We had the good fortune of connecting with Abbie Naber and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Abbie, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Starting from a young age, I’ve always exceeded at time management and taking time to organize the work week before it approaches. I think this comes from participating in various sports and arts activities as an adolescent and learning how to manage my time between those activities, homework, family, and peer relationships. One of the ways that I set myself up for success during the business week is to take an hour or so on my Sunday night to plan my schedule for the upcoming week. I map out trips to the tile store, site visits, client calls, and personal appointments. Over time, I have learned to gauge what I can and cannot handle in a single day. Going into the work week with a plan helps eliminate the “Monday blues” and sets me up for success. It’s a small weekend sacrifice that provides great benefit. I also answer a handful of emails and save them in the “Drafts” folder. I send on Monday morning as opposed to sending over the weekend. That way, I can be “working” without over engaging in clients and it takes a lot off of my Monday plate.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am head designer and owner of a Naber Design. We specialize in renovations and new builds as well as interior styling. I went to school for Fashion Design and Fine Arts which I think is where a lot of my influence stems from. I started my own business in 2016 after helping friends on their home projects. After our own home renovation, I decided to change career paths and take a leap of faith into starting my own design business. I love working for myself as I can also enjoy raising my two children and work when it’s optimal. Having two young children helps me identify with many of my clients. Yes, we want their spaces to be unique and beautiful, but there’s a livability and function factor that comes with designing for families. It has not been easy, and I’ve sacrificed a lot of personal time to build my business. However, I wouldn’t trade it, as I love what I do! The largest challenge is balancing life with running your own business. That to me is a practice and will take time. One of the harder to lessons to learn is that every mistake holds value. As hard as it can be, reminding myself that there’s value in learning the hard way and that I will never repeat THAT mistake again, is golden wisdom.

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.
I would plan a full coastal tour of San Diego North County leading down to San Diego. We would start up in Oceanside where we’d stop in to The Rising Co for some shopping and coffee. Next, we’d head across the street to Landmark Plant Company (they also have a location in Leucadia) to plant shop and then to Seahive for some vintage finds. Next, we’d stop in for brunch at either Campfire or Jeune et Jolie… two of my favorite restaurants. Making our way south, we’d pit stop at Modern Times in Encinitas for a beer and walk the Rail trail from Encinitas to Cardiff and back. If we were still thirsty, why not stop at Viewpoint Brewing in Del Mar for some great food, brew and duh, view. Of course, a walk at either my favorite beach, Cardiff State Beach or a hike up Torrey Pines would complete a North County tour. Making our way down to San Diego, no visit is complete without a trip to the Little Italy farmer’s market. We’d rent electric bikes and tour the city on two wheels stopping at Waterfront Park. We’d cross the ferry over to Coronado for a quick visit and then hop back over to the city. For dinner, we’d end up dining in at Herb and Sea or getting a pie from Urban pizza in North Park and having a picnic in Balboa Park.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Throughout the process of building my business, I’ve reached out to several designers that have been generous to share their failures and successes with me. They are colleagues that I can lean on and trouble shoot with as well. Nataliya Borener Interiors, Brooke Spreckman – Design Hutch Sarah Joy Interiors Erica DeLorme, Solstice Interiors to name a few

Website: www.anaberdesign.com
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Image Credits
Jenny Siegwart Photography Charlotte Lea Photography

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