Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to work!

{Illustration by Inslee Haynes}

For the past three years, I have worked from home blogging, taking on freelance projects, and in the past year, starting and running High Gloss. As most of you know, a couple of weeks ago, we announced that High Gloss has come to an end. Your words of encouragement have truly helped us through what was a very difficult decision. But remember, I told you that we each have some exciting things going on. While I’ll let  Lauren and Dabney share their news when they feel the time is right, I am so excited to share my big change with you!

{Illustration by Inslee Haynes}

I used to believe that the old adage of “everything happens for a reason” was kind of a cliché, but I truly have come to believe in these words over the past couple of years. I have often said that since I started this blog over four years ago, I have felt as if I’ve been on the journey that was meant for me, but I wasn’t quite sure what the final destination would be. While most of us will never really know what the final stop on our journey will be, we certainly do know when we arrive at a destination that feels perfectly right for us; the type of place we’d like to linger for a long time. I was lucky enough to arrive at that place just a few weeks ago. In the midst of analyzing the big decision of whether or not to continue with High Gloss, I was called in for a meeting to discuss social media strategy which led to an offer to be Director of Marketing for Visual Comfort & Company. I was both surprised and elated because it was all so unexpected, it was an incredible opportunity, and the timing could not have been better.

Visual Comfort

Whether you know the Visual Comfort name or not, chances are, you are probably very familiar with their products. The fabulous lighting selection at my beloved Circa Lighting is manufactured by Visual Comfort. Visual Comfort sells to the trade while Circa Lighting sells to the public through its retail stores and website. For nearly twenty-five years, Visual Comfort has executed the vision of America’s most important designers including Ralph Lauren, Sandy Chapman, Thomas O’Brien, Barbara Barry, Alexa Hampton, and Suzanne Kasler. Every month, Visual Comfort’s designs appear in the pages of the top shelter magazines and are a topic of conversation on many of your blogs as they have been on mine. I am elated to be overseeing all aspects of marketing, brand identity, and brand awareness for Visual Comfort’s designer lighting collections as well as managing our social media efforts, directing the creation of marketing materials and advertising, and handling press and media relations. To say that this job is right up my alley might be an understatement!

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We’ve all adjusted to my working outside of our home full-time rather well, though it has been a big lifestyle change. Fabian’s mom is generous enough with her time to visit Tate every afternoon so that he doesn’t get too lonely and I am loving being in a traditional work environment again. I’ve been busy at work with several projects, including the implementation of Visual Comfort’s social media accounts. It would mean so much to me if you could show us some support and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and the Visual Comfort Blog. Thank you!

55 comments:

The Tall Chick said...

WOW! CONGRATULATIONS! :) That is truly fabulous. I've started on my social media / blogging journey, but I have no idea what my "final stop" will be yet. It's encouraging to see where your journey has led you! Congratulations again and all the best on your continued success!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Congratulations, Paloma!

Gosh, I am someone that always will feel happy for you because I know you're not only very smart but also, you dream big and become that because you believe.

What a fantastic opportunity, and you deserve it entirely!

Lots of success! I feel proud of you. :-) May GOD keep blessing your life, my friend.

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Congratulations Paloma! Visual Comfort knew they were choosing the best of the best when they chose you!

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Oh Paloma! I am so excited for you! You are PERFECT for the job and I have no doubt that you will be super successful. Congrats again!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Congratulations! Visual Comfort is such a great brand - terrific news. Enjoy every minute.

Karlita said...

Congratulations on this new achievement! I am happy to see how you embrace changing in your life, my best wishes for you!

Creategirl said...

This is FABULOUS news! Congrats! Very often I use their lighting through Circa and clients are always in love with the product.
Best of Luck Paloma

Megan Abigail Chandler said...

what great news! Congratulations it seems wonderful!

the lil bee said...

Congratulations, Paloma! So happy for you! Sometimes it is refreshing to be in a traditional work environment. I do it half the week and I enjoy the balance. Good luck...you're going to be awesome! xo

Carolina Eclectic said...

Congratulations, Paloma
Sounds so very exciting:)

Lily Lemontree said...

Congratulations, what fabulous news!! Wishing you all the best!

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

*W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L*!
You are so deserving.
Blogging leads to some amazing friends and opportunities.
Go out there and knock "em drop dead gorgeous!
xo xo

Wives said...

HERE HERE, Paloma. Congrats to you - sounds like the best Big Girl job ever!

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Congratulations Paloma. Yes, I have to agree, everything happens for a reason. You have demonstrated your passion and strong work ethic and clearly it is paying off. Much deserved. :)

the modern sybarite ™ said...

Congrats on your well appointed position. You will do great!

Lili said...

congratulations! that is wonderful news!

Chic Coles said...

WOW! Congratulations Paloma! That is such exciting news and I wish you the best! Everything does happen for a reason!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Big congratulations Paloma, sounds a very exciting opportunity and you definitely deserve it! wishing you all the best!! xo

the Gardener said...

Congratulations, Paloma! How exciting. They really do have gorgeous lighting and I wish you much success in the new position.

Lily said...

