The Humble Orange

 

 

 

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Gorgeous color, refreshing fragrance, and an explosion of taste. For me a white bowl of oranges on the table inexpensively adds to the decor and reminds me to take a few minutes out of my day to treat myself. I like that oranges remain defiant in today’s constant on the go lifestyles. No matter how you prepare….peeling, slicing, or segmenting….an orange takes a little time and is deliciously messy!

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50/50

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Laurel is over 50 years old with tons of experience working in the design field for many of her years. Kristen is under 50 and brings a fresh perspective on how her peers look at design and how it relates to their lives. We’ve found it exciting to look at each project we do from both our views and thought we’d share the topics as they come up.

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Wasted Time

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“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. “-unknown

Time management systems are available for everything. From managing the daily requirements of running a small business to always having our wardrobes ready to wear and homes in order. We plan social events and vacations to make sure we have “fun”. We’ve got calendars, budgets, planners all functioning at max speed to remind us what super achievers we are…or think we should be. I admit the systems I’ve “tweaked to fit” work well for me. They give me confidence that I will get every thing accomplished that needs doing. I’ve been programmed to think not having everything planned is a negative thing. Maybe it’s not.

Being in a creative profession, I need time to daydream. To allow my mind to wander and let ideas form. My best ideas often don’t come sitting at my desk. Plotting in 3-5 on Tuesdays/Thursdays to “daydream” does not work. Professionally, these pre planned sessions are a “waste of time” in the intended sense of the phrase. Personally, by nature I realize the need to stay engaged. What works for me is being aware that I need this kind of unscheduled time. I want time to think about new ideas.

With the efficiency of smart phones, I now stop and make a quick note with key thoughts whenever something triggers an idea I want to explore further. Nothing fancy or developed with too much detail. Nothing mandatory, not a to do list that has to fit into one of my time management systems. Ideas about different topics, things to do, places to go. Just a simple note page with random ideas I choose to keep or delete later. Now if I do schedule “daydream” on my calendar, or just have a few minutes/hours at a time, I look at my notes to remind me how much a super achiever I can be at wasting time.  Wasting time is working for me.

 

 

Boxing Day

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“You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you try to put it all in a box.” -Allison Vesterfelt

One thing I know for sure is that holiday decor reproduces once it is out of the box! Sometimes the solution is to simply get a bigger box. Sometimes editing and purging before and after the holiday is the answer.  My goal throughout the years is to have two favorite days with my holiday decor. The warm, fuzzy day of opening the box and enjoying all the memories..and the pack away day that gives me an incredible sense of accomplishment!

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Brace for Impact

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“Minor changes can have major impact.” -Unknown

 

As we start another year the talk of new beginnings is everywhere.  January’s main push for our homes  always seems to be getting “organized”.  Wow…what a loaded topic!  My approach, as always, is one of moderation.  I am not going to beat myself up over not implementing the latest, greatest technique.   For me, when something works, or I see something working for our clients, is when I am excited to pass along the info.  You’ll know when a system works for you. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, there will always be more suggestions next January!

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Take Another Look

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“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”-Henry David Thoreau

 

This morning my kitchen counter has pots/pan left drying on towels from last night and the sink is going to soon have dirty breakfast dishes in it. I’d love to have this all tidy before I leave…but it’s not going to happen because I’d rather be a few minutes early for my first appointment so my week starts off smoothly.  So what I choose to see this morning are the remnants of the cozy Sunday night dinner shared with my hubby and the breakfast I made time to eat today.

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