Unique Unique Design

Genuine joy and laughter. Sincere interest and encouragement. Every now and again your path crosses with wonderfully kind people who even though you've just met, you feel you've known them for years. You get excited every time you see them because you know they are sure to brighten your day.

The lovely ladies at Unique Unique Design are some of the most precious we've met thus far. They have a passion for design and creativity only surpassed by their passion for people. Their story is one we are extra thrilled to bring you today. Enjoy hearing how Marcie's journey began, how she overcame challenges and more. 


Heirloom: What are your morning routines? How do you like to start each new day? 

Marcie: I’m afraid my routine is not very inspiring. When I have coffee it’s instant decaf…sorry all you coffee connoisseurs out there! I try to walk a mile or two every morning around my house. I’m a wimp when it comes to Texas HEAT! Prayer for the day and family and friends with thanks for all I’ve been blessed with, cereal or toast, emails and social media and most exciting of all vacuuming or sweeping my daughter’s dog’s hair from his daily visits over here.

Heirloom: Tell us about your journey. How did Unique Unique come into being? 

Marcie: I’m in a business with mostly younger people, but I didn’t really get into this in earnest until after my kids were grown. I met a gal at First Monday that knew I was thinking about getting a booth there. She asked me, without ever seeing anything I’d done, to split her booth with her and style it! Mayron became a dear friend and it led to 15 years doing business together. We did First Monday and different shows around Dallas, we were involved in 2 Parade of Homes, plus we ran our own show down in RoundTop/Warrenton for awhile. In the meantime, we started doing shows in my house. It was set up like a home, but almost everything but our dishes and bed were for sale. My husband was a great sport even though he never knew if we’d have a light in the dining room or a table to eat breakfast at, or even a place to hang his towel.

One show a woman came that owned a restaurant and was amazed at the way the food was styled, etc. We ended up doing work for her, styling in her home and restaurant. One day she called and said she found this great place on the square in McKinney. She would only open up this event/design venue if we would do it with her and would do all the design work. And that was the beginning of Gather and Unique Unique Design in McKinney. After about 1 year she decided to get out of it and Crystal and Jennifer took Gather over. They have been a delight to work with ever since. Traci joined me 6 months after we opened and just jumped right into all the craziness. Traci and I are changing directions a bit focusing on prop rental (with some unusual pieces), more outside event/photo styling, and window/store styling. Lots to look forward to!

Heirloom: Where do you turn for inspiration? 

Marcie: The obvious answer is the Lord, the Greatest Creator and Stylist ever and all the beauty we see around us daily. I can be inspired by so many things I see whether an ad in a magazine, seeing something someone else has done and just taking it a totally different direction, some common everyday thing that can be used for something totally different, an airplane sitting in hangar, an old breadboard, a bucket of worn springs. I constantly am looking at what is around me and my mind is always churning wondering how I can use it for something. I certainly like the unique!

Heirloom: What is the one thing about Unique Unique that excites you most? 

Marcie: This ties in with the above question, but I love the creative process and planning and seeing it come together. Right now though, I am so excited to see how Traci has hitched herself to this wagon and has just totally immersed herself in Unique Unique. She’s giving 110% to this new direction we are taking and that’s very exciting and inspiring! Love you, Traci! Fun things ahead!

Heirloom: Tell us the story of your biggest challenge and how you managed to overcome it. 

Marcie: Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges I have had to overcome, and still have to remind myself, is confidence in my abilities. I know any abilities I have are God given, but haven’t always put my faith there. My husband, family, and friends around me have always been there to boost my confidence, but one of things that has really helped me believe that I do have some talent is the reactions to things that I’ve done since doing this is such a public arena. I love doing what I do, enjoy the creative process so much, and am very thankful for everyone I’ve been involved with in this process, whether friends, family, business folks I’ve had the pleasure of working with, for their support and encouragement. I am much more confident of my abilities than when I got in this business so many years ago.

