Monday, July 14, 2014

No monkeying around

Happy Monday! Be productive (I say to myself!). Have a great week everyone :)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life is short

"Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
    so that we may grow in wisdom."
- Psalm 90:12

I attended a funeral this weekend. Funerals are never easy, but this one was particularly hard. It was for a wonderful woman whose life was cut shorter than one would expect. Or hope for. Afterwards, a friend of mine said he thought funerals are a way for those of us left behind to examine our own lives. I felt the same way. I wondered while I was listening to all the accolades and beautiful stories and wonderful ways they described this person, "What would people say about me?" I want to be the kind of person that someone would say, "She never said a harsh word about anyone," or "She loved unconditionally."  The thing is, I am not those things ... I am flawed and imperfect and struggle through life like the rest of us. I have made mistakes. And will make many more I am certain. But then I am reminded that life is not about perfection. It is about love. And grace. 

I recently read an article written by a nurse who worked with patients who knew they were dying. When she questioned them about their regrets, these were the most common:

1.  I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2.  I wish I didn't work so hard.

3.  I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4.  I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5.  I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The article made me think back to a number of years ago when another young woman, a very good friend of mine, was dying and how we had talked about the importance of living a life with no regrets. That is not an easy thing to do, I think. But something to strive for. 

Thanks for making this world a better place, sweet Mimi.

May the love you poured out onto all of us here on earth be remembered forever. 

Images: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Friday

I met with a new wedding client today ... it was a nice way to end a crazy, busy and somewhat frustrating work week. I love working on weddings - they are so positive and fun.

The bride and her mom were wonderful and it gave me a chance to show off a few new pieces I picked up at an estate sale this week ...

A friend of mine invited me to the estate sale - it was a the home of one of her friend's mom. I had to restrain myself (oh, I wish I had more warehouse space!) but I did bring home 3 nice pieces that will be fun to bring in to a vintage wedding (or my house, haha). 

The meeting was also a good excuse to get my house cleaned. Doesn't it feel nice to go into the weekend with a clean house?

 Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, July 7, 2014

My new design challenge

Did you have a nice long weekend? I did. Having the 4th of July on a Friday stretched out the weekend for me. We relaxed around the pool and I even found time to take a nap one day ... but I also got a lot of work done. It seems I have too much to do right now and not enough time. But that is a good thing - I can't complain about having too much work, right?

This is a mood board for a new client - I am working on her TV room / office / workout room. It is a long and narrow room that has presented a multitude of problems; a low ceiling, too many windows and doors / not enough wall space, too many functions for one small room, and an air conditioner vent that is in the most inconvenient spot. But you know me, I love a challenge. In fact, I told my intern after we went out for our first meeting that this room should be an assignment for design students or given to the contestants on Design Star.

Once I finished space planning the entire room, I cut the room in half and started with the furniture on the TV side of the room. My inspiration was this painting done by the client's father-in-law. You can't tell in this photo but the background is a light lavender. It is a large canvas - 48x48" and will be a focal point in the room. I am crossing my fingers that my client loves the plan so far. I am excited about this space - it is going to be a great "before and after". I plan on using some painting tricks to raise the ceiling a bit. 

Happy Monday everyone - I hope you have a great week in store for you!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A thoughtful gift

We had a fun little birthday party a few months ago ...

 Target made it easy to make it festive. Did you see their "Oh Joy" decorations?

It was my oldest daughter's 30th birthday and for her gift I helped her fix up her house a little bit. We did it in stages a few weeks before her big day, so when it came for her actual birth day, I wanted to give her something special to open but I didn't want it to cost a lot. 

And I wanted it to be thoughtful. 

I decided to give her a gift of 30 quotes. You know how I am obsessed with quotes, right?

I thought it would be fun to give her enough for one a day for 30 days. I found them on Pinterest and printed them out on my computer - each sized to go in a 4"x6" frame.

I dug through my supply of frames and found one I thought was just perfect. The idea was that she could change them out for whatever mood she was in.

She placed the frame in her entryway.

You can see the quotes (and the sources for them) here.

I love that she took one of the quotes and put it in another frame.

She is a lot like me - she likes to put quotes around her house to remind her of things that are important.

Have a great Sunday and hug those close to you. We were reminded the hard way this week in our neighborhood and community that life can be cut short in an instant. Love is all that matters.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My dining room office

I work out of my home office. I rarely bring clients into my office but it is where I spend a good part of my day. When I do meet with a client, I use my other office ... my dining room table. 

Yesterday I met with a new wedding client ... the bride, her mom and one of her bridesmaids. I wanted to give the bride, who had flown in from out of town, a little inspiration other than just photos so I set up a little vignette on my table with things I am using for another wedding right now. 

It was a last minute decision and I was grateful I was able to find enough roses in my garden to add a little color.

I brought in my favorite chair for the bride ...

And before I left for another meeting, I pulled some mint from the garden and added a lime to make some refreshing water. After my morning meeting I stopped at HomeGoods for a quick check for some items I need for another wedding and picked up some colorful macaroons. It was a last minute decision - you know how they have all those goodies at the checkout counter? They were right in front of me as I was checking out. I thought they would be a nice touch for my meeting.

I was grateful I had set up everything before I left in the morning for another meeting because I barely made it back in time (note to self: don't go into HomeGoods when you only have thirty minutes) ... I arrived home with 5 minutes to spare ... except they were already there waiting for me when I pulled up. 

The meeting was a success ... but no one ate the pretty macaroons. Well, I take that back. No one ate them at the meeting. I ate them later. Oops. 

Thinking about getting married? I am currently booking weddings for 2015 ...