I thought that by approaching Monday with a positive “let’s do THIS” attitude today that it might help me to get through my painfully long task list this week. Gulp! I’ve got a lot on my plate but I wouldn’t have it any other way because the truth is that a busy schedule invigorates me if I’m busy doing things that I like. You must feel the same!
Truth is, I’ve been thinking a lot about my business lately and some new project ideas which has me very inspired and motivated because I believe that you have to be in the right place emotionally at the right time in order to put certain plans into motion — I believe that I’m ready for taking on some new (but still decor8-related) projects and as I go, I’ll certainly tell you about them.
We evolve as people and so does our decorating style, interests, friendships, even where we live and the foods we eat — life is really about knowledge, growth, change, improvement, working hard to make our life better and to help those around us amongst many other things. I think that when you begin a week on a positive note and view it as a way to evolve and grow – by Friday you will have learned a few new things and quite possibly found an illuminating realization or discovery along the way.
[I’m inspired by how this book was wrapped in white paper and then decorated with Japanese masking tape as shown in German magazine Living At Home.]
[I love these patterns from Abbey Hendrickson.]
[Bolts of gorgeous Amy Butler fabric and a patch on a jeans pocket. Patches in general are inspiring me currently.]
[The 60s vibe of this white dress and the gorgeous details and these fresh colors from Lilly Pulitzer.]
Let’s face, you can’t have an “A-ha!” moment unless you are out there surrounding yourself with what you help you to connect the dots. Work, people, family, going outside of your comfort zone, pushing yourself a little hard, testing your ideas… Monday is the starting point to a new week and a new change to go out into the world to gather and give.
To begin the week on a positive note this post contains inspiring finds from around the web. Please click on the links under each image above to see more. It’s a nice way to begin the week – to share what is currently inspiring me with the goal to inspire you as well. Enjoy!
(images linked to their sources above)
I got up this morning and felt so inspired to begin a new week… and I’m starting to feel really excited about my book launching on March 25 in the UK — I can’t wait! I have a Facebook fan page for Decorate and I’d love it if you would join because I’m not only sharing book contributors and their websites each day until the launch, but I’m also going to start listing upcoming book tour dates. So far, I have a book launch party secured in London on April 13 (I’ll tell you where soon) and a book signing and blogger meet up scheduled in Amsterdam on June 25.
I’ll also be speaking at the Blogher/Creative Connection event in St. Paul (please come if you can!!!) on September 15 and doing a book signing there that weekend, and on Sunday, September 18th I’ll be in Berlin speaking at a huge event for small business that Etsy is hosting called Hello Etsy. It feels good to be booking dates to get out there and meet lots of you – I can’t wait.
Here’s to getting out there to mix + mingle and sell some books – yay! These are exciting times for sure.
P.S. Thank you Casasugar for the great review!
(image: holly becker for decor8)
Would you like to go shopping with me for a moment today? We can… c’mon — let’s go visit Susan Sheller from Cotton Love Home in Woollahra, Sydney, Australia. This lovely shop is both chic and casual and specializes in Belgian interiors with an infusion of the Hamptons and a dash of ethnic chic. I love eclectic style – taking this from that corner of the world and combining it with something else from another favorite culture and boom – you have created a look of your own. How do you make it work? The common thread is usually the color palette that holds everything together.
In the case of Cotton Love Home, it’s color (mostly neutrals), patterns (subtle graphic prints) and texture (objects that are very tactile from nubby linens to woodgrains and wools. And like me, Susan loves products from Flamant, a leading decoration and furniture brand in Europe, which she carries in her Australian store.
I have to shout out Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff who shot all of the above photos for Susan and offered to share them with decor8 readers – beautiful work, Jillian – thank you!
(images: jillian leiboff)