Style vs. Practicality in Home Decorating

Blue and White Living Room  Serena & Lily

I had this gorgeous blue and white living room photo sent to me the other day by Serena & Lily showcasing their new product line available starting on Friday, and I immediately knew it would inspire some of the changes we're going to make to our main floor. As mentioned on Monday, we are starting at the front of the house (laundry room, powder room and entryway), but our attention will then turn to the adjoining living room and … [Read more...]

First Home Project Plans for 2014

Bistro towel bar- Restoration Hardware

As mentioned last week, I've been working behind the scenes on the blog to bring everything up to date and clear out anything that no longer serves a purpose. It seems like every facet of our lives needs a re-working some time or another, doesn't it? My birthday is this week (it's a biggie), and I find myself thinking about what I want to leave behind as I enter a new decade, as well as what has been serving me well and will be carried forward. … [Read more...]

I Want Your Input, Please!

Satori Design for Living Project Gallery

Hello everyone! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season. As luck would have it, I started feeling lousy on Christmas Eve and couldn't even get out of bed until December 27th. Although I was able to make our New Year's trip out to the mountains, I had to forgo skiing or much of anything else. I'm still not feeling 100%, but I'm slowing working on projects that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. I'm also catching up on updating the Project … [Read more...]

Year in Review {2013}

Live Your Passion | Quotable Life on Etsy

It's that time again when the calendar is about to turn to another year! Although I'm taking a short break from blogging, I thought I'd stop by quickly to review a few of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2013. Before I get to that, I must first thank each and every one of you for being so supportive. I love sharing ideas and projects with you, and I'm so fortunate to be able to live out my passion each and every day. I wish the same for … [Read more...]

September: Time for Making Changes

Changing Ourselves Quote- Max De Pree

Does September feel like a fresh start to you? Although January typically marks new beginnings in most people's minds, I tend to have these types of feelings in September. I think it has to do with all the years I spent at school, university, and then being a teacher. Later on, I even started my interior design and decorating business on the first day of September in 2008, followed by this blog in the same month three years … [Read more...]

Back in the Swing of Things and a Few Plans

Skiing Sunshine 2013_1

I'm officially back from the holiday break, and unlike a lot of people returning to work, it's a happy time for me. I feel so fortunate to love what I do, and I'm definitely blessed to have kind and supportive clients and readers who continue to be a source of inspiration. Thank you! Over the past couple weeks, I've taken the time to reconnect with family and friends, as well as spend time in one of my favorite places, the Rocky Mountains. I'm … [Read more...]

Reflecting on 2012 and Welcoming a New Year!

Champagne at Midnight

I'm just popping in to wish you all a Happy New Year, and want to thank you so much for making 2012 a year to remember. As the calendar is about to turn to 2013, I can't help but reflect on all that has happened this past year, and look forward to what is to come. Cheers!   {via}   I think we're all guilty of being a little hard on ourselves for what we set out to accomplish in 2012, but didn't get around to. However, if you … [Read more...]

House Proud?

Nate Berkus

Do you have those days when you look around and all you see is the stuff you don't like about your home? Forget about the beautiful pillows you have on your sofa or the collection of gorgeous black and white photos grouped on a wall in your family room. Your eyes bypass the good and only notice the scuffs on the wall, the wood trim you've wanted to paint out since the day you moved in and the flooring that really just needs to be ripped … [Read more...]

Reflecting on 8 Years {Our Home}

Stone Pad 1

We're approaching the 8 year mark since we moved into our home- 2 if you're counting leap years because we moved in on February 29 (I've heard that it's good luck when big things happen on that day!). When we purchased our home it was at the beginning of the housing boom. We were fortunate to buy low-ish, but the downside was that the number of houses to select from was very limited. We ended up buying what we thought was the best house in a … [Read more...]

Taking Chances {What are you up for in 2012?}

PanoramaMountainVillage

Happy New Year! I took a much needed break with my family and friends in the Rocky Mountains this past week. I'm kicking myself for leaving my camera in my suitcase most of the time because the snow-topped trees and mountain vistas can't be beat this time of year. If you haven't been to Banff or surrounding area in the winter, I suggest adding it to your bucket list. We live fairly close to the area, but I never get tired of the … [Read more...]

Thoughts About Christmas…and Life

The trick is to enjoy life... Quote

Where do you spend Christmas? Do you travel back to where it all began in your home town or does everyone come to you? Almost eight years ago we moved to our current home which is over a 3 hour drive to either of our parents or siblings. Since that day we have always spent Christmas back home and I have to admit that I became a little less motivated to decorate our home for the holidays because of it. Of course we've always put up a tree and a … [Read more...]

Are You Living an Inspired Life?

Go confidently in the direction...

{via} I think it may be the onset of fall (cold weather, darkness setting in earlier, the busy-ness of activites) that can make us feel a little je ne sais quoi- FLAT! I'm not saying I personally feel this way. In fact, most days I'm happy, excited, full of energy and ready for what's going to unfold. But, I will say that I'm ready to get into my PJ's and curl up with a good book or watch a favorite TV show much earlier than I am in the summer. … [Read more...]