Congratulations !! Sounds like the perfect fit for you :)

xxLily
goldandgray.com

the proper poppy said...

All the best Paloma! So excited for this next chapter in your journey. I have no doubt that you will be a fabulous assest to Visual Comfort.

Paula said...

FELICITACIONES PALOMA!! I'm so happy for you, this sounds like the absolute perfect job for you, and it will certainly be nice to be in a traditional work environment.

You are right that everything happens for a reason, all your effort in blogging such wonderful creative content has come full circle for you, and I'm so so happy.

Te deseo la mejor suerte en este nuevo emprendimiento!

Moonshine said...

Congratulations Paloma!

Amanda said...

Congratulations!! How exciting for you!! Now Im off to check them out!! I always need lighting sources!
Thanks! and I know your going to be awesome at it!!

Maryam said...

Congratulations!! Change is always a good thing! Hopefully you will be as happy at Visual Comfort as you were blogging. Remember, things always change, so if you're happy, cherish your moment, and if it turns :( just remember, things will change!!

xo, Maryam

www.athomewithmaryam.com

Design Candy said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful opportunity! Best of luck!

Melissa said...

Congratulations! Best to you as you start this new adventure.

Jamie said...

congrats! i didn't know visual comforts was in houston? i need to know this:)

btw...in google chrome google keeps blocking your site telling me that i'll get a virus if i continue. thought you should know but i don't know what could be done about it:/

Stacy Curran said...

Wow, I am really happy for you. What an amazing opportunity!
Stacy
PS - happy to follow the new sites

Elizacb said...

Congrats! What a great fit! I'll make sure I read the Visual Comfort Blog b/c you're great!

Hallie said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting and so much fun!!

Lilla Kullan said...

You have a nice blog.:-) Stina

{Emily Yeates} said...

Congratulations- can't wait to follow your journey!

820am said...

congratulations! this is the example that 'more shall be revealed' yea!! i posted a house you might love...serra barn in malibu. bravo paloma! xo, am
http://www.820am.blogspot.com

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Thank you all so much for the kind words and support. I have the best readers!!

Jamie, that's strange about Google Chrome. This is the first I've heard of it. Hopefully, it's just a fluke!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Congratulations Paloma! That is a wonderful job and so exciting.

Jen S. said...

YAY!!!! Congrats on your new job.....here is your new open door. :)

jen
http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

travelkate said...

Congratulations! What an amazing opportunity!

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

Congratulations Paloma! Sounds like you're a perfect fit for the job!!

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

Smart folks at Visual Comfort! I wish you much success and happiness in your latest endeavor. Life is a strange trip, but your are going to do just fine with this terrific opportunity. I look forward to following your achievements.

Heather@SatisfyingSpaces said...

Congratulations! What an exciting journey you have been on and will continue to enjoy I am sure. I am having some Visual Comfort Lights delivered to the lake house we are renovating next week and I am so excited! What a great product to market!

Shelly@ConfettiStyle said...

Congraulations. What a wonderful opportunity. You'll bring so much to the Visual Comfort organization. I'm a big fan of both you and Visual Comfort. All the best!

LBM said...

Congratulations! What a great opportunity for you. So happy this is a great transition and career turn!

Catarina Almeida Santos said...

so beautiful this post, the illustrations are awesome !!

santiroyalhome.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Paloma Congratulations!! You will be fabulous....
Another cliche but always seems true: When one closes another always opens. The best of luck to you as you move through your journey.

NYCLQ said...

THAT is truly FAB-U-LOUS news!! Congrats Paloma on your new journey! And thanks for shedding a light of hope by sharing both your old doors closing and new doors opening!

xo Lynda

Anonymous said...

Confrats Paloma!

LindsB said...

Congrats! What exciting news, you are sure you be perfect in your new job!!

Imwaytoobusy said...

Congratulations! I love hearing inspiring transformational stories. Best of luck in the new position.

Jennifer @ Timeless Interiors said...

Congrats! I'm sure you will be great at what you are doing for Visual Comfort just like all your past endeavors. Best wishes!

Anita said...

Congrats!!!
xoxoxo
anita

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

Good luck
You will do a great job :)

Sevier and White Interiors said...

Congratulations! Visual Comfort is by far the best lighting company, and I wish you well on your next venture!
Brooke

Roxanne said...

Congrats on you new gig. You are truly talented and Visual Comfort is very fortunate to have you.
You'll do fantastic things there just as you've done on your blog. You are my go to source for design inspiration.

You go girl!

Holly Mathis Interiors said...

well it looks like this post is 2 years old but i hope you get this message...i was driving down 290 this morning (like i have a million times in last few years) headed to hobby airport at 6 am to board a plain to maine for a design job and i spotted the visual comfort lettering/sign on that bldg near 290..i about wrecked...i LOVE VISUAL COMFORT..and as much as I love my budding design business the thought of working for an amazing company like this in my backyard (i live up in waller) is so tempting.. so i get to the airport, check in and set down to findout about visual comfort in houston and see your post..CONGRATS>.i hope you are still there and loving it!!!! I would love to know how to find out about opportunities there! its like finding out Ralph Lauren is setting up shop in my backyard