What I say about me…
I’m Holly Bohn-Weiss, the Jane behind See Jane Work. I love freshly painted baseboards, a good laugh, champagne, picnics at the beach and the moments when all my kids are getting along (not necessarily in that order). I’m a mother of three boys, which has made me a little crazy. I have fashion and décor ADD so my look is always changing. Although obsessed with both style and organization I can often be found working from an undecorated room underneath a pile of paperwork. With three kids, a husband and dog, it’s hard to find time to decide on a paint color let alone get my filing done.
For me finding the perfect mix of organization and style is a journey not a destination and along the way I’ve learned a thing or two. This blog is my chance to share those ideas with you. I’m mostly imperfect, no matter how hard I try, so if these tips work for me, there’s a good chance they’ll work for you to.
Real life is messy and sometimes unpredictable. But you can be organized and on schedule, at least most of the time, by learning to recognize your own work style and build on your strengths. (We all have them.)
Why have two bios? Except for the added stress of a busy career I don’t feel any different now than when I started See Jane Work. My style of writing is more self-deprecating than informational so when I penned my bio it highlighted my inadequacies rather than achievements. When I asked our marketing director to edit it she said “you need to mention your accomplishments.” My response was “you do it.” So she did and now I have two bios.
What she says about me…
When I asked Holly why she decided to open See Jane Work, she said it wasn’t an epiphany in the middle of the night and a website launch the next day. She spent a lot of time researching the office supply market and also reflecting on how a new business would affect her family. With two young boys and a small but successful accounting business already taking up a good deal of her time, starting another business was a stretch. Not to mention the fact that friends and family thought it was risky. “Who will pay more for a pretty notebook?” they said.
Despite the naysayers and an impossibly full schedule, Holly launched SeeJaneWork.com and with a lot of help and a little luck, she took the company from a great idea to a recognized leader in the office style and organization industry (as it turns out a lot of people will pay more for a pretty notebook).
Holly spent countless hours marketing her site, talking to anyone that would talk back (she still does this), building relationships with the press, attending web seminars and speaking at events; her hard work paid off. Since
opening in 2004, See Jane Work has been mentioned in over 500 publications including: Domino Magazine (sigh), Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Lucky, Martha Stewart Living, and the much coveted Oprah’s O List (three times). Holly has been personally interviewed by Inc., Fortune, Sunset Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, The NY Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and many others.
A lot has changed since 2004, Holly gave birth to her third son in 2009 and when See Jane Work was acquired by Advantus Corp in 2010 she moved her husband and three boys from California to Florida to accept the roll of Creative Director with Advantus. She is now my new “office” neighbor and I can testify it has been a busy three years.
Holly has worked diligently at Advantus juggling this new role, the move and motherhood; once again it’s paying off. In 2011, the See Jane Work office collection debuted at Office Depot. What an amazing experience to work with Holly and see her dream become a reality…the See Jane Work name on store shelves.
I will tell you, one thing hasn’t changed about Holly. She is still a charming, neurotic, trend setter that insists that her office and home look great and stay organized. She says her biggest accomplishment (besides her family) is now being able to move into the next chapter of her success by bringing stylish, functional, well-designed products to the masses and I have no doubt you’re going to love what she is cooking up next.