1. Happy Holidays & Thank You!!

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    Black & white throw from The Citizenry

    It’s Christmas Day!! I hope you’re all cozied up next to a fire, surrounded by loved ones.

    I’ve been back in my home town of Fort Wayne (Indiana) since last Friday night. Since arriving, we’ve been running around town visiting every relative who lives near by. We’re going to need a vacation from our vacation!

    It has been so nice to be home for these past few days and look forward to a few more. I’m going to sign off for a few days, but wanted to thank all of you for stopping by on a regular basis to chat about design and freelancing. I just absolutely love the conversations we have here in this space. Cheers to many more in the new year!


    A few posts from last year at this time

    1. A few great links for beginner knitters – here
    2. Unplugging for the holidays – here

    3. A lesson about being of service – here
    4. A festive holiday tables cape  – here

    Black & white throw from The Citizenry
  2. How I got my start in the creative industry


    Some photography work for Commodity Goods


    This is going to be a lengthy post, so hold on tight. Many of you have asked me to explain how I got my start and how it’s evolved into freelance design & styling. I must preface this post by saying there are many ways to “skin the cat”, so please don’t take my steps as the “right” steps. There are many things I’ve learned along the way and if I had know some of those things…my path could have looked different.

  3. What are you Reading this Holiday?


    I’m packing up lots of cozy sweaters and downloading a few goodies to my Kindle before heading out on Friday. I am however at a loss for what books to read this holiday. I’m not a big reader most of the year, but when it comes to vacations, I like to bring options.  If you’ve read anything decent or have a few recommendations from others, I’d love to hear them!

    A few books/magazines I’ve read recently and have loved:

    1. It Starts with Food by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig
    2. A Homemade Life: Stories and Other Recipes from My Kitchen by Molly Wizenberg
    3. Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
    4. Trouve Magazine Volume One
    5. The Yellow Table : A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings by Anna Watson Carl

    ****UPDATE – A few books/magazines recommendations that came in through Instagram***

    1. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
    2. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
    3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Maurakami
    4. Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah
    5. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
    6. Mr. Punumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

  4. Minimal Seasonal Decorating with Eucalyptus


    I’m not one to decorate my home with gaudy over the top Christmas decorations in your traditional red and green color palette. I tend to lean my decorations more towards neutrals with a pop of minty green eucalyptus, something that can go all winter season long. Shocker…I know! There is really nothing better than the smell of a eucalyptus, so why not sprinkle bits and pieces of it EVERYWHERE!

    This is the first Christmas that I will be traveling over the holidays (we leave Friday!!!), so new traditions are being made. My husband and I will be flying back home to Indiana to spend some time with family and then making our way up to Breckenridge, Colorado to welcome in the New Year with friends. It’s going to be busy with a capital “B”, but we couldn’t be more excited. We haven’t really seen family since the wedding back in May!

    Who else is counting down the days?

  5. Notables: A Veda House Wishlist


    Happy Monday, Friends! We’re doing things a little different over here today. Usually I share a collection of my favorite links from the week, but I thought that I’d share a few items on my holiday wish list this year. It appears I’ll be doing a lot of cooking and wearing clothes. HA! Hopefully these ideas help you with your gift buying duties :)

    A few holiday gift ideas:

    1. A new (fancy) teapot –  here

    2. Book: Tartine Bread by Chad Anderson

    3.  Beautiful scissors by Individual Medley

    4. T-Bar earrings in gold – here

    5. Buddha aromatherapy diffuser for essential oils

    6. Book: Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai

    7.  Book: What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davis

    8. Sorel Out and About boot

    9. The worlds softest tee – here

  6. Lesson Learned: Saving time with Streamlined Blogging


    Example Blog Post Visual

    To be shared on Facebook/Pinterst                             /                              to be shared on Instagram/Twitter

    Feeling the pressure to constantly produce valuable, one-of-a kind content for your blog? I know I am. It’s pretty darn time consuming and when your job title isn’t solely “blogger”, the pressure to keep up can sometimes be debilitating. For me, I use blogging as a way to connect with other creatives and to gain exposure to new clients interested in the work I’m sharing. Blogging is a vital piece of my business.

