Beach Plum Interiors is a boutique interior design firm located in the heart of historic Marblehead. Just as an architect designs buildings, we design interiors. The difference between a good space and a great space is intentional design. Our psychology of design process allows clients to live life surrounded by what matters most. We believe in living life beautifully, but beautiful is just the beginning. How we interact, flow and function in our spaces is an essential part of our daily lives. You likely have a vision for how you want to function and feel inside your home, but you may not know how to make your vision a reality. Whether a new build, just one room, many rooms or a whole home renovation; we create plans for the home of your dreams. Our passion is transforming space to inspire you each and every day.
Hi, my name is Christiana Plum, but please call me ‘iana, I founded and manage Beach Plum Interiors. Starting my business was a means of creating a better life for both my son and myself as well as all those I serve. As a single parent I realized if I wanted a better life for my child I had to take a leap of faith and start my business. Thinking about how I was going to do it all, almost stopped me from starting my company years ago. I was already feeling overwhelmed and It seemed unrealistic that I’d get everything done as both an entrepreneur and as the mother I wanted to be. But I found the truth in balance, balance in what I find beautiful. This clarity was life changing.
I love living and working in Marblehead. There is so much beauty in this idyllic little town, raw natural beauty as well as a supportive, nurturing community. Love abounds in this tiny town. You can often find me recharging outdoors; daily long walks through town, shopping the farmer’s market, kayaking through the harbor, detoxing in yoga or day tripping along the coast with my son.
Tell us about your business. Work Loft is an oasis for independent professionals and remote employees looking for a convivial and focused environment to get their work done. Whether it’s a private desk or a private office, our members enjoy amenities that help them sail through the work day comfortably and successfully (beverages, snacks, amazing wifi, printing, breakout spaces for phone and zoom calls, a wonderful conference room for meetings, and more). Besides offering an amazing environment for a successful and focused work day, we offer members ultimate flexibility with no long term commitments or unpleasant notice periods. We keep it easy and fair – isn’t that how we all want to be treated as valued customers?
What made me want to start your business? Working from home for 15 years drove me to start Work Loft! At first, working from home was a dream. I could stay in sweatpants all day long, I could walk to the fridge whenever I felt like it, I could do a bit of work then a bit of personal things to break up the day. Then I realized – I was in sweatpants all day, hanging out at the fridge, and getting distracted by personal things that ended up dragging the work day longer and longer. Soon, my kitchen island became my office….that I never left! It was always there and I was constantly checking mail, putting out fires, helping colleagues. I lost my work/life balance, I never saw anyone else, and it’s really no surprise that the fridge/sweatpants combo led nowhere good. Realizing how many other people there were like me in Marblehead, I started looking for a great location. It had to be in the heart of town, surrounded by other businesses that people wanted to visit during the day, with a good vibe and plenty of parking. When the building at 1 Spring Street (across from Starbucks!) became available, I jumped on it.
What do you love most about Marblehead? The village lifestyle. I’d been living in Europe for fifteen years before coming ‘back’ to New England. When shopping for our new home town, I insisted on a location where I could walk to almost everything. That combined with the beautiful quaintness of the homes, historical buildings and small footprint drew us to Marblehead. Ten years later, and we’re still loving it. The people we’ve met, the connections we’ve formed with the town, have all made Marblehead our longest ever stay in one place.
What hobbies/interests do you have? Food and travel. And I love combining these – eating like a local wherever we go is an important part of experiencing the spirit of a place.
Tell us about your Hound Around, LLC. Hound Around, LLC provides an assortment of things for your dog. We offer in-home overnight pet care, daily walks as needed, and our Hound Crew Doggy Day Trips, which are weekday hikes at various locations on the North Shore. Your dog will have the opportunity to make friends, learn to walk in a cohesive group, and achieve excellent health with good exercise. We are happy to also announce the newest addition to our business, our Hound Around Doggy Bags which are a monthly subscription bag that include a variety of treats, toys and so much more.
What made you decide to start your business? We love dogs! When we were discussing our business, I was completing my undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Salem State University and just walking dogs on the side, and my boyfriend, and now co-owner of Hound Around LLC, was working as a landscaper. We decided to create a business where we could live a healthy lifestyle, do what we enjoy doing most, and provide Doggy Day Trips for our beloved dogs on the North Shore.
What do you love most about Marblehead? I have been blessed to grow up in Marblehead, and I love the peace of the ocean and my close nurturing community. I started out as a babysitter and a dog walker for many families growing up, and so they know me, and my family. This is a solid foundation in which to start a business, I have the respect, kindness and word of mouth from those that know me well.
What hobbies and interests do you have? I enjoy scrapbooking, networking and problem solving. I love sunshine and beaches. I love traveling; I have had the good fortune to see and learn about Italy, Ireland, Hawaii, Arizona, Virginia, a twenty-day road trip from Northern CA to Southern CA, and Israel. I still have Iceland on the list for my next adventure!
We can’t think of summer in Marblehead without thinking about the Festival of Arts. For over 50 years, the festival has been a celebration of all things art related, attracting incredible artists from near and far. Whether you enjoy film, music, writing, painting, photography, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Marblehead is a community bursting with arts and culture and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate that on such a grand scale every year. We appreciate all the hard work the volunteers and board members do to create such an amazing event. A lot of time and dedication, all year round, goes into making the Festival of Arts the great success it is!
The 2019 festival runs from July 4th – July 7th. To learn more about all of the events happening around town during the week of the festival, go to our culture page – https://discovermhd.com/culture/
Marblehead Art Walk is this weekend! The annual two-day event is on Saturday, May 18th from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, May 19th from 12pm – 5pm. Throughout the town, you’ll find art on display in many forms in local businesses. Dozens of artists will be on site to speak with people about their work and/or offer interactive demos or other programming. To see a full list of participating businesses and artists, as well as a map click here.
What is your business? Out
of the Box Studio is both my personal studio as an artist, as well as a
space where children and adults can come explore and create with a
variety of art materials and techniques. It’s a space to “let go of the
rules” during a class or workshop and to have fun making art your way.
What made you decide to start your business? Creating
art is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. I was looking for a
flexible schedule where I could teach, have time for making my own
works, and something that would allow me to stay home with my children,
especially when they were younger. I love working with kids. I learn the
most about what it means to be creative from them. They are naturals,
especially when it comes to imagination and creativity.
What do you love most about Marblehead? I love
Marblehead for its charm, “quaint” appeal, and of course, being by the
ocean. I’m intrigued by its history and feel the most relaxed by the
water. Every time I take a walk or a drive, I see something new (or
old!) that I’ve haven’t seen before. I love the artist community and the
support from the town. I have made some wonderful friends here who feel
like family. There are lovely local shops and delicious restaurants.
The list goes on….
What hobbies/interests do you have? I enjoy going for walks, practicing yoga, photography, knitting, painting, ceramics, sewing, animals, music and graphic design.