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Life & Work with Fabie Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fabie Brown.

Fabie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My post-collegiate career was in finance. After about six years, I decided I wanted to start my own business. The main factor for this decision was so I could spend more time with my family. I was a newlywed and had a young daughter. I would be away from home from 6am until 8pm during the week working for someone else.

So the first business I started was a furniture brokerage. I was able to work from home and make money! It was the best of both worlds. Eventually, that became very mundane and I felt myself growing tired of it. As a way to fulfill my artistic side, I started painting furniture in my home. I started with a credenza, then moved on to a tv stand, eventually many of the larger pieces in home has been painted. One day, as many of us do, the style I had decorated my home in didn’t appeal to me anymore so I began selling off the items I had painted. After about the four pieces I sold, I thought, wow I can really make money refinishing furniture.

So off I went to a local thrift store and fell in love with this massive China cabinet. It was huge and only $30. It was the perfect piece to refinish and sell. That was the largest piece I had ever painted but it was well worth it. It sold after only a couple of hours of listing it and this began my career as a furniture artist/refinisher.

Over the years, I’ve become sort of an influencer. Hahaha, I feel funny saying that. I’m a brand ambassador and content creator for a few companies. I love being able to create every single day. The fact that I’m able to make a living doing what I love is amazing!

Since starting Blush and Ivy Design, I’ve been able to expand and do a few other things under the same umbrella. I have incorporated my passion for thrifting and own an online Vintage home decor store that specializes in vintage Boho and MCM items. And very recently I’ve introduced my luxury picnic service. Another way to create something beautiful. If I’m creating, I’m in my absolute best element. I love to create!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For the most part, it has been pretty smooth. One struggle that stands out though is learning the hard way that sales drop during certain parts of the year. I struggled with that the first year and thought I would have to close my shop. Once sales started picking back up, I knew I just had to budget for those times.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I specialize in furniture refinishing/artistry, reselling vintage home decor and luxury picnic planning. I’m known for my furniture artistry. It’s what started Blush and Ivy Design. I’m proud of several things. First I’m proud I was able to accomplish start a successful small business that helps keep beautiful vintage furniture from ending up in landfills and that has allowed me to be a mom to my children. I get to be there for everything they may need. It’s a beautiful thing.

I’m also proud of having some of my work recognized by large companies and I’ve received a few awards for them. I’m proud to be a Brand ambassador and Content Creator for some pretty amazing companies.

I feel that what sets me apart from others is the attention to detail that goes into my work. I’ve always been really big on detail.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Gosh, it’s been a while since I thought of my childhood. Something that just pops up in my mental Rolodex is playing outside. I grew up in Los Angeles until about 14 and remember everyday after school and after homework of course, my brother and I would go outside and find the local neighborhood kids and just play until dusk. Whether it was hide and seek, riding bikes, tag or making mud pies, those were fun times. I just remembered my mom used to give us 25 cents everyday. We used to run to the corner store and buy treats. It was always the same for me, a pack of now or laters, Apple jolly rancher and a pack of lemon heads. Such simple memories but I loved those times.

Pricing:

  • Custom Furniture Refinishing starts at $125 depending on the piece
  • Luxury Picnics start at $280
  • Vintage home decor starts at $14

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