1. March in Review

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    How’s everyone doing today? Hopefully pretty well :)  I’m a little behind on sharing my March in review, but I’m keeping myself accountable for achieving the things I set out to achieve this past January (5 New Year’s resolutions). Here’s my little update.

    1. Let it Be – I’ve been adapting to a new work from home schedule which has given me many opportunities to practice “going with the flow”. Somedays there is structure…and others, not so much. That’s kind of the beauty of it.

    2. Be More Present – I’m constantly challenging myself to dedicate parts of my day to “me”. Recently that has meant sitting out of the front porch at 3:00 in the afternoon, a mid-day bath, an impromptu walk with the dog, or an unexpected afternoon sweet treat run with a friend. I’m just trying to soak it all in and find a balance.

    3. Be Adventurous – ok…so I now know how to ride a motorcycle. I’ve got an entire post dedicated to that, so I’ll save that craziness for later.

    4. Follow My Heart & Feed My Soul – Recently my heart has been NEEDING a change of seasons to awaken itself. When the sun shines, I go outside (immediately) and just close my else. Following my heart has continued to leave more in the moment and enjoy the simple things, like thunderstorms in the evenings. I’ve also launched myself full-time into gardening. I’ve been spending quite a lot of time at the community garden and prepping for my summer garden. Feels good to get out in the community and to GROW something.

    5. Be More Conscious – This month I’ve spent a lot of time getting organized with my freelance processes and my daily expenses. Just being aware of your records and your processes makes you a more successful person. It also gives you a little more piece of mind.

    Did you guys make New Year’s Resolutions. Have you found any road blocks along the way?

    Read my January in Review, February in Review

  2. Lesson Learn-ing: Don’t Over Commit

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    As a young designer, you start to learn quickly what your limits are and how those limits are quickly reached. Over time you get a better understanding of how to manage your time and how to keep yourself from exploding from being over worked. I think it’s completely natural to want to take on ALL the projects that come your way and I’m not sure you fully understand your limits until you’ve been pushed to them, over and over again.

    After 3.5 years work experience since graduating design school, I feel I am JUST now getting a good grip on this concept of being over-worked and the idea that I have limits. With the experience that I’ve gained in those 3.5 years, I can now say that I can spot the warning signs of being over worked. I can (for the most part), tell people NO…even though the project will most likely be awesome. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to take on all the projects that come through my email. I’ve learned that both myself and my clients benefit from me only taking on projects I’m extremely passionate about. I’ve learned that it’s not about the money for me. I’ve learned that my nights and weekend are for me and my family….all things I didn’t really understand until just now.

    Are you struggling because you continually over commit yourself to your work? If so…STOP…haha. I know. Easier said than done.  Experiment with passing up some jobs, taking the evenings for yourself, and working only when passionate. I’d love to hear about how you guys have worked through this idea of  “over-working”.

    Here’s another great post about the glorificaton of “busy”. Thanks Eva.
    Above photo: Annaleena Leino

  3. Inspired By: Object And Totem Jewelry

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    Spring still hasn’t really made it’s way to the Midwest quite yet, so I’m daydreaming about summery dresses and brightly colored accessories. For most of the year, you’d find me wearing a neutral color palette with minimal pops of color. It’s what I feel most comfortable in, but when late spring/summer rolls around…bright sundresses are a must….and bright accessories.

    I recently stumbled upon these necklaces by Object & Totem and I love their intricate details and beautiful color palettes. Thought I’d share the love.

     

    What are you most looking forward to this spring?

  4. Notable No.21

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    Life is starting to slowly get put back together as I empty all the moving boxes and get my home studio set up. I’ve been saving a few links over the past few days, so I thought I’d share. Enjoy the start of your week. Toodles!

    Notables this week:
    1. The online store FATE has some really great pins
    2. This post about gardening from one of my favorite blogger, Ohdeardrea
    3. This blog called Musla
    4. This photoshoot and styling: Ryan Roche
    5. Melbourn Home of Simone and Rhys Haag on The Design Files
    6. I love this home tour and interview of this family from Copenhagen
    7. I’m in love with this Console cabinet by Horchow
    8. This photo by Hawaiian Coconut (Tumblr) makes we want to travel
    9. Logo design concept for Simple Threads

     

  5. Little Snippets No.4

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    I’ve taken on the challenge of starting my own garden this season. Because I don’t have a yard, I was lucky enough to get a small plot at the neighborhood community garden. I’ve been spending my time starting some seeds indoors until the weather decides to warm up.

    Follow me on Instagram for daily snippets

  6. Studio Hours: Vintage Vignettes

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    Recently I was asked by the lovely Moorea Seal to do a guest post while she is away visiting family. I love her blog and her shop, so I knew I wanted to contribute. Moorea asked all her guest bloggers to share their favorite parts of their homes with her readers. I chose to share some of my favorite vintage finds.

    You can read the whole post over on Moorea’s blog to find out the details about each piece.

    Photo Styling & Photography by The Veda House

     

  7. Inspired By: Ann Cathrin

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    The intricacy of Ann Cathrin’s work keeps you looking for a long while…analyzing all the little details and personal touches. Not to mention the display of the work, the simplicity contrasted by the tangled beauty of each piece…that’s the best part.

    View more of Ann’s work here –>

  8. Studio Hours: Salvaged Lights

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    I’ve got a real “thing” for industrial lighting and have been collecting random pieces for the last few years. Since I’m showing more pieces of my studio with you guys, you’ll be sure to see many more black lights of all different  shapes and sizes. I’m in the process of creating some really fun cage lights that I hope to share soon. Stay tuned!

    Photo Styling & Photography by The Veda House

  9. Notable No. 20

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    Hello lovelies. I don’t know about you, but all I have to say is I’m fed up with all this extended winter crap…that’s it…

    Notables this week:
    1. Bekka Palmer photos called “a touch of red”
    2. Autumn in Surry Hills by Che and Fidel
    3. Ojai Rancho Inn looks just amazing
    4. These beautiful photos taken by Moon Face
    5. Rental dinning chairs by The Apartment
    6. The home of Iwona Ludyga and Mike Mazor on Design Sponge
    7. The living room of Bri Emery of Design Love Fest
    8. Christina’s 1950s Bathroom Makeover
    9. DIY rose garland

    Have a lovely weekend!