One of the nice things about blogging for as long as I have is the opportunity to check back in with small businesses I featured in their early days. After all, it's one thing to start a company, but it's another thing entirely to nurse it through the inevitable growing pains. A couple years ago I posted about Worley's Lighting, a family-owned lighting and decor brand based in Charlotte, and I was recently thrilled to hear from founder Shelli about how beautifully they've evolved!
Worley's Lighting began as many maker-run companies often do: with a beloved hobby. Designer Shelli honed her woodworking skills making items for her own home before taking the leap of faith required to turn her pastime into a sustainable living. From those humble beginnings have come hundreds of happy customers, a mention in the New York Times, and even wholesale orders for Nordstrom! And peek at Worley's pieces clearly explains the label's success; clean, modern lines meet the warmth of wood and brass for heirloom-quality with timeless appeal.
Now Worley's is entering the next phase of their growth and crowdsourcing funds for their loveliest lighting yet! The latest collection seven gorgeous new designs —this arc lamp and the above wall sconce are tied as my faves—and that all that awaits the first production run is a little capital. Head on over to out more about the brand, support Worley's Lighting on Kickstarter, and join me in raising a toast to independent makers!