Been Under Pressure Lately?

DO YOU NEED A MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY?

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We’ve prevailed and the major holiday is in the books!  The preparation, the event, the clean up…it’s exhilarating and exhausting.  Everyone is ready for some well deserved “me time”.  All we need now is permission, or the motivation, to allow ourselves to take it.

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I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

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LAUNDRY AREAS FOR REAL PEOPLE

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It’s Monday and we all need a little Motivation to get the laundry done this week.  Half the nation has been on school spring break somewhere.  The rest of us have played hooky from weekend chores and enjoyed a little spring weather.  Regardless, in a lot of homes right now, there is laundry everywhere. Who are we kidding, this week is not too much different from any other week. There is always laundry to be done!  Unsorted, sorted and lying around in piles ready to wash, some in the washer ready to dry, some laying in the dryer wrinkling and hopefully some hanging and folded, ready to put away.

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It Takes a Village

TO MESS UP OUR HOMES!

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If only this were true and everyone in the house was a trained organizer!

Reality is we have more hunters and gatherers.

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Comfortable Luxury

“What’s one thing I can do quickly, and not spend too much money,  to my home this spring?”- EF

THE WHITE OUT

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Your Tailor is Waiting

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Wait a minute…are we talking about our homes or our wardrobes?  Anna is no doubt talking about what we wear.  We think there is a huge connection in what appeals to each of us.  Inspiration can come from anywhere.  Why not the fashion icons of the world or the flawlessly messy French girl we all swoon over?

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Take Another Look

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The number one comment we hear during and after a project from so many of our clients is, “I would have never thought of that!”  We are so very thankful that you depend on us to “think like that”  but we can’t take all the credit.

 The best designers, the ones that can walk in a room or look at a photo, and immediately know what to do…are the ones with a built-in sixth sense.  It’s in our genes.  Perhaps an extra chromosome or some strange combo of DNA.  When you’ve got this, it is both a blessing and a curse.  We are obsessed with details and know these details make the difference in every project.

Capturing them all on our own is not always good.  It’s like watching someone else’s vacation photos….if you were not there they are not as mind-boggling!  We know we need help to channel this energy or we’d never be able to sleep at night.

Enter the Professional Photographer

They see things in a different light.

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Photo by Damsel in Dior

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Looking Thru Their Eyes

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Our team looks forward to Mondays even more than some look forward to a Friday. We use Mondays to motivate one another.   Mondays are a fresh start.  We’ve had a glorious weekend with friends and families.  Whether we’ve celebrated life changing events or snuggled up for a marathon movie binge, we’ve taken time to recharge our batteries and have some real laughs.  We’re counting our blessings that we are among those fortunate enough to get another Monday.

So this week, let’s take a look at some very discerning clients. They know how to create and appreciate good design.  They’d like to  pass on some good advice…..

Give yourself a little break today…they think your roost is pretty darn good!

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The thread count is ok with them.

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They will be careful on white furniture and teach others the ropes.

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They think wrinkles are comfortable.

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They understand how important kitchens are.

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They are pros at selecting user friendly accent pillows.

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They know how to act around fine china.

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They know the meaning of a good soak.

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They are very good at choosing complimentary colors.

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They are accommodating making more room for guests.IMG_6057.JPG

They admit sleeping in the nude is the best way to enjoy those linens you splurged on.

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They enjoy a good spoon.

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Pondering a decor decision…they get involved.

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They understand a good photo shoot is all about staging.

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They know when the decorating is just right and how to call it quits.

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They are part of the team and open to new ideas.

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Finally, they also can’t wait for Mondays!

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How will you enjoy your home this week?

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Jumpstart your Week

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.-C.S. Lewis

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My Domaine

If you talk to 10 people in a room…11 of them have too many articles in their closet. The nagging need to edit hangs over our heads because now the push is to undo what we have spent a lifetime doing.   We are a society of consumption and trained to not let go of something we worked towards and paid for.  It’s normal. It’s also ok to evolve and lighten up if we want to. But where to start? There are so many views, tips and guidelines on how to overcome our anxiety.   Frankly, some are so complex and time consuming I burn out simply reading about the process. Here’s what has worked for me.  I choose to create a habit so simple it is successful from day one….instead of following someone else’ system that would make me feel like I was running a race.

  • Each time you purchase a new item for your wardrobe purge one.
  • If you buy 4 items….4 items go into the donation bag.
  • Use the shopping bag of the new items as your donation bag.
  • Immediately place donation bag in front seat of your car.
  • Drop bag at donation center on your next trip out.
  • Award yourself with a consumable treat of your choice.

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Empty Shopping Bag

(new purchases are just fab!)

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Donation Bag of Castoffs

(already dropped at Goodwill and sure someone else is enjoying the personal shopping service I have provided)

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Consumable Treat

(is there a better reward than cheese to help you forget what was in the bag you just dropped off?)

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Designer Closets for “Real” People

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A Blemish!

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In the design world, less than perfect is always more interesting than what we perceive to be “perfect”.  The Japanese have it nailed  with something they call Wabi-Sabi. The acceptance of imperfection.  

 

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For example a piece of pottery is not discarded when there are a few cracks.  The cracks are celebrated!   Instead of a bowl…art is created.

Happy Monday

Be Artistic!

You’re in Charge

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Delegating is the ultimate form of being in charge.

 

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Our Philosophy

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The person you see in the mirror every morning is our boss. Our job description, simply stated,  is to live up to all of your expectations.

 

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We can’t wait to hear from you!