Joy Thigpen Creative Direction + Styling Workshop in Serenbe, GA

As a creative professional, I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself and get myself out of the staging box. While I love home staging and have been doing so for almost 9 years (Staged4more's 9-year Anniversary is next month! Eeek! Where did all the time go?!), staging is somewhat restricted in the sense that we need to appeal to a broad range of buyers. It is important to constantly push the envelope and flex that creative muscle.

I had a brief taste in styling a wedding awhile ago and it was a lot of fun working with the bride, figuring out her colors, styling directions and making decor & centerpieces for the event. Joy's styling workshop for wedding stylists reminded me how much I still have yet to learn! Being in a roomful of amazing talents, in a natural and setting setting of Serenbe Inn, I felt unsettled and pushed out of my comfort zone. It is a fantastic thing, it is how you grow.

Joy has a great way of breaking down elements of beauty and scenes. She also has a great way to explaining styling: the process, styling the bride and creating the magical atmosphere for the couple and their guests. I walked a way with a lot of thoughts on how to craft my own voice stylistically and how to hone my craft.

It was also great to meet and get to know a group of wonderfully talented women who are like minded. I am still in touch with a couple and we write to each other about our businesses.

Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014

The setting is also serene and beautiful. I wish I had meditated more while I was at the property.

Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014
Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014
Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014
Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014
Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014
Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014

As part of the workshop, we also had a chance of creating a floral arrangement. I'm very used to very structured and symmetrical type of arrangements, so this is a bit out of the box for me! But it was great to learn how to style and arrange flowers where you allow the flowers to follow its natural, organic direction. It was a bit out of my comfort zone but made me want to learn more  and get better.

Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014
Joy Thigpen Creative Direction & Styling Workshop / Serenbe, GA / October 2014

NFIB Press Mentions

I was interviewed a few months ago about what I am grateful for in my business. It was published online by NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) right before Thanksgiving.

The reporter asked me "Why are you thankful?" Of course, as an eternal optimist, I replied that I was thankful for my failures in business and how that had prompted me to restructure instead of killing the business flat out. You can read the more here. :)