I recently joined an online 'Yard Sale' and decided to see if I could sell a few things. I have been feeling more and more like getting rid of things just filling space and really getting down to owning just what I love and use often. Of course I'll keep a few things that are for special occasion or have sentimental value, but just letting go of these items has already made me feel lighter and happier. De-cluttering feels good! I don't have completely innocent motives however. I want to redecorate the guest room and use it for more work space. I don't need the full bed, I want a lovely day bed like this one from West Elm....
Isn't that great looking? I don't have overnight guests that often and this looks pretty cozy to me! I can then add another work space and make a big inspiration wall for my design work. And if I do have a couple visit, I'll let them take my bed and I'll take the guest room. So that's my plan. What could you get rid of that no longer serves you? With the extra cash I've made I'm on my way to my dream guest room!
Most people who know me know that I love music. I am the girl that takes over the radio, the stereo and the iPod. I get it from my Dad, I think. I pay a monthly fee to listen to SPOTIFY without ads and because I feel obliged to offer some sort of payment for this amazing offering of music. You should check it out. I do still buy the albums (cds) of most of my favorite artists, but this website is a music lover's dream.
I have been using it even more when I am working from home and need a little background music. Today I listened to some neat soft Brazilian music that I'd never heard before. It got me thinking about what other people like to listen to while they work.
I make playlists all the time. Often in the evening after a few glasses of wine (don't judge). So fun to play DJ.
Do you have any recommendations for music that keeps you focused and smiling? Are you on Spotify? I'd love to follow you and hear what you listen to!
December seemed to DRAG on for me. I was sick for most of the month and it really cramped my lifestyle. It was a big bummer. Because I was stuck in my home a lot of the time, I worked on two E-Design Projects (I provide a layout with a list of resources for product) and a few design boards to pass the time and keep me challenged.
My personal taste is generally clean and classic lines, neutral with pops of bold color, and full of texture. Sometimes it is a perfect fit for my client. I love to challenge myself to think outside of my comfort zone, however, because I want to be able to work with a range of clients. I love learning about all kinds of styles and eras of design, so using online design boards allows me to practice my skills. I create a board for all my clients. My current project is with a client who has a pension for shabby chic mixed with baroque glam! It's very much different than my taste, but I can insert pieces here and there that reflect my style and Its a lot of fun to get to know your client and really create their vision.
Here are a few of my December boards, created on Polyvore. Do you have a favorite?
Each day I pour through Pinterest and look for items, rooms, colors, fashion and more to spot what might be the next trend. I'm most interested in Interior Design Trends, but fashion and interiors often follow suit. I am by no means a trend forecaster but I have a few ideas to add to the already large lists of trends.
Brass is everywhere but I feel like it was already huge in 2013 and 2012 also. I love it. BUT, I'm growing tired of seeing it everywhere. I still love chrome, nickel, and silver satin finishes too. I think Copper is going to be the next trend because, well, there is not much else out there. I like the idea of mixing copper with silver and started my own COPPER LOVE Pinterest Board that has all kinds of goodies to see.
Leopard and Cheetah prints have been huge for years and I think are probably here to stay as a sort of 'neutral'. Honestly they mix into any interior and go with every color! I am ready to see snakeskin prints and crocodile like textures for 2014...adding to the animal print theme to mix it up a bit and keep things fresh. I imagine a chic library or office with a textured snakeskin wall covering.
Finally I think we will(or should) get back to more neutral furnishings and keep the pattern to rugs, pillows and accessories. I love color and pattern but it's a big commitment when you use it on an expensive piece of furniture. I want to make sure the client loves the fabric and is willing to commit for at least 5 years before wanting to possibly re-upholster the piece to keep on trend. Trends in general are something I want to see in small accents in the home, but stay away from in large doses if possible to avoid looking dated in a couple of years. Look for pieces that speak to you and that you love- and you won't go wrong. That is why I love classic lines, antiques and unique pieces that not everyone has. For the furry pillows and 'color' of the year- stick with accessories so you can switch it out affordably. I'm going to go curl up with my furry Mongolian wool pillow now.....while it's still fashionable.
It is 2014 and I've made my lists of to do's, a list of fun things I'd like to try and an inspiration board too. I plan on glancing at it each morning to remind myself to choose happiness and choose things that make me feel good. I also went through some photos and I'd like to share a few that inspire me for this New Year.
I want to remember to be proud of my accomplishments this far, not compare myself to others, and not be afraid to spread my wings and show my true colors.
Even when alone, I can be strong. Sometimes I forget that.
I must remember to stop and smell the roses every day,
Get outside daily -Keep my chin up and my eyes towards the sun. When I am outdoors I get inspired and it's my meditation.
What do you want to remember to do this year? Whatever it is, I hope you have a wonderful year. Here is to 2014!
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