Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday's Other Creative Soul: Designer Lindley Arthur

Thanks for joining me today as I interview Dallas-based Designer and Antique Dealer Lindley Arthur. As a creative person myself, it is so fun to peek in on what makes other like-minded types think. Lindley is talented, ambitious, funny, a devoted mother and friend-- one of those gals who really does have it all.  Here's her story:

Lindley Arthur, Dallas- born and raised! 

Journalism degree from University of Oklahoma 

Tell me about your work in one sentence.
I'm a full time mom to two little boys, author of design blog Polish & Patina, and an antique dealer
Describe your normal day. 
No two days are exactly the same. I always wake up early with my boys, and depending on the day, take them to school or to meet a friend to play. When I'm not with the boys, I am working in my antique booth on Lovers Lane, going to estate sales or auctions, or exploring the Dallas Design Center. 

What are your passions? 
Besides my family and my faith, it's got to be antique hunting. I love auctions, flea markets, estate sales and the big shows like Round Top and Scott's in Atlanta. I always start with a list of things I'm looking for, and it's so satisfying to find everything on it in a single day, or to just come across something completely unexpected and fabulous. 

What are your goals? 
To eventually open an antique store in Dallas - one that mixes traditional and modern, and also offers interior design services. And, if I'm REALLY dreaming, it would also have a lunch spot (with a special area for children to be contained and play) and a small plant nursery. :) 
Who are your creative influences?
As overused of an answer as it is, it's got to be my Mom. She has an eye for style and can mix some of the most unexpected pieces in her home together and it just works. I also really admire the architecture of A. Hays Town, interior designer Barbara Westbrook,  and Dallas' Lisa Luby Ryan. And I'm addicted to reading Joni Webb's blog, Cote de Texas!

Are there any other relevant experiences that shaped who you are today and what you do?
I worked for several years as a fashion writer. It taught me that no matter how much you love your job, the most important thing is that you love the people you work with. I eventually realized it wasn't the right field for me, and after becoming a mom and getting my feet under me again, I knew it was time for me to try something on my own. Opening the antique booth was an easy decision - it's something I'm passionate about, and it allows me to still be a full time mom since I'm only asked to work one day each month. Starting my blog Polish & Patina was a no brainer, too - it's the perfect way for me to use my writing background to share happenings in the store and my passion for design.

What motivates you on a daily basis?  
Making my house a home - from the inside out. And not just decorating - cooking wonderful meals, working in the yard, entertaining family and friends. I love these things, but stay focused on the bigger picture - which is making sure my boys and husband have a roof over their heads that they're happy to come home to.
What's your working style?  
Lots of breaks. I'm always stopping to refill a sippy cup, open a new can of Play Doh or to pretend to be a race car. :) 

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