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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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17 fun gifts from Ohio-based businesses we’re digging.  Scroll down for the corresponding link to each numbered product!

  1. Leather Bag | We’ve been swooning over Fount bags forever, and this soft-as-butter leather satchel is at the top of our wish list! 
  2. Artwork Jigsaw Puzzle | Every household needs a great jigsaw puzzle to spice up an otherwise boring night at home.
  3. Sweater | She’ll love cozying up in the Arden sweater, which works for Zoom meetings and loungy mornings alike.
  4. Earrings | Elegant earrings are *always* a brilliant gift.
  5. Leather Gloves | Go classic this season with leather gloves that will never go out of style. 
  6. Candle Set | A candle sample set that’ll last all winter long.
  7. Kitchen Boxed Set | Doing the dishes has never looked this good!
  8. Rocks Glass | You can’t go wrong with a classic rocks glass with a personal touch. 
  9. Makeup Brush | A truly advanced makeup brush for all the beauty lovers in your life. 
  10. CBUS Toiletry Bag | A masculine toiletry bag he’ll actually enjoy using. 
  11. Body Oil | This rich, hydrating body oil also looks incredible on a vanity, which is an A+ in our books.
  12. Baby Mobile | A mobile that’s almost as cute as the baby beneath it. 
  13. Wool Dryer Balls | Reusable dryer balls for the sustainably minded people in your life.  (psst, these can be scented naturally with essential oils!)
  14. DIY Dog | This DIY dog is a crafty activity and a toy, all in one. 
  15. Patchwork Horse | It’s impossible not to love this patchwork sweetie horse. 
  16. Olde Towne East Candle | For a burn that’s truly close to home. 
  17. Stoneware Wine Chiller | For the person who loves a glass of wine at the end of a long day. 

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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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