I’m Shadia Harper, creator of the Harp Deco blog and Harp Deco Interiors. Ever since I was a little girl I would walk into a room and begin to visualize the different ways I could spruce it up. When I was about 9 years old I even got in trouble for organizing my babysitters guest room shelving overnight when I was supposed to be asleep. My mother and I moved around A LOT. Each move I was naturally so nervous that I wouldn’t fit in or be able to adjust. Every time, the process of decluttering, unpacking, and designing my new room helped me cope with my anxieties. My mother was a single mother and always struggled to keep a job so we didn’t have a ton of money to spend on decorating or new furniture. As a result, I’d binge on magazines for inspiration and recreate my favorite looks using things I already had.
As I got older, I began helping family and friends revamp their spaces. Finding a sense of calm in the midst of constant chaos, through “beautifying” the spaces around me, became the best form of therapy I have ever known. To me, it’s the ultimate reboot and I wanted everyone around me to reap those same benefits that organized, clutter-free living had on my life.
When I got my first “big girl job” as a Sales and Marketing Manager for a bar in Washington, DC I was almost more excited to rip up the rug, purge through old binders, and throw a fresh coat of paint on the wall than I was about the actual promotion. I loved absolutely everything about my job and thought I’d be there forever but, after working 70 hours a week planning 21st birthday parties, college graduation parties, and Bachelorette parties, eventually I started to feel as though everyone around me was growing up and moving on. I felt the sudden need for change and decided to moved to San Diego. That’s where I reunited with Bobby, my now husband, who I first met at my bar in DC while working beer tub one night. (Classy love story right?)
I knew dropping my entire life and moving across the country would be difficult, but I definitely underestimated just how difficult it was going to be. When I arrived to my new home in San Diego I was unemployed and struggling with the idea of starting from complete scratch. I decided to take advantage of this new chapter and went back to school. After completing four semesters and still not having the slightest idea of what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be, I made a list. I made a list of my strengths, my weaknesses, things I loved to do, and things I wouldn’t enjoy doing even if you paid me. That’s when I came to the conclusion that I should turn my life-long passion for organizing and decorating into a business. I began offering my organizing services first. I posted all over Craigslist, Facebook pages, neighborhood laundrymats…you name it. Business was going so great until another move came.
In August of 2016 my husband’s job relocated us to Sicily until 2019. Under the so many different circumstances, I have temporarily put my business on hold, picking up only a few jobs here and there. As a way to continue to immerse myself in the work that I love, I started this blog. I hope to use this as a way to keep in touch with my awesome clients back home, document my new overseas living experiences, and maybe even impact some readers.
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