Then, in 2014, she left West Elm to officially launch Quin Gwinn Studio.
Today, Gwinn’s life is a balance between her work as a designer and her life as a wife and mother. She and Jason married in 2011. They have three children together – Ryan (11), Chase (7), and Gigi (3).
So, here’s where we fire up her real magic with an age-old question – how’s she do it?
“I’m always movin’, movin’,” she notes, laughing and beaming. “I get the ‘how’ question a lot, and when people ask ‘how,’ it’s really a question of ‘when’ – when do I do it? – and my answer to when is when y’all are asleep!”
She talks honestly about squeezing the most of each day; and how she’s learned to be ‘hella’ productive in short windows of time; how she uses the hour before she wakes up the kids or the time after everyone has gone to bed. Or how she sometimes makes up for the lack of sleep with a nap in the carpool line.
She shares about her CEO Monday – she carves out that first day of the week for all the priorities she has to do, but hates to do. Tuesdays through Thursdays are for field and client work; and then Fridays are for family.
She’s funny and candid about it all – but also, real, sharp, and clear, especially when she talks about why finding time for yourself in all this truly matters.
“As a mother, you’re giving yourself to however many people that you think to yourself, ‘where are the pieces for me?’” She admits. “And we have to carve [those pieces] out – they’re not going to just show up; you have to find the time for yourself – and not forget that you’re a priority, too.”