Monday, May 16, 2011

What's with the name?

The short answer:
A 'Lintel' is a horizontal header beam supported by two vertical posts on either end.  It supports openings such as a window or door.
A 'Lally' is a concrete filled column that supports long spans of beams.
The long answer:
I've been toying with the idea of starting a design business & even went back to school for interior design, but the day the third random person knocked on my door asking me, "Who 'picked the colors for this house?", I felt that the time is NOW...let's dive in & do this!

So, what started as a hobby grew into a business, which meant we needed a name, and fast!  We tried the typical 'list of favorite words'.  We spent hours on the thesaurus trying to find different ways to say, 'inspiring, creative, inviting, interior design, etc'.  All the obvious names had all ready been taken.   We couldn't just settle for something predicatable.  Sure, Barbara’s last name would be perfect 'Holmes, Holmestead-designs'...but our designs are about each individual we work with.  We didn't want the name to be about 'us'. 
After pondering countless word combos, a scene from 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House', came to mind.  It was a scene where the character, played by Cary Grant, gets asked the puzzling question, "Do you want the Lintels between the Lallies rabbeted?"  It is a comical scene that always brings a smile to our faces. 
A lintel is a beam that runs horizontally across two lally columns, usually for a home's entrance.  And so, long story short, L & L is set out to make you love your home the moment you cross your threshold - your Lintels & Lallies.

BTW-if you haven't watched 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House', I highly recommend it! ;)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Livin' the Dream

Well, hello there!  Welcome to my 'Lintels & Lallies' blog!
I suppose the title to this blog should be 'The Journey to the Dream', because I don't think anyone should ever really aim to live THE dream, because then what is there left to achieve?! :)
So what's the dream?  Why, I'm so glad you asked! (giggle)
Before I get started here, let me just say that I'm likely the world’s biggest dreamer.  I honestly think it is possible to win the lottery on the same day the prize patrol knocks on my door, followed by being 'discovered'!  Some dreams we have control of, and some we do not.  Today I'm talking more about the dreams I CAN control.  I have many, but right now I'm talking about my dream of owning my own business.
I believe this 'bug' is in my blood.  It started three generations ago.
Here is the point where the monitor should fog over and you'd hear vintage music.....

My great-grandparents opened a stained-glass business when they moved from Europe to the US.  Then, my grandfather started his own service business, and my father eventually followed in his footsteps.
I grew up going on jobs with my dad.  I learned so many great lessons on how to properly serve clients from watching him.  My dad gets a job done fast, does everything with a smile on his face & most importantly he helps people in a genuine fashion.  Honestly, on my long list of 'goals', I would like to write a book on service.  Yes, I've learned THAT much from my father. (sniffle)

I've always known that I physically couldn't keep the family business, but I didn't realize until the last 6-7 years, that I'm doing the same thing as my dad, but in the field of design.  So, in a way, the dream carried on.

If you ask my close friends & family they'd probably say "It's about time, she's been talking about doing this forever!" :)  I've been consulting friends, family & friends of friends off & on for over ten years now.  And when the third person knocked on my front door asking who picked the colors on our house, I knew the time was NOW.

Whew!  So, long story short, I'm finally creating an actual business owned by my husband & I with the help of people who are very close & dear to me.  A huge "Thank you!!" to all of you who have recognized my talents & helped encourage me to follow this dream.  It feels good to have something of my own that nobody can take away.  Let the fun begin! :)