September 1, 2014

The Gratitude Challenge





As I lay here listening to my love slumber I can't help but feel grateful for life and love.

I'm learning quickly that life is too short to hold grudges or hold on to past hurts or not allow yourself to be loved. Choosing to love and be grateful everyday is not easy at first but it's worth it. It has a way of making everything that's wrong in your life seem alright.

My daughter is in the other room sleeping, peacefully - that's way more important than the anxieties I have about not having everything I would like to have for her first day of school tomorrow. She has what she needs and she will be ok.  The peace in knowing that, is what I am eternally grateful for.

As cliche as it may be, there really is something about focusing on the positive than the negative. Counting your blessings instead of what you don't have. Finding something to be grateful for in the midst of your trials and troubles. Finding someone to serve to bring you out of your own self. There is power in all of this - that honestly benefits you the most.  

Do I have more money in the bank to do everything I want? Nope. Am I flourishing in my business so much that I can stop working my soul sucking bridge today? Nope. But what I am flourishing in is peace, love and a little bit of patience with a whole lotta faith. And that's a winning combo to confirm I'm on my way!

If you follow me on social media then you know for the month of September I am posting something I am grateful for everyday. I challenge you to join me as this will unlock so many reasons to smile and feel good about your life wherever you are!

Tell me now, what are some things you are grateful for? 

August 28, 2014

3 Simple Tips to Update A Living Room On A Budget






When it comes to updating a living room on a budget, I feel that people tend to over complicate it. Choose your local Home Goods, Target or TJ Maxx and just make it do what it do! But on a budget!

My clients featured today did exactly that for under $100! They already had the plants and the book shelf that you see here. They just wanted to accessorize the bookshelf and wanted to update the living to look more refined and intentional.

I could handle that with these 3 simple tips!

Organize
Cleanliness costs nothing. Put things in their proper places. Just putting things where they go will not only clear your space, but clear your mind!


Personalize
Bring everything into your living room that represents you. Don't be afraid to show your personality throughout your space by adding your favorite colors or family photos. I brought in candles and personal trinkets from other rooms to make the living room feel a bit more homey.




Accesorize
This is where most of the budget went. Money was spent on textured pillows, gold accents, picture frames and decorative organizers to hide books, dvds, etc. Accessorizing is so important. It gives the living a finished and more cohesive look.







You can apply these 3 simple tips with any room in your space. If you wait on a a set amount of money to start updating your place, you will never update your place. If you find that it's just not in the budget at moment, then apply the first two tips. Organize and Personalize and you'll be half way there!

If you would love a more updated look for your space, book me today and lets get started!























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August 20, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Staying Inspired While Working a Bridge Job

Interior Design School: A place where you work on your dream projects with your dream clients with your dream no budget, budget.

Reality: A place where none of that happens. 

Instead you are met with deadlines on top of deadlines. You are now the fastest Cad monkey in your firm shuffling construction documents and your social life consists of checking social media via your phone while grabbing your 5th latte of the day.

I don't mean to make it sound ultra drab but, well - it kind of can be. At least for me it was, which has confirmed that I may not be the most ideal person to continue to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I have my own dreams and my own goals regarding business that is tied up in my personal definition of what success looks like to me. I just don't feel successful doing mediocre work on mediocre projects working for a mediocre company meeting someone else deadline. As over dramatic as this sounds, it's plain old soul sucking.

However. I'm nobody's fool. And Mama gotta to eat and I have to feed a little human.

So.

Referring to these lack luster jobs as bridge jobs has helped me gain perspective. Clearly, it would be nice to be able to clothe, house and feed myself while I'm chasing my 'dream everything business', so I must work, especially if I want to remain a bootstrap, brick by brick business.

The thing is, when you know that there is something greater for you out there, you tend to lose motivation that cripples you from even getting out of the bed to go to that bridge job-let alone remaining inspired and full of creatives ideas to make your business grow. It can be draining and not leave room for anything else outside of staring out the window asking yourself why is this my life?

So that leads me into these tried and true tips that have worked for me in remaining inspired while working for someone else:

1. Find That Motivation 

Whatever that is for you, find it. Be it God, self help books, therapy. Find what keeps you waking up in the morning and putting your best foot forward. For me, what has helped is instead of listening to Pandora or Spotify, I started listening to podcasts and videos by other creative business entrepreneurs. I would listen as I worked. Win/Win. I'm gaining knowledge on my business while still catering to my bridge job. It really helps with getting thru the day. My personal favorites are Jess Lively-she's a consulting based business that focuses on setting intention for your business and personal life. Grace Bonney who is the creator of Design Sponge. Her podcasts feature other creative business entrepreneurs that dives into anything from how they got started to business lessons learned. And last but certainly not least, Marie Forleo-a woman that is dedicated to helping you create the business and life you love. Really. It's her tag line.