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Heirloom: What do you most enjoy doing when you are not styling and creating? 

Marcie: And this I am very confident of, I love being around my family…all of them. I will have to say, though, there is nothing like grandkids. I’m pretty sure my husband and I have the greatest ones ever!

Hurd & Honey

It seems that many of life's biggest adventures begin with the joining of two hearts. As two become one they inspire each other to push limits, climb new heights and dare to put their best out into the world. 

Such is the tale of Hurd & Honey. As two became one, dreams took flight and the result is a beautiful shop that inspires us all. Hand crafted and infused with passion and love, each piece carries part of their story from their home to yours. 

Heirloom: Do you have a set morning routine? If so, would you mind sharing what a typical morning looks like for you and how that sets you up for success.

Kristin: Typically our mornings begin with packaging orders. Our parcels are picked up each day around noon, and because we are still finding a way to manage our days a bit better, we often find ourselves preparing the day’s packages that very morning. It’s usually a team effort; I wrap everything, mostly fragile items like mirrors, in great quantities of bubble wrap, and Sam handles preparing the boxes and fitting everything inside, and placing it on the porch. This routine definitely sets our day into motion, as we play music, drink coffee, and move in and out of our desks while one person prepares the next item to be sent out. We work out of a large shared office (our master bedroom actually), it allows room for all of the packaging, printing, and office equipment. This is also the time of day where we share with one another what our goals are, what needs to be done for that day, and from there Sam moves out into the woodshop and I continue packaging smaller items, corresponding with customers, and handling the odds and ends that come with an online business. 

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Heirloom: Tell us your story. How did you discover your love for design and styling?

Kristin: Our story begins with our wedding - our union as husband and wife seemed to set into motion a dream for something different from the jobs we currently held. We never really discovered our love for design and styling, but rather found ourselves in love with it as it was happening. Our first pop up gave us a chance to create a tiny space for selling our products, and continued to improve with more experience. Our first Etsy product listings propelled a love for product styling and photography, and our skill improved over time, and still improves as we learn more about lighting, camera function, and marketing. Our love for design and woodwork evolved as our woodshop evolved, and as we took risks with new product ideas. Sam and I have always loved arranging the spaces in our home and making our spaces cozy and representative of who we are; the pieces in our home each have a story, and in a way we hope the pieces we make for others carry a story with them. 

Heirloom: Where do you look for inspiration?

Kristin: Inspiration comes at any given moment, but especially in moments which we are finding rest. We enjoy traveling through National Parks and other natural areas; hiking and exploring new places by taking small "farm to market" roads brings deep satisfaction. We also find inspiration in vintage and antique pieces that we’ve inherited from family; our home is filled with pieces of furniture and decor that have been in our families for multiple generations. Sifting through old photos and perusing the current trends on Pinterest, it’s all inspiring, and encouraging. One thing we know is in seasons of poor inspiration we are challenged to ask why, and address the area in our lives that is lacking vulnerability, because in full vulnerability we can’t help but be inspired. 

Heirloom: What advice would you give an aspiring artist?

Kristin: To take courage and begin with sharing your work with others, despite a level of perfection that is desired, is a great first step. Through the rejection or celebration one learns to understand more the direction that they should move. It is completely natural to fear the outcome, mainly because we all carry pride and find our work inferior in some ways, but it’s not worth not trying. 

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Heirloom: What is the best part of working with your spouse?

Kristin: Working together is a blessings and a pleasure; we walk through all of it together, the ups and downs, the over-the-moon exciting moments, and the completely defeating moments. "Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

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Heirloom: What is next for Hurd & Honey? 

Kristin: I wish we knew!! We have had dreams of one day running a brick and mortar with a woodshop in the back, it would make more sense for our growing family, as we’re expecting our first child in January. Curating a physical shop would be thrilling for both of us, and it would still allow us to make online sales. Right now we are doing our best to manage our time and order volume as our busiest season approaches. We will continue to explore each new opportunity with wisdom and a little emotion.