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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Shop Small: A Small Business Gift Guide

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Our favorite gifts from small businesses around the world.  Scroll down for links to each numbered product and more about why we love each one!

  1. Handmade Earrings | Strike a balance between bold and modern with these handmade earrings. 
  2. Leather Travel Bag | A beautiful yet practical travel case that’s sure to be used for many years. Bonus: it can be personalized!
  3. Hand Knotted Wool Rug | This rug has all the stay-at-home-and-be-cozy-all-winter-long vibes.  It would be great for layering on an existing rug or in a playroom. 
  4. Modern Woman Print | Understated enough to match any decor, this modern print makes gifting art stress free. 
  5. Romper |  This baby romper will steal the show with resounding “aww’s” all around. 
  6. Room Spray Set | This room spray set would make a wonderful housewarming gift.
  7. Travel Candle | Now you can take the comfort of your favorite scents on the go!
  8. Fragrance | This clean, sustainable fragrance has the power to transform and uplift, even when you have nowhere to go. 
  9. Minimalist White Vases | We love these in bedrooms or side tables to sneak simple greenery into small spaces! 
  10. Gold Necklace | Trendy yet timeless, this gold chain choker is the safest gift you can give. 
  11. Artist Prints | Give a beautiful art print to a loved one of the city you’ll visit once you’re able to travel together again.
  12. Luxe Hand Soap | You’re probably washing your hands more than normal, so treat them to this luxurious wash. 
  13. Indoorsy Tee | We love how on-brand this is for 2021! 
  14. Handmade Throw | Rib knit throw blankets will make great additions to any home this winter.
  15. Baby Kit | A gentle, soothing and effective essentials kit for baby.  Use code BITM10 for 10% off any Primally Pure purchase. 
  16. Face Mask Trio | Feed your skin with ingredients found in nature.  Use code BITM10 for 10% off any Primally Pure purchase. 
  17. Monkey Doll | A sweet gift for the little one in your life. 
  18. Little Biddy Vase | Just the right size vase to elevate a WFH setup without taking up too much space. 

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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