Also, seek after a mentor within your niche, with or without their knowledge. Meaning you can have a real life mentor or a mentor in your head! When the opportunity presents itself let him/her know how much you are inspired by their work and ask to buy them a cup of coffee to have quick chat if you're starting off like me or suggest to pay for their time if you're more established.  No matter where you are in business, we can all use a mentor. My mentor in my head is Alycia of Mupplebee. She is an Interior Designer teaching other Interior Designs how to start, manage and run a successful business. The design gods were really looking out for your girl when I found read:stalked her! I've already reached out to her and she's super nice and encouraging! One day I will take her out of my head and turn her into my real life mentor. I'm loving all of the information I'm receiving so far. 

2.  Find Your Spiritual Source

This kind of/sort of ties into #1 in regards to finding a source that is higher than yourself.  Stepping out on your own is scarey.com. It is imperative that you have something or someone that you pray to in order to combat the overwhelming fear that you will feel. For me, I use the Original G! Good old God himself. Without him, I would not be able to hold my crap together at all. I rely on praying and speaking affirmations over my life to combat the fear of the unknown. I also like to connect with spiritual mature people that understand the human natural feelings I have but can still provide a practical AND a spiritual solution.

3. Just Do Something

All the praying and listening and reading in the world won't mean a hill of beans if no action is happening. If you put one foot forward then God will meet you where you are. When you take two steps further, you may pick up on a piece of advice that could save or make you millions. See, all of these things work together. You can't do one without the other. Praying with no action yields no results. Learning with no action yields no results. Sitting on your hands hopping for an opportunity to fall in your lap yields no results.

I've been blessed enough to have positive people in my corner supporting and encouraging me a long the way. They advocate me doing the responsible thing such as keeping a stable job until I can do better but they also speak life into my future, hopes and dreams with managing  my own successful interior design company. Fear can be paralyzing at times. It can stop you dead in your tracks when the path is already laid out just waiting for your footprints. I challenge you (and myself) to meditate on this beautifully well written quote the next time you get that lump in your throat, or palms get a bit sweaty, or stomach feels a little queezy. Recognize that as fear and anxiety. Hush it up by saying:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marianne Williamson

Shine on guys!

P.s. Please share tips on how you maintain inspiration while working your bridge job.

P.s.s. Share tips on how you transitioned from your bridge job to a full time business owner.

I would love to hear from you!




August 2, 2014

Designer, Meet Perfect Client


There comes a time when there is a match made in heaven between client and designer and I believe I have found that lucky one! This client contacted me after years of initially meeting. We connected instantly and were both scratching our heads as to why we lost contact in the first place. This is the most exciting project I've had to date. This is a girly/classic/colorful space and just a designer's dream.! 

Here's a sneak peak of one of the mood boards I've done for a certain part of the space. Can you guess what type of commercial project this is going to be? 


Stay Tuned!


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April 4, 2014

3 Easy Tips for a Well Designed Home Office-Become More Productive Today!


Since attending Interior Design school in Florida, I've always found myself working on the side of commercial interiors. I've always had an interest in how people worked so it was only befitting to have an opportunity to design work spaces. I believe your work space should inspire and motivate to well, actually do work.

I've had the chance to work for well design office spaces such as HOK in St. Louis and PDR in Houston. Both places got it right with creating a fun and illuminating place to work.

HOK @ Chicago Office 



PDR in Houston. Notice how both former employers branded the space with a designated color. HOK was a deep orange and PDR was yellow. 

When projects deadlines were approaching or the stress level was peaking or I wanted to strangle a co worker or two, I still managed to-at the very least, enjoyed my environment. Both places had phenomenal views because they were both in high rise buildings downtown so that was the icing on the cake!

However, if you're never granted the opportunity to work in such high profile architecture firms, you can still have your very own work oasis in your own home!

I've wrapped up a well designed home office space into 3 simple steps!