    I’ve discovered a few ways to streamline sharing content no social media. These days, blogging means more than pushing publish in your blogging platform. If you’re doing it “right” (read: thoroughly) it means, sharing that finished post of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, etc….and do so in a way that isn’t just spamming the same content on all platforms. Whew!! A few tips below.


    1. Photograph Wisely
    If you’re taking photos for a blog post, be sure to take a few additional shots at different/unique angles so you can tell the same story in a new way. Each platform you share on should ideally have a new visual to represent the story you’re telling. See the photos in this post as an example.

  7. Inspired By: Michael Anastassiades Lighting

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    During one of my many morning Pinterest scrolling sessions I stumbled upon the beautiful work of Michael Anastassiades – a London-based product designer.


    He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and
    almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.


    These particular pieces were created in collaboration with FLOS, a leading manufacturer of contemporary and modern light fixtures. Aren’t they just stunning! So minimal, yet so freaking interesting. If you hop on over to Michael’s website, you see modern light fixtures paired with a little bit more rustic/historically classic background….perfection. I’m actually a big fan of combining the unexpected (old & new). Check out my Pinterest for more inspiration.

    ( View Michael’s Work )

  8. Ask Me Anything


    Hi There lovely readers. As time goes by, I’ve been wanting to compile all your questions into one post and share a few answers. I’ve started a good list of questions that have already come through my inbox and will be answering them soon. Some of the more business related questions might make their way into a full blog post so I can ramble a little bit more.. If there is anything you’ve ever wanted to ask me or inquire about, leave a comment for me. I don’t typically touch on a lot of personal aspects of my life, but everything is fair game as long as you play nice ;)

    A few questions that have already come in….How did you get your start? Did you go to school for design? What camera do you use and how do you edit your photos? What design services do you offer? How do you go about setting your daily schedule? How do you set a minimum hour working agreement with your retainer clients? How do you make freelancing work from a money/income standpoint?


    Look forward to hearing your questions and providing some answers.

    What do you want to know?

  9. Notables No. 47



    Hey there folks! It’s been several weeks since I’ve shared some fun things floating around the net. I don’t know about you, but I get really overwhelmed by all the holiday promotions and “extra” content that floods my inbox during this time of year. Let’s keep this short, sweet and hopefully a little bit inspirational.

    Here’s a little inspiration for the week:

    1. Studio tour: Black Creek Mercantile

    2. Some pretty neutral gift wrap ideas

    3.  Anything Tarafirma…Anything.

    4. Beautifully styled Ceramics by Casalinga

    5. This look is minimal & classic

    6. Inspired by this post called “From The Earth”

    7.  My favorite item in The Citizenry shop right now

    8. This candlestick holder via The Line

    9. There is something SUPER comfy about this photo

  10. Inspired By: Trouvé Magazine (Get a free copy!)

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    It’s black friday!!! Woooop Woop. Haha. I don’t really indulge in the mall madness, but I do enjoy the holiday hustle and bustle. Wanted to drop in today with a fun inspiration post for those of you doing some online shopping. Trouvé Magazine is one of my favorite “in print” magazines (alongside other favs like Kinfolk, Sweet Paul, Collective Quarterly). It’s pages are filled with creative inspiration, food & city guides, artist interviews, shop visits, etc – all beautifully photographed and perfectly bound with high quality printing/paper.

    My client, The Citizenry is offering a FREE copy of the newly released (hard to find in stores) second issue of Trouvé Magazine with any purchase. You also get complimentary gift wrap & free shipping from today until December 2nd, so don’t hesitate too long ;) Head on over and shop my favorite items – The Zua Lamp, Light Cowhorn Tumblers & The La Brisa Throw. I’ve also added Issue Two to my Amazon wish list ;)

    **Note: All photos above are from Trouvé Magazine: Issue One **