Month: January 2014

Organizing and Fear

  My dear friend Amy Volk, in Virginia Beach, has an amazing business and blog–Simplified Living.  She writes about living better, and who can’t embrace that?  I love her blog posts everyday but yesterday’s struck a huge ginormous YES! in me when I read it.  I asked her if she would do a rerun over here and she said YES!  So without further ado I would like to introduce Amy Volk.  Make sure you stop by her blog and pay her a visit.  You’ll be glad you did.  Love to you Amy! There are a lot emotions tied to organizing and getting organized. I’ve talked a lot about perfectionism and  how paralyzing it is to getting organized, but the other insidious current lurking around is fear.  Fear happens for many reasons and because I’m no therapist, I won’t even try to figure it out, but I do see it crop in my organizing sessions with folks. Often when we acquire things, we feel good about having them.  Over time, these things may or may not be useful, but still we feel …

For Sale. Or Laid Bare.

What’s the story?  There is something about selling your house that lays you bare.  Here I am.  This is me.  I’m all over.  This is me when you see my desk.  This is me represented in my closet.  Here is the food I eat.  These are my books and what I fill my head with at night.  Here is where I deal with the intimate dramas that life unfolds.  Here, right now, is my story…if you can catch it.  Did I cover it up enough?  Did I brush the crumbs away?  Did I glamorize it, streamline it, fluff it up enough?  And did I need to?  Don’t we, when we look for new homes to live our lives in, aspire to have a better life when we get there?  Will my walls and bricks and spaces inspire someone to live better? So here’s my story.  Here’s my home.  It will be for sale soon and I will be laid bare once again.    

Sherlock on the BBC is back. Or. Why Wallpaper is the Coolest.

Don’t you just love it when you find a show on TV that you wait for each week and never disappoints?  Sherlock on the BBC  is back and I am so excited.  I just finished watching the 2 hour season premier and it was worth the ONE YEAR wait.  Of course the whole time I’m watching it I’m staring at the interiors of each scene.  I don’t think there is a solid color wall to be found—it’s wallpaper and more wallpaper.  Which sounds really boring to talk about except that it’s not.  Wallpaper is back baby.  And why that is interesting is that I’m calling it here.  I was into tortoiseshell glasses before Elaine on Seinfeld made it trendy.  I loved the whole Paris decorating trend before Ballard designs took ahold of it.  And don’t get me started on Navy and Chartreuse.  You’ve already heard me rant in previous posts.  (It was me…only Brandy listened:) So I’m saying right here Wallpaper is Back.         Other Inspiration: Bedroom by Dublin Interior Designers & …

Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Or…Decorating with Purple.

  Kitchen by Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snyder If you want to keep up with what is trending in 2014–the “it” color is RADIANT ORCHID–pinkish-purple-fuchsia.  Pantone, a global authority on color, picks a color each year, and this color will appear everywhere in home decor, fashion, and more.  Here’s some inspiration. Living Room by Philadelphia Home Stagers Busybee Design Porch by Toronto Architects & Designers post Architecture Kitchen by Simi Valley Kitchen & Bath Designers Kitchens Etc. of Ventura County Living Room by Los Angeles Media & Bloggers Dabito Bedroom by Austin Interior Designers & Decorators Blink.is Design Living Room by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Emily Ruddo Beach Style Bedroom by Houston Interior Designers & Decorators Munger Interiors Living Room by Honolulu Interior Designers & Decorators CIH Design houzz.com  Home Office by Bala Cynwyd Design-Build Firms Design Manifest Austin Photographers Robert K. Chambers www.houzz.com

Cozy Rooms

Rustic Bathroom by Jackson Design-Build Firms Big-D Signature   All my Christmas decorations have been put away but my mantles, shelves, and tables are bare.  Why is it every year I have zero recollection as to how it all looked before the Christmas explosion?  I cannot remember what went where.  I love Christmas because everyone is excited, happy and kind–until the week or so before when suddenly everyone becomes tired, grumpy and stressed–and then sick.  I really don’t love Christmas so much when it’s just over.  As in O-V-E-R and it’s January and you are staring at a wilting Christmas tree with ornaments drooping low low low, and all the stuff you received as gifts are lying around homeless, and your refrigerator is FULL of food that is leftover and old, and your house looks like you gave a New Year’s Eve party to 100 angry people–only you didn’t, and well you are just spent-in both senses of the word. So, maybe I’m really glad it’s over.  I’m ready for something new.  Oh wait, I’m …

Blue Ribbon Rooms. Or Decorating with…yup, Blue.

