February 2017

Happy 3rd Birthday Area3!

 

Well three years ago today, we did it! I mean we really did it! According to some it was the best idea we ever had, others questioned our judgement. What did we do? We quit our long term employment to start my own business. Crazy right? Well I had been reading articles on Inc. Entrepreneur and Success magazine for years…. I mean all these other successful entrepreneurs before us had done it. Sure we had read about the first few years and some of the challenges, but that didn’t apply to us. We had it all figured out! We wrote a business plan, researched and had lots of experience. Well turns out there was some truth to those articles – the first year is a grind! Say goodbye to your personal life. My one business partner saw me more than her own husband. The second year is like the terrible two’s those growing pains, more expenses and new challenges. Come the third year we are starting to grow!!!! More staff, learning to hire out for those tasks that aren’t our specific background. We are finally starting to understand cash flow (kinda) and those crazy financial documents our account keeps trying to explain. Quickbooks and I are on a first name basis now! We are all wearing extra hats – payables, IT, HR, law, marketing, etc. but the really cool thing is every year we are getting a lil smarter, grasping a little more and having a lot of fun! Did I mention the best part of owning your own business? You get to work with people you love being around. You go to an office every day you helped design! You get to create the type of company culture you always wished you had, and you get to celebrate every milestone with your team. We do work hard, but we also know how to appreciate every new client, new project, new hire and especially every Area3 Birthday. We are so excited to see what this year brings. If you ever dreamed of owning your own business we say go for it! It has been one of the most rewarding things we have done!

 

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10 More Inspiring Design Instagram Feeds

Once upon a time, going to the store and picking up the latest issue of your favorite design magazine (or a handful of them) was your favorite thing to do when you needed some inspiration. Who doesn’t love flipping through a few glossies on a weekend? Nowadays, making that trek to the newsstands seems completely unnecessary when you can have it all at your fingertips – hello smartphones and tablets! With so many websites, blogs and social media accounts readily available, how do you know which ones to follow? Fear not! We have expanded our list to include ten more of our favorite accounts on Instagram to follow. Start with these and you will happily scrolling for hours through many inspirational photos.

@adesignersmind

With over 1 million followers, this account is worthy of your ‘follow’ for architecture, interiors and lifestyle design inspiration from around the world. No matter what your style is, you are sure to come across many images that you love.

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@scandinavialist

Curated by a Norwegian architect, Scandinavialist is your mecca for Scandinavian design – be it architecture, interiors or fashion. If you have not already, you are sure to catch a case of “Scandimania!”

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@thegreyinteriors

For all those who love timeless and functional design, The Grey Interiors is definitely for you. Carefully curated images make this account a dream to scroll through and you are sure to be gawking at the images for hours.

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@azuremagazine

A snapshot of the wonderful articles found in Azure Magazine is how we would describe their Instagram Account. Give them a ‘follow’ for some neat profiles on designers and architects, innovative projects, products and ideas.

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@archdaily

As the name suggests you can find your daily dose of architecture on the ArchDaily feed. Architecture geeks will surely marvel at all the unique projects featured around the world on this account!

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@interiordesignmag

Interested in some truly one-of-a-kind interior design inspiration? Look no further than Interior Design Magazine. From restaurants and hotels to museums and homes, everything you see on this account is sure to make your jaw drop.

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@westernliving

Capturing everything that inspires Western Canada’s design, food, travel and entertaining is Western Living. What is there not to love?

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@dwellmagazine

Looking to re-do your home? After just a few moments on Dwell’s account, you are sure to have some serious home envy.

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@gray_magazine

We love how unique the design culture in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada are and GRAY Magazine perfectly reflects just that.

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@minimaliststyle

We love minimalism and the products on this account with their perfectly composed images make us go head over heels.

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