We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Vroom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
One main habit of mine is starting with my relationships. I can attribute a lot of my success to being able to connect with people, relate to people and truly understand people. They are the heart of businesses in all aspects, whether they are a vendor, a client, or a trade connection; On a deeper level, relationships are what we are all after in life anyway. Being heard and seen by anyone we come into contact with is a gift for that day. Not looking at a client just as a job or means to earn a living, but seeing them as human – complete with emotions, flaws, hurts, pain, stress – and then uncovering the things that bring them joy, peace and happiness. I can start my design process from there by building trust and a connection. Then, I have a solid base to work off of.
Other things that I can attribute to my success is giving my hundred percent in all ways. From writing thorough emails, to coming up with multiple concepts before I present the final two, to trying to be better and evolve within my processes, to researching challenging styles in-depth…It’s going the extra mile that comes naturally to me and is simply my way of living. Clearly a fault for a perfectionist, but it’s what I see has brought my success to me thus far.
Another habit would be traveling, seeing the world, exposing myself to different styles and cultures and just seeing life outside of the bubble – It’s stretched me in so many ways.
Lastly, building habits throughout my mental health journey: Getting guidance for my weaknesses, overcoming inner battles, learning to cope with anxieties and being on a constant pursuit of self-help within my spirit is the most important aspect of my success. In the midst of all the stress, it’s hard to work and keep things afloat, and we need tools to not only be able to separate work from personal life, but to be solid within ourselves so that we can bring our best to the table.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I feel what sets my business apart is my ability to connect to people. I feel that is the key element to being able to design a true custom home and work within countless different styles. A lot of designers have a specific look and style they work within, but my company is set up to be able to design whatever style the client desires and the architect brings to the table.
I am most proud of starting from scratch and building a company I truly love. It takes grit to be able to build a business from my little tiny 11 year old selfs dream and I never gave up. I have faced so many different challenges from challenging clients and trades, to stretching my budget to hire or make investments for the company, to making countless mistakes that I learned so much from, to keep my self motivation afloat even when it feels so hard. I sum up the success to my sheer will, my pesky perfectionism, and my survivor mentality.
I want the world to know that you can live your dream no matter what it is. And that living your passion is the greatest privilege of all
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Number one I would take them to the beach. Maybe pack a picnic, grab some chairs, umbrella and some fun beach games and spend the day in the sun. Maybe get ready, head out on the town to manhattan beach to Slay Italian and enjoy a glass of vino over sunset. The following days I’m sure there would some fresh mani pedi action and definitely some coffee and strand walks. Maybe we would do dinner at sugar fish and then see a concert at the bowl. Next day maybe some hiking in the early am and then I can see us heading to the OC to do some shopping and go dancing that evening.
And last but not least but most importantly there would be a lot of friends watching, evening movies and face masks, cooking together, having a couple spicy margaritas, and just enjoying girl time laughs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to start with my very first boss. Although we had an interesting relationship dynamic, she gave me an opportunity and showed me that I could live out my dream. She believed in me, coached me, challenged me, and taught me so much. I was 16 when she first hired me and never treated me differently for my age. She instilled so much creativity and really cultivated an environment of growth and I am grateful for that. Then of course I would say my husband and my family. They supported my journey from day one, never doubting that I would love out my dream. And not to mention the many many many and ongoing late nights meeting deadlines and getting at that to do list and he has never not been supportive of.
My faith and spirituality has been a key player as well. When I’m feeling defeated, stressed, anxious I have the means to go on. Surviving the hard times has been my main motivator as I know I can pick myself back up and start again.