Feng Shui Basics for Interior Design WORKSHOP recap!

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A month ago I had the pleasure of teaching a workshop on Feng Shui for Interior Design. My friend Christine, of The Studio of Christine Wisnieski, has been (in addition to their creative design business) producing a creative workshop series for a few years now and I was thrilled to be invited to teach on a topic I'm passionate about. 

Interior design is a challenge for many. Feng Shui may come with a lot of connotations and (frankly) misconceptions, but at a fundamental level, it's full of really useful tools to help you make interior design decisions more confidently. 

These tools prove really useful for people with decision fatigue and overwhelm from having to make too many design decisions for their home.

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The workshop was 3 hours. My feeling was that it was one hour too long. Each hour is jam-packed with tips and tricks and our brain's lose focus after 90-120 minutes based on our body's ultradian rhythms. So, I'm thinking about the content for a part 2 to offer to the attendees of the first workshop, but also think the next offering will actually be a two-class package. More on this in the new year but in the meantime, I'm just so so happy with how the first class went. The feedback was awesome! 

Here are a few quotes from attendees:

"Captivating and informative! Refreshing to dialogue about how design relates to our day to day goal setting and emotional well being! - Jacob Holland Creative Director Event Source jacob.simon.holland
 
The evening was so INSPIRING!! I can't wait to put what I leaned into action and make my home a place that truly supports my goals and dreams!! -Deana
 
Danielle presented the elements and the yin yang concepts in a way that helped me apply them to any room to achieve the balance and harmony I seek. So often I know a room needs "something but what". I feel like the tools she shared will help me achieve that sense of a room 'feeling right" Thank you!! Angie
 
The entire workshop was extremely informative and very useful for our everyday lives! Jennifer
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photo by sean bilovecky
photo by sean bilovecky

The attendees were all so awesome! Everyone arrived excited and interested. They asked smart (very smart!) questions and kept me on my toes!

There is a lot of content to share. I tried to structure the lessons in a way that helped all attendees see their home in these lessons and tools and I think they did! Anyway, it was a joy for me and I can't wait to do it again!

So listen, more to come in the future FOR SURE! In the meantime, keep an eye on Instagram and on our newsletters (sign up for our newsletters includes a FREE Feng Shui basics toolkit PDF).

DSI Design Dispatch: Catskills, NY

Well, today we're back with the last installment of our DSI Design Dispatch series! It has been so fun collaborating with Lizzy and traveling (vicariously) with her all Summer long! I hope you enjoyed the series, it was such a joy for me and I kinda want to join her family, they're just so fun and adventurous!

Today, Lizzy reports back on her recent trip to the Catskills, NY. Lizzy, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking us on your journey's this Summer! 

ENJOY!

xo,

Danielle


From Lizzy:

Retailers want us to believe that it’s Halloween and Christmas is just around the corner but I just can’t seem to get on their schedule, especially when my weather feed is predicting 90º highs for the next five days. If you’d like to extend summer with me little longer, let’s take a blog trip to the Catskills on this last official day of Summer.

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The town of Delhi (pronounced Del-High) has managed to stay below the radar of vacationing New Yorkers. It hasn’t yet undergone the boutique chic transformation of other Catskill towns like Hudson, Phoenicia, and recently, Livingston Manor. Still, Delhi has a cute Main Street with a farmers market and town festivals, interesting shops, my favorite tiny grocery that carries everything we need for the weekend, and buzz-worthy farm-to-table restaurants nearby. Transformation/gentrification (and everything that comes with it) has been slow to come to Delhi but it’s coming. Several years ago, the locals were flabbergasted when a store opened up on Main Street selling $850 bespoke stoneware lamps. 

Tjalling’s house is beautiful and personal and the epitome of hygge.

Tjalling’s house is beautiful and personal and the epitome of hygge.

My family has been making trips to this part of the Catskills (3 hours from NYC) for the past 10 years, to visit my sister who’s husband grew up here. Because, Delhi is off the radar, it’s rental property stock is pretty slim. This year we rented a house that came with the owner. We had met Tjalling once before, a family friend and a builder from the Netherlands who moved to Catskills and built a home for himself thirty years ago. We had not seen his house but we needed a place to stay and he enjoyed company of others so we struck a deal over emails, took a leap of faith, and made a new friend.

living room detail.

living room detail.

staircases leading to the bedroom silo.

staircases leading to the bedroom silo.

view from Tjalling’s deck.

view from Tjalling’s deck.

Much of the weekend action is centered around the property my b.i.l. grew up on, their lake and all of the friends and family that come back every summer. These trips are a special opportunity for our children to run around and spend time with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmothers. The days fill up easily with swimming, paddling, and exploring. Our kids take riding lessons at a nearby Icelandic pony stable. And the adults keep busy cooking up nightly dinner parties.

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Weekend getaways are an easy way to stretch out summer just a little bit longer. There is no reason why we can’t keep swimming and grilling while the weather is still nice. I hope you find your Catkills this weekend. It may even be in your backyard. 

Happy summering through September!

xoxo,

Lizzy

Break out the bubbly! It's our 1st Birthday!

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Time definitely is a funny thing! Some days, it feels like we've been doing this for ever and other days, like we launched "DeBoe Studio Interiors" just yesterday.

Despite my having unofficially been consulting since selling my last store in 2013, today marks ONE YEAR to the day since launching our residential services.

A lot has certainly happened over the year. A lot has stayed the same and a lot more has changed. The biggest evolution to our business is still up our sleeves but we'd love to share some highlights from the past year.

{Before doing so, I'd like to take a moment to say my heart goes out to everyone living in London. I woke to the news of yet another terrorist attack there and it broke my heart and caused me so much concern.}

The Year Ahead

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Before we recap the best of our first year, we want to once again say THANK YOU to everyone who filled out our Questionnaire last week. {We'll be keeping it open just through the weekend if you care to fill it out.}

As you know, we'll be continuing our regular design services  but also a new category of Mindful Modern Living products and services as well! We asked YOU what you wanted and needed and YOU are helping to shape these exciting new products. 

E-Books, Webinars and Workshops are all in the works and we are very excited about this new chapter. We look forward to connecting with more of you over the course of the year to come! Again, thank you for all of your support! In lieu of another video, I'll just say, thank you for your help, I'll be offering a really useful new tools to you all soon. In celebration of both that and our birthday, the first of which are FREE!

DOWNLOAD FREE WORKBOOKS BELOW:

On Tuesday, I shared a FREE MINI WORKBOOK about the Five Elements. Well today, I've got one more Free workbook for you!  Both can be download below:

  • Learn about the FIVE ELEMENTS here. {PDF DOWNLOAD}
  • Sneak Peek into Yin + Yang + Energy Flow known as Ch'i here. {PDF DOWNLOAD}

Now that we've taken a moment to look to the present and future, we also wanted to share some of the BEST of our past year. I hope you enjoy the stroll down memory lane as much as I did!

Our Top Instagram Posts of our First Year

Our Top Blog Posts of the Year 

Well, this one was very nearly a tie, so I'll list the top two! First up, COUNTER CULTURE was the top post:

The backsplash tile post was a close second.

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We aren't too surprised by these results as we know a lot of you had kitchen reno's on the mind this year!

And that is another exciting evolution of our business this year. A few months into offering our residential design services, we also rolled out our renovation services and have helped clients to:

  • Completely rethink their kitchens, changing the footprint and floor plan as well as the counters and cupboards. 
  • Expand master bathrooms
  • Add master bathrooms where there weren't any before
  • Add on a mudroom
  • Re-imagine the exterior front porch
  • Re-imagine and design an exterior back patio retreat
  • Design a new garage
  • Reimagine a new kitchen and family room 
  • and more!

Speaking of renovations, we haven't had any of them photographed yet and in fact only one is even completed! BUT! We'll have one photographed to share soon! Promise!

MVP Service

One of our most popular services is our E-DESIGN service. Over the past year we designed foyers, kitchens, bedrooms and lots of living rooms! We designed rooms in upstate New York, New York City, Ellicotville New York (hello, NY thanks for the support!), Connecticut, and all over Northeast Ohio. Here are a few of our favorite mock-ups from just a few of our E-Design clients:

Well, it's been a busy year and so much fun to stroll through it with you! It just made me so excited for all the new stuff I plan to share in the coming year.  Also! we've got a comments section now, please leave a message if you have any comments or questions! We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you again! Your support is always so very appreciated!

My best,

Danielle

The TOP 3 Tools in my Mindful Modern Living Toolkit {Yours, for FREE!}

Hello!

Thank you so much to anyone who filled out my online questionnaire. I'll be keeping it open for a little while longer (the results are just so helpful!) so feel free to head over to it and take the 5 minutes to fill it out if you're so inclined. 

Today, I wanted to share another video.

In this video, I am going to elaborate on some of the tools that I think can help anyone - from novice to design enthusiast to a pro designer - get a home interior project over the finish line. 

So, what was the NUMBER ONE issue stated in one way or another in the questionnaire?

Most people struggle to get any interior design project "over the finish line".

The reasons for that struggle varied a little but mostly came down to one or a combination of these things:

  • time
  • budget
  • decision fatigue
  • overwhelm 

The other thing that came through in this questionnaire was:

An open-minded enthusiasm for these new Feng Shui services, or at least learning more about them.

Well, the good news there is that these services are actually a great solution to the first problem, of getting your design projects completed!

