original idea, you need to get out of your comfort zone and traveling to new places is the best for that! But if i’m in Dallas, I like to go to vintage shops like Lula B’s or Dolly Python and make Pinterest boards when I have an idea.

Who are some of your creative or entrepreneurial inspirations?

Kelly Wearstler, Sarah Sherman Samuel and Taylor Sterling are my current favorites. They all have  an original style and are all so inspirational.

What’s your best advice for entrepreneurs?

To not be scared and to go for it! Whatever you manifest can become your reality. If you think positively and put yourself out there, great things happen!

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photography courtesy of  secretary studio

photography courtesy of secretary studio