Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How Do You Deal With Change?

How do you deal with change? I usually meet change head on with a book and my favorite restaurant. I have long been using food as a means to coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. For the last few weeks I have been trying something different when it comes to emotions and food. And like with all changes it has been a slow scary road. I have asked myself all the tough questions. Why do you do it? Why can't you stop yourself? I have tried to stop myself from making bad choices but in the end the instant gratification wins over the will power.

I am finding the way to the light is through honesty, focus, and a higher power. I have just realized that I can't do it on my own. Honestly that has been the most liberating thing of all. It feels good to write this all down even though it is also a little embarrassing.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Design Inspiration: Where to start? How to stay focused?

Ever feel like the plethora of design information on the Internet is like an SAT question not only making you question your design sense but also making you question your sanity? The question be like:

"What do you get if you click here to see the perfect whole house color palette?"

A.) 600 ways to style your shelves
2.) Celebrities most stylish dog houses
C.) 50 ways to spice up your love life...wait, what?
D.)  E = mc 2

It's like the more you search the harder it gets to make a decision. While in my work life I tend to be overly OCD once I try to get started on my own home, the Internet becomes a giant black hole of lost dreams. Did I mention I am also a bit dramatic? Truly there are a couple ways to make this process a little less daunting and a whole lot more fun!! Here are some tips for getting started.

1.) PICK A SEARCH SUBJECT: Whether it be a room reno, a color palette search, or a specific style...your first step us to pick one. I know, I know harder than it sounds. But you can repeat this step over and over again.

2.) PICK A DESIGN SITE: Today's blog was inspired by a neighbor of mine looking for some good design sites that would help her find direction and focus. I always tell people to start with HOUZZ. If you are unfamiliar it, is a dream. Like google search but all design, all the time!!

3.) ORGANIZE THE INFORMATION: A site like houzz allows you to organize your searches with them. I think it is a bonus but if not starting with houzz get organized on your computer. This is my system: my picture>client folders>client's name>room>specific folder (i.e. accessories/dining room/lighting). Now you have a nice neat system you can revisit when you are ready to start making decisions.

4.) DECISION MAKING: Now this is where things can get a little tricky. I am a very visual person. So now I am staring at all these lovely organized folders on my computer and the panic sets in. I may or may not be slightly sweaty and for sure I am talking out loud to myself. Remember we are doing this one room, one issue at a time. Grab some scrap paper and let's get started.

Hold up, not so fast!!!! Truly decision making is a subject with it's own set of guidelines so for now get to searching! It is time to find the perfect shade of making-your-all your-design-fantasies-a-reality!

Here is a list of some of my other "go to" design sites for inspiration!

Apartment Therapy Not just a site about apartment decor. The whole house tours are drool worthy!!
Ikea Hacker Are you a DIYer or just an Ikea fan? This site is for you!
Design*Sponge Just shut it down! They have everything.
freshome Ooodles and oodles of ideas. Now don't get lost ;)!
Atomic Indy & Retro Renovation For the Marsha Brady in all of us!
Home Bunch Much like the Food Network except instead of food porn, it is design porn.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I am a blogger...sometimes...ok I use to be...

I am inspired by so many things and one day when I am fully my own boss, I plan to explore some of these things! But until then I drool and bookmark all the wonderfully inspiring blogs and bloggers out there. All of whom are really making their mark on the world in terms of design and living life to the fullest!!

One of my favorites is Kristen F. Davis of Atlanta. She is an artist/blogger/designer. I am constantly inspired by the way she transforms not only other people's spaces but her own space at home and in her studio. 
Here is the before:
source: kfddesigns
Here is the after:
source: kfddesigns

I love her mix of textures and patterns. The neutral background she creates with the gray walls, vanity and marble all work well as a canvas for all the pops of color! 

I am also a huge fan of fellow Nashvillian, Martina of mymcmlife.com. As a graphic designer she has an eye for the unique and stylish. Not only does her sense of style inspire me but her openness about her life and walk with God draws me in as well. The two homes that she has featured on her blog are both stylish and homey at the same time.
Her first home:
 source: mymcmlife
Her second home:
 source: mymcmlife
If you don't know Stephanie Nielson from the nieniedialogues then you are missing out on knowing one of the strongest women of faith and hope I have ever known.Obviously I do not know her personally but have been reading her blog for years. I initially stumbled across her blog as a design blog/mommy blog. She is the picture perfect all american mom/homemaker/mom-of-the-year! But there is more to her story and it is a story of tragedy turned faith, hope, and perseverance.
source: thecafemom 
source: thecafemom  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY Kitchen Cabinets...

DIY or pay someone a stupid amount of money to redo my kitchen cabinets? How hard can it be? I am not a DIYer but I would love to save some cash and paint my kitchen cabinets myself. Here are a few sites that offer tutorials for DIYers. I am already overwhelmed.

From 320 *Sycamore
From Curbly
From This Old House
It seems by taking the time to properly prep your existing cabinets, it is possible to get DIY results you are proud of! I will keep you posted. That is if my husband and don't kill each other in the process!!!!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013