I have some practical and easy-to-implement tools that can actually help anyone get any project over the finish line. And I'm going to share them with you for FREE

In the following video, I'll share the top three tools I use to take all of my design projects over the finish line.

I'll definitely go deeper on these tools in my upcoming workshop over at the Studio of Christine Wisnieski and attendees there will actually get personalized advice for their individual homes but these mini lessons can definitely get anyone started. 

To access a mini-workbook of my first (and favorite!) of three tricks I employ to create and ensure a room is balanced, Click HERE for your FREE downloadable PDF.

Danielle's powder room: the plan!

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This is one of those projects which has had 87 versions in my head since we've moved in and for one reason or another (mostly lack of time and priority, if I'm honest) never pulled the trigger on any. 

And I'm glad for that! 

This is a room off of our back door (most used) entrance to our house. It's a crowded thoroughfare where the big back door, the door to the powder room, an abnormally large door to the basement, the entry to the kitchen, AND kitchen overflow cabinets, microwave and counter all fight for space and attention. 

It has been painted with white primer and left for dead, pretty much. 

Any decision back here impacts all others and I know you guys get this. In fact, the way decisions all tie to a million other decisions is one of the number one reasons people hire us. Even people with design savvy of their own will call us in because they got caught in the web of decisions and couldn't get themselves out. The dirty secret of designers is that it happens to us too! 

It doesn't really happen so much when we're working for clients. There is a cool detachment that allows us to see more clearly. But when we're working on our own homes, we often belabor making final decisions. Just the fact that I simply don't have the time in my day to think about my own home is mostly the culprit. I've spend the day's creative capital on client projects (as the case ought to be!) and just don't have much left to think about my own home projects (something about the cobblers kids not having any shoes?). But I figured if I built this project into my work day I could knock it out and so I have.

A few things have finally advanced this project.

  1. I can't take it in its current unfinished state for one.more.second.
  2. I have defined a color palette - which I'll explain below 
  3. I have finally decided upon a wallpaper - pictured above. found here.

I am going to share the "before before" pics (as pictured on the real estate listing for the house) in another post when the room is all complete. For now, I just wanted to show the moodboard for the finished room.

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So, there are a couple things at play when I think of what I want any room to be. First, I assess the room from a Feng Shui perspective. I look at the Feng Shui Bagua map and determine what area of my life this room is associated with (based on it's location within the floor plan of the home). This room (along with the den next door to this room) is associated with my Love and Marriage gua AND also a bit of my Fame and Reputation gua. When deliberately enhancing any gua, you don't have to do any of the Feng Shui recommendations. The most important thing, which trumps any Feng Shui guideline or recommendation is that you LOVE the space and the choices. (So, don't paint a room blue if you don't like the color blue!) 

It happens that pinks and whites are good colors for the Love and Marriage gua and red is good for fame and reputation. Since blush was a color I've been considering for this area since the beginning, I felt my instincts were already sound and I just needed to use these guidelines as a way to narrow down and eliminate some of other previous considerations. Because both the bathroom and back area needed a new treatment, I determined that I wanted one of the two to get painted and one to be wallpapered so I didn't have these two separate but oh-so-close spaces both painted. The back entry area has sloping ceilings and some imperfections that I don't want to draw attention towards but rather away from, so the solution there will be interesting, but I'll save for another post! 

So, I wanted the space to get a treatment which felt "classic" yet have some aspect to it that is unexpected, fun or playful as this has guided decisions throughout the entire home so far. I didn't want it too serious at all. But, I'm aiming for most big/key decisions to be rooted in a classic style. 

I think the blush gingham wallpaper with pops of black and red will support both feng shui guas AND be just my style! win-win!

I am drawn to soft and pretty but at the end of the day require saturation and contrast to feel gooood about a space. I like a little drama, what can I say?! The art will probably be different. I don't like to force or rush art, but in the meantime, as a big Rifle Paper Co fan, I think this print is a good solution! Ideally, in the Love + Marriage gua, I'd have a pair of something. So, I'm ultimately keeping my eye out for a pair of prints or artwork, or maybe even just a pair of candles for up on a shelf. Not sure about that yet. Since it's a small space, we don't need much, but we do need a stool for our toddler to use the potty, so this Ikea one is a great solution. 

Below is a view of the back door area as seen on the real estate listing. The bathroom door is open as much as it will go because there was a sink in this tiny bathroom which was too big (deep) for the space and the door would hit it and not be able to open any further. 

So, that we remedied right away with a really shallow (9", I think?!) sink and cabinet (from Ikea). To class it up, we found a slab of marble cut to be a backsplash. We bought that round gold-framed Target mirror that everyone I know has and painted it from brown to cream. Then promptly left it for dead, unfinished. 

In this photo, you can see the tiny bath across the back entry. photo was taken from kitchen. This entire zone shares a black tile floor and all ultimately need to "play nice" together.

In this photo, you can see the tiny bath across the back entry. photo was taken from kitchen. This entire zone shares a black tile floor and all ultimately need to "play nice" together.

Once the entire area is completed I'll share better before and after pics of the entire space. For now, I just wanted to share the plan for the half bath. Up next we'll share the separate, but coordinating, plan for the above back door area.

Stay tuned!

And, thank you for stopping by!

-Danielle

ANNOUNCING MY WORKSHOP: Feng Shui Basics: Mindful Modern Interiors

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I am BEYOND excited to announce my first workshop! I am going to be hosted by The Studio of Christine Wisnieski to teach Feng Shui Basics as part of their ongoing creative workshop series. It's an honor to be able to share my passion for the intersection of modern interiors and an ancient Chinese philosophy I've been practicing for nearly two decades now. 

Feng Shui Basics | Mindful Modern Interiors

OVERVIEW

Date: October 18, 2017
Class Time: 6–9pm
Location: Studio of Christine Wisnieski
Class Size: 13

Students will learn some core practices of Form School Feng Shui, the school of study I've been practicing for 18 years and have trained in. I have been trained by one of the foremost authorities of Western Form School Feng Shui and have married my love of Interior design to my passion for wellness and the result is a powerful and modern approach to this ancient Chinese philosophy. 

Students will learn how to see their environments differently and to use these powerful techniques toward creating a harmonious environment. The approach we'll learn is modern, fresh and easily adaptable. These are some fundamental tools of interior design as well as Feng Shui, all can be used uniquely by anyone to become more powerful in their lives.

Students will arrive with a simple hand-drawn or computer-generated floor plan of their home, (an example will be provided as part of a lead up email we send out to attendees). We'll use to your floor plan to create custom feng shui maps, one of the most powerful tools you can use to enhance your life as well as to inform your design choices (such as paint color, furniture layout, and selection). You'll go home with not just a custom map but a customized list of enhancement recommendations.   

Each student will leave with a full-color workbook brimming with modern tips, tricks and tools they can reference and apply on their own, once back at home. The workbook will include a variety of examples and inspiration for your quick reference as well as specific ways to enhance your: wealth and prosperity, love and marriage, health and career along with several other key areas of focus in one's life. 

Students will also leave with a beautiful and unique crystal and a better understanding of how these beautiful elements can be used to enhance their lives. 

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Who this is for: design lovers, interior fanatics, wellness warriors and pretty much anyone looking to make a big change in their life from attracting a life partner to more financial stability.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Some people consider Feng Shui and may or may not even think "I don't believe in it". But, I don't believe that's the right way to consider Feng Shui. It's not a religion. It's not magic. There is nothing mystical. There are a lot of misconceptions and indeed there are many different "schools" (or ways to consider/apply) of Feng Shui, but what it all boils down to is "balance and harmony".

Do you believe in balance and harmony?

Do you want more of it in your life? Most of us do. But most of us don't realize there is another way, other than just making yourself crazy doing it all (or being too tired to think about it) to find balance and harmony in your life. 

And if you're already working on or ever spend any amount of time and money on your home, then you don't really even have to "add" more things to think about to your day, just make the time you're already spending work smarter and harder for you. 

A friend I recently did a home assessment for told me that one of the greatest take aways was the way that it helped whittle down decisions and narrow the field of options. It gave her a better function or sense of direction with some of the design decisions she was already spending energy (and money) making.

I'll teach you how to "SEE" with "Feng Shui eyes". How to create harmony in your home (and subsequently, your life) by creating a more balanced environment. Often times the best solutions are already found amongst your existing items, we just do a little rearranging of furniture and/or art and you'll instantly feel the difference! Even the simplest of changes can have an extremely powerful impact on your life. 

SPECIFICALLY, WHAT WILL YOU LEARN AT THE WORKSHOP?

We'll learn how to see our environments differently and to use powerful techniques toward creating a harmonious environment. We'll learn:

  • We'll learn about how to best approach the interior design of our homes or any space, talking about the order in which to work, the best way to determine the floor plan, and color-selection. We'll learn about Ch'i, or positive energy flow, and how to enhance it in our environments.
  • What the heck "yin + yang" is really all about and how to see our environments through that lens
  • About the five elements and how to use our knowledge of elemental cycles to enhance our homes
  • We'll learn about the Feng Shui map (the bagua map) and how to apply it to our homes to enhance specific areas of our lives such as our wealth and prosperity, fame and reputation, love and marriage, creativity and children, health and family, knowledge and self-cultivation, career and helpful people and travel.
  • We'll have a cursory lesson on the power of crystals and how to use them as decor in a modern way. 

What will you leave with?

