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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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A Soft Holiday Touch (… pun intended)


This post is sponsored by Scotties.

Bryan and I have been big fans of Genevieve Gorder going back to HGTV’s Trading Spaces, and most recently Stay Here on Netflix (sidenote: if you haven’t seen this show and are at all interested in Airbnb design, watch it!)  This year, Genevieve partnered with Scotties to design a line of winter and holiday themed tissue boxes that we are LOVING.  Sometimes Most of the time, tissue box designs can be a bit cheesy, but these are ones that we actually want to display in our home & vacation rentals.

We placed a few throughout our Pearl Airbnb for our winter guests.  It’s a simple little touch that we hope they notice!

I love that the classic designs and how they integrate so easily into our decor.

Most of the designs are more winter themed than holiday themed, so we can keep them out all winter.

We kept a few for ourselves at The Vic, too!

This one is my favorite.  I want to put one in every room!

You can find out more about the Genevieve Gorder x Scotties collab here, and if you’re interested in grabbing a few for your home, you can pick them up at:

  • Market Basket
  • Walmart
  • Dollar Tree
  • Publix
  • Shop Rite
  • Hannaford
  • Ingles
  • Weis
  • Jewel-Osco
  • military commissaries and other smaller, regionally-based retailers.

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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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