As you may have guessed from the name, my inspiration for Diamond Head Upholstery Tack came in Hawaii, while vacationing with my girlfriend. One of those rare days when the weather was absolutely crazy provided an excuse to spend the afternoon being pampered in the spa. Waiting for my massage, I leafed through a copy of Elle Décor and was immediately mortified at an interior design spread from a celebrity designer.
I was focused on an otherwise gorgeous blue chair covered in the finest luxurious velvet, but with ugly brass nail heads all over it. “Seriously? Brass nail heads? Really?” My girlfriend was less offended than I was (I think her exact response was a disinterested, “Whatever...”), but I persisted: “Haven’t we seen enough of those things already? Upholstery nails have not changed since the reign of Louis XIII!”
The backdrop to this was I had been wondering lately – to the point of distraction – what the *bleep* I was going to do exactly with my life! Something that I was passionate about AND might pay some bills sure would be nice...
“Why is it you never see nail heads with a crystal or decorative stone in the center?” Considering my distress at the lack of furniture design innovation since the House of Bourbon and the plight of my directionless life, you can imagine the light bulb moment I had when the two thoughts came together – I would be the first to design nail heads featuring crystal and decorative stones!
All I needed was a catchy name. “Furniture Bling!” – yuck, no. “Furniture Jewelry!” – closer, but a little too on the nose. In the shower (that notorious cradle of legendarily awesome ideas), contemplating our hike planned for the next day, it finally hit me – Diamond Head!
Returning home, the hardest work was ahead of me. Find out if anyone already had this idea. Research patent and trademark requirements. Source exquisite materials and a skilled manufacturer. Work more on the design. It took more than a year to gather all those ducks and gently, painstakingly get them into a row... but I did it!
Welcome to Diamond Head Upholstery Tack! This has for me been the American Dream. I pushed myself beyond what I thought I could do, beat back every challenge and opened myself to infinite possibilities. I'm exactly where I want to be – where will your imagination take you today?