The Energizer Bunny Needs A Nap

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED A MOMENT TO RECHARGE?

 

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Working form two cities and with clients from all over the country, Kristen and I don’t physically see each other everyday.  In fact, we work remotely and virtually more often than not.  We have developed a system that works so well for us and, more importantly, our clients.

When we do get together for the real “face time”…we move at warp speed.  Our design business is an ongoing circle of exploring new opportunities, planning future projects, implementing current renovations and finally installing furnishings to present our clients with their own “Wow!” moment.  We are forever grateful for our clients who are themselves, our inspiration.

Add in working with the other members of our team and you get a power cell.  We all feed off each other’s enthusiasm.   Motivations grows even more.   Sometimes we I get a tad overstimulated.

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What’s Bugging You This Weekend?

QUICK WAYS TO GET YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS READY TO ROLL!

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We are all hoping that the worst of the nasty weather is over.  Mother Nature has poked her head out a few days with a smile on her face.  We’ve had enough warm, sunny days to notice one thing….our patios are yucky!  May is always a big month for occasions.  Graduations, Mother’s Day and birthdays galore.  Lot’s of guys can’t wait to get out the pressure washers to blow away the winter and set up the most important thing.  The grill.

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Our Hat’s Off To You!

 

DISCOVER WHAT’S BEHIND THOSE BIG KENTUCKY DERBY HATS?

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We’ve got exactly one week to get our Derby attire ready.  Louisville, Kentucky has an extra holiday on its calendar.  One more than the rest of the country.  The Running of the Roses is no doubt the biggest celebration in the city each year.  This is a holiday with a preamble of nearly two weeks before the big day….hat day!  Need a little inspiration for both your “derby” and your home for race time?  Keep looking!

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Living Large in Under 1000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Converted warehouses and commercial buildings are another type of building where a minimal decor works very well.  These structures are loaded with architectural details and have an abundance of light from oversize windows. The developers of these conversions do all they can to preserve as many of the original finishes as possible.  What is appealing to so many, however, can be daunting when thinking about creating a comfortable lifestyle….even for the most seasoned minimalist.  Designers, like me, love the possibilities!

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Living Large in Under 2000′

ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT A MINIMALISM DECOR LOOKS LIKE

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Continuing with another example of how minimalism in decor looks and functions, is a 1751′ condo that started out as a basic builder grade, new build.  Not unlike other areas in the country, communities are emerging everywhere that offer limited floorpans and selections.  If you view the concept of having “less” as minimalism,  these homes qualify because they  really have “nothing” in terms of architectural features.  Wasn’t that one of our must haves for making minimalism work?  Yes it was.

 

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The White Elephant in the Room

HOW TO SIMPLIFY IN WAYS THAT WORK FOR “YOU”!

WHEN ENOUGH IS THE GOAL.

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Spark joy, Spread Joy, Live in a Refrigerator?

There…we’ve said it!

Perhaps these are extreme examples but probably not too far off from what comes to mind as the word minimalism is being overused in the design world today.  Lately, it seems the theory is an all or nothing approach.  To be fair to the authors of all the “less is more” approaches available…we agree with many of the points you make and do implement these into our designs.  Clients hire us to help them achieve a more simple, yet impactful decor that reflects what is important to them.  We love seeing the changes in their life when some of the  “keeper of the stuff” burden is lifted.  However, too many times, the dictate to get rid of everything that does not follow a certain rule is in itself causing strife

THE WHITE ELEPHANT DEFINITION BY WIKIPEDIA

A possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.

So instead of minimalism we’d like to introduce the word enough.  We like it so much more.  It is not defined by a number.  It is flexible, open to interpretation and can change with each situation.  It’s a one size fits all kind of word.  “Enough” will work with all the tidy little rules of living with less, downsizing, de-cluttering, capsule wardrobes and reigning in our carbon footprint.   Following this theory of management might just spark a little joy as you get to add something back in….self compassion.

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This week we will look at how both of us interpret minimalism in our own homes.  You might just be surprised. Until then….

Have a Motivational Monday!

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Ready for a little help with motivation to decide what is enough for you? 

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What If…..Sunday

SPRING FEVER -TIME TO BUY A NEW CAR OR A NEW HOUSE

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My husband pretty much is the same no matter what the season.  He is always the optimist, the life of the party, the glue that holds friends and family together.  Spring time is not that much different…EXCEPT for cars and houses.  His eternal search for the next chapter in our lives kicks into higher gear (another pun intended).

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Practice Makes Perfect

KITCHENS AND THE ART OF COOKERY

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The definition of cookery is the practice or skill of preparing and cooking food. It’s a British word and one I thought meant the actual place of the events.  Something that could be used as a sub for our word kitchen.  However, it’s a verb not a noun. Cookery certainly sounds more continental than cooking, and conjures up visions of  kitchens a tad more unconventional than ones in the U.S.  Wouldn’t you love to practice cookery in any of these simply savvy kitchens?

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Not Your Mama’s China

TOP WEDDING GIFTS THE COUPLE REALLY WANTS

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The first dowry was recorded in 3000BC and included land and livestock.  In the event you do not wish to pass on the family cows this coming wedding season, read on to see what couples today would love to receive on their special day.

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One In One Out

A SIMPLE HABIT TO MAINTAIN THE LIFE YOU HAVE CREATED

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You didn’t save the ferns from last summer…did you?  Probably not.  If you did how many times did you sweep up those miserable tiny leaves?  To me, there are two perfect days in a Boston Fern’s life.  The day we proudly admire the porch ready for summer and the day we get to toss them in the trash!  It’s a love/hate relationship but one with a lesson.   It’s the One In One Out theory in reverse.

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