1. Designate a quiet room or corner for your space. 

  • This could be anywhere in your home that will grant you privacy when you're using your office.
  • Although my office is in my living room I've still dedicated a 'wall' for it, and when my house is quiet, I'm able to use the space in private. 
This space is far from done but I just wanted to show that you didn't need an official room to have a home office. I plan to add storage, better lighting and design the wall by adding paint or a decorative decal to brand the space. My office chair has dual purposes acting as the desk chair and an extra chair for the living room. 


2. Illuminate and Isolate.

  • Brand your space! This can be done with an accent color or the desk acting as the focal point. But make sure your office makes you feel as if you're walking into your very own branded, well designed space and I guarantee you will be ready to work!
  • Also, not only is lighting practical but this is a wonderful opportunity to add a design element. There are a plethora of lighting options that could bring personality to your office. 
This home office is branded by the color green! This simple and very cheap solution allows you to separate the space as an office and add an decorative element that should make you feel happy to be working in this office.


3. Storage! Storage! Storage!

  • First you must DECLUTTER! Everything should have a home from bills, to work assignments to the kids homework. There must be a place for everything if you want to remain productive and efficient. Organization is the key!
  • Even in a small space, there are a number of ways to accommodate your personal needs regardless of how small or big your office is. I'm going to personally add baskets to my bookshelf for storage. I'm also thinking of purchasing another book case once I run out of room. 
This office space is clean and clear of clutter. Everything has a home! Love it!

Storage options doesn't have to be boring. You can have dual purposes for your storage.
In this space, storage is used as a decorative element for the wall and it's practical use of providing storage.
Wherever your home office is located, you can make it into your very own by showcasing your personality. That's the beauty of having your own home office. You can brand the space however you want! 

If you follow these 3 easy steps, your office will provide a desire to want to be in it and I promise you will be more productive and ready to work! 

For more inspiration on home office pictures, follow me on Pinterest and check out my Home Office Board. 


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March 30, 2014

New Client Project: Sneak Peak

Like most, I love it when a good plan comes together...Especially when that plans happens on a budget and with a super fun client!

My client and her husband purchased their first home and needed design assistance from concept to completion. There were a ton of learning experiences for me with this project but I'll get more into the specifics and details of that in later posts.

This has been an amazing journey and I'm so excited to share it! I couldn't have asked for a better client to design for...

Inspiration photo with a little less white...


 SNEAK PEAK!!


Stay tuned for more updates to come that will include the kitchen, master bedroom and a guest room!




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September 21, 2013

Love & Lyrics

Going in Circles? Down on Love. Why Don’t You Love Me? 

All are lyrics song by beautiful and accomplished women. You hear pain in every note, run, and rip that lets you know that these women also have endured some type of stress and heartache from the opposite sex.

So how does this make the average woman like me and you feel any better? Especially regarding your luck with love if even perfectly photoshopped, famous women can’t prevent falling victim to a trifling man, you ask? It doesn’t and quite frankly it shouldn’t.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to listen to any songs (unless for getting turnt up purposes) that didn’t have meaningful lyrics. So I can appreciate that these women have been treated badly, or cheated on or ran over just for my good or for anything less--my listening pleasure. It lets me know that they too, are human and I can relate to anything human and beautifully flawed.

 It’s the process of sifting thru what you want/don’t want; to finding out who you are and what you can/will tolerate; to actually finding that man that will provide most/all of whatever standards you’ve came up with for yourself. Even the most trained, honest and sensitive man could fall short of some your standards though so don’t be too hard on the brothers out here trying.

As one that has taken dating up again, I’m at the place where I found that man but I’m still learning if he can or will or even wants to live up to my standards. Don’t worry, I have sensible ones. Such as, treating me right, (read-no male whores), team oriented, progressive thinker, has some sort of faith based system, and are great with children that makes me laugh and motivates me to keep things light...I can be a bit intense at times so I would love a man that helps me relax.

 I must admit, it’s been a bit challenging but for the first time in a very long time, I feel alive, and challenged and stretched in a relationship. If for nothing else, I would be winning rather or not it worked out or not because I. Have. Simply. Grown.

That in itself is worth every bit of this ride I’m on. I’m all about growth or else what’s the purpose if you aren’t learning from those around you? The lyrics above are words of clarity. Momentary sad, pitiful and pathetic truths that needs to be said so that the healing process can began after we’re all done feeling sorry for ourselves. After you’re done going in circles and being down on love and asking why he doesn’t love you, you then realize you are now ready for love. Again.


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