my first paying job as a designer

Well, today was the day! It was my very first step into the world as a designer. I got my color chips in order, slipped into my navy dress and put on heels for the first time in a loooooong time. I was walking down the stairs thinking…”surely I have not yet balanced this flight on heels…is it really this steep…sheesh!?!” I plugged the address into my trusty little garmin & off I went. Not a nervous twinge in my body.

I arrived and spent the next two hours with a lovely older couple who are doing a full kitchen remodel & needed some serious color help. I got them all set up, kitchen & the rest of the home. Project will begin on September 22.

I helped people. I was creative. And they were so appreciative. I gave them something they couldn’t have done themselves. I spent two hours doing a few of the very things I LOVE doing most…and I got PAID to do them!!!

I love working with color
I love making homes more beautiful
I love helping people & making them happy
I love having the freedom to schedule my day
I love that no day looks or feels the same
I love not working for anyone but myself
I love that my brand will look just how I visualize it
I love that I will get out of my business just exactly what I put into it

If ever I could imagine what empowerment feels like…it would have to be the way I feel right now…!!!


Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creative where I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is now complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.