Bloggers Ball II

 

May 31, 2010

I recently attended the Bloggers Ball II, a fascinating and utterly inspiring event hosted by the Design Salon (a venue for professional Boston women in the creative fields of design).  This was my first time attending a Design Salon event and I’m glad that the Bloggers Ball was my initial foyer into this networking group.

The event provided a setting for three of the loveliest in-the-know women Bloggers, Erin Gates, Liana Peterson and Jessica Sutton, to speak candidly about how they got started blogging and shared tips on how to create a successful blog.

I walked away with a ton of useful information that I intend to use in my blogging future.  I was so entranced by the discussion that I didn’t take many notes.  The few phrases that I did take the time to jot down in my mini red moleskin I thought were worth sharing: chain of inspiration, be incredibly consistent, prepare original content, trust your voice, be impactful.

Thank you so much ladies.  See below for links to their Blogs.

Erin Gates, founder of Elements of Style (http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/)

Liana Peterson, founder of the blog New Brahmin (http://www.newbrahmin.com/)

Jessica Sutton of JS Graphic Design, (www.jessicasutton.com/daucuscarota)

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  Inspired: The Color Blue

 

May 30, 2010

Sadly I can’t remember where I came across this image. But it was this image that started to turn me around to the color blue.  As a designer I tend to design with shades of green, always assuming that the blues would look too nautical or like baby boy’s nursery.  This photo has proved me wrong.  There is a sophistication to this room that I believe the blue helps to bring about.  I was so inspired that I just painted my bathroom a dark navy and it looks fabulous.

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  Hoping to Enjoy Soon

 

May 30, 2010

** Update** Style and Substance is now part of my library!!!  I finally made the purchase when I was invited to the Tuesday Seminar Series at the Boston Design Center on June 8th featuring Margaret Russell. I look forward to having a personal introduction to the book. Hopefully there will be time for me to get it signed.

I always seem to have a long list saved in my Amazon Shopping cart, what a great little tool.  Right now it is filled to the brim with design books I’m looking forward to enjoying.  I think my next purchase will be “Style and Substance: The best of Elle Decor“.  This books comes highly recommended by one of my favorite designers Vicente Wolf… how can I resist!

New Book

The other book that has caught my eye is “Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People”.  I don’t know much beyond the fascinating cover and my general regard for Vogue.  Anyone out there have a review they would like to share?

Amazon Two

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  Design Library

 

May 30, 2010

From the time I was little I’ve always loved reading, and as a designer I love collecting images that inspire me.  During my first internship in the world of Interior Design I worked for a very talented woman who had the most spectacular library of design books.  I was overjoyed.  Her collection represented to me two of my greatest loves: reading and collecting.

During one of my firsts weeks of work I was asked to clean, re-shelf and organize the library.  This was not a task but a treat. Her collection ranged from books of art, art history, travel and furniture design to the more traditional design books of modern day that showcase the work of Vicente Wolf and Rose Tarlow.  As I dug my way through the stacks and stacks of books I created a list of my own of all those books that I promised myself would eventually live in my library.

My collection is still in its infancy, but I adore each book and I look forward to watching my collection grow.  As a way to share my passion I have created a virtual Design Library that will showcase some of my favorite books and introduce new books that I hope to one day own.  Enjoy!

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  Find the Pretty Inspired Archives

 

May 24, 2010

As a designer I am constantly inspired by the world around me and especially by the work of other designers, architects, and artists.  There is an abundance of good design in the world to be admired and I want to share with you those images that I have come across that make me think about design in a different way, or just make me sigh with happiness.

In the upper right corner of my home page you will always find an image that is currently inspiring me.  If you want to see any of the previous images head over to my Inspired Archives tab.

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  SoWa Market: A Pretty Find

 

May 24, 2010

I had a wonderful time breezing through the SoWa Market in the South End of Boston on Sunday.  I had filled up my day to be anything but lazy, and still managed to squeeze in a few hours to peruse the Market.  It was a sunny breezy day, perfect for an outdoor market stroll.  I found many items that were calling out to me, but I was very good and only made a few small purchases.

One of my favorites purchases was from Painted Pretty (make sure to click over to their blog and check out their story) it’s a small distressed, or possibly antique, silver serving dish that has been re-imagined into a planter.  It looks utterly fantastic and right at home on my West Elm Green Parson’s Desk.

I’m working very hard to bring more greenery into my home.  Next on the list is a fiddle-leaf fig tree.  I’ll keep you posted on its arrival.

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  Happy Day

 

May 20, 2010

Update!!!!  The rug looks fabulous.  I need to secure it to the floor in some way, perhaps some strategically placed double stick tape to help stop it from sliding around.  I was so happy last night that I couldn’t help glancing over at the entry every few minutes, and every time I went to bed or bathroom I purposefully walked over the rug… even though I didn’t need to.

Exciting news… the West Elm wood block rug is scheduled to be delivered today!!!! I can not wait to replace my embarrassingly dirty and worn sisal rug.  It has served me well through five Boston winters, but it is time for an upgrade.  In honor of this occasion I treated myself to a peppermint tea and brioche au sucre from the Fort Point Flour Cafe.  Despite the rain today is going to be a good day.

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