Get Uncomfortable

Whether that is in trying that pair of red heels with your jeans and silk blouse instead of your standard loafer.  Or ordering the dish at the restaurant you're not sure about but sounds amazing.  Or getting up in front of the group and pitching your best idea.  Or going forward with a design idea that is out of your frame of reference.  It's those moments when we run right past our comfort zones that the magic happens.

Where do you get gorgeous?

A curated life means beginning and ending every day in a space that works for you and makes you feel special.  A designed closet reflects your style, tastes, needs, and habits.  If you are never going to put each pair of shoes away in a clear plastic bin at the end of the day, then design your closet with open shoe storage instead.  A well designed closet reflects how you truly live, and makes your life easier every day.  

Remade in the USA

Integrating what might be perceived as a 'rustic' element within a modern aesthetic is incredibly satisfying.  Being a Designer with a modern aesthetic myself, sometimes proposing the use of a reclaimed product can be a tough sell to a client.  However, I really love doing so as this is one of the ways to bring life into a space and I love the addition of warmth and texture that a reclaimed piece introduces with more modern elements.

Just me and.... Liberace

You may not know this about me... I was an accomplished pianist back in the day.  I learned how to play on my parents upright piano.  I wish now that I could remember if they had it and I started playing it, or if they bought it specifically for me.  What I do know, is that I actually really loved to play - through mandatory daily practice sessions and all! 

Ah Parìs (can you hear my french accent?)

I realized this morning that one year ago, we were making final preparations to head out on our longest and most extravagant family trip yet ~ we were headed overseas to Europe!!!  My daughter had spent the Spring semester of 2014 studying abroad in Angers, France.  Well, I missed her terribly (thank you Skype for existing and keeping us in touch) and we thought what better excuse to head to Europe than to pick her up at the end of her semester.  My husband Mykol had never been out of the country (only Vancouver BC on our honeymoon when we lived in Seattle, but that’s not that far out of the country…), and I had not been to France since my high school exchange trip to France.  Needless to say, I think we are both reminiscing about our trip these days as our dinner conversation last night revolved around the European lifestyle and how different it is than the American lifestyle.  This got me to thinking