Kim Gellman - Owner of Artistic Sensations
Artistic Sensations - Unique, Customized, High Quality Funiture, Bedding, Accessories and Gift Items For Kids' Dream Room
Artistic Sensations, "the one-stop-shop to create your child's dream room", began in the early 90's by Kim Gellman, an at-home mother of two young boys, when she realized that creating the "perfect" kid's dream room was not at all as easy as she had imagined. So, in 1996, Artistic Sensations was born to fulfill the needs of all those parents who desire unique, customized, high quality furniture, bedding, accessories and gift items for their infants and young children at the right price.
Kim's store offers hundreds of unique specialty items from dozens of top designers and most popular manufacturers around the country along with superb customer service. All of her products are personally chosen by experienced parents and tested for safety and durability.
Artistic Sensations also offer customized products, for those who want something even more unique and one-of-a-kind. Kim chose an online presence first to offer the opportunity to decorate with unique style and have fun with their kids rooms to as many parents as possible regardless of geographic location.
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What inspired you to start your own business?
I have always wanted to have my own business and to make an imprint in the home décor and design arena. What could be more fun than getting to pick products for your customers that you would pick for yourself or your child’s room and marketing them with passion. In addition, I wanted a business where I would be available to my children for their activities, to be there when they woke up and went to sleep. The internet is the perfect fit for me because I can work at night when they are asleep or when they are in school. The opportunities are limitless. I feel I am also providing a good role model for my kids, that if you want something, you go for it and make it happen. I want to send the message to my kids that you can be successful in your family life and your work life at the same time. You can be whoever you want to be.
What do you love about Artistic Sensations?
I love meeting new people and making connections. I enjoy helping my customers find that perfect item that completes their room.. I love finding the next big item for kids rooms, I love making unique spaces and carrying out my customer’s vision and making their dreams come to life.
What are your toughest challenges as a mom entrepreneur?
Balancing work, family and alone time. I want to be the best I can be in my business and in my family life. I am a bit of a perfectionist so sometimes it is hard to let it go. The house can’t always look sparkling clean and the kids can’t always have the delicious homemade packed lunches. I have to delegate both in business and in my personal life. The business needs constant attention but so does my It’s a balancing act daily.
What advice would you give to any mom who wants to have their own company?
If you have the passion for your ideas, you can make it happen. Set realistic goals, create a business plan. Meet with other business owners. Listen and learn from everyone you come in contact with. Surround yourself with motivated intelligent people. Go for it.
What advice would you give to someone designing their kid/teen rooms?
First communicate with your child. What are their dreams and visions for room. Make it an extension of the child’s individuality and uniqueness. Next what you are goals as a parent. Set a budget. Are you changing the room décor on a smaller scale like wall prints or wall stickies, murals or a rug. If there is a larger budget, you could purchase new bedding and/or furniture. You can start with one piece at a time. Is the room being shared? Do you need to keep the room gender neutral if there is a boy and girl sharing the room. Is space limited? Maybe a loft space or bunk beds would be a good option.