Goodness, Park City was a winter wonderland, especially the day we woke up to 8″ of fresh snow. There was so much to love about this city – the incredibly beautiful mountains, the active yet quaint Main St. & the insane views. This was definitely a trip to remember! When we were planning this trip, we decided we were going to make it an adult vacation and let Evie visit her family in Oklahoma City. Sometimes parents need a break and since we don’t live near family, we were long overdue for a getaway without our little babe. Although we missed her dearly, I’m so glad we were able to make this trip happen with friends from Dallas! Main St. was filled with cute shops, restaurants, bars & ski shops. My kind of place.
Hands down, one of my favorite parts of the trip was when we visited the “Après Lounge” at The Montage. Aka…the most attractive yurt EVER. My girlfriends & I popped a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (worth every penny!) and warmed up by the fire while enjoying the interior design by Gorsuch. Seriously, we stayed there for 3 hours. :) Our Itinerary:
Food & Drinks:High West Distillery, Church Public House (loved the interior & their wifi password: confessions2017), Zoom (highly recommend the Sonny Steele cocktail + the mac n cheese), 501 on Main, Tupelo, Grappa (for our fancy dinner night), Coffee at Pink Elephant is a must (especially on Fridays because they bring in donuts), Apex at The Montage (ask about the doggies that visit the hotel…refer to photo above), St. Regis Bar for their famous Bloody Mary & the buffet (that included a candy bar with bags you can take with you!!). Also, order a hot cocoa or a caramel latte from the St. Regis…because DAMN they were good. Wow, I am now realizing how much I need to do a cleanse after all of that indulging.
1. Kuvée – a Kuvée would make the perfect gift for any wino in your life! Especially someone who tends to open a bottle and then has to throw out the remaining wine (that’s the worst!) as the Kuvée stays fresh for 30 days. I wrote more about how much I love it here.2. greetabl – I absolutely love these super cute greetings! First, you select a gift, then a box and you can add a couple photos and a personalized message. The rosé flavored gummies from Sugarfina and a sweet note would make such a great gift for your besties.3. Bestow et al – a candle and art? I love this idea for gifting to your special Valentine. :) The Bestow LOVE comes with a charcoal, pen and ink print and an hand-poured candle that burns for 50 hours. The site also says the candle’s essential oil blend scent is an aphrodisiac – so there you go! ;)
If you are like me, you probably have a handful of art prints/pictures stashed away that are waiting to be framed or that are in beat-up old frames needing to replaced. I also have slight commitment issues when it comes to wall art. I know, seems silly when I’m able to make those decisions for clients all day long. I guess it’s how that saying goes, “the cobbler’s children have no shoes”. ;) So, with the help of my friends’ at Jameson & Thompson Framers, I was able to give new life to our treasured architectural prints. Jameson & Thompson opened their doors in 1985 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Since then they have provided services like: art installation, custom framing, fine art services, and now art sales. Today with their help, I’m excited to walk you guys through the process of custom framing!
The photos below are what the framed prints looked like before (yikes).
“The main issue with the original framing was that the frame itself was too large and too dark – it closed in around the artwork, making it look claustrophobic. You saw the frame before you saw the artwork, which is never really ideal.When the art was removed from the frames, it instantly looked brighter and the nice clean lines of the architectural drawings were much more apparent.” – Stephanie of Jameson & Thompson Framers
1. SELECTING THE MAT:
Before selecting the frame, we began looking at mat options to get an idea of color direction. We wanted something that was neutral and light but would also contrast the art. One of my favorite things about visiting Jameson & Thompson Framers is they have a beautiful large studio in Jamaica Plain where you can try all different mats + frames while getting onsite professional framing advice. They also have a woodshop in the studio so all of the hardwood frames are being constructed on site and the pre-finished (fancy) frames – while delivered from their specialty suppliers – are assembled here too.
“At first, we looked at some gray/lavender-toned mats, which looked nice, but then we realized the darker mats were having the same claustrophobic effect of the original framing. We then looked at lighter mats in tones that matched the paper, which kept the artwork bright and help it “expand” within the mat. I liked the idea of having a small detail/touch of contrast, which was achieved with the dark inner mat; the line is subtle, but it breaks up the white just enough, while also complimenting the lines in the artwork itself.” – Stephanie of Jameson & Thompson Framers
2. SELECTING THE FRAME:
I wanted to go with something completely different than the previous frame. It needed to be more modern and fit within our living room’s aesthetic.
“After Jessica showed me a photo of where they were going to hang, it was clear that a clean, simple, elegant frame would be best. We chose the cherry with a natural finish as it has a lovely warmth to it and the orange/peach color of the wood complements the grays & purples in the artwork. To me, it’s an interesting choice to use a frame that is technically different from than any color in the art, and in this case, it works beautifully; the drawings themselves are fairly monochromatic, so to introduce another complimentary shade worked really well. The natural cherry also worked beautifully with the colors that are already in the room; I think good framing (and good design!) shows off the art in the best way possible and also coordinates with other pieces surrounding it, even if it’s a subtle touch.” “In 2016, Jameson & Thompson began a partnership with Adjective Art & Framing to establish a small gallery in their Jamaica Plain, MA showroom. They display a selection of beautiful contemporary art assembled by Adjective.” TA DA! What a transformation, right? My favorite part is Stephanie’s idea of adding a double mat but only show a tiny bit of the dark mat to break up the white and add contrast. That tiny detail made all the difference! I can’t thank the entire Jameson & Thompson team enough for giving new life to our art prints!
