The Year of Me

Last year at this time, I declared to my husband that this would be The Year of Me. He responded with an unsure and nervous “Ok.”  Instead of declaring a list of goals for the year, I decided on a more general goal for the year: To surround myself with things that would make me happier.  I would pay attention to how things make me feel, and I would act accordingly.

And I can honestly report that this was the happiest year of my life. That doesn’t mean it was easy or that only good things happened.  There were many challenges this past year.  But challenges don’t make us unhappy…on the contrary, challenges can bring happiness provided that we rise up to meet them. It’s the struggle—as we look back—that is the best part. 

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Follow Your Dreams

Hands down my most favorite movie this past year was La La Land. I saw it four times in the theater and I’ve watched it countless times on HBO. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about two people who seek to follow their dreams. One wants to be an actress and the other wants to own his own business, a jazz club. The movie shows the struggles, failures, and pain that happen along their journey. Every time I watch it, I am on the verge of tears for most of the movie. I can identify with their desire to achieve something that seems elusive. 

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How to Break Free from Grey: Color is the New Black

Many of us have enjoyed the “grey & beige train” for several years now. I admit it…I’ve had beige and grey walls in my house to warm it up. And I’ve even used grey fabrics primarily because I liked them. But every few years I get the itch to change everything up and get a different look. You might have read my previous blog about my entryway and stairwell where the walls went from a golden yellow to pale pink. Well, a few weeks ago I painted over the beige walls in my living room. Bye bye beige! It had a good run. 

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Otomi Chairs Brighten Up a Family’s New Home

A few months ago, a client contacted me looking for a set of dining chairs. Her family had just moved from sunny New Mexico to Minnesota. She wanted something to brighten up their home during the long, dreary winters that were to come. There’s nothing better to cure the cold winter blues than colorful Otomi. And, she wanted something to remind them of home. 

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How a Dishcloth Inspired Design for a Set of Chairs

I’m a frequent visitor to Anthropologie in Austin and on one of my visits this past year, I spied a dishcloth that immediately resonated with me. I love checks, black and white combos, and floral fabrics—this dishcloth had them all. The floral print was appliquéd on top of the black and white check.  The wheels started turning and the rest is history.

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Pink is NOT for Babies

When we consider painting walls pink, we often envision rooms for sweet baby girls. How daring would it be, though, to paint a room that is used by the entire family, husband included? Pretty daring, as it turned out in my situation. 

I wanted to do something really different. For the past six and a half years, I had a great warm yellow/whole wheat color on the wall. It was nice, but it was in desperate need of a paint refresh. So, I decided to make a big change instead of just repainting the same color.

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The Ugly Chair Makeover Reveal

Remember back a couple of months ago? I put out a call for for you to submit all your ugly chairs, we voted, and there was a winner! Does this chair ring a bell? It was the winner!

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This chair was one of those that has awesome bones. My rule of thumb is to always look at the shape of the chair. Ignore the wood and fabric. Is the shape attractive? Does it have potential? This one was a definite YES! Continue reading “The Ugly Chair Makeover Reveal”