I had the pleasure of interviewing Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha in the fall issue of Delighted where we shared photos of her super stylish office style as well as her tips for staying productive. Read the interview below and visit her shop to find great items to decorate your workspace.
Can you tell us a little about your online shop and blog?
Waiting On Martha is the ultimate online source for creating a beautiful everyday. I launched the blog and online boutique in 2012 to share my obsessions in home décor, entertaining, food and drink, and fashion.
What is the most rewarding part of owning your own business?
That it’s my business! It all started with just a thought back in 2012 and continues to grow each and everyday. Reflecting on where it all started and where it is today, I have such satisfaction in knowing that I created and grew Waiting On Martha by working harder than I ever have in my life. I just can’t find the words to describe this feeling of accomplishment!
What does a typical work day look like for you?
As an entrepreneur, each day is totally different. A “typical” work day for me begins at 7:30 a.m. and comes to a close around 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Since I toggled between the blog and the online boutique, my daily tasks vary from design work in PhotoShop, inventory, customer service, writing posts, order fulfillment and shipping, partnerships with brands, editorial styling, sourcing new brands and products, photo sessions with Rustic White, forecasting media activities with my publicist, to recipe development. Somedays I’ll be shooting with a magazine for 12 hours, somedays I’ll be consumed by my email inbox and somedays I’m busy mixing cocktails at 8 a.m. If there’s one thing that’s consistent every day, it’s dinner with my husband and daily walks with my dog, Addison.
When setting-up your workspace, what was most important?
That it had to be functional. When I started, I had big plans for a particular area of the office, but when it came down to it, it turned into shelving for
What items did you splurge on? Save on?
I splurged on the big pieces: My chandelier, wallpaper, and custom spindle chairs. I saved on the art/prints and my shelves (all from Ikea).
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
It’s all mine—and completely me! Currently my office is at home and it is the one space that I made my own and didn’t need input on its design for anyone else. Hence the wallpaper...which I adore.
Is there anything you would change about your workspace? If so, what?
So many things! I’ve already begun plotting my next office space. In my next space, I’ll need a lot more room for inventory, and I wouldn’t do black, as it shows every speck of dust, knick, everything!
What tip(s) can you share for keeping yourself as efficient as possible?
Focus on what you’re doing and on one thing at a time. Distractions can pull you away from the task at hand, so if I’m focused on something, I’ll keep my email inboxes and social media pages closed. Another tip I have is to just get started. Don’t procrastinate! We all get overwhelmed by our to-do lists, but instead of staring at it, worrying about how you’ll possibly get it all done, just start doing.
What tip(s) can you share for balancing work and personal life?
Balance is definitely something that I’m still trying to figure out and was much easier when I didn’t own my own business. When it’s your name on the door, it can be consuming. But there’s one thing that I do well when it comes to balance: I work hard and I play hard. When I disconnect, I really disconnect! I live in the moment and don’t worry what’s going on in the office. Now, I just need to work on disconnecting more often!
When not at your desk, you can be found...
In the kitchen cooking, listening to music and drinking wine.