Hey, I’m Abigail Crawford!
I’m a designer, small business owner, and lover of all things creative. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Ever Since I graduated College, I have been an online retailer, social media expert, business consultant, a lead interior designer, and last but not least a manager at a local home décor store.
I know the importance of a strong brand and online presence. I started my business in January of 2014. It was originally called Captain Caviar. Today I have a retail space by the name of Abigail’s Consign to Design. It was just your basic shop that I ran out of my dads garage, and all of a sudden I started taking over the garage, man cave, other backyard sheds.. etc. Then I finally realized that I need to put all this hard work into a retail space! I then began to exercise my marketing skills, created a professional website, and utilized social media. That worked wonders. I was featured on Instagram, Facebook for my creative landscapes of rooms and 3D Computer renderings.
I feel like the number one question people ask Interior Designers is “Omg! How did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?” Welp. I think I was 10 years old. My mother should have been an Interior Designer. She always had HGTV on, and I would always steal her home magazines, after she was done reading them of course. I realized that I would rather have a new pillow or picture frame over a shirt. My grandmother could never understand that when I was younger. Of course, now she does. My fascination only grew fonder the older I got. I would decorate my binders with my favorite rooms, and move my bedroom around 20 times a week. That’s no exaggeration folks. When Christmas time came around, I would always ask for home related things instead of the latest shoes or electronics.
After, I graduated High School, I attended on going to school for Interior Design, but I took a different route and tried out law school… that was fun. ha I don’t know what was funnier purposely skipping class to work on design projects that I randomly came up with, or when I would actually attend class, and I would be sitting their forcing my eyes to stay open because it was beyond boring to me. I would rather be working outside, painting in 100 degree heat than sitting in that class room. I knew I had made a mistake so when the next semester came along I switched majors and started design classes that very next year. I loved design school and even till this day I would love to teach design to upcoming designers and guide them in the right direction.
I don’t think people, even upcoming designers realize how hard this business is. You have to be driven to design. You have to eat, breathe, sleep, design. You cant give up for people will think you’re weak, and that’s the last thing you want people to think of you in this business. Opening a business was a leap of faith for me. We were always told to work at least 10 years in the design business until we ever even thought of opening a business of our own. That wasn’t the case for me. I knew what I wanted, and I knew what I had to do to be where I am now. I did my part of working in the field but every place I worked at promoted me to hirer positions, leadership positions, management positions… you name it. It was a sign for me. A good sign.