Design projects can sometimes be quite the process. Months to years can go by before you see the final result, so when a client asked if I would give her master bedroom a makeover as a surprise gift to her husband (and within a month), I was completely up for the challenge. Having worked with these clients before, I was mostly concerned with time and the fact that the husband can be quite particular, but the Mrs. made decisions quickly and we stayed away from any options that might be too “wild”. We pulled off the design without a hitch, installed the bedroom the morning of the Mr.’s birthday and he was very surprised (and he loved it!). Here’s a little sneak peek, but stay tuned for the full reveal…
After every new year, all I want to do is get rid of any unnecessities accumulated over the past year, clean the house from top to bottom, and add in a few new items that will refresh my home. Anything new coming in means something old must go. This has become a cardinal room in my house because a marriage between two collectors does not always a happy home make. I’m very much about keeping things that only “spark joy” via Ms. Kondo and slowly (very slowly), but surely am becoming a minimalist.
Purge like there’s no tomorrow. It may be hard, and it may be messy, but the uncluttered-ness you’re left with will be a serious breath of fresh air. You’ll feel lighter in so many ways and you’ll have made room for the things that are really important.
Rearrange your furniture. Depending on your space, this may or may not be possible, but moving one chair to the opposite corner or switching lamps from one space to another will give your room a new perspective.
Spruce up the bookshelves. This has actually been on my to-do list for too long now, but I’m going to take my own advice. Moving books around, reorganizing your objects, taking away things can really give your space a new feel.
Add some life with greenery. This might be the easiest tip of all, but adding some plants will literally bring life into your space.
Accessorize with pillows. Pillows can become a problem in that you can collect too many (guilty!). But if you remember the cardinal rule (see above), you’ll be just fine. They add color, pattern or texture and will give your sofa or bed an instant new look. The array of pillows available at every price point makes this refresh easy peasy.
Pantone’s colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity, a truly calming combination and one I’m quite drawn to for this new year. After all the fuss of the holidays (which I completely love), it’s nice to get back to the basics, reset intentions, and look forward to life’s next adventures.
Another new year is upon us. I’ve started the year off as I usually do with a cleanse to give my body a bit of a break from all the indulgence that happened over the holidays. I’m back to beginning each day with meditation and yoga/pilates and it feels oh so good. There are always some feelings of sadness with the holidays and vacation being over, but the renewed sensation of a fresh start is always so invigorating. I think it’s going to be an interesting year. I’m not quite sure what that means yet, but I’m looking forward to the adventures and discoveries of 2016.
Summer is sadly over but the 90 degrees weather is still lingering. I was able to squeeze in a few camping trips towards the end of summer, including one at Yosemite. It was only my second time at Yosemite and how I grew up in California without coming to this beautiful place every year is beyond me. The waterfalls were either nonexistent or teeny tiny due to the drought but the grandness of Yosemite was still amazing.
Along with camping in the valley, I climbed Half Dome! I still can’t believe I made it. Dre and I left our campsite early in the morning when it was still dark and made our way (a very long and strenuous way) to Half Dome. Although healthy and active, I would not describe myself as “in shape” so this was one challenge I wasn’t sure I would make. But I made it to the cables, which required every last bit of strength I had to pull myself up after hiking like 8 miles uphill. I did it, it was glorious and I look forward to my next visit to Yosemite (Half Dome hike not included). Done and done.