We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Rapert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, what do you attribute your success to?
Our success is primarily due to the emphasis we place on attention to detail and 100% client satisfaction throughout the entire process from the initial phone call to project completion. It’s so important that our clients feel an immediate connection in their newly designed spaces, or that the interior of their business represents them in even the smallest details. We often develop a close relationship with our clients to bring out their personalities, and allow their projects to reflect their lives, not just the latest design trends. Behind the scenes, our driving force is excellence in all things, from the products and brands we use, and partners we work with, to the finishing details of a space and the overall experience working with HouseHome.
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.
The journey of how my business has evolved makes me so proud! I have always had a natural eye for breathing life into tired spaces. Initially, I took my love of all things vintage and became an estate sale regular here in Colorado while primarily a stay-at-home-mom. When my personal life presented new and very difficult challenges, it was very overwhelming to juggle that along with stabilizing and growing my business now out of necessity. With the support of loved ones, the perseverance to be successful and overcome was strong. For several years I worked very hard to perfect my vintage business to be able to provide a living for my family. I learned how to identify items of value, how to restore them, or often completely refinish them. I moved almost all of the furniture myself from estate sales to my home-based shop. I learned how to photograph items for sale with natural light and staging techniques. I used my own home, and it was a daily grind of moving, cleaning, restoring, fixing, photographing, and listing vintage furniture. It was back breaking work. With a growing knowledge base and becoming a prominent “go to” for all things vintage, I was soon being called upon for design advice from my buyers as well. I slowly transitioned my vintage business into re-purposing services, and that evolved further into my growing passion and talent for interior design, which in the last 2-3 years has become my full-time focus. I love to work with all design styles and challenges, and as a bit of a signature service, I continue to incorporate authentic, and often one of a kind, vintage pieces into the spaces I design as often as possible. Often, using clients own hidden gems or treasures in ways they never would have imagined. I am not afraid to admit that I am 100% self-taught through what seems to be a natural calling in my heart and mind, that was just waiting to evolve and grow into the business I have today, when I was ready. I feel like there isn’t anything I can’t do. Hard work, and the challenges I had to overcome forced me to push myself beyond even my own boundaries in business and art, to have the confidence in myself as an individual and a designer that whatever comes my way is merely a road block to be moved. Artistically, I am confident in my abilities and unafraid to push the envelope when it comes to the “rules”. My past has shown me that I can forge my own path, and walk confidently forward into the success that is waiting. My profession is exciting, always evolving, and so much fun that I feel incredibly blessed to call it “work”.
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.
If my best friend came to town for just a brief visit, I’d make sure I took her to all the places I know she would love. This would start with breakfast in Union Station in Denver. The Art Deco design, the history, the excitement, and the great food is all something she would completely soak up! Next we would jump in the car and go for a drive to Mt. Evans, where she may have the chance to see wild animals, possibly even a little snowfall in June! It is such a gorgeous state park that feels like you’re in another country, only 45 minutes from the city. Afterwards we’d go to the quaint mountain town at the base and get a pizza and beer from the famous Beau’ Jos. By the end of the day we will have hit the busy city, the summit of a 14’er (mountain with an elevation at least 14,000 ft), and a sweet historic town to eat and shop. However, if she came for a week or so, I would have us take a road trip to Western Colorado to my very favorite hidden gem, Gateway Canyons Resort. It is such an unexpected oasis in one of the most beautiful areas in the state, and named one of the best resort destinations in the country by Conde Naste. She would get a sense of Colorado & Utah all on one property. On our way back to Denver we would stop in Grand Junction’s historic district to have lunch at Cafe Sol. The food is all farm-to-table and so delicious that I encourage anyone traveling through that area to stop and find out what all the hype is about!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents deserve a shout out! They have been long-distance from me for 20 years, yet still remain the most pivotal people in my life. They are constantly encouraging me to be the best of the best, to never settle, and to recognize who I am as a person, which greatly affects my success professionally. The sacrifice that they have both laid down for all 5 of their children is astounding, and the fact that all 5 have been successful as individuals, in family life, and careers has proven to them that it was worth it all.
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