What an interesting/crazy/busy week this has been! Responsibilities to date: Two new clients, a staging consultation, mommy duties to a very busy 4 year old, advice giver to 19 year old daughter and 17 year old son (all while trying not to sound too “mom-ish” so that they take me seriously. I mean, lets face it, teenagers know EVERYTHING), devoted wife (that one’s easy. My husband is awesome), ever creative chef (meaning something other than Mac-N-Cheese), and by default, neighborhood peace maker (don’t even get me started on that one).
What does a girl have to do to get a little bit of down time? What I wouldn’t give for a vacation, but since my ever growing list of jobs don’t look like they’re going to be passed on to anyone else in the near future, I’ve decided to create my own vacation by drawing inspiration from some of my favorite hotels suites:
Abstract art…what can I say, I’m a fan! I love artists who give us a tiny glimps through the telescope of their imagination, but leave the interpretation open.
I absolutely adore mixing really contemporary art with super traditional decor, breathing fresh air into, what could easily be a stale design.
Some of us, if we’re lucky, can afford to surround ourselves with beautiful original artwork. I’ve always been a proponent of finding up and coming artists, which is an affordable way to build a great collection while promoting young talent. Everybody wins!
I recently discovered Natalia Barabas, a Russian artist who lives in Paris on Etsy. As I stated in my opening sentence, I’m a fan!
One of my all time favorite hobbies is gardening. Having lived most of my life in southern California, I’m accustomed to having lemon trees, fresh peppers, roses, lavender and herbs growing all year long. Since moving to Texas last year, I’ve had to accept the fact that the growing season is just that, seasonal. Being the eternal optimist, however, I’m going to use this horticultural break as an opportunity to dream about and plan for next years plantings. Just like a beautifully designed room, a beautifully designed garden needs complimentary accessories. I thought these were super cute:
I’m always on the look out for gifts…of course, my problem with buying too early is that I often end up keeping things for myself. Tell me I’m not alone in this! These are among some of the items I’m resisting buying too soon for fear of keeping for my own pleasure:
Happy Friday, everyone! Beauty is everywhere. Breath it in and pass it along!
P.S. Big hello to my first official blog “followers”! Missi, Heather and Red Boots…the 4th is me, no use shouting out to myself…or is there? I’ve only been at this for a few weeks, so it means a lot to me that you’d sign up to see what I’ve got to say. *Muah*!
I suppose it’s due to the change of seasons that are upon us, but I find myself currently obsessed with leaf patterns. These are gorgeous and I love supporting local businesses like Emma Alison Designs. The prices are friendly too (all under $40.00). Nice for those of us (which is everyone I know) on a budget!
I’m also a big fan of these from Bethany Lorelle, which are all one of a kind~
Some of my favorite obsessions:
Starfish, feathers, flowers and the color turquoise…not necessarily in that order:
I have this ritual that I’m fairly certain I acquired from my mother. Before I leave for any kind of over night trip, one night, a week, whatever, I clean my house as well as possible so that when I come home, it is sparkling and welcoming allowing me to enter my home and just melt into my own bed for the first time in however long with such a sigh of relief and happiness, I can’t even put it into words.
Our Kansas City trip was fantastic. We had such a good time with the family and even though the Chiefs lost, they did it in over time, which is a nice change from the usual blow outs we’ve become accustomed to. We met lots of wonderful people (tailgating is the best part of any football game). Special Greetings to our Canadian friends who, for who knows why, are Chiefs fans…you guys were a blast!
We had the pleasure of staying with my brother in law and sister in law and every time we visit them, I’m always so inspired by everything about the way they live. Beautiful home, gorgeous views, delicious food…everything about them screams impeccable taste. I came home last night, inspired, grateful and content, curled up in bed and dove straight into this months issue of Elle Decor, which was waiting for me in the mail box. In doing so, I was once again inspired, sending my wheels spinning.
What surprised me about my feelings towards this design is the absolute lack of color. White walls, dark woods, organic materials, soft linens…it’s so simple and clean. It’s warm and cool at the same time without being cold. It is so different from what I usually am attracted to. I have to admit, I’m reluctant to embrace the white walls for fear of all those potential clients of mine out there who only choose white out of an unwillingness to commit. I’ve always struggled with people who are afraid to take a risk. This, however, is done so elegantly and with such intentional purpose. It’s most certainly not for lack of courage or imagination. Everything about it screams sophisticated and deliberate details. The amount of restraint used by this designer is just as commendable as the work itself. A lesson in “less is more” at it’s best.
So, every year for my husband’s birthday, we take a trip to Kansas City, MO to visit his brother Ryan, his wife, Melissa and their two fabulous kids, Tanner and Harper, also his sister, Terri and her husband, Scott. What makes this trip especially exciting (for my husband in particular) is that we always go to a Kansas City Chief’s game. Sadly, every game we’ve gone to, they’ve lost. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be more of the same on Sunday, especially since they’re playing the Dallas Cowboys (ugh, my LEAST favorite team in the entire NFL). Let’s cross our fingers for a fluke, shall we? Anyhoo, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for stylish treasures while I’m there. Kansas City is surprisingly chic (well, surprising to me. Those of you FROM there already know this). It’s truly a hidden little gem, rich with fashion, design and culture. Elle Decor did a really great story on it a few months ago and I was horrified because now the secret is out! Oh well, it will be a great time and I’m going to be taking photos for the photo exchange I’m participating in.
Have a great weekend and keep your eyes open. Beauty is ALL around us!
I went shopping today for fabric for a client I’m working with and came across some surprising finds. Let me qualify this with a disclaimer, I’m not usually a lover of Toile. I fact, I can pretty much say with complete conviction that I usually think of it as dated, boring and, for lack of a better term, grandmotherly. However, I just found both of these patterns so interesting, the colors unique and the textures really inviting. These, mixed with some more contemporary fabrics could be a whole lot of fun!
Sometimes its important to push yourself in a decorating direction that you would never, under normal circumstances consider.
Looks like I’ve got new throw pillows for my own home on the way!
As much time as some of us (by “us” I mean “I”) spend on Facebook, catching up with friends and scrolling to find out the important details of what they’ve had for lunch, what’s setting them off for the day, and every random itemized thought that they feel the compulsion to post about, wouldn’t it be so cool to work there?? Top that dream off with a work enviornment that looks like this: