We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendra Bauman & Hannah Chamberlain and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kendra Bauman &, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
When asked the question: How to know whether to keep going or to give up?  Sometimes we find ourselves on the hamster wheel of life; days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years.  When I found myself forced to give up a job of 20 years that I thought I loved, never did I imagine where I would find myself 6 months later.

Due to some needs with my own children I decided it would be in the best interest of our family to give my resignation and focus my time on the role of mom.  During all this extra time at home one of my goals was to address the state of my 10 year old daughter’s bedroom.  It is definitely a mix of creativity, 5-minute crafts, artistic displays, splattered with an eclectic mix of a sticky hand on the ceiling (which has been stuck for 2 years), Christmas garland, a surfboard and lava lamps.   My daughter loves it only one small problem . . . my Apple watch alerts every time I step foot in the bedroom telling me, “Breathe, just breathe.  A moment of deep breathing can significantly reduce stress.”  Realizing my watch never did this during any other points of the day I realized one thing, my daughters bedroom was causing me to have a heart attack.  All jokes aside, I knew I had to change things.  I wanted her to love her space and for my watch not to ding when I set foot inside to pick up the laundry.

I decided to call in the professionals and hire an interior decorator.  After asking for some recommendations I began making some phone calls.  First place was a minimum spend of $25,000, second place was not taking on projects less than $50,000 plus design fees, and the third was booked aside from $75,000 or greater collaborations.  Gasp! This is my 10 year old daughter’s bedroom that may very well have another slime explosion in the foreseeable future.   My husband said well why don’t you just do it, you love to decorate and have done a nice job with furnishing the rest of our home.   One small problem, my daughter and I don’t see eye to eye on the overall vision.

A week later I got a text message saying, “I bought a car at your husband’s dealership and he thought we should meet up.”  At first I thought it was a wrong number, however, my husband does work at a car dealership.  As I was sinking into a depression of my newly ‘retired’ life of Netflix marathons I decided to give Hannah a call.  She had recently moved to Arizona from the state of Washington.  She had been going to college for graphic design and was working at a furniture store but ultimately wanted to be an interior designer.  Perfect, just who I was looking for.  Let’s start on my daughter’s bedroom!

Fast forward a few months, we hit it off.  We met to generate ideas for a name, logo (credit to Hannah’s graphic design skills), business cards, and formed a business, Love Your Space, LLC.  The business launch date was April 4th and we had our first client on April 5th.  No it was not my daughter!  It was a commercial office space project.  In a short period of time we have completed several firsts including fully furnishing a 4-story beach house in Carlsbad, CA!

Ultimately to answer the question of how to know whether to keep going or to give up, sometimes you don’t know.  When the work routine is the same for 20 years it just becomes a part of who you are.  To give up a job that has become your identity can be scary but it can also open doors you never imagined.   So go out and do the scary thing, break the mold,  and jump off the hamster wheel of life to create the life of your dreams.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Here at Love Your Space, as interior decorators, we believe you should not just live in your space but love it. We offer an array of services from furnishing a new home, getting an investment property ready for an Airbnb listing, or even as simple as re-doing that one space in your home you have always disliked. No job is too big or too small! We are here for you to turn your dreams into a reality.

Thanks to Hannah’s experience working in the furniture business we have been able to navigate the supply chain issues. We strive to only order items that are in stock so our client’s space is transformed in a matter or weeks rather than several months. We are excellent in getting a blank space move-in ready in record time!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being a former resident of Chandler and a current resident of Gilbert I have to cast my vote for bringing out of town guests to downtown Chandler/Gilbert to hit great restaurants that appeal to any palate.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout goes to my husband Josh for introducing Hannah and I, as well as for the encouragement and funding the start-up for Love Your Space, LLC.

Website: www.loveyourspacedesigns.com

Instagram: @l.y.s.designs

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-chamberlain-b12b20237/ ; https://www.linkedin.com/in/kendra-bauman-210300242/

Image Credits
Lindsey McCoy Photography LLC

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