Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year

As I embark on a new year, I can't help reflecting on the past one. I think about how much my family had to change and adjust to our new surroundings and how remarkably resilient we all are to new environments. In March we moved from one coast to another. With that came a culture change as well. Being native Los Angelenos, moving to a city with all the Southern "charms" took some time to adjust to. But really it was the simple things that changed the most for us.  My son got on the school bus for the first time. My daughter experienced her first rainbow. Brett and I sat and watched our first major electrical storm of our lives. I could go on and on.

I have to say, though, for me, one of the most exciting experiences was discovering all that the design industry in this city has to offer. I still have tons to learn, many more people to meet, and I hope in return, to share some ideas right here. Most of us each year make a list of resolutions we hope to accomplish....I usually don't get through half the year before I forget them all. I will say this...I'd like to try and blog more this year. I am working on a few ideas for the next few months.

Of course there is always the ever-evolving make-overs in the house, searching for items I can either refinish, or make on my own. I've got an old mirror from the early 90's that needs a bit of an update. I'm also searching for a media cabinet for a guest room, and I'm hoping to find something inexpensive but really interesting. I'm also on the look out for a headboard, maybe I'll try to make one on my own, and share my results here. I  will continually share my "find of the week" of retail stores around the Charlotte area that I think are worth a visit.

 I'd also like to share with you a "Nature Series" where I design through inspirations I see through nature. For example clouds in the sky, springs first sprigs, sunrises, snowfall....etc. One of my resolutions is to draw more often, and I'm hoping this exercise will motivate me to do it.
This fall the clouds were so incredibly fluffy with a perfect mix of gray and white.I'd like to interpret what a bedroom would look like inspired by these dreamy cotton balls.

I'd also like to start a weekly post on This ($$$$)  vs. That($) where I give you examples of the high end and low end of a certain look.

So, be on the lookout for some upcoming posts. In the meantime, enjoy this clean slate. This is a year of optimism. Or at least faking optimism......oh come on, you all would see right through me on that one.


  1. I look forward to your blog!!! It is always great. Carolina skys will be a real source of inspiration, did you see the sunrise this morning??

  2. Funny you should say that....I took some pictures of it!!! I'll send them to you.