  • We'll create custom maps for each of your homes and you'll all leave with a personalized enhancement recommendations list. 
  • A gorgeous and unique crystal and a list of ways to use it once you get back home!
  • A full-color workbook FULL of tips, tricks and tools that you're bound to dog-ear, bookmark, drawn in, plan in, and read over and over for life! 

There are only 13 tickets available. They've just gone on sale, I do hope you'll snatch one up before they're gone! I really hope you'll be there! 

If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to email me personally at: danielle (at) deboestudio.com

DSI Design Dispatch: Umbria, Italy

We were traveling to the Niccone Valley on the Tuscany/Umbria border in central Italy to celebrate my husband's aunt, Andrea's 75th birthday. Andrea is an inspiring architect, professor, mentor, and maternal figure to her niece and nephews—our kids call her "Grandandy." To celebrate her birthday, Andrea invited her family and friends to vacation with her at a mountain-top villa in Umbria. I've known her exactly half of my life and she has been a constant professional and personal inspiration and aesthetic kindred spirit. 

Getting here was not easy. After a couple of plane rides, a slow local train ride, a rental car ride (all during a Europe-wide heat wave named "Lucifer") we came to this stone country house on top of an ancient hillside. I knew that we would be in for a treat—architects know how to pick beautiful vacation locales but the stunning beauty of this spot couldn't have been anticipated. This house is one of three stone structures that were restored twenty years ago to create Altabella Villas. Here are the photos of the house before the kid-wreck ;)

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Two story stone house with 2 bedrooms/2 bathroom units on each floor.

Two story stone house with 2 bedrooms/2 bathroom units on each floor.

The terra-cotta floor, stone walls, and wooden shutters kept us comfortable through the heatwave.

The terra-cotta floor, stone walls, and wooden shutters kept us comfortable through the heatwave.

Master bedroom.

Master bedroom.

Ingredients for the perfect Italian country bedroom: wood, terra-cotta, wool, cotton…

Ingredients for the perfect Italian country bedroom: wood, terra-cotta, wool, cotton…

The kids' room.

The kids' room.

Our kitchen for the week (notice the four espresso makers on the shelf).

Our kitchen for the week (notice the four espresso makers on the shelf).

Wisteria covered trellis for our family meals.

Wisteria covered trellis for our family meals.

The best way for everyone to stay cool during "Lucifer."

The best way for everyone to stay cool during "Lucifer."

One day, we arranged a tour of Azienda Apistic Montecorona, an apiary (bee farm) that our house hostess told us about in nearby Umbertide. Señor Palombi is a retired science teacher and 4th generation beekeeper. His tour (entirely in Italian) was a big hit with the kids despite the language barrier. My bet is that S. Palombi was an amazing teacher in his day.

I would love one or two of these in my backyard. 

I would love one or two of these in my backyard. 

Señor Palombi showing us a demonstration hive. 

Señor Palombi showing us a demonstration hive. 

The kids made beeswax candles from molds. 

The kids made beeswax candles from molds. 

Beauty in beekeeping.

Beauty in beekeeping.

On market day, we made a day trip to the town of Gubbio to do some shopping, eat, and explore this medieval town built into the mountainside. I can't recommend Gubbio in the middle of a heatwave, but seeking AC (if you can find it) and gelato helps! I would love to come back in cooler temperatures. Gubbio is home to the "Festa die Ceri" and "Corsa die Ceri" in May—a packed, uphill, "strongman" race of giant wooden "candles." watch it here!

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Gubbio, Umbria

Our days were filled with lazy lunches, afternoon swims, and outdoor sunset dinners that were followed by stargazing (and a wild boar sighting one night!). Driving along the Niccone Valley, weaving in and out of Tuscany and Umbria, we passed by sunflower and tobacco fields, fruit orchards, micro-vineyards and olive groves tumbling off hillsides. On our first day in Umbria we already knew we would be back.

xx,

Lizzy

My secret weapon: a capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be expanding the content on our blog beyond interior design and feng shui to lifestyle content as well. A well-appointed home is the product of a dynamic lifestyle and interests. So we’ll begin sharing more of our world here. I hope you’ll come along for the ride! xo, Danielle
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There are always gasps, a few misconceptions, and an awful lot of questions when I let people in on my little secret; Aside from jeans and workout wear, my wardrobe consists of less than 30 items. I call it a capsule wardrobe, but you may call it crazy.

I’ve lived this way officially for nearly three years now and I see no reason to ever go back to the days of having a limitless wardrobe. I’ve honestly not thought much about it as it feels so normal to me by now. In fact, I’d long been doing a version of this already, prior to having officially decided to do it in earnest.

I recently included a snapshot (shown below) of my wardrobe on my personal Instagramaccount stories. To say I got a lot of responses would be an understatement. Those who responded were either incredibly suspect or rather intrigued, but both had questions.

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Some of the questions had the tone of shock “no! but what about work clothes and going out clothes?”, “I don’t believe you!” “do you not like to shop?”. 

Most just wanted to better understand how it worked so they too could enjoy such a freedom. “Is this just current season? do you have off season stuff packed away?”, “are the items planned in advance?”, “could you tell me how to do this too?”.

The answer to the latter is “Yes!” and that’s what this post is about. The answer to the former questions will be answered by the end of this post.

I think it caused so much interest because it seems so implausible. I do see where that perception would come from, but I promise you it’s not just plausible, it’s EASY.

It’s so much easier than you’d think and doesn’t require the types of sacrifices people assume are involved.

I understand the intrigue and upon some further thought, have even nailed down the secret.

And, it does appear to be a secret. In all the research I did in preparation for writing you this guide (which is to say, very very little), I didn’t find anyone really doing it the way that I do.

Are you ready for this?! It’s the magic sauce, the secret ingredient, the hack! And it’s so simple you’re going to feel a bit silly it didn’t occur to you at first. Are you ready?

The secret that makes this so much easier than you ever imagined is…

The wardrobe isn’t static.

Meaning, I don’t buy 30 pieces in April and declare this my Spring/Summer wardrobe and then not shop again until August, for Fall. It’s not a static wardrobe. It’s changeable, variable, continuous!

I spent a large part of my career working as an apparel buyer, apparel merchandiser, and trend forecaster. I care about fashion as any person who loves good design does. Not to mention, special occasions come up where I need something special. Or, I’ll travel and of course, want to do a little shopping wherever I’m at. The point is life isn’t static so I don’t think a wardrobe really can be either (at least not for me anyway).

So, If I’m not saying I don’t limit my buying and I’m not saying that I buy a fixed wardrobe for each season, then what am I saying?

I’m saying that I keep 30 items or less in my wardrobe. Period.

So, that means if….

something new comes into my wardrobe, then something old has got to go out.

If I don’t love it, it goes.

If it doesn’t currently fit me, it goes.

If I haven’t selected it to be worn in weeks, it goes.

If I go shopping and bring home something new, something old goes.

Where does it go? Well, that’s entirely up to you. Initially, for me, a few friends and family members were on the receiving end of my regular clothing purges. Nowadays, it is mostly donated. GoodwillDress for SuccessSecond Chances, are a few I know of and donate to. A cursory google search will likely yield even more.

IF YOU GET, YOU GIVE. IF YOU LEARN, TEACH. – MAYA ANGELOU

It really isn’t difficult at all for me to maintain this. I still get to shop. I still get to seek out and buy clothes that I like. I always have something that I’m happy to wear. And if I don’t, I immediately know that I have to do some purging. I say, “Well, there are 30 items (read: more than enough to find ONE thing to wear) in here. What’s the problem?” And I purge accordingly.

 

So, to answer the question about seasonal clothing. Yes, sure, I have a few sweaters and cardigans packed away and as the weather begins to shift, I’ll start to integrate some of them into my 30. It’s not an all at once proposition. I don’t pick a Sunday in early Fall and pack up or donate Spring/Summer and unpack Fall/Winter. I STICK TO 30 PIECES in my closet. So I wean out Summer and wean in Fall. This pretty much always results in a number of saved pieces getting donated as I find that I’m not the same size or that they didn’t hold up as well as I’d thought etc.. And I buy more, always maintaining the 30 piece limit.

A few people asked about work clothes and going out clothes. Within my 30 item or less limited wardrobe are items from casual tanks and tees to blouses and blazers. Fortunately for me, I can wear jeans to work and my style isn’t really changing from day to night, work to play all that much. So most of the same pieces can do double duty. Also, jeans are not counted in my 30 items (though I still usually have no more than 5-6 pairs).

I’d venture that you could still pull this off with more specific work clothes and specific play clothes, but I’d also offer that you may find an advantage in considering ways to blend those two currently disparate categories into a more blended variety.

A casual tank top on the weekend or under a cardigan on a workday. Or a silk shirt on a weekday and paired with jeans to go out that night. There are ways to make these pieces work harder.

The other key for maintaining such a limited number is buying items in a coordinated palette that is interchangeable. I also recommend you have layer able items that can be mixed and matched. Sure, it’s easy for me as I tend towards neutrals (black, white, gray and blue) and simple (stripes, solids, and textures but not much in the way of a pattern). But even if color is your thing, you can still buy colorful pieces which can be mixed and matched or some colorful or patterned pieces along with some solid layer ables. I don’t restrict myself. If I’m feeling the need for color, I welcome it.

