This is an Oprah moment. Pause for a second and think this over, especially useful if you’re stuck in a design rut due to your lack of risk taking.
Grab a pen. If you type as much as I do in a day, you may have forgotten what one looks like. You can find them in some random cup on your desk in blue and black. Grab one. We all do it at times. Some way more than others. We wake up and do the same things, over and over again. Bagel and coffee. Toast and tea. Same applies to decorating your space. Key here is to push past your comfort zone, break the mold, and challenge yourself.
Write down 5 small things that you may not usually lean towards pulling off in your space. Maybe you’ve wanted to wallpaper ONE wall, but you’re scared. Get crackin’ fraidy cat! Maybe your entire space is too neutral. Blah. Boring. Yawn. You have to change that!
Whatever the case, you can and you will make positive changes in your space if you start your top 5 list. Pick one and commit to doing it THIS WEEK. Once you’ve completed that task, proceed to the next and keep working your way down the list until you’ve shed your design fears and your space is fresh and really reflects who you are and not some template of what it could be if you only would add an amazing orange pendant light or that bright fuschia wall.
You can even write your list here, under the comments link below. Sometimes voicing your design fears in public can motivate you to get started. You’ll find that the more you work your way down your list and break the mold, the more daring you’ll get when it comes to design.
What do you think?
(photo from mushroom girls virus. I just thought it was pretty.)
I’ve been slowly working on the new column to your right, building out linkage to favorite stores by city along with design glossies, art + indie sites, other most excellent blogs, sites for kids, sites for dogs…you get the point. Today, I’ve added quite a few links over there, so click around and see if you spot anything that interests you, or give me a quick shout or slap in the head if I need to add or edit anything.
not to be confused with bubble butt
minus the whips, please.
a string of beauty
Sensual? Organic? Floral? Leather trim? Are we talking about Nokia, as in phones, here people?
Seems like the folks at Nokia are catching on that Americans want more out of their gadgets than functionality. We want what the Japanese + Europeans have already enjoyed for ages, slick design. Metal is cold. Plastic is old. Bring on the slim new (in the states, anyway) Nokia 7380 model. For those of us that aren’t interested in the features included in this new phone (yawn), I can tell you one thing for certain, it sure is cute.
The March issue of Domino magazine features a few suggested pear paint selections for interior walls that, for my taste, are a tad too bold simply because I tend to get tired of dramatic wall colors very quickly, especially if they’re in a frequently used space. Are you feelin’ me here?
Anyway, last summer, a client of mine wanted something light and fresh, you know, mood-enhancing without being over-the-top, for her entryway.
The answer? Sweet Pear #389 from the Benjamin Moore Classic Colors collection.
The result? I was her new best friend! She raved about it and even guests wanted the paint color for their homes. I guess this was the rare occasion when the paint swatch actually resembled the finished product. Imagine that! The color identity was definitely there, but it wasn’t soooo green that you’d require sunglasses, or worse, you’d feel inspired to paint a Mr. Yuck face on your wall.
Give Sweet Pear #389 a bite.
(image from Therese Desjardin Studio in Chester, CT)