    Mediterranean Bathroom by Beverly Hills Interior Designers & Decorators Tracy Murdock Allied ASID Farmhouse Entry by Salem Photographers Tess Fine Beach Style Kitchen by San Marino Interior Designers & Decorators Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC. Contemporary Kitchen by Melbourne Kitchen & Bath Designers Let’s Talk Kitchens with Allan Aitken Industrial Kitchen by Vancouver Design-Build Firms Beyond Beige Interior Design Inc. Bedroom by Portland Architects & Designers Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc Living Room by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Hudson Interior Design Home Office by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance Entry by Los Angeles Photographers Stephanie Wiley Photography Bathroom by Van Nuys General Contractors TNT Simmonds Dining Room by Tampa Interior Designers & Decorators The Blue Moon Trading Company Family Room by Milton Photographers Michael J. Lee Photography Houzz.com Living Room by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Anna Melnikova Interiors Home Office by New York Media & Bloggers Vendome Press Mediterranean Bathroom by Stafford General Contractors Hann Builders Kitchen by New York Architects & …

An Ode to Kermit. Or Decorating with Green.

Dining Room by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Caitlin Moran Interiors Exterior by Buffalo Architects & Designers Murphy & Co. Design Kitchen by New York Media & Bloggers Vendome Press Houzz.com Living Room by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors Kitchen by Austin Photographers Robert K. Chambers Houzz.com Living Room by Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snyder Kitchen by Boston Architects & Designers Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc. Entry by Atlanta Photographers Erica George Dines Photography Living Room by Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snyder Dining Room by Boston Architects & Designers Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc Bedroom by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Niche Interiors Laundry Room by Conway Architects & Designers Classically Yours Interiors (CYInteriors) Kids by Albuquerque Media & Bloggers Annalea Hart Kitchen by Decatur Kitchen & Bath Designers Renewal Design-Build Kitchen by San Francisco General Contractors Moroso Construction Dining Room by New York Media & Bloggers Vendome Press Bathroom by Tampa Photographers Mina Brinkey Landscape by Pasadena Design-Build Firms HartmanBaldwin Design/Build Entry by Los Angeles Home Stagers Bowery Interior Architecture

Yellow. The Happiest Color. Or Decorating with Yellow.

    Home Office www.madebygirl.blogspot.com Family Room by Tiburon Interior Designers & Decorators Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc. Living Room by Chilliwack Interior Designers & Decorators Maria Killam Family Room by Owings Mills Interior Designers & Decorators JBM DESIGNS LLC Landscape by Wayland Landscape Architects & Designers a Blade of Grass Beach Style Entry by Los Altos Interior Designers & Decorators Viscusi Elson Interior Design – Gina Viscusi Elson Home Office by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Jeffers Design Group Kitchen JAS Design-Build Seattle via Houzz Craftsman Exterior by Austin General Contractors Avenue B Development  Kitchen by Los Gatos Architects & Designers Louie Leu Architect, Inc. Landscape by Seattle Architects & Designers Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects Kitchen by San Francisco Media & Bloggers California Home + Design Traditional Kitchen by Pittsburgh Interior Designers & Decorators alisha gwen interior design Bathroom by Athens Photographers Corynne Pless Mediterranean Entry by San Rafael Interior Designers & Decorators Jane Ellison Interior design by Melanie Turner www.melanieturnerinteriors.com/ Rustic Kitchen by Vancouver General Contractors Oakwood Projects Ltd. Atlanta Photographers Erica George Dines …

Orange You Glad its 2014? Or Decorating Inspirations with Orange.

Bathroom by Big Sky Architects & Designers Dan Joseph Architects Entry by Oakton Interior Designers & Decorators Lauren Liess Interiors Kitchen by Fairfax Station Design-Build Firms Kingston Design Remodeling  Kitchen by Little Rock General Contractors Bret Franks Construction, Inc. Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators ABCD Design LLC Bedroom by New York Interior Designers & Decorators J+G Deisgn LLC Entry by San Francisco Architects & Designers BAR Architects Kitchen by Oakville Photographers Arnal Photography Entry by Weston Interior Designers & Decorators Katie Rosenfeld Design davidhowell.net Kitchen by Princeton Design-Build Firms Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction  Kids by Franklin Lakes Interior Designers & Decorators Sheree Goodman Design, Inc.- Allied ASID Family Room www.amylaudesign.com Kitchen by Seattle Interior Designers & Decorators Zinc Interior Concepts Kitchen by Birmingham Architects & Designers Erdreich Architecture, P.C. Bathroom Decorated By Holly Becker And Joanna Copestick