Who are you? We are Matt & Kristin Rogers. We have a shared passion for travel, adventure, national parks, dogs and craft beer. Matt is the dreamer, risk-taker and artist. Kristin is the planner, marketer and spreadsheet-maker. Together we are the entrepreneurial team of Destination Tree.
What is a Destination Tree? A Destination Tree is a handmade, table-top sized centerpiece with custom driftwood signs of inspirational destinations or milestones. In addition to centerpieces, Destination Tree artwork also includes custom hanging driftwood signs and collages.
Do you do this full time? Yes. Kind of. Well, let us explain. Matt left his corporate career to follow his dream and start the business in August 2014. Initially, Kristin helped with the Etsy shop and marketing on nights and weekends while she continued to work full time. In July of 2015, we reached another milestone. Leaving behind a “perfect life for an imperfect future” we downsized our life and hit the road. Our new adventure was two-fold: 1) Grow our business and 2) Travel the United States. So, we traveled full-time in an RV from coast to coast and national park to national park, all while creating and shipping custom driftwood artwork. Take a tour of the 27′ Travel Trailer that was our home and workshop on the road!
After more than a year on the road, we decided to set up a more extensive workshop to handle our growing business, but our thirst for travel and adventure has not been quenched. We now alternate our time between creating custom artwork and traveling around the world. We hope our artwork and adventures inspire others to pursue their passions as well.
Where did it all begin? This short video tells the story about how the idea came to life and how the business shortly followed. Matt is the inventor and creator of the “Destination Tree.” And it all started just prior to Christmas 2013…Kristin, insisted she didn’t want any gifts for Christmas. Insisted! So, rather than buy each other gifts, we agreed to make each other gifts. Kristin printed and framed a photography collage of the couple’s recent trip to Alaska. And Matt took his creativity a step further…and Destination Tree was born.
He crafted a table-top sized “tree” with handmade driftwood signs documenting our travels and adventures together. Personal, meaningful and beautiful. It captured our favorite destinations and memories.
What has it become? Since the first Destination Tree, the construction and materials have evolved significantly. This video shows how the engraved signs magnetically attach to each centerpiece. The concept has evolved as well. Originally a representation of traveled destinations, they now also represent “bucket lists” of future travel, landmarks of current hometowns, milestones of family trees and limitless hobbies and interests. Centerpieces are popular, but so are hanging driftwood signs and hanging driftwood collages.
Our mission: To inspire each other to enjoy and appreciate life’s events, challenges, and destinations. We are all fellow travelers on life’s journey, and Destination Tree artwork tells a story of our past, present and future.
Go ahead. Live Life Inspired.
Our Customers: We have customers all across the United States and even around the world. We are thrilled to create hand crafted artwork for anyone, anywhere. Here are the “destinations” of our Destination Tree artwork…feel free to zoom in and move around. We look forward to adding a pin on the map for you!