District Boss: Morgan & Perkins of Paisley & Jade
PAISLEY & JADE IS A BOUTIQUE FIRM SPECIALIZING IN GORGEOUS, UNIQUE, VINTAGE AND ECLECTIC FURNITURE AND DECOR RENTALS FOR EVENTS, WEDDINGS, TV AND FILM, PRODUCT SHOOTS, AND TRADE SHOWS. AHEAD, WE INTERVIEWED THE TWO LADY BOSSES, MORGAN AND PERKINS, AND PICKED THEIR BRAINS ON THEIR IDEAL VISUAL SPACE, THE BEST PART OF BEING AND ENTREPRENEUR, AND WINE...
WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS? TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
Morgan: As a vintage and specialty rental company, P&J provides items for people and businesses to use to tell a visual story. Whether they are creating a backdrop for their wedding vows, staging a home to sell, creating a larger than life environment for a non-profit gala, or showcasing product at a trade show booth, we provide the pieces to take it to another level!
Perkins: Going off of what Morgan said, we are a selective niche business that fits into a wide array of different visual platform needs!
DESCRIBE AN IDEAL VISUAL SPACE THAT YOU’D CREATE USING YOUR COMPANY’S VINTAGE AND SPECIALTY RENTALS.
Morgan: Lately, I’ve been really inspired by unique blank canvases, especially in nature. Canopies of tree branches filled with chandeliers over intimate seating nooks right at dusk, or a gorgeous river-side space with low-set tables and lots of bright colored rugs and pillows for a happy and funky picnic with friends - both of those sound amazing to me!
Perkins: I really love an industrial warehouse with natural light! The juxtaposition of soft vintage pieces in the masculine environment is really eye catching!
WHAT LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
Morgan: I’d love to say a clear plan and decisiveness, but as is often the case with small businesses, I think it is more a combination of hard work and hard headed-ness! I also believe that since we got a taste of being our own bosses (and being the kind of bosses for our team that we always wanted), it’s been easy to let that motivate us.
Perkins: Hard headed & determined for sure! I feel like Morgan & I have done a really good job about staying positive about the business plan and the natural detours that are appropriate for growth.
I THINK IF YOU ASKED US 5 YEARS AGO IF THIS IS WHERE WE IMAGINED OURSELVES TODAY - WE WOULD BE SHOCKED! I’M SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS!
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR? THE BEST PART?
Morgan: I think the most difficult part is knowing that other people are depending on us. Clients, creative partners and employees - they are depending on us to make good decisions and steer the company in the right direction! At the same time I think that’s also the best part - it’s so awesome to look around and know that we are providing a value to our little corner of the world. Whether that’s helping a small business sell their product at a trade show better by supplying our pieces, helming a couple celebrate one of their biggest days at a wedding, or providing jobs in our local economy - it’s so cool to know we’ve made a mark on people’s lives.
Perkins: Morgan has said it perfectly! The fact you know you are responsible for other’s well being with a business based on risk keeps you on track with your business decisions and follow through. It is a fairly structured business plan for such a creative field.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED AND CONTINUE TO GROW, PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY?
Morgan: I love to consume media for inspiration- everything from other companies email marketing, to magazines, to podcasts, to social media, to books! I also love to travel for both business and pleasure, and in addition to all the inspiration there is in seeing new places, I find that I get some of my best thinking done on airplanes!
Perkins: Personally, I find a lot of inspiration in home decorating blogs and magazines. A personal favorite of mine is Domino Magazine. I think you see client’s event aesthetic inspired by their personal or home decor. Their event is an extension of their personal brand.
WHAT’S YOUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE?
Morgan: Well, it definitely includes wine! But seriously, we work hard all day, so I love to wrap up all that work by spending time with my husband and rescue pup, unwinding with a glass of wine and an episode of anything from the Bachelor to the latest and greatest HBO show! I am a list person, so I will also give my list from that day one last look, adjust items I didn’t accomplish to a new timeline, and take a look at what tomorrow’s schedule and action items are - I sleep much better knowing I have my head wrapped around the next day!
Perkins: I’m a failed but relentless gardener! I unwind by spending some time in the garden in the evenings watering my weeds & then forcing our team to take home the veggies that they probably don't want…but yes wine is a staple for the evenings, recapping on the day and preparing for the next!
WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS?
Morgan: Always be learning - and look to places outside your bubble to get great insight and ideas! I love following other event rental companies, but I also follow tons of graphic designers, photographers, stylists, fashion icons, magazine editors and other folks who work in visual mediums - it’s always great to look beyond your own bubble!
Perkins: Stay positive, stay humble, stay grateful, keep pushing … and wine:)
Thank you so much for sharing, Morgan and Perkins!