One thing I’ll add is that I have a limited clothing budget. I always have something I’m happy to wear and I always have 30 items or less and I also can bet you I have the same or a lower wardrobe budget each month. I don’t budget very much for clothing at all. It’s not that I don’t like new things, as I’ve said, but if you buy smart and you have pieces which can work harder, you just won’t need as much.

Have your wardrobe work smarter AND harder.

Quality vs. Price

There are pieces in my wardrobe that are quality and cost more and there are pieces in my wardrobe that are fast fashion that I buy to satiate an interest in a trend or that are so specific I know I won’t get a lot of use out of. I wear jeans every single day and tend to invest in those. I invest in good basics I’ll get good use of. I spend less on trends I won’t want to be seen in more than a few times!

When it comes to special events, I can go either way. I have a dress in my current line up of 30 that I bought for a wedding 4 years ago! It’s one of only a few pieces I’ve held on too for so long. It’s black, it’s silk, it was expensive but I also have worn it in the Winter, in the Summer, with sandals, heels, jeans and tights. It’s versatile and has paid for itself many times over. On the other hand, I bought a blush pleated dress for an even this past June that was on a rack at the Shaker Sq. Goodwill by July. I bought it on sale, and in the end, didn’t love it. So it had to go.

So, by now I’ve elaborated a bit on the “what” of capsule wardrobing and the “how”. Here’s the “why”:

The short answer for me is “decision fatigue”.

In decision making and psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making. It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making. (wikipedia)

As a designer, as a business owner, as a mother, as a HUMAN, I make decisions all day long.

ALL.DAY.LONG.

That’s all I do, really. Make choices. What route should I take on my morning run? What should my daughter wear today? What color paint for this clients dining room? Wallpaper the entire room or just a statement wall? What healthy lunch can I come up with for my toddler? Or for me? Which coffee shop to work out of? Square or rectangle cropping for my instagram post? You get the point…big, small, important, frivolous, no matter the context of a decision, they all add up and eventually we make not great ones before we even have a late afternoon snack. (May explain that unhealthy late afternoon snack choice too!).

So for me, any possible way I can be more decisive, mitigate decision fatigue and free up my time, I am all for it. I do not belabor the decision of what to wear. You could blindfold me, I’d reach into my closet, pull out anything and be happy to wear it. And if I’m not, it goes.

And guess what happens then? That shirt goes to someone who will love that garment more and who will get it for free or at thrift store pricing. Maybe they wear it and feel amazing in it and wear it to a job interview or a date. Could it impact someone else’s life?! It makes me happy to wonder.

And, I get to shopping.

win – win. no?

 

Kitchen sink lighting

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Hilariously, (when you're trying to be an optimist anyway!) there isn't a single room in our home that is "complete". It's something I've learned to just live with as these decisions take time and as you all know, there is no such thing as "one" decision when it comes to home decor decisions. One decision is invariably linked to many many others and is typically more like five decisions (at best), to get to the one you originally wanted.

So that I may feel like I'm getting closer to finishing this home (even though I've honestly no brain capacity for it), I figured my kitchen is a good place to find a quick project. This room is the closest to being finished and there are no big decisions, just a few small ones. This is good because I've got no extra decision-making time in my days lately. 

To finish this room, I really just need to think through accessories, add lighting above the sink and find a new rug to tie in some additional warmer colors. 

I decided to do the lighting above the sink as that really is just one single decision! #miracle!

I knew that I wanted something super classic but maybe with a little personality. I pretty much knew what I was looking for and still think it's the one I want but I do like all of these. 

So, what do you guys think? All the lighting options are from Schoolhouse Electric Head to our Instagram post to hear which one I think I'm picking and to tell me which one you like best! 

xo

danielle

DSI Design Dispatch: Palm Springs

When I was 10 years old, my mom, my older sister, and I flew to LA to visit family friends. The trip was described to us as a California and Disneyland vacation, but we were actually there for my mom to see if she wanted to move us from New York to California. My dad had died five months earlier and my mom's childhood friend was trying to convince her to move closer by. Our week-long vacation was spent looking at sub-division model homes, with one day in Disneyland and one day in Palm Springs. Looking back now, especially as a parent, I appreciate my mom's effort to make it a "vacation" at a difficult time. Unfortunately, my only memories of Palm Springs were the long car ride there and back, and my mom's friend telling us that Ronald and Nancy Reagan lived somewhere nearby.

Moorton Botanical Garden, Palm Springs

Moorton Botanical Garden, Palm Springs

Now, as an adult and curious traveller, I had a chance to explore and make better memories of this iconic desert town. My husband, Alex, and our two children have been traveling more lately for work, family, and occasionally by our own design. This time around, Alex had a work conference on his birthday week. Luckily, the grandparents were able to watch the kids so we pieced together a work/vacation getaway sans-kids. 

DAY 1: We picked up our rental car at LAX. 2 hours and 45 minutes later, our Waze app led us to the back entrance of Sparrows Lodge, a 1950's resort turned modern rustic retreat. The only sign we saw read "Under 21 not permitted." After making our way around the dumpsters and high fences, we ended up in an open courtyard with a central barn structure, a pool and gardens on opposite ends. It felt like an oasis summer camp for adults. 

Barn/bar and lounge. Water misters spray in along the entire courtyard, keeping everyone happy.

Barn/bar and lounge. Water misters spray in along the entire courtyard, keeping everyone happy.

Trellis-shaded table in the garden for sharing meals or playing boardgames.

Trellis-shaded table in the garden for sharing meals or playing boardgames.

The bar at Sparrows Lodge doubles as a reception desk—convenient as they served us our check-in sangrias.

The bar at Sparrows Lodge doubles as a reception desk—convenient as they served us our check-in sangrias.

Our moody room. Dimly lit and appointed with rustic/chic furnishings, private patio, rain shower, soaking tub and a buddha statue.

Our moody room. Dimly lit and appointed with rustic/chic furnishings, private patio, rain shower, soaking tub and a buddha statue.

Art in the barn at Sparrows: Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Ellsworth Kelly in one corner! 

Art in the barn at Sparrows: Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Ellsworth Kelly in one corner! 

After a swim in the pool and an aborted game of RISK (from the Lodge's stash of boardgames) we had reservations at Workshop Kitchen+Bar, a restaurant serving American creative with farm and market dishes like, "Bloomsdale spinach, frisée, bougainvillea petals, shoyu vinaigrette, young beet chips and Black Cod with honey-lavender glaze, white corn puree, red frill mustard greens, fresno chino and garlic ferment." The place received a James Beard award for its restaurant design, but that's not to say the food isn't excellent. It is. They have a serious cocktail game and our main dishes were served personally by the chef, which was a nice treat. After dinner, we did some window shopping since the restaurant was in the middle of Palm Springs Uptown Design District.

Mid-century vintage furniture shops (like a La MOD, above) line North Palm Canyon Drive.

Mid-century vintage furniture shops (like a La MOD, above) line North Palm Canyon Drive.

We played The Price is Right with this $8,500 Milo Baughman credenza. We were sooooo off.

We played The Price is Right with this $8,500 Milo Baughman credenza. We were sooooo off.

We found this waiting for us outside our door at Sparrows. Good night!

We found this waiting for us outside our door at Sparrows. Good night!

DAY 2: The next morning we had a light breakfast served in the barn/lounge and headed out for Joshua Tree National Park—about a 50 min. drive from Palm Springs. We stopped off at Natural Sisters, for giant sandwiches and lemon-green tea smoothies (can't wait to make this at home all summer) and headed into the Park. Last summer we dragged our kids around camping in National Parks in Utah and Wyoming for three weeks. It felt good to be back in the Parks System, now more than ever. We stopped off at the visitor center to talk to a park ranger and grab a map (those black-striped, collectible, information laden ones) and bottles of water and started our driving tour. If you haven’t been to a National Park, most of them are set up to be seen via car with stops along the way, but the most memorable way to experience the parks is to get out of the car and hike in. With 97-degree heat and altitude hiking was a challenge, but we did find some places to explore off road, staying on the shady sides of the massive rock formations to see the variety of vegetation and even little creatures like roadrunners.

Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park. 

Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park. 

Here is my Joshua Tree that I found out of the thousands dotting the landscape. It’s like finding your pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

Here is my Joshua Tree that I found out of the thousands dotting the landscape. It’s like finding your pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

By the way, just in case you have the idea to look for it, THE joshua tree from U2’s 1987 album isn’t here. Though the photographer shot in Joshua Tree National Park, the famous photo was actually taken off the side of a highway near Death Valley. A Superfan went about to locate the tree and found the fallen remains of the 200 year old tree in 2001 and illegally erected a bronze plaque at the site that reads "Have you found what you are looking for?" :)

Later that evening, we checked into the JW Marriott in Palm Desert where Alex's conference was being held. This place felt like a shopping mall compared to Sparrows with its shops,  golf course, and water taxies that take guests from the main lobby to the onsite restaurants. The room was soulless and tired looking, but with clean linens, a Starbucks, and a gym, it worked for us. The next day, I went out exploring solo.

DAY 3: After a morning at the hotel gym and spa, I headed out. For me, architecture viewing is like going to the movies. It’s entertainment that I appreciate as an audience member. Since I like history and I like design, it's a nice marriage of the two. I tried to email a modern tour company a couple of weeks before our trip, but got no response so I downloaded the Palm Springs Modern Tour app and went solo. I didn’t know much about the architectural history of Palm Springs, only that Richard Neutra designed a home for Pittsburgh retail magnate, Edgar J. Kaufmann 10 years after Frank Lloyd Wright finished building Fallingwater for him in Mill Run, PA. I had visited Fallingwater for my birthday a couple of years ago (actually, the last time we went on vacation without our kids) and became fascinated by the Don Draperesque, Kaufmann and his drama filled relationship with FLW. I wanted to see the house that Kaufmann ditched Pittsburgh and Fallingwater for. 

