We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Dalton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Some of the biggest risks I’ve taken in life—like moving to New York without a job—are when I’ve learned and grown the most. Risks remove you from your comfort zone and it’s amazing what you’re capable of when you’re forced to adapt. Times I’ve played it safe and didn’t take the risk—like not studying abroad in college—have become my biggest regrets. You’re way more likely to regret a risk you didn’t take than trying something that didn’t work out.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
After graduating college with a journalism degree, I dreamed of becoming a fashion editor at a magazine. Obviously, those jobs are highly coveted and I needed to pay the bills, so I accepted a position covering home decor. It turned out to be a happy accident and I fell hard for interior design. Life and the pursuit of a paycheck took me in a different direction, but I always had an urge to get back into home design. But I never felt like I had the time or money to go back to school to get my interior design degree. At a crossroads in my career and at the suggestion of a family friend, I took a position in a furniture showroom that sells almost exclusively to designers. I won’t get into details, but it turned me off to the idea of working directly with clients. Then my husband and I came up with the idea of flipping houses. I mean, how hard could it be? We attended one of those real estate expos you see advertised on billboards and while it was inspiring, we just couldn’t seem to figure out how to get started. So I did what every other millennial does and began blogging. A photo of our guest bath received tons of attention and that’s when I knew I needed to follow my dreams. In December 2019, we bought a dilapidated home, hired a contractor and then the world shut down. Renovating our first home during a pandemic came with its own set of challenges, but we remained flexible and made adjustments when necessary. Now we’re thinking about our next project and might go in a completely different direction than we’d originally planned, so stay tuned. My best advice? Take risks, keep an open mind, and know when to pivot.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
- Eat brisket tacos at Mia’s
- Split a Honey Bastard pizza at Cane Rosso
- Get in line early on Thursday or Friday at Cattleack BBQ (and save room for Crack Cake)
- Make reservations at Town Hearth or Fachini (get the 100 Layer Lasagna alla Sunday)
- Have a sunset drink on the rooftop at HG Sply Co.
- On Saturday, tour Deep Ellum Brewing ($15 gets you a glass and 3 Beers)
- Spend an afternoon exploring Bishop Arts District (make sure to stop at Magic Hour)
- Take a class at Black Swan Yoga
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband deserves an award for putting up with me on a daily basis. When you start a business or do something new/different, there will be people who don’t get it and it definitely won’t be easy. To have someone in your corner when the going gets tough is everything. He’s willing to listen to all of my crazy ideas and does whatever he can to help execute them (he even taught himself how to use a full frame camera).