Take the Plunge

interior design

Have you ever been shopping online or standing in a store, seen a shirt and just had an AHA moment? A moment where you are absolutely certain that this thing was made for you? The angels are singing, the birds are chirping and that shirt is coming home with you?  Have you ever then gone home, put on the shirt and just felt deflated at the total disconnect? Sometimes what looked fantastic on the model just doesn’t translate to your body type. Sometimes that particular color or pattern doesn’t flatter (or in my pale case, makes you look like a walking corpse… shout out to all the white clothes I think are cute but really wash me out). Sometimes you were just feeling boho that day but in reality that’s not your style. It happens. The same is true of design.

Recently I’ve been catching up on blogs galore and a few things have stuck out to me: making decisions is hard. It takes trial and error to find the perfect fit for you. Design is an intensely personal thing. It’s influenced by so many different factors. These can include everything from look to budget to lighting to durability to what’s on sale. And that’s before you even factor in tastes and needs of the other people in your household. It can be tricky. And that’s ok.

Never be scared to make  a change to your space. It’s your home. You spend so much cumulative time there… why shouldn’t you enjoy it? If you can take a chance on that shirt, you can take a chance on your home! Try that paint color; the worst that happens is you have a good laugh and then you repaint. Change up your furniture if you don’t love it… that’s why the internet invented Craigslist. Somewhere out there, someone is going to love that piece. If something doesn’t make you happy, help make your life easier… then bite the bullet. Admit your ‘white shirt’ isn’t for you. You love blue anyways.

Take the risk

Pretty much the only white I’ve ever loved… and it’s ivory!

Winter is Coming

Christmas, holidays, organization, planning

Or, more importantly, the Holidays are coming. I know you must be tired of hearing it, but I need to repeat it anyways, if only for my personal benefit. They’re coming, whether we are ready or not.

I’m not skipping Thanksgiving, I swear, but… it needs to be said, in my world, planning makes everything seem more sane. It also keeps me from utterly blowing my holiday budget. I love gift giving which makes me prone to overspending a smidge lot. As I type this, my beloved is beside me making a chart of all the gifts we’re giving to friends and family. He’s also repeatedly trying to make me swear I will not get more than what’s on the chart. I think he’d ask me to sign a blood oath if he thought it would work. What can I say honey, I’ve already got gifts hidden away that you will never know about learn about on December 25th. Mea culpa. At least I’ve improved since last year.

Setting my secrets aside, how do you plan now to give yourself more family time later?

My top recommendation to give yourself peace this Christmas is to stay organized. Make a list, actually stick to it (do as I say, not as as I do) and start early.

Mark your calendar with everything that’s coming in November and December. Upcoming parties, gift wrapping sessions, holiday cards, decorating, baking, caroling, school plays… all of these events need their own space on your calendar in order to keep you organized.

I keep a running list on my phone of gift ideas for people. Some are generic, some are specifically for a certain person, which I notate. Whenever I come across something in a store or an idea online, I jot it down. It never fails that I feel uninspired when it’s actually gift buying time, so I use this as a backup. My mother keeps a gift book. She has pages for each of us and writes down every gift she gives for each year. She adds to it every season so that she doesn’t double gift a year or two down the road. I have envied/admired this for several years, but this is the first year I’ve made my own.

hot cocoa break

Be sure to put yourself in a festive mood while you plan

Next goal: prioritize. You cannot do everything. My sister made a list a few years ago of holiday traditions she remembers and/or saw somewhere and wanted to try. Each year she picks her top choices and works them into her family’s calendar. One year she may make it through her entire list, but that year is not this year. Alas.

Above all, remember to cherish this season. 2015 has been a hard year for everyone; take time to enjoy your family and your blessings. I know we will be doing the same. Happy Holidays!