Aside: If you are interested in architecture history that reads like a soap opera, I recommend Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House by Franklin Toker.

Unfortunately, like most houses on the tour, the Kaufmann Desert House is a private residence, so all I could see was from the road. But the app provides you with some interior photos, videos and sound bites, a bargain at $4.99.

The Kaufmann Desert House was designed by Richard Neutra and built in 1946

The Kaufmann Desert House was designed by Richard Neutra and built in 1946

The benefit of a self-guided tour (on top of saving 75 bucks) is that you can go your own pace and choose what interests you the most. Mid-century design is all over town. Even the Kentucky Fried Chicken has an inverted, butterfly roofline. I focused my tour mostly on the residential neighborhoods of Las Palmas and Twin Palms Estates.

I stopped off for late lunch and rehydration at Holiday House, the sister hotel to Sparrows that just opened a month ago. Afterwards, the manager showed me one of their rooms—brand new and sparkling with charm. I texted Alex and told him we were switching our last night to the Holiday House. It was worth the packing, unpacking, repacking and cheaper than the Marriott too!

Maybe it was because it was the last stop on my self-guided tour, but my favorite was a set of seven modest homes on the northern edge of town called the Alexander Steel Houses. Forget tiny houses. Why aren’t we making these anymore? Actually the app tells you that the dramatic rise in the price of steel was responsible for the halt in production. 

1,400 sq. ft. prefab Alexander Steel House, designed by Donald Wexler, 1960-1962.

1,400 sq. ft. prefab Alexander Steel House, designed by Donald Wexler, 1960-1962.

DAY 4: I headed up to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, figuring it was a tourist trap. It is, but it seemed like an iconic piece of PS and the promise that the summit temperatures were 30 degrees cooler than in the valley below sounded really good. After a quick drive up to the base station, and a few minutes wait, I was corralled into the tram car with 30 others—mostly European tourists—and we rapidly ascended 6,000+ feet in 10 minutes. At the top, it's striking how the side of the mountain that you just ascended is arid desert, but on the other side is a lush alpine forest. The mountain range is so high, the weather can't cross over the top. I wished my kids were here for the in-real-life environmental science lesson. Jacinto State Park is at the top of the mountain with viewing platforms, a restaurant and café and miles of hiking trails. In the winter, there are activities like snowshowing, sledding, and cross-country skiing.

Two trams run up and down every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the season.

Two trams run up and down every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the season.

View of the Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault from 8,500 feet.

View of the Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault from 8,500 feet.

View of Jacinto State Park on the other side of the mountain.

View of Jacinto State Park on the other side of the mountain.

Lunch stop at Kings Highway, a former Denny's that was converted into Ace Hotel's restaurant. 

Lunch stop at Kings Highway, a former Denny's that was converted into Ace Hotel's restaurant. 

The hotel area is a converted Howard Johnson. Even their parking lot is photogenic.

The hotel area is a converted Howard Johnson. Even their parking lot is photogenic.

After lunch, I visited Moorten Botanical Garden, a timeless little half-acre piece of dusty earth that is well worth visiting. Admission is $5 with tours twice a day.

Just park on the street.

Just park on the street.

A desert jungle.

A desert jungle.

Watching people watching plants. This plant in the foreground is called Elephant Bush. I have one that is  one tenth the size in a little pot at home. 

Watching people watching plants. This plant in the foreground is called Elephant Bush. I have one that is  one tenth the size in a little pot at home. 

Bench tile and flower petals share the same shade of yellow.

Bench tile and flower petals share the same shade of yellow.

Self-titled "World's Largest Cactarium."

Self-titled "World's Largest Cactarium."

I drove back to the hotel to pick up Alex and our bags and headed back to Palm Springs. We stopped off for drinks at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel, designed by potter-turned-furniture designer-turned-interior designer, Jonathan Adler. The Parker was booked when I was planning our trip, but I wanted to check out Mr. Adler's handiwork. There was no shortage of bar options and design eye candy once we walked through the 16 ft glossy orange double doors. We were deciding between a drink at the “mini-bar” or at their patio restaurant, Norma's (their restaurant, Mr. Parker's wasn't open yet). We decided on their recently opened wine bar, Counter Reformation.

We shared tasting wines offered in 3oz sizes, ordered small plates (hen-of-the-woods, braised artichoke) from their bar menu, snacked on olives, fresh bread and chatted with the super-friendly bartenders. When we finally settled our tab they filled our glasses and encouraged us to walk around the grounds to check out all of the fun hidden spaces in this Alice-in-Wonderland-like hotel. The hotel's website has a series of hilariously cheesy promo videos that do a good job walking you through the grounds.

Parker Palm Springs hotel lobby.

Parker Palm Springs hotel lobby.

and lounge. 

and lounge. 

Counter Reformation wine bar at Parker Palm Springs. The Inama Vin Soave was our favorite.

Counter Reformation wine bar at Parker Palm Springs. The Inama Vin Soave was our favorite.

Hide-n-seek. A labyrinth of garden paths lead guests around the grounds.

Hide-n-seek. A labyrinth of garden paths lead guests around the grounds.

Oversize globe lights by the poolside patio.

Oversize globe lights by the poolside patio.

Hallways recreated from "The Shining." The doors are painted red.

Hallways recreated from "The Shining." The doors are painted red.

We arrived at Holiday House early evening and skipped our welcome rosé since we just came from the wine bar and were quite content. After check-in and a quick change into our bathing suits, we had a swim and a soak in the whirlpool. The lounge has a great collection of art and coffee table books. I couldn't put down Lee Radziwill's photo-biography, Lee (Assouline, 2016).

Holiday House's lounge and bar.

Holiday House's lounge and bar.

Our super-SoCal room.

Our super-SoCal room.

Love this message that came with our love beads at check-in. 

Love this message that came with our love beads at check-in. 

We borrowed hotel bikes (high on cute, low on performance) and road to dinner.

We borrowed hotel bikes (high on cute, low on performance) and road to dinner.

Great sushi in the middle of the desert makes no sense, but it’s here. We rode down Palm Canyon (the town's main drag) to a strip mall sushi joint that the Parker's concierge told us about. Kiyosaku serves actual Japanese sushi in America—no dragons or rainbows here, just traditional, simple sushi with fresh merchandise like Santa Monica Uni. Enjoy the gregarious chef, Kiyo, from Tokyo who will tell you about his merchant marine days before he settled in Palm Springs. Ignore the wall-to-wall carpeting, but do notice the wall of famous patrons photos, including a photo of Barry Manilow (who happened to once own the Kaufmann Desert House, pre-restoration). This place isn’t cheap, despite the misleading decor, but it will not disappoint you.

We rode our bikes back under a full moon along the quiet, unlit South Belardo Road on its nice, wide bike lane. Belardo runs parallel to Palm Canyon.

Outdoor sculpture and full moon peeking out at Holiday House.

Outdoor sculpture and full moon peeking out at Holiday House.

We got back to the hotel early enough to walk through Villagefest, the weekly Thursday night street fair where they close six blocks of Palm Canyon for food, live music, and street vendors (mostly tchotchkes). The stores stay open late as well and draw a festive crowd of tourists, townies and their dogs, all out enjoying the cool, night air. We stopped off for some strawberry horchata agua fresca and pretty palettas. We would have to head back to LA the next day before catching our flight back home. Good memories! 

There is so much to do in PS. We were here off-season so things were mellow (and hot!) but events like Coachella music festival, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and Palm Springs Film Festival keep this town busy. We happened to be in town for Restaurant Week which is a good indicator to me that we were in the low season. Below are links to the places I wrote about and a few more on my list for next time. 

xx, 

Lizzy


A video note from Danielle

Happy Summer Solstice, friends! 

As an addendum to yesterday's blog post, I wanted to take a moment to share more info with you from a more personal perspective and through a more personal medium. 

I so look forward to serving you and I hope you'll consider how I can help you. I am booking consultations as early as August, so don't hesitate to schedule your home Feng Shui Assessment or a lecture for your organization, today! You can reach out to me here.

Thanks again for watching and HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Feng Shui for the Modern Home

By the end of the year (hopefully by Summer's end), we'll be offering a new category of services.

Feng Shui for the modern home will be available as it's own category of services or as an add-on for our existing design clients. We'll be offering workshops, ebooks, and more, all on the topic of how you may use Feng Shui, (either on your own or with my help), to enhance your life through enhancing your space! 

This room isn't perfect (design or feng shui-wise), but I wanted to draw attention to some VERY easy ways to instantly improve the feng shui of any room in your house! Just add people, plants, and pets!!! As a practitioner, I'm always assessing the flow of Ch'i (positive energy) and a great way to enhance it's flow around your space is by the placement of the furniture. Another thing we take serious consideration of is the balance of the five elements.  Of the myriad ways to elementally balance your home, we consider the nourishing and controlling cycles of those elements. For example, I point out the use of "metal" (one of the 5 elements) around the mouth of the "fire"place.  Metal controls fire and provides more harmony. 

