1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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

     

  4. 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.

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  5. 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

     

  6. 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 –>

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. Veda News: Now Accepting New Clients

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    Hi Veda House friends. I’m stopping by today to do a little update. As you know, a month ago I left my full-time day job at the advertising agency to run my freelance business full time. I promised myself that I was going to take a full month off to work on personal projects, find a new place to live, and just all around get inspired again.

    This month has been awesome in helping me get back on my feet and feel excited about design/styling again. I’ve been taking SOOO many photos and spending a lot of time focusing on my personal brand. I’m excited to announce that a new blog design is in the works as well as a brand new Facebook page where I hope to share more behind the scenes from my studio.

    But most importantly, I’m finally ready to start taking on clients again, full time. If you’re looking for a little help on rebranding, putting together a lookbook, developing a logo, taking shop photos, etc…you know where to find me. I’d love to work with you :)

    Email me: casspyle@gmail.com

  10. Little Snippets No. 3

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    I’m continuing to knock out all the little projects on my “to-do” DIY list. Unfortunately I keep adding more items to the list. Oh well! Recently the fiancé decided the only way to eat amazing pickles is to make them ourselves…so that’s what we did. I also finally got around to giving these adorable little hooks (found at my favorite warehouse for $10) a nice coat of black paint. I’m still deciding whether I should hang the hooks by themselves on the wall…or attach them to a plank of wood to make a coat rack. Thoughts?

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