We recently connected with Lindsey Boehmke and have shared our conversation below.
Lindsey, appreciate you joining us today. Learning the craft is often a unique journey from every creative – we’d love to hear about your journey and if knowing what you know now, you would have done anything differently to speed up the learning process.
I’ve been a hands on person ever since I was young and always had an interest in fine art — which definitely helped me develop an eye for color and design — but I am almost completely self-taught when it comes to DIY and home design. I started developing my skills through online tutorials and videos but only through hands on experience and pushing myself to take on bigger and more complicated projects have I been able to expand and refine my skill set.
If I could go back and do it again the biggest change I would make is to invest in better tools earlier on in my journey. There are a few projects that I know could have turned out more refined if I had had an upgraded toolbox.
Learning how to slow down and focus on the finishing details to me has been the most transformative skill from me. Seeking out creatives who share their knowledge on this and putting their tips into practice has been invaluable to develop my skillset.
The biggest obstacles I face to expanding my knowledge and skills is time and space; I dream of having a larger workshop to house more advanced tools and the bandwidth to experiment with different techniques.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
Through Hilltown House I hope my readers will find the inspiration to transform their own house into a beautiful and livable home. Whether it’s through large-scale DIY remodels, or simple home styling, I strive to help busy families improve both the look and functionality of their homes with my unique spin on classic style.
I started this my blog and business not just as a way to share the joy that I get out of being creative, but to get over the fear and self-doubt I’ve always had of putting myself out there. I love to add my own custom furniture and DIYs into my rooms and I try to keep things bright, fun, and comfortable.
For my styling clients, I provide a great, budget friendly option for homeowners/renters who want the help of a decorator, but don’t mind having to execute the work themselves. My specialty is family-friendly, livable spaces tailored to your design aesthetic, but with a slight push out of your comfort zone to make your home truly unique.
When I started this blog I never imagined the places it would take me, and I am thankful every day to be fortunate enough to spend my time and energy to make mine and other’s homes not only a little bit prettier, but also more functional for their lifestyle.
How did you build your audience on social media?
I started out my social media journey very tentatively, which I feel like a lot of social media coaches would probably advise against, but for me it gave me a chance to build a feed/portfolio of projects that I felt super confident about and gave those that found my account a reason to want to follow me and a reason to stay. Since then I’ve found that showing up as myself and making genuine connections with other’s is the best way to build, keep, and grown an audience. Engage your audience with content that you want to share on a schedule that works for you or else it will just feel like another item on your to-do list instead of an extension of your creativity.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
A few years ago when I became a mom I began to realize how important creativity was to me and how the absence of creative projects negatively affected my life. Since then I’ve made it a point to engage in one thing creative every day no matter how big or how small. Art and creativity have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and there is nothing like meeting another person who shares that same connection — you just instinctively speak the same language which I find so amazing. Nowadays I find the most rewarding moments to be when I can share my love of creativity with other — whenever I get to teach a workshop or hear that a DIY tutorial I wrote inspired someone to try one of my projects in their own home…..that is best feeling of accomplishment to me.