Okay so if you read my ‘what I’m up to‘ blog series earlier in the year, you’ll know all about The Empty Box Company. (If not, give it a read. This post will make more sense). I did some marketing work on interior design a couple of months ago, and this was the initial blog post I wrote. I ended up re-writing it, but kept the original text (I always do – habit!). And instead of letting it sit on my computer totally unloved and forgotten (small violins, please), I thought I’d share it on here instead! Enjoy…
Blog Post for The Empty Box Company – Interior Design
It’s not just all ‘weddings’ here at The Empty Box Company. We also love interior design. So much so that all our product papers are in actual fact interior design papers from British interior design companies. Yes, really!
A beautiful box (or two) really can transform a room, and finish off an interior design project to perfection. Don’t believe me? Keep reading, you’ll be sure to change your mind…
Interior Design – What actually is it?
According to Wikipedia, interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space.
In other words, it’s making a room look it’s best and therefore sparking joy (Marie Kondo reference there – if you know, you know). Decorating your home can have an enormous impact on your mood, happiness, and love for the space you live in. And the most annoying part is often you don’t realise how much happier a space can be until you decorate it! Our advice? Just.Do.It. There’s always a reason (or 45) to prioritise other things over decorating your home, but sometimes you’ve just got to take the plunge!
Top Tips to Easily Transform Your Home
Having a bit of an interior re-vamp doesn’t always need to be an enormous undertaking. Here are some top tips to easily transform your home…
A lick of paint is sometimes all you need. Are you guilty of considering buying an entire room’s worth of new furniture purely because your current furniture doesn’t match your interior vision? Why not consider matching your interior vision to the furniture you already have? Natural coloured wooden furniture goes amazingly with shades of green or burgundy, black furniture works wonderfully with pinks & greys, and white furniture looks visionary with blues & purples.
2. House plants & free-standing lamps are your best friends. Areas that are too small for furniture but look empty without something filling the space can be resolved by a house plant (real or fake!) or a free-standing lamp.
3. Empty Box Company boxes are beautiful and practical. Our huge range of boxes work wonderfully as home decor accessories, and being empty they double up as handy storage too. From adding an extra dimension to your display shelf, to a stack of hat boxes sat perfectly in your living room, we’ve got a box for all interior eventualities. Want to know the best part? You can even have bespoke boxes made in your very own wallpaper so your room & decor match perfectly. Read more about our bespoke service here.
Interior Design on Youtube
Because we just love interior design so much, we’ve created a little Youtube video to help visualise what you could do with your home using The Empty Box Company. Here it is!
I technically got paid to write this post, because I wrote it during my working day (which I got paid for…). However I was not paid or obligated in any way to share it on here. Simply sharing because I wrote it and didn’t want it to go to waste 🙂
The Empty Box Company is my family’s business which has been running for 30 years (older than me!). With it being the family business, I’ve – obviously – always been involved. But as I’ve got older (and into the wedding industry) I’ve helped out more & more, particularly on the marketing and social media side of things.
The Empty Box Company
The company itself predominately makes wedding dress boxes to protect and preserve your wedding dress after the ‘big day’. Because of this, it’s really not surprising I’ve chosen a career in the wedding industry – I’ve grown up in it! And it will always hold a special place in my heart.
The Empty Box Company also makes all sorts of other boxes (empty ones, obvs). Including home storage boxes, hat boxes, and keepsake boxes (and many more!). Starting in Surrey, and expanding 10 years ago when we moved to Devon, we now have two workshops. One in Surrey and one in Devon!
You can find out more about the company on the website.
Where do I come in?
As I said, I’ve always been involved (hard not to be). But about 5 years ago now I helped exhibit at the first ever London Bridal Show, which is also when I realised I just had to be in the wedding industry. So my own journey working for different companies within the wedding industry began!
It was also when social media really started to reach businesses properly. It’s hard to believe that it was only 5 years ago that the big Instagram boom started to happen, but it was! I setup an Instagram account for The Empty Box Company (Facebook had been around a while) and went from there.
I also started to get more involved with the marketing side of things, and contributed to projects with a fresh eye. 2 years ago we decided to hold an open workshop event for the first time, and (as I was studying weddings & events at the time) it was my job to assist with the organisation of the event.
I’m now doing a lot of PR work, as well as writing blog posts and creating social media content (such as videos, Facebook groups, and -yep – more Instagram posts), plus we’re holding another open workshop event in April which I’m in charge of promoting and executing.
Why the family business?
Anyone who’s grown up with their parent’s running their own business will understand how much their business can end up meaning to you. The Empty Box Company has been the foundation for my whole life as I know it. I felt the stress in the earlier days when my parents were working incredibly hard to make a living, and I’ve seen first-hand how hard work really does pay off. Like with The Bishop’s Palace, it really does get in your blood. And for me I actually consider it to be my blood. My parents built the company from nothing, with a bizarre idea that no-one else believed in, and it would’ve been so easy for them to give up and get ‘normal’ jobs. But they didn’t. And from that they have created something wonderful which I cherish so much.
I could honestly type for hours about the company and what it means to me, but I won’t! Instead, give us a follow on Instagram (@theemptyboxcompany – because who doesn’t love pictures of beautiful boxes, right?!) and think of us for any and all box-related needs!
So it’s taken me a little longer than anticipated to get this blog post up… But better late than never, eh?
We had a fantastic time planning and co-ordinating the ‘Open Workshop and Outlet Sale’ event at The Empty Box Company. It was a very creative day with handmade boxes crafted by visitors. Plus the event was home to boxes in discontinued designs at reduced prices, and the glorious cakes provided by Cakes Bakes and Shakes, and Ruby Walker.
It was the first time The Empty Box Company had held an event like this. Opening their workshop doors was a fabulous success! Everyone left saying what a wonderful day it had been. Many people didn’t know the company had a workshop in Devon, despite it being up and running for almost 10 years! As an event planner, it’s great to hear positive feedback because it means the event you have planned has been worthwhile for your client.
And the best part? Event planners get to showcase the boxes!
EBC staff made an appearance, helping out with the ‘make-your-own-box’ stations. Bespoke boxes in wallpaper visitors had brought along were also made – how utterly talented!
All-in-all it was a very enjoyable and successful day with almost 100 people visiting! Below are a few more images from across the day…