This room isn't perfect (design or feng shui-wise), but I wanted to draw attention to some VERY easy ways to instantly improve the feng shui of any room in your house! Just add people, plants, and pets!!!

As a practitioner, I'm always assessing the flow of Ch'i (positive energy) and a great way to enhance it's flow around your space is by the placement of the furniture. Another thing we take serious consideration of is the balance of the five elements.  Of the myriad ways to elementally balance your home, we consider the nourishing and controlling cycles of those elements. For example, I point out the use of "metal" (one of the 5 elements) around the mouth of the "fire"place.  Metal controls fire and provides more harmony. 

Feng Shui (pronounced: fung shway) is the ancient Chinese art of placement. Not a stretch that an Interiors professional should care about such things yet it's largely left out of the modern interior design conversation. There is a sort of "hippy" connotation to it but I assure you it will work just as well for anyone from any background and with any particular interests. You don't have to do anything but be open-minded to it's power.

And, though I'm a modern day designer, this ancient Chinese practice is a perfect companion to my work. Whether you live in a colonial, a mid-century modern, contemporary home or even a cabin in the woods, Feng Shui can work for you.

Additionally, Feng Shui can work for your small home office to a corporate headquarters. Any space can be assessed and enhanced to improve the quality of your work and those that work for you. 

My love affair with Feng Shui began in or around 1999. I went to a Feng Shui talk at a local health food store and it resonated so deeply with me. I was intrigued and went on to buy Terah Kathryn Collins' book: The Western Guide to Feng Shui and now, nearly 20 years later, I am a student of hers nearing practitioner certification.

Often, people are surprised to hear that I have studied this art for so long. Dear friends of mine don't even know this about me. I laugh now when I think that I'd kept this interest at bay for so long simply because it felt "off brand" for my business(es). I now realize that it's my responsibility to share this knowledge as it's too intricately involved in my life as a designer not to. And, because my passion for this practice has continued to increase rather than diminish.

That increase is due to witnessing and benefiting from it's power first hand. My deciding to launch an interiors business last year, to finally become certified in Feng Shui, and to offer you these services is a result of my enhancing the "career" bagua of my own home...my foyer. (see before and afters below).

I've seen, experienced, and felt the power of Feng Shui first hand for nearly two decades and I can't NOT see things through my Feng Shui eyes. I've been practicing intuitively - as many of you already are!

What is particularly exciting for me, is that I will be marrying two passions: modern interiors + lifestyles to my deep appreciation for the ancient art of Feng Shui. 

I think, indeed this will be fulfilling a niche that I see as necessary. There is a major shift happening within our society right now. Amidst the chaos of politics and terror, I'm seeing so many people, myself included, turn to personal wellness in a deeper and more committed way. Feng Shui is an extension of that experience that is currently lacking in the mainstream design lifestyle dialogue.

I am deeply immersed in a lifestyle that values beauty and good design, I have made a career out of it. And that is not going to change but I needed it to evolve.

I think it's OK to care about good design even though there are *more important* things I could be caring about. It's in my DNA, it's who I am to care about design, but it feels really good to evolve that into a practice that is about more than a room just looking good. It's about how that room is making you feel. How that room is literally changing your life for better or for worse, because the design choices we make actually have that much power.

I'd love the opportunity to explain how and show you how to take that power back and enhance your life along the way.

There are times when Feng Shui is ideal to consider. Though I could argue it's always important, deeper examination and analysis of a space can be a handy tool when there is a specific area of your life in need of enhancing.

Feeling like your career is stagnant or worse, in jeopardy? Perhaps you're creatively blocked, or possibly even in financial or relationship turmoil. These are some of the areas of your life that can become enhanced by employing Feng Shui properly. It's true and it's very powerful.

This practice is far more personal than typical interior design consulting. For that reason, every client consultation will be administered with the utmost respect, care, and discretion. 

I've been feeling a pull for years to live my life more in service than to simply covet material things. This journey is an opportunity for me to do just that.

But don't worry, I still like pretty things and will continue to design with and around them I'll just be doing some real good along the way!

Curious to at least learn more?

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or contact us here.

Thanks for reading today and always,

Danielle

 

 

Statement-Making Table Lamps

Table lamps often fall into the "accessory" category. This tends to make them an afterthought in the design process.

But, sometimes, they can be a star and even drive the design direction a room takes or steal the show. 

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I've rounded up eight lamps that are inspiring our designs right now. When I look at these lamps, I just get giddy imagining the room they are a part of, it's got to be a fabulous room, no?

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What do you think? Do you buy lamps first or last when you're assembling a room? Do you tend towards a "safe" or neutral style lamp or go bold?

We'll continue the conversation over on our Instagram account, check it out and let us know if you like any of these and/or how you choose lamps.

Thanks for stopping by!

d.

 

Dream Homes: Endicott

Shaker Heights, a city on the National Register of Historic Places, is a diverse community with grand architecture from the 20's to mid-century. On my morning walks throughout my community, I always wonder what some of these homes look like inside.  Recently, I found out! (At least as it pertains to 2685 Endicott shown above )

A friend of mine who works with the Cathy Lesueur team at Howard Hanna, (a team with 30+ years of selling some of the greatest homes that Northeast Ohio has to offer) took me inside.

Now, the home, currently staged to sell, has so much to offer! AMAZING details throughout but of course, I couldn't help myself but to mock-up what I might consider doing in what was my favorite room of the home: The morning room (or so I called it!).

Take a look below to see the "before" and the imagined "after". I was inspired to be eclectic and mix genres. Take these classic bones and add to them modern details. A favorite thing to do of mine.

Below that you can scroll through additional images of the home. 

So this is the "morning room" as it currently exists. Grand windows opening up to the garden out back, an octagonal shape and lots of great millwork and molding details. 

So, in my version, I just couldn't help but imagine bold pops of color and modern elements intermixing with the windows and molding treatments of this beautiful and classic space. I think I'd rather enjoy starting my day in this room every day! 

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Here are a few more pics of the house but check the rest out here!

check out the official listing here!

I had fun going through this home and imagining what I might do in there. We'll try to bring you more from this series over the next year. Thanks for stopping by and visit Instagram for more pics!

Heart Ball

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post all about the color red, in support of an initiative that I support: Go Red for Women, an American Heart Association initiative. Well, I'm back with a personal update and some information about the upcoming HEART BALL

First of all, let me tell you this post is not so much about interiors. That is the industry we're in and the primary focus of this blog, but I think a personal blog from time to time is probably OK, don't you think?

Back in January, at the time I was writing about the Go Red for Women initiative, I was personally at my highest weight and least healthy state. I had felt like a bit of a hypocrite writing about what it meant to go red for women (healthy diet and exercise etc.) as I wasn't doing those things at the time, myself. 

This experience did remind me though, that I ought to be. It reminded me that my heart health is important and vitally so, particularly as I have a young daughter that I want to be around a long time for and that I want to set a healthy example for.

It alone did not change me in January. But, it did wake me up and finally this past April, as I was just about to turn 40-years-old, I decided it was time to make a change. For good. Not to simply lose weight but to change my life. 

{Scenes from my morning runs + walks. I love taking in all of the beautiful homes in the area I live in. Mine is a modest sweet little home, but we're surrounded by such grand, beautiful homes with stunning views. If I'd only thought about my love of homes as a motivator to getting out and running sooner!}

I have so much to be thankful for in my life: my husband and daughter, my successful career, my loving friends and family, yet for too long, I'd been dragged down by the lethargy of my unhealthy ways. I no longer wanted to just look longingly upon the habits I wanted to embody and think that those were reserved for "other, healthy" people. I deserved them and could achieve them too, it just required a commitment to it and when you really stop and think about it, why should it be difficult to literally commit to doing what you wanted to do?

So, I began my journey.

Early on, I knew that a workout buddy wasn't necessarily the right solution for me, though the accountability that it typically provides is! So, I started a private Instagram engagement pod (basically a private conversation that takes place entirely through Instagram messaging) and a separate Instagram account for my health and fitness endeavors to have two outlets of accountability for myself. 

These two outlets proved to be an incredible source of motivation for me. And, in a way, because I had created the private instagram group, I felt that I had to set a good example. So, I "couldn't" slack on it. You may consider starting your own accountability group, or joining one. They are a great source of daily inspiration and motivation.

Between my private group and my new fitness instagram account, I told myself that I "have to" post daily on how I was living healthfully that day. This helps ensure that I do, in fact, do something to live healthfully that day!

I also have recorded my intentions for the day every single day for the last 5 weeks into a simple FIT journal I picked up at Target on a whim. I'd owned it for months before starting my first daily entry but now, I've found that upon my waking at 5:30, I set my intention in that journal and every day, I meet that intention.

My journey has been 5 weeks long and I am half-way to my weight goal. I do plan to continue to build muscle beyond that goal and don't care what that does to my number, I just want to be strong and healthy and keep up with my 2-year-old!

Below are a few pics from my rundanzirun Instagram account. I do run again, but I also walk on average, 12,500 steps per day. That baseline goal of 10k steps per day - which I've met (and exceeded) for a month now, ensures that I am always being active. I do not take any rest days from steps. This is just an active lifestyle. Additionally, I do a workout (mostly 21-day fix) 5-6 days per week. This is what I want my lifestyle to be. An active one. This is helping ensure my own heart health.

