We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrienne Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adrienne, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been a DIYer. I wanted to change up my home and when I went to big box stores to purchase wall hangings and saw the quality, I knew I could do better. I also didn’t want what everyone else had. I wanted items that were custom and represented my style and my home. I went back to my roots as a child remembering my dad doing woodwork and just took it from there. I soon started making items to give away as gifts and was quickly in demand and Rustic Lime Designs was born.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s hard to say what sets me apart from the others in my industry. I would hate to discredit any work that they put into what they do. The majority of my orders are custom pieces. It brings me sincere joy to take someone’s vision of what they’re wanting and bring it to real life for them. I have had my fair share of start-overs and mess ups. I have forgotten to “measure twice-cut once” and have had orders that I’ve completed only to throw in the trash or sand down to the bare wood and start over. I’d be lying if I said there has never been any amount of colorful language used from time to time. I’ve had my fair share of frustrations. I’ve learned to slow down, take my time, and communicate with my clients all along the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I was going to get away for the weekend for a quick trip, it would have to be Fredericksburg. Find a quaint little B&B have brunch at the Sunset Grill before hitting the wineries and distilleries followed by a night in Luckenbach listening to Texas country. Last time I was there we discovered the Willow City Loop. It was a gorgeous scenic drive. The kind where you might have to stop in the middle of the road because there is a cow and she isn’t moving anytime soon.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has been my cornerstone in supporting my business. My dad and grandpa both were woodworkers. They have both been inspirations. As I started working with saws and stains, the smells and memories all came back. My husband, Kenneth, set me up in the begining with all the tools needed and has been very understanding and patient with the time I have dedicated to really get my business moving. He is always listening to my new ideas and future plans and is consistently putting up with the crazy amount of supply runs I always drag him along on.