I had a little fun styling my bar cart to get into the Holiday spirit this year and wanted to share some of the photos with you! Living in a small apartment can feel limiting when it comes to decorating for the Holidays – but I have found creating different “moments” in your space is what it’s all about! For our bar cart, we left our Drink Menu from our wedding that we keep up year-round and then added in holiday-inspired accents like our stockings, bottle brush trees and the boxwood wreath. My favorite way to bring the holidays into your space is to add string lights. Even if it’s a blank wall…or on a wall-mounted bike! ;) I did not plan the fact that the wheels on my husband’s bike are red… that just worked out! ha!How are you bringing Holidays into your home or apartment this season?
Remember this nursery I designed a little over a year ago?? I am getting the itch to do another graphic ceiling statement but this time I am thinking wallpaper. The ceiling is normally the least popular of all the walls when it comes to paint and wallpaper, but the rooms below really make me think about making it more of a focal point..don’t you agree?!Click on photos for sources.
Something about yesterday really got me in the holiday spirit – maybe it was the light snow flurry or the wreaths with big red bows on a building down our street. I don’t know what it was that got me in the spirit – but, I am ready to buckle down and decorate our apartment! Last year, we were barely moved into our place when Christmas arrived and decided not to go through the hassle of getting a tree or decorating too much.
The other day, I walked by one of the little markets I visit when I need flowers, a few groceries or wine/beer and they had a ton of trees outside! I was SO excited I almost bought one right then and there (in the rain and all)! However, I have seen some gorgeous photos floating around of some tree farms nearby and I really want to visit one if not this year then next.
All of that being said, we are hosting Cody’s office holiday party at our place this year and I am thankful I had my holiday epiphany and can begin putting the details together!
Here is a mood board I put together for inspiration as I curate items for the event:
As I sit here downing my second cup of coffee at home with my pup (miss you cody!!) on this Friday evening, I had the sudden urge to write a post. This doesn’t happen often when I am overwhelmed with work (which is why I am drinking coffee on a Friday night) so I decided to go with it and began typing with no agenda. At the beginning of November, I had a serious moment of panic. I somehow managed to accumulate 6-8 design projects – ranging from a small apartment redesign to a large start up office. In addition to design work, I still had to manage the blog and a few events to help plan AND attend…oh and possibly hang out with my family. I was/am inundated with work. I have literally been waking up, making coffee and going straight to my computer and working throughout the day…then going to bed super late. 7 days a week.
All of that being said, as a freelance designer, that is exactly what you want to be…busy…right? Absolutely. And as a person that works better when her schedule is full (anyone else like that?), it has been such a great change of pace versus the slower summer months. Plus, I was able to sneak in a trip to Vermont with Cody and friends and truly enjoy it without feeling too overwhelmed. (by the way…this is the “always see the bright side of every situation” in me).
Anyone else in the same boat with a ton of work right now?!
Anyway!! ;) December is here and I am so excited to begin working at the new studio. And with the new studio and new month…I wanted to set some goals before the new year arrives. I hope you will join in and share some of your goals as well – then we can be a support for each other! Because let’s face it… we always need someone to keep us in check!
Buy a Christmas tree + decorate it
Make a holiday cocktail and share it with friends
Update my Contract with the notes I have saved from completed projects
Order holiday cards !!!
Bake apple cinnamon scones (I bought the mix at a shop in vermont)
Clean up my email inbox (all organized and go through folders and delete old emails)
Clean up desktop and folders
And clean out my computer to make it faster
Get the studio all set up
Send gifts out before the 15th!
Actually take advantage of the gym at our apt.
Create more systems for my design process.
Schedule more blog posts in advance.
Happy weekend friends! *now I am off to make another cup of coffee…… :)