I have tried many skincare products, some that work for my skin and some that don’t. These are the nine products that I have fallen in love with and will continue to use in 2017. I am always looking to try new products, but I’m happy to know I have a great regimen that works for my skin. I am a big fan of safe & natural/organic beauty products for many reasons, but mostly because they have truly helped my skin and give me peace of mind as I know my body is absorbing wholesome ingredients and not toxins.
one – farmaesthetics herbal cleanser // I use this twice a day and am obsessed. Here’s my trick to making it work best. Put three pumps of the cleanser in your dry + clean hands, then add a small amount of warm water to your hands and take about 2-3 minutes massaging your face. This is something I look forward to every morning and night…a little spa treatment if you will. It has astringent + antiseptic properties and in addition, balances out combination or acne-prone skin.
two – nourish face balm from organic bath co. // I absolutely love using this product before bed! It leaves my face feeling moisturized throughout the night and helps with my acne-prone skin. I also can’t say enough great things about this small business – they are based in Boston, MA, and a constant inspiration to me!
four – one love organics vitamin e eye balm // it’s going to be hard to find an eye cream I love more than this one. It’s anti-inflammatory so it actually helps with any tired eyes you may have in the morning. A little goes a long way.
five – one love organics skin savior // I use this miracle worker to moisturize during the day AND to take off my make-up. It’s amazing and again, a little goes a long way!
six – josh rosebrook cacao antioxidant mask // this mask does wonders and just after one use – it restores, tightens and brightens your skin! I’m obsessed and rotate using this and the next mask every week.
eight – french girl rose lip polish // I don’t know about you, but my lips tend to get chapped easily, especially in the winter, so I will exfoliate them before applying lipstick or my rose lip balm above.
nine – may lindstrom the problem solver mask // worth every single penny and will last a long time. This mask has helped my hormonal acne that comes and goes each month and leaves my skin feeling like new! I get so excited to use this every other week!
I want to take a moment to reflect on 2016. It was definitely a year of learning for me – being a mom and a business owner.
THINGS I LEARNED:
– I will be honest and admit that I went through some personal battles. One was realizing I can’t run my business AND be a good mom to Evie full-time. There were many days I felt trapped and not like myself, leaving me feeling stressed at the end of the day and not in a creative state for my clients. Together, Cody and I decided to hire a sitter for a couple days a week so I can step away from my mom role and continue growing my business. I learned I just simply cannot do it all. Repeat, I cannot do it all. It’s definitely a big expense (dear family – anyone ready to move to Boston??), but worth every penny. The other personal battle I dealt with is not something I talk about often here, but it’s something a lot of people deal with on a daily basis so I’m going to be open. I struggle with anxiety and have for awhile but didn’t realize it until recently. I have some very specific triggers for my anxiety attacks, but mostly I’m trying to understand the root of my anxiety. So I’ve decided in 2017 I’m going to get help and talk to someone about it because like I learned recently (thanks to my recent coaching at Capital One), talking to a complete stranger helps you gain some clarity.
– I can successfully work from home. I’ve created a space in our guest room and it serves me well! Although for some bigger goals I have in the upcoming years, I will need more space, but for now, I am thankful to even have a dedicated space to work from.
– Traveling with a baby is hard, but worth it. Cody and I have made a promise to one another that we will not let having a child stop us from doing the things we love. That means going out to eat, traveling, etc. However, we do have a big ski trip planned for February and we will be shipping Evie to her grandparents’ in Oklahoma. ;) Because “mama” and “dada” could use a little break every now and then.
– We’ve been blessed with a trick baby. No, not Urban Dictionary’s definition of it… YIKES. But, a baby that is easy going and he/she makes you think you should have another one! Now, this doesn’t mean we are planning for another one in the foreseeable future, but it does mean we have been given a child that loves to sleep, is easy to make smile and is great when we hand her off to friends. Since she has developed her own personality, she makes us laugh at something new every single day. This is not to say parenting has been a breeze, trust me, it has not. But we are extremely thankful for those 9+ hours a night she gives us every night to recharge since she was 4 months. You can read more about “trick babies” here. ;)
– We love New England. It turns out we may never leave…because after 3 years of living in Massachusetts, we found out how much we adore the surrounding states as well! I’m not one to predict the future because if you are a long time reader here, you know we have gone through MANY changes over the past 6 years. But I can definitely see us living here for a long time!
photos by: madison snider
GOALS FOR 2017:
– Say YES to the RIGHT projects, whether it be for the blog or the interior design side. Be cautious and ask a lot of questions before committing.
– Create an email list and exciting content to go along with it! You know – like free interior design products, design tricks, motherhood, etc.
– A NEW WEBSITE! Okay, so this is actually happening, but I’m going to make it a goal because there’s a lot of work to be done behind the scenes to make this site a better one. We can all admit there are a sea of blogs out there now, so my friends at The Business Bar are working on a unique design and fresh logo to keep Oh I Design going strong. The new site will also make it easier to read previous posts, a guide to my interior design services, my portfolio, etc. I am very very excited about this!
– Attend a design conference. I need to get inspired again in the design world and I think a conference would do just that. Seeing new products and meeting other designers in real life would help. Any recommendations? I was thinking the Design Bloggers Conference in LA? It’s coming up though so I need to make a decision by early January.
– Collaborate more! I want to reach out to more companies that I love and find interesting ways for us to partner together on blog/social media projects. More of this will result in better content for you guys! :)
– Achieve at least one of my business-related goals – i.e. meeting my profit goals, creating an email list, etc.
– Find an accountability partner. Someone who checks in on my goals and vice versa.
– Become a part of a volunteer organization or program. We are thinking of getting Bella certified to visit children in the hospital and that’s one of our main goals for the New Year as a family.
PLANS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE: staying in with my little family. We are going to pop open a bottle of Freixenet champagne, even if we don’t make it to 12:00! haha
I’d love to hear some of your goals if you are willing to share! Happy New Year to you guys!!