Rebecca is familiar with seeing her work spur creativity. Nine years ago she and Tim started Sassafras, a line of scrapbooking and crafting paper goods. “Originally we thought it would be one of those ‘mom-work-from-home-creative-outlet’ jobs,” laughs Rebecca. “At the beginning it was just Tim and I in a little room in our house, but at its peak we had 14 employees.” They found themselves pouring time and energy into managing the logistics of their business and as their family grew (they have two daughters, ages 5 and 7) they longed for a slower pace, as well as an opportunity to return to their designing roots.
A visit with Rebecca’s brother in California convinced them it was the place to start over, and two-and-a-half years ago they moved to the coast. Just this week they’re moving into a new home where they’ll turn one room into the Tim and Beck design studio.
“We’ve worked literally side-by-side for the last 9 years,” says Rebecca. “When I tell people that, half of them say ‘That sounds like so much fun’ and the other half say ‘I could never do that!’” One couple who understands the 24/7 aspect of working, living, and parenting together are their good friends and Moda designers, Eric and Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket. “It’s not very often in life you get to meet people you can relate to on so many levels,” says Rebecca. “When we get together it’s like a therapy session!”
When they’re not working, Tim, Rebecca, and their daughters love exploring their new home state. A favorite place to hang is the beach, where Tim enjoys surfing and Rebecca and the girls just like to chill. Rebecca’s also looking forward to co-designing some projects for their new home. “We want to make a chandelier out of mason jars,” she says. “I’m hoping in our next stage of life we’ll be making creative, fun things we can use.”