Springtime is here, and if you’re like me you’re ready for some warmer weather. I can’t wait for our office move to finally be finished, so I can have some extra time to mess around in my yard. I have lots of re-planting to do and some outdoor projects that I can’t wait to get started. But…with each change of season and holiday, comes a small secret guilt I carry. I must confess: I hate decorations, of any sort, of any kind. I can’t stand ceramic Santas, stuffed Easter bunnies and you’ll never see a cornucopia on my table as a centerpiece in fall. I feel so badly about this because I’m a mother and I feel like I need to make things festive around my house during different times of the year. I’ve found the only way I can get around this horrible bah humbug challenge of mine is to decorate simply – using color. So, today is the day I’ll get out my vintage citron and grey tablecloth. I’ll bring out my aqua kitchen tea towel and replace some of the pottery on my mantle with some colorful vintage planters. I know, I’m awful. Here are some great spring accessories I’ve found for sale on Etsy, just in case there’s another horrible mother like me out there somewhere 🙂
I am an awful photographer picture taker. I’m so bad, I can’t even use the word photographer in any way, shape or form when describing myself. I hate this fact! It drives me mad!
Last night, I spent the evening with my best friend and AMAZING photographer, Kim a.k.a Kibster. We’ve been friends for many years and she’s always been a great source of inspiration for me. She gave me a small lesson in photography and some encouraging words that really got me motivated to take some more pictures.
I promised myself that this weekend I’m going to play around with lighting and different settings on my camera until I can deliver some good acceptable shots to you on Monday. I’ve been working on my Etsy shop and I have a few things I need to photograph for that and I’m having my Sunday dinner tomorrow night. Those 2 subjects should take me about, hmmm … ALL weekend. Wish me luck!
Until then, here are a few not so good Instagram shots I’ve taken lately. Happy weekend everyone!
Palm trees on a beautiful day
My Danish modern dining chairs
The beach walkover I use to take my morning beach walk
I’ve been thrifting for a long time and over the years I’ve picked up some really great pieces, but I’ve never started a collection. Seeing amazing displays like the ones below really inspires me to start one.
If you’re like me and have budget limitations when designing a space, this post is for you. We all lust after those special original pieces from the era when form finally met function. Sure, I’d love to have 2 Finn Juhl arm chairs flanking my fireplace and a vintage flokati rug that’s never been stepped upon. I’d kill to have a Paul McCobb teak sofa in my living room and Bertoia wire chairs on my back deck, but the truth is: I just can’t have everything I want. Unless you’re privileged enough to have a black American Express card, chances are at some point or another you’re going to have to incorporate some new pieces in with the classic beauties we crave. The trick is to make your hard-earned dollars really count. These rooms display a great mixture of old and (some) new.
There was no rest for the weary this weekend. The upcoming move to our new office is quickly approaching and we’ve been packing and cleaning like crazy. Lauren and Lexi had friends over all weekend, so I was a short order cook, as well . Yesterday was my father’s 60th birthday and my mother hosted a fun little party in his honor on Saturday night. Needless to say, we didn’t have our typical Sunday Dinner yesterday, because things were too hectic. I’ve been day dreaming about lighting (or hallucinating about lighting because I’m high from the Sharpie fumes that I’m labeling all these damn boxes with).
Grey is the perfect neutral backdrop for a modern home. Mixing varying shades of grey with rich wood tones and saturated color accents makes a space come alive. Take a look at these amazing grey areas.
In all aspects of our lives we need to have balance. That’s an issue I struggle with on a daily basis in several areas. When it comes to design, the story is no different. Finding a balance between the hard clean lines of most modern pieces and a certain amount of welcoming softness is a constant challenge for me. After making many mistakes and being left with cold uncomfortable rooms, I finally figured out that adding more plants, layering texture with fabrics/art and implementing proper lighting was the key to achieving the warm modern feeling I was after. The spaces below have a well-balanced modern mix of form and comfort.
My business partner and I have recently decided to relocate to a new office. We’ll be moving to our new location at the end of this month. Our current office is really charming. In fact, the building we are in now used to be the original movie theater in my town. However, the space has become a huge source of frustration for us because it’s in constant disrepair. Our landlords (and their family) have owned the property since the 1920’s and they haven’t done and don’t plan to do any upkeep in the near future. Point is: We’re just ready for a fresh space. Of course, my mind has been reeling about plans for the design of the new office. It’s important to me to be in a creative environment – It makes my time at work much more enjoyable. Here are some inspirational work spaces that I’ve found.