Meet Robin – Front Door Friday’s Decorating Expert
Who is Robin?
She’s a Wisconsin farm girl, mother, wife, business owner and creative entrepreneur. The farmhouse trend? That’s nothing new. Robin’s lived it. She’s an independent woman with a power drill in one hand and lip gloss in the other.
Robin is every woman.
Anybody who meets Robin Nafzger knows she’s a country girl. Most days it’s jeans, a T-shirt and oftentimes a tool belt around her waist. Her infectious smile and cheeky humor are genuine and refreshingly unpretentious. What you see is what you get. She comes from a tiny farming community in the beautiful Southwest Wisconsin rolling hills–where hard work and handshake agreements are a way of life.
Growing up on a 2nd-generation family farm, Robin learned to work and play hard. Along with her 8 siblings, she did chores and went to a small rural school district.
“I wouldn’t have done it any other way,” Robin says and laughs.
She’s recently come full circle, moving back to the country after many years living in the city.
You can take the girl out of the country, but can you ever really take the country out of the girl?
A FAMILY GIRL
Whatever Robin sets out to do, she’s all in. Her family of 4-husband Rick and children Connor and Tess-are everything.
She’s a hockey mom, gymnastics mom, devoted wife and busy business owner.
The Nafzger’s farmette outside Monroe, Wisconsin is busy. Connor and Tess raise pigs and sheep every year for the county fair.
Being a career woman with a family is hard work. But for Robin, it’s all worth it.
A BUSINESS GIRL
“I love being creative. I get to live vicariously designing for all these different homes.”
Walking in to “House to Home Designs” is a feast for the eyes…and senses. Everyone who visits Robin’s store breathes in the soothing aroma of buttered maple syrup candles and leaves with a Werther’s candy, or two.
Located on Monroe’s historic Square, the store is a culmination of a lifetime spent working in design and window treatments.
After graduating college with a commercial arts degree, Robin spent 14 years working in a prominent window blinds factory. She learned the business inside and out. “I know them forwards and backwards,” she says. In fact, customers still bring her blinds to restring and repair.
She next worked a local paint and design store and eventually bought the business in 2006. Robin specializes in custom window treatments, installations and paint design consultations.
Robin’s Advice for Running A Successful Business:
“Be sure you’re passionate about what you do. It helps to have the support of friends and family.”
A D.I.Y. GIRL
Robin loves power tools, saws and tool belts. She does all the installations for her customers’ window treatments and drives around in an old beat-up SUV with a ladder, tool box and drills, listening to her favorite Christian radio station.
“At the age of 16 I got a router for my birthday because I’ve always loved woodworking!”
She dreams of building a heated woodworking shop to build, create and hunker down during the long Wisconsin winters. #retirementgoals!
“I love being a fixer upper.”
Her rare spare time is spent working her family’s 1952 farmhouse, gardening and building cabinetry. Maybe one day she’ll build her own front door!
Robin and Country Door make a great partnership. Her design expertise and Country Door’s love for farmhouse and rustic décor come together to inspire front door decorators everywhere.
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