Intermission is more than just furniture refinishing, home decor, and gifts. Intermission is owned by me, and run by my husband Billy and me. Our three daughters, Hailey, Lauren, and Addison, assist and participate in many aspects of the business, including delivery, staging, candle-making, and marketing.
My “career” plan in life was to stay at home with our children until all four were in school full-time. God had other plans when he blessed us with our son Liam, in 2009. Liam has Dravet Syndrome, which encompasses many medical and special needs and requiring 24/7 care. Given my degree in nursing, and the fact that I am Liam’s mother, I would say that I am probably the best qualified to be his primary caregiver! Being available and present to care for Liam would not be possible if I were working outside the home or at a 9-5 job. Being a family of six, with three teenage daughters, living on one income has been challenging and puts much stress on Billy, our sole source of income from 2002 to 2017. Intermission has been a way for me to put my lifelong creativity and love for arts and decor to good use. I love seeing the smiles brought to the faces of people who purchase our furniture, or the tearful joy from clients that send us their family heirlooms to restore and bring back to life. Each piece comes with a story and being able to transform them from trash to treasure, provides me a sense of accomplishment and purpose. Being a furniture artisan and running my own small business has not only proven to be a way for me to contribute to our family income, but also has been amazingly therapeutic in response to the worry, care, and stress that comes with caring for a medically fragile child.
I invite you all to learn more about Dravet Syndrome, and what our family life is like living with Liam, and the things he struggles with on a daily basis.
Please visit https://www.dravetfoundation.org/ for information on this syndrome, as well as a link to donate to research and perhaps even find a cure. In addition, with each purchase of furniture, decor, or gifts from Intermission, you will be supporting the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. At the end of the year, a percentage of our sales will be donated to the foundation in Liam’s name. Thank you for supporting Intermission, Dravet Syndrome, and our family.