Rebecca Plumb is a multi-disciplinary designer and owner of Studio Plumb. Whether its a home interior, commercial space or personal branding she works to bring personality, character and color to each of her projects. Her style is best described as “collected eclectic,” combining vintage classics with modern pieces and meaningful objects. She lives in Carmichael, CA with her design-agnostic husband, 4-year-old daughter and obnoxious Labradoodle.
She is also the founder/host of CreativeMornings Sacramento a free breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our local chapter is one of 200 worldwide and exists to not only celebrate a city’s creative talent but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded people. CreativeMornings happen one Friday a month from 8:30am to 10am.
Tell us a little bit about your history. How did you end up being an interior designer and creative director?
I was always the kid redecorating her room and moving furniture around. When it came time for college I chose graphic design and eventually founded and co-owned a creative agency for 8 years where I went from being the graphic designer to managing a team. I always kept my passion for interiors going when I could and designed several office spaces for work, while always have projects going at home.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Plumb
How did you make the transition from graphic design to interior? What made you decide to make the leap?
After a few years of post-partum depression that wouldn’t lift, I had someone that I trust suggest that maybe it was time to leave my business and head in a new direction. I was very resistant to this idea because I had no other plans, but at the same time, I knew in my gut that it was the answer I’d been looking for. It was terrifying but also the most fulfilling experience of my life.
What has been your favorite project and/or career highlight?
Last fall we took on our first One Room Challenge and remodeled our kitchen in 6 weeks while also blogging each step and sharing the good, bad and ugly on social media. It’s my favorite project because I got to be the client and make my own design decisions but it was also an incredible opportunity to meet new people on the internet and real life who followed along. And of course we love our new kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Plumb.
What are the biggest challenges to achieving a successful room remodel? Does your vision ever clash with a client and how do you deal with that
The biggest challenge is usually time. There are always unexpected delays and it takes time to order custom furniture, things go on back-order and life can just happen. It’s rare that the overall vision clashes, if anything its smaller accessories that don’t get approved which aren’t a big deal.
Do you have a signature style when it comes to your designs? What’s your process for creating and where do you look for inspiration?
I’d say my signature style is mixing old and new, high and low-end. I think all rooms should have vintage elements included or they can look staged and soulless. I collect unique studio pottery and other accessories that I find at flea markets and thrift stores to add to client rooms.
We saw that you are the host of the CreativeMornings chapter of Sacramento! How would you describe Sacramento’s current creative culture, and do you have any ideas for fostering a more vibrant creative community here? and for moms/women specifically?
Sacramento’s creative culture is having a moment! I’ve lived here for close to 20 years and I’ve never seen so many active groups and people coming together. When we founded our chapter in late 2016 because there wasn’t anything like it here but now there are several groups meeting different needs and I think it’s great. In my experience, feelings or competition and insecurity come up when creatives stay isolated. When collaborating and supporting each other we build value in our community, raise up our industries and create more opportunities for all of us.
The majority of CreativeMornings Sacramento audience is made up of women. Although that’s not my intention, I think women are natural gatherers and many of us have an innate urge to share resources and support each other. I think the first step for moms especially is to carve out time for yourself to build community and support. I know its hard when kids are young but I made a conscious decision not to put my creative self on the backburner and have joined a few groups that challenge my personal growth. I recently wrote about some of my experiences here.
You fill many shoes in your business. How do you balance work and family life? And any tips you can share?
I prefer to think of balance like a teeter-totter. Some things are getting your attention while everything else is up in the air. Ha! Something I started doing recently, that I’ve resisted for years is waking up a couple hours before my daughter. Instead of jumping right into work though I meditate, journal, read a chapter in a business book and write. I loosely follow the Miracle Morning process and it’s already changed my productivity and mindset in a couple weeks time.
Do you have tips, resources or tools that you would like to share with other creative moms and moms out there?
Put yourself out there and connect with others in your industry. Be social on social media! Most of my career I had the misguided idea that being friendly with the competition would end of taking something away from me or my business. It couldn’t be more opposite and I now have friends all over the country who I rely on for inspiration and accountability.
Photo courtesty of Rebecca Plumb.
What are some suggestions/tips on how to make a creative and inspiring space for your family at home?
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or even be interested in DIY projects to have a unique space. Simple updates like new hardware can transform an old piece without having to refinish furniture. Thrift stores are a gold mine for quality accessories for pennies. I also like to include unexpected but meaningful objects into a space, so bring out family heirlooms hiding in closets. Things like old cameras, hats, and teapots make great styling accessories when mixed with modern items.
Finally, any good advice that you’ve received or words that have motivated you?
I love this quote from Michelle Obama’s book and I keep it pasted in my journal. “For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”