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Lulu’s Stylish Master Bath Inspiration

This summer, I am working on Lulu’s Stylish Master Bathroom.

First of all, I can truly say that working with Lulu is a pleasure because she has such a great spirit and energy. We have a similar style when it comes to design, so I truly enjoy everything!

From discovering our favorite Bathroom inspiration:

(Via Elle Decor)

To collecting all of the products and images in a collaborative way.

I love the modern square tiles and the warm clean lines of this bathroom sink cabinet.

We came across many fellow bloggers who served as inspiration for the design, but ultimately, the choices we settled on embody Lulu and Matt’s unique style and needs:

  • Clean modern lines
  • Classic Carrara Marble tiles
  • Funky bits of black and brass
  • Clean modern walnut vanity cabinet
  • Stylish chrome faucets and accessories

 

This design board is merely a preview of what is to come!

I can’t wait to reveal the project from demolition to renovation once it is underway.

 

 

 

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Gratitude + Those who Inspire Us

I can’t help but feel a certain indebtedness and gratitude to others who inspire me around the web.

On days, weeks even, when the writer’s block is setting in, I look to others around the world for inspiration. I thought I would spread the link love and all that has kept me moving forward this week.

I found a fun rainy day activity to do with a friend or significant other over at Cherishing hopes and dreams. It’s always entertaining to find out more about your closest friends and loved ones.

Which brings me to part 2, lately, I have felt compelled to begin journaling and art journaling at that. There is the ever famous, Sketchbook Project. I’m curious, are any of you already participating in this? If so, how have you grown from it?

One of my clients has been writing down her goals and photographing them as she accomplishes one after the next. I love this concept as a source of encouragement and a way to set benchmarks for personal success.

The next one is yummy! Ever since my trip to Chicago, I have been on a healthy eating kick due to the fact that my husband and I calculated our BMI at a local CVS there. When I found Green Plate Rule with it’s recipes and healthy food ideas, I knew I wanted to try this.

This morning, I felt inspired to focus on craftsmanship more than ever after reading about the this shop Art & Manufacture.

If you still haven’t seen enough of all the handmade goodness that is out there these days. Here is a treasury of My Favorite Things that I curated to express my thanks to all the artisans designing objects by hand. (I’m going to bookmark this one for my future holiday shopping)

I hope you all have enjoyed these links, as much as I have. Next week, I am going to show you 2 new chairs that I am reupholstering, along with a link to an article I am writing for a new lifestyle blog.

Happy Friday friends!

xx

 

 

 

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Photo Styling

Having a blog and a shop, means endless amounts of creative photo styling! Who knew?! Well, here is what’s new from the store:

1. Sea Turtle Illustration for Nursery Decor

2). Cartographer’s Table Nightstand and Wavy Organic Pillows

One more from the photo event;)

3). Vintage Linen Inspiration Board

Using a good camera, daylight, and natural light (i.e. no flash) have made all the difference for me. If you have any great tips or products pics, please share them with me!

Happy Friday! It’s here again;)

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Wednesday Mood Boards

This is one project that I am really looking forward to. It is the initial design concept for a holistic spa and medical lobby. I am working with a clean palette and shades of natural healthy feeling greens.I am loving the lace pendant that is on sale at Crate and Barrel for this space. It is so soft and elegant. Although, this is just the beginning and a lot could change within this calming and refreshing space.

In contrast to the board above, here is another source of modern classic and slightly more dramatic inspiration. We are working very hard to create a cozy bedroom using many textures and finishes together, such as combining matte black lamps and little pops of brass. Best of all, the art is on it’s way!!!…and I will have a picture soon of an Ethiopian necklace made from nickel in a gorgeous burl wood shadowbox frame. The art will be placed in a vignette with the scone above the nightstand.

I’m liking the shades of gray with the dramatic bursts of purple too! We are still debating the lighting, so I took lots of pictures today at Rejuventation. Shall I share my photostream of goodies later in the week?  How about you, any projects around the house or great shopping that you are into??

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Calling all artists who are collecting nuts…

This Fall, I’ve been getting out there and gathering nuts of wisdom for the winter…

Last week I attended 2 superb speeches in L.A. and I took notes on what each speaker had to offer. I shuttled to a workshop about the business of art called, “Get Hung” at the Whole 9 in Culver City. Then, I traipsed off to Pacific Design Center to get inspired by Lori Weitzner’s speech on the Preservation of Passion.

I feel like I’ve been to the North Pole and back and would like to share my notes on what I’ve learned the past week…

Both speakers, Ashley at the Whole 9 and Weitzner, urge artists to make a specific plan.

Ashley recommends creating detailed long term goals, then working your way toward achieving them.

Go with a natural progression.  She advised against interviewing with galleries until you have done your prep work and are fully ready to have their attention. Purple Cow, a book that I recently read on marketing, suggests the same kind of thing. When you grab a person’s attention, be prepared to wow them!

They both encouraged me to find a niche.

Shady Spot, Oil on Canvas 10" x 10"

i.e. If you love to paint landscapes, then contact a gallery who sells landscape art, and don’t be afraid to really BE who you are as an artist.

While developing your portfolio, Be a perfectionist, when it comes to photos…website, etc. If you hold yourself to a high level of expertise, then your clients and collectors will agree.

The second speaker, Weitzner would concur that it’s all in the details.

Weitznertrim

Look at how this passementarie adds so much interest to each pillow.

Weitzner discussed how to stay inspired as an Artist and Designer and I really connected. It turns out, she began her journey as a painter too. Her advice to staying inspired was simple and true.

She instructs us to keep inspiration boards full…

Guest Room Inspiration by Yolksy and me

That should be easy, as I am often taping things to my walls for lack of space!

A final morsel that I gleaned was to give yourself room to be creative. Leave some open space in your life for the creativity to flow.

If you missed this one, but would like to get involved, educated, or inspired~

There is a framing workshop called Get Framed, from Martin Sherman of Sherman Galleries this Thursday.

Also, be sure to check the Pacific Design Center’s site for upcoming speaker’s and events. This is the second Design Series event I’ve participated in this year.

In L.A., I sometimes forget that we are so lucky to have resources at our fingertips.

Thank you guys for the great advice!

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