I've also received a lot of great advice and guidance from my cousin Calie, who is a health coach based in LA but can work with anyone, anywhere. Her sister Autumn's 21-day-fix workouts have been building my strength and confidence nearly daily now for almost 21-days!

I guess this lifestyle is in my blood!

The American Heart Association was kind enough to invite me to this year's Heart Ball. I am particularly excited because It gives me more motivation to be fit and healthy as I'll have a black tie event to get all dressed up for now! Though, it should be noted...I am not getting fit for the sole purpose of losing weight. I have been carrying too much weight, it's true. But, it had been making me so very lethargic and tired all the time. Celebrating my 40th birthday was the final motivator for me. I knew that if I didn't start this healthy lifestyle right away, I would become more vulnerable to cardiovascular issues than I already had begun to be. 

And that is what the AHA is all about! Their mission is:

Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. 

Well, that is something I am very proud to support!

I hope you'll consider joining me on Saturday, June 10th 2017 at the downtown Cleveland Hilton for a night of so much fun and glamour!

6pm

cocktail reception

silent auction

7:30 pm

dinner

live auction

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9:30pm

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overtime party BEGINS!!!

The event is a black tie event (so fun!!!!) and includes valet parking. If you haven't yet been to the fabulous downtown Cleveland Hilton, now is your chance and do it in style no less!

I hope you'll also join me in my journey back to a healthy lifestyle. We can lift each other up and encourage each other in reaching and surpassing goals. It's a lifestyle shift that improves every other area of your life while you're at it! find me on Instagram: @rundanzirun

Thanks for your letting me slide this non-design post in. I promise I won't do it often and though the AHA did provide me tickets, every single word here was heartfelt and my own. This journey has been life changing. 

Get your tickets to this year's Heart Ball HERE!

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More design posts coming up! 

Up next: a look at a 1920's gem currently for sale. We'll show you the house and mock up what we would love to do with it if we were buying it! 

Coming soon: A Feng Shui for the Modern home Sneak Peek! We'll soon be offering these services and we first want to tell you a little general information about how Feng Shui works and how it can change your life! 

 

DSI Design Dispatch: Barbados

 

Hello, friends! Danielle here! We've been a little behind on keeping in touch with you here. I'm sorry about that! The good news is, we've got lots of great content coming up and planned for the Summer! 

One new series we're sharing today and throughout the rest of Summer, is our DSI DESIGN DISPATCH series and it will be coming to us from DSI design contributor, Lizzy Lee Golden.

Lizzy assists on our E-design and residential projects from her home base in Connecticut. With a long career in the graphic design world, she has recently broadened her focus to include interiors and we're so lucky that she did!  

In addition to her design work, over the next 3-4 months, Lizzy will be dispatching back to us her design findings while doing some Summer traveling Stateside and in Europe with her family. Personally, I have not been able to get out and travel as much as I'd normally like to of late so I'm thrilled to travel vicariously through her! Hope you'll join us!

So, I'll turn this blog over now to Lizzy for the first installment of our dispatch series!


Hello DSI friends! I’m so excited to share with you posts and pics from summery locations all season long. We’ll be heading to some amazing places—from the California desert, to the Catskills, and to European farmlands—with distinct design and cultures to inspire us.

Our first spot is the breezy Virgin Island of Barbados—the birthplace of rum and of even more cultural significance, Rihanna. Some of my favorite things beyond the insta-perfect beaches and friendly, laid-back Bajans:

  • candy colored houses
  • wild windswept farmlands
  • Island's weekly fish fry/night market/dance party 
  • fresh-cut roadside coconuts
  • driving on the left side of the road

I’m here for a family celebration with my in-laws, their kids, and grandkids. There are 14 of us so this is hardly the boho backpacker experience or romantic getaway. Even so, I’m finding some quality relax-time and I'm able to pick up some design inspo (when not waiting around for everyone to get sunscreened). We’re staying in a villa with ocean views that’s frankly pretty ostentatious as most villa rentals that fit 14 people tend to be. I’m not feeling very design inspired from this party pad but being comfortable is nice and the pool and chef that come with the house are keeping everyone happy. This is the longest I can remember going without cooking or cleaning—I've never been on one but I'm guessing this is what it's like to be on a cruise without having to actually be on a cruise.

After a 5 hour flight and a hot, dusty drive, everyone was happy to jump in the pool. 

After a 5 hour flight and a hot, dusty drive, everyone was happy to jump in the pool. 

There are a lot of group activities; beach days, fishing trips, a gospel brunch and not a lot of time for exploring solo, but St. Nicholas Abbey, a nearby sugar cane plantation and rum distillery is pretty remarkable, historically and architecturally speaking. This is the sleeper design highlight of the trip…

This 17th century Jacobean mansion was owned by a succession of British plantation owners over the past 350 years, including Benedict Cumberbatch's great, great uncle. I like history—even the sad, complicated parts (well, most all of history is sad and complicated). The bright side to this story is that it's now owned by a Bajan family who is committed to restoring the place and preserving its history.

This 17th century Jacobean mansion was owned by a succession of British plantation owners over the past 350 years, including Benedict Cumberbatch's great, great uncle. I like history—even the sad, complicated parts (well, most all of history is sad and complicated). The bright side to this story is that it's now owned by a Bajan family who is committed to restoring the place and preserving its history.

Tiffany blue drawing room with seashell chandelier.

Tiffany blue drawing room with seashell chandelier.

I live an hour from the coast so I shy away from beachy home things but if you are seaside or just have more confidence (that's all you really need) and are handy with a glue gun, go for it! and send us a pic!

I live an hour from the coast so I shy away from beachy home things but if you are seaside or just have more confidence (that's all you really need) and are handy with a glue gun, go for it! and send us a pic!

This space has so much texture and eye candy.

This space has so much texture and eye candy.

1780 Sheraton sideboard tucked in the dining room's thick plaster walls with cedar paneling.

1780 Sheraton sideboard tucked in the dining room's thick plaster walls with cedar paneling.

1746 Chippendale staircase has a different pattern on each floor.

1746 Chippendale staircase has a different pattern on each floor.

Taxidermy anyone? Sadly, half of these little guys can't be identified today because they are extinct.

Taxidermy anyone? Sadly, half of these little guys can't be identified today because they are extinct.

Wherever I travel, I always play the game of imagining what my life would be like if I lived there. What would I do? Where would I buy my groceries? Where would I live? I can imagine a breezy little hillside bungalow under mahoganies and palms…

…like this one that I pass by/stalk on my morning jog.

…like this one that I pass by/stalk on my morning jog.

…or this one! I'm not picky. ;)

…or this one! I'm not picky. ;)

…and this guy hanging out at Bathsheba beach would be my kind of dog.

…and this guy hanging out at Bathsheba beach would be my kind of dog.

When I get back home I'm going to have to get to work on my patio game with some serious hammock research. Though, I can’t live in Barbados, I can hang up a hammock and enjoy cocktails with Angostura bitters. Thanks for traveling with me! Next month…we head to Palm Springs! 

xx, 
Lizzy
dispatching from St. James, Barbados

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Bajan Rum Punch

"One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, and, four of weak…"

  • 1 part fresh lime juice (sour)

  • 2 parts simple syrup (sweet)

  • 3 parts dark rum from Barbados like Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum (strong)

  • 4 parts water (this is the "weak" though go for half fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and half water for a citrusy summer drink)

Garnish each glass with 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters and fresh grated nutmeg.
Serve over plenty of ice.

Danielle's House 1 Year Later: Living Room

We're back with another installment of transformation pictures from my house. I was kind of holding out until we got our 2nd sofa and a few other odds and ends wrapped up but they stopped selling the sofa we wanted and I haven't lifted a finger in this house in six months, so now is as good a time as any! Plus, the transformation just in the first 6 months really felt like a big enough change towards personalizing it, that however incomplete, is worth sharing.

This series is not a quick and concise visual tour, I'll share our first impressions, the initial plan, the thought process behind each decision and ultimately where we are now and where we still plan to go. Some photos (the good ones, duh! were taken by Suzuran Photography, but a lot of the supplemental (less pretty photos) are just taken by me.

So, without any further ado. This is my living room from the real estate listing to where it is now and where it has been a few stops along the way!

THE BEFORE PICTURES

{There's a tiny sneak peek into the "before pics" of the den in a few of the above images, but we'll save the full transformation of that room for another day.}

{There's a tiny sneak peek into the "before pics" of the den in a few of the above images, but we'll save the full transformation of that room for another day.}


We had a 60-day close on our house and so I had 60 days to think about what we wanted to do with the space. I focused all energy on our living room, foyer and dining room as the den would be an easy temporary fix and the kitchen was nearly done and the upstairs (with the exception of Penny's room, could wait). 

I put together an initial mood board for our living room prior to moving in and pretty damn near stuck exactly to it. 

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We wanted an almost equal balance of modern and classic elements. To accomplish this, we created a modern shell as we'll describe  below, but wanted furniture that had elements of classic (leather, marble, antique, button-tufted, wing-back,) but done in a modern way (clean-lines, fresh prints or fabrics, light and airy).

So, we were working with a nice bones colonial living room. The room is long and narrow, the fireplace is not centered across from the wall or entry and the doors to the den were giving bad rental vibes due to a million layers of paint. Also, we got the feeling that maybe the previous owners actually must have had colored walls at one point and just painted them in white primer to put it on the market, as every wall down here (except the den) was a white primer finish.

