Archive for August 2012

Master Bedroom Makeover

Monday, August 27, 2012

A couple of weeks ago my sister's friend, Janice, contacted me for design help on her master bedroom.  She and her husband recently moved into a new home and wanted to update their bedroom from a traditional frumpy purple, to a cleaner more transitional space.  She and her husband had already purchased a set of furniture but wanted to change up the paint and decor.  After consulting on a paint color and getting the furniture in place, Janice and I set out shopping for bedding, window treatments, and accessories for the room.  She wanted something clean, with texture, and in the blue/grey/green family.  We found some beautiful selections from West Elm (a new favored store of mine that just opened at Southpoint, you should check it out!) and got the room all set up.  I really enjoyed working with Janice.  She was very pleased with how the room turned out, as was I, and I believe it will be a great bedroom ensemble for them to enjoy for years to come.  Here are some before, during, and after shots.  Enjoy!

 This is how the previous owner had the bedroom set up and displayed when Janice and her husband bought the house.
 How I first saw the room. (Sorry for the terrible quality I forgot my camera and had to use my phone)
 The master bedroom connected to their private bath which was painted in a beautiful green they wanted to keep.  We chose a blueish/green gray for the bedroom to tie in with the bathroom.
The finished product.  She has a beautiful wedding picture that will be going above the bed soon.

If you, or someone you know, would like design help on their next project let me know.  I am always looking for ways to expand my portfolio and get more design experience.  

Send me an email for more information on the services I offer, pricing information, and ways I can assist in your remodeling projects.

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Happy Birthday Cassie!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Over the past few months I have written and told you all about my best friends.  I have intentionally saved my best friend for last so that I could post this on her birthday (you were not forgotten Cassie!).  You see, Cassie and I have been best friends since 6th grade. However, before that I hated her.  We did not get along in elementary school because of jealousy over a common friend.  I remember vividly hoping that she would not get put on my team in 6th grade.  Of course the first day of class, guess who was on my team? Yep, Cassie!  Little did I know that 6th grade would spark the beginning of the best friendship I've ever had.  She and I have been through so much together over the last 11 years.  We have cried, laughed hysterically, and shared more memories together than I could even begin to share with you on here. I honestly don't know what I'd do without her! I could not have made it this far or be who I am today without her.  Cassie is my best friend and always will be.

For the fun part, in honor of her 22nd birthday, here are my 22 favorite things about Cassie (in no particular order):

1. She loved me despite my out of control curly bangs in middle school (even though she got and still gets some good laughs out of it!)

2. She gave me my first and only black eye.

3. She and I have experienced many animal adventures at the lake.  Like the rat blanket and acorns.

4. She is always up to watch a scary movie with me.  Not only that, but she is the ONLY person I enjoy watching scary movies with.

5.  Not only does she enjoy the really scary movies, but she also shares my love for terrible $5 bin scary movies.

6. She and I share a deep love for Japanese steakhouses.

7. I can't even count how many Phase 10 games we have played over the last 11 years.  Most of which lately she has dominated in!

8. I love our long talks out on the pier at her lake house.  It doesn't matter if it's the summer or winter we always make it down there and spend countless hours talking about anything and everything.

9. We always enjoy laughing at how we laugh.  Sounds silly but it's always hilarious!

10. We met 4 crazy guys at the beach during one of her birthdays and still joke about it to this day.

11. She appreciates black people and their culture more than anyone I know. Actually she just appreciates every culture more than anyone else I know.

12. She and I used to walk to the BP together when we were younger.  Even despite the time we almost possibly got kidnapped.

13. She and I share a hatred for the store Buckle.  It's a nightmare to find clothes in there, even with a gift card.

14. I am always Cassie's go-to shopping buddy.  It is my duty to keep her going despite any frustrations that may occur (mainly over jeans & bras), but most importantly it's my job to put all the clothes back on their hangers lol

15. She and I share a deep love for traveling and have a list of 50 places we must go together.  First on the list is Alaska then the Fiji underwater hotel.

16. She pushed me to follow my heart and go back to Haiti.  For that I will always be grateful! We share a bond most friends never experience through our love for working in Haiti together.

17. I love how because of her I have tried so many new things.  Sometimes we agree that she may have corrupted me lol

18. She is always my voice of reason when it comes to guys.  I almost always sometimes need her to pull be back to reality.

19. I love that she and I know each other so well that we understand what the other person is thinking without saying a word.

20.  I love that we are so opposite when it comes to dating, but I know her so well that I could walk any guy through what she wants/doesn't want when it comes to dating her.  No pink roses please!

21. I love that even though we may fight like sisters sometimes we are both always quick to forgive and forget.

22. I love all of the crazy pictures the two of us took together as kids and all the memories it brings back when I look through our scrapbook.

Cassie thank for being such an amazing friend to me. I know there are times where we don't always see eye to eye but over the years that has only brought us closer together.  I have grown so much because of you.  I've learned to look at the world with a more open mindset and see the beauty in people.  You have taught me to believe in myself and stick to my dreams.  You've coached me through heartbreak, been a shoulder to cry on, cheered with me over success, been my voice of reason, laughed hysterically with me, but most of all you've always been a friend to me even when it was not deserved.  Like I said before, I had no idea what an amazing friendship was going to stem from being on the same team with you in 6th grade.  I had no idea that at 22 we'd still be taking trips to the lake, talking for countless hours, and growing more each day in our friendship.  I honestly don't know how I would have made it without you all of these years.  I can never thank you enough for the love and support you've shown me!  Knowing I can always turn to and depend on you is something I cherish each day.  I cannot wait to see what the next 11 years holds for us!  Love you Cassie! Thank you for being my best friend.  

One of my birthday dinners years ago.
 Before steakhouse dinner Junior year.
 Staff hang out night 2011.
 Steakhouse at HPU 2012.
 In Haiti January 2012.
 Late night hot tub dip at HPU. 2012

Happy Birthday Cassie! Love you!

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Not Me Monday (On Tuesday)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

After spending a glorious four days at the beach hanging out with one of my best friends, I did not struggle at all coming home.

It's super easy to come back after being at the beach.  After all, who would rather stay at the beach than come home?  Not me.

And because it was so easy to come home, it was even easier to go back to work this morning.

I did not push the snooze button twice, or throw my hair in a pony tail to allow myself to sleep in an extra ten minutes. After all, I was so looking forward to my 8am alarm clock and hanging out with kids all day. Like I said, who would rather stay at the beach than do that? Not me.  I love everything about my job.

And because I loved everything about going back to work, I did not enjoy my hour of sanity and relaxation at the hair salon today. Being pampered and having your hair done is no where near as fun as being at work.

I mean come on, there's no way I caught myself at least 100x today wishing I was on the beach, with my best friend.

That would just be silly.

After all, it was so easy to come back.

Nope. Not me.

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