So the list as we saw it upon moving in, was:

  • Paint everything. All trim and chair rail in SW Snowbound (a white) with the surface walls above the chair rail in SW Snowfall, which is pretty much the lightest gray ever. It reads a lot like white but with a touch more depth to it. We love it. The other thing we did to add depth and draw out the historical trim original to the 1928 home, was to paint the wall under the chair rail not in the same color as the wall above the chair rail, but instead in the same white we used for the trim (but in a satin finish as opposed to the semi-gloss we used on the trim).
  • strip all the paint off the den doors and glass (yes, and glass!) and paint black
  • re-orient the furniture arrangement to be centered on the fireplace and conversational. We did not want our tv in this room and could thereby orient furniture without having to take that into consideration.
  • update the polished silver window hardware, take down old blinds and replace curtains.

This photo is early on. We bought the loveseat from the plan. (We had to have a loveseat as there is just not much width in the room if you're centering on the fireplace, which we were determined to for better conversational seating.) A loveseat provided 2-3 seats when guests are over but still left plenty of walkway around the setting. (We have a separate sectional for lounging in the den).

We selected a narrow rectangle coffee table with ample surface area for playing with Penny or entertaining guests. Initially, we didn't want to spend the money on two leather loveseats, so we "temporarily" bought a loveseat and two Ikea wing back chairs. The two chairs felt too contrived and also were too high for the loveseat with both of them there, so we ended up moving one of the chairs to the playroom and instead including a vintage bentwood rocker. We wanted a bentwood rocker really bad (it was in the original mood!) but bought the two ikea chairs because we didn't know when we'd find one and literally within weeks of moving in our next door neighbors (who were moving) put one on their treelawn!

hardware from crate & barrel and curtains from west elm.

hardware from crate & barrel and curtains from west elm.

Anyway, In January, when we decided we were ready to spend the money on another leather sofa, it was too late as the loveseat is apparently discontinued. Undecided about what to do, we just kind of stopped worrying about it, for now and are still living with the loveseat, wingback and rocker. 

Keeping the main setting somewhat smaller in scale gives the allusion of more space, but still provides plenty of functional seating for entertaining.

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The photo above is an early version of the other side of the room. This is a great photo to see the ever-so-slight variation in wall color. We wanted white walls but didn't. You know what I mean? We wanted that bright, clean, and modern look that white walls bring but being a colonial, we also wanted a little more warmth and tradition. Having a different color above the chair rail is a nod to the traditional bones and the particular colors feel modern. 

Also, you can see the replacement window hardware in the photo above. The big regret of this room is not installing that hardware all the way up closer to the crown molding. This would give this fairly small room more height. Also, I thought I was ordering one shade lighter of gray velvet curtains, these are just a touch muddier than I wanted. Ultimately these will likely get replaced but with no urgency.

The big win here is the doors to the den. The glass looks a little dirty/cloudy but it's as clean as we've been able to figure out getting them after stripping at least FIVE COATS OF PAINT off of them.

The above two images are looking into the den. We placed our vintage mid century buffet to the left of the den entrance and have since rotated the art and moved the sofa to the opposite side of the fireplace from where it sits here.

Below, is another project we took on for the whole first floor. We replaced all the electrical outlets and plate covers. In the dining and living rooms, we decided to intentionally draw you in by either stripping and polishing the original brass plates or by replacing them with new ones from House of Antique Hardware. We decided that wherever we were using the brass plates, we preferred the black electrical sockets to the white ones which were there. 

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This past holiday we bought this huge airplane photo. I absolutely LOVE it. Though I am not one to keep art in the same place for very long, I do think it's a great way to utilize that huge surface wall with otherwise no function. 

We REALLy want to add hard-wired wall sconces to the walls on either side of the entrance to this room. We need better lighting in here and I'm not willing to hardwire a ceiling light but wall sconces would be a great classic addition to this space! I still love the original sconces I put on our mood board above but I'm sure by the time we get around to this project I'll have changed my mind. 

where the artworks and plants remain is still TBD. In the meantime, the plants have doubled in size and themselves believe this corner is their rightful home!

We hit the ground running with the living room, then lost a little steam, gained it back up and promptly lost it again. 

The big item that's outstanding is a second loveseat, which we had planned to get but apparently didn't decide to in time because when we went to buy it after the holidays we discovered it was sold out! 

The things we see as still needing to happen in this room currently include:

  • final lighting solutions
  • a long term mantel solution
  • etegere for corner
  • a second loveseat 
  • additional storage bench potentially

Since we're here, let's just take a quick look at the transformation of our small foyer too! The two images below are the only two images I have of the "before", white paned door, white walls, old tile, flush mount ceiling light.

Being that not a single room in this home is complete, even this tiny foyer is still lacking a replacement flush mount ceiling light and either a mirror or art to put on the main wall in there. That said, we've definitely made big changes in that we've replaced the floor tiles, added a bold paint color and new wall hooks.

SO, there you have it. Not perfect. But we love it just the same! It's always been great for entertaining, reading, playing with Penny in and just all around feeling like 'us'. 

We still have a few more 1 year updates to share (kitchen, powder room, Penny's bedroom, den, stairs and upstairs hallway, upstairs bathroom, master bedroom, upstairs bonus room) and then as any big big changes occur to the rooms we've covered, we'll share those as well. 

I really appreciate your visit today! It's Wednesday, so the week's halfway over! What weekend warrior projects do you have on the list? Let's talk more over on Instagram! 

xo

danielle

 

Material Love: Terrazzo

Listen, I am so in love with Terrazzo right now. I've simply GOT to find a project to use it in.

Maybe it's because it reminds of the mall I grew up going to, built in probably the 50's or 60's, it was dripping in terrazzo (or at least my memory thinks it was). 

I was hoping to use it in a commercial application recently and I reached out to a few of the surface material suppliers I've worked with and they all said the same thing: "We stopped offering terrazzo years ago!" and "I don't know anyone who offers terrazzo!". 

We did work out a solution for that particular commercial client and it's going to be amazing, but, not terrazzo. That's ok. I'll find another use for it yet! 

It's just that terrazzo is rarely used in mainstream design these days. I'm seeing it pop up in European applications regularly but rarely here. 

So, what is terrazzo?

Wikipedia says:  

"Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of chips of marblequartzgraniteglass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder (for chemical binding), polymeric (for physical binding), or a combination of both. Metal strips divide sections, or changes in color or material in a pattern. Additional chips may be sprinkled atop the mix before it sets. After it is cured it is ground and polished smooth or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface."

It goes back to the neolithic period (A LONG TIME AGO, so long in fact that it predates production of fired pottery by a thousand years!).

In recent years, the binding agent has shifted towards epoxy, which offers more of a range of colors and is less susceptible to chipping but can only be used indoors.

Also, one of my favorite ways to see terrazzo done is with brass dividers between sections like this:

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There are (as it says below) limitless options of terrazzo and that is perhaps, one of the most exciting aspects of this material. Also, as some of the photos in this post reflect, the material can be used in so many different ways, including: floors, walls, custom molds, furnishings and as counters!

What do you guys think? would you use it in your home anywhere or do you think it should be more for commercial use? I know a few mid century home's I can imagine these puppies in:

Well, there is really endless inspo over on Pinterest. While you're over there, stop by, peruse our boards and give us a follow if you would!

Thanks for stopping by and though we've been slacking on this blog lately, we've got some fun travel/design posts planned coming up! Stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

Two Big Girl Room Mood Boards

It's not time yet for me to start moving Penny into a big girl bed/room, but here at DSI, we have been exploring a few options to share with you. This is for design-minded parents who want their kids to have a kid-friendly and creativity or comfort-inducing room but one which they'd happily spend the money on (read: not a cartoon-themed room).

Our creative juices really got flowing when we feasted our eyes on the Emily & Meritt for Pottery Barn Kids collection. Pink (check!), black & white (check!) and bows (oh my! and check!).

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Inspired by these designs, I started to explore potential room designs for Penny's next room. In her short life so far (2 years) she's already had two rooms and both have been based around my fave palette: pink, black and white, magenta and stripes.

Her Current Room

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I am not opposed to the next iteration of her room following suit, but I did explore two moods that do try to diverge from this palette. 

So, as I said, Penny isn't quite ready for the transition, but the day will come and I'd like to start shaping that plan. So, we're sharing two mood boards below (and at the end of this email another version with links to all resources we've included).

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Now, these may be a little too adult for you. But, I think with a few handmade pieces of your child's art hanging and some shoes kicked off on the floor, it could be feeling like a kid lives in there in no time at all!

How do you guys feel about little kids rooms that aren't too theme-y? Let's continue the conversation over on Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon!

d.

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We wanted to be sure to give you all the sources we've included but didn't want to ruin the above moods with those pesky markers so we've added the moods again below, but with links to sources, for your convenience! 

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Spring is Here But What About Your Outdoor Furniture?

It is the first day of Spring, friends! So, despite the current weather outlook, it's time to design those outdoor patios! 

There are so many great options out there right now. We explored "affordable to mid-range" price points from stores such as: Target, CB2, West Elm, Wayfair, Room + Board, Anthropologie and World Market. We put together just three approaches, though we probably could have done a half-dozen more looks using the abundance of options we found.

{We've linked to all of the items we've included below each board.} 

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Don't these just make you want to grab a good book, a cocktail and turn on some Harry Belafonte's Calypso

We're also sharing these looks over on Instagram. Stop by and tell use what you think!