Spring Fling

What a winter it's been for so many. Even Texans are missing the sun and are ready for the freshness that spring brings inside and out. 

I always like a little shifting around of art, pillows and table top goodies when the seasons change, so here's some inspiration I spotted on this gray rainy Sunday. 

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The wire shelves may be what helps organize my small laundry room for the upcoming pool season.

And the owl in the top hat? So stinking cute.  

I picked up the galvanized shelf from Target and am using it in my kitchen for now. It's got so many uses...it could be it's own blog post.

Will you be making changes for spring? What's on your list?

Seasonal Shift

That's what I'm calling it.  Southeast Texas doesn't experience your typical Fall, although I do feel obligated to buy white pumpkins and mums.  At most, we get 2.5 seasons and anything beyond that is gravy (with a buttermilk biscuit).
What works for me is a weekend of shifting the seasonal layers of my summer accessories, which are my personal favorites to live with.
Bringing in texture, warmer colors, switching out a few pieces of art and photographs. It doesn't have to be much to cozy things up...just enough to reflect the natural order of the way our lives shift with the seasons, regardless of the temperature. Although, a pair of perfectly worn leather chairs would be a nice addition. These images from my Pinterest boards are my current inspiration:



White with natural brown

This is not a boring room.

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Brown and white ironstone for fall
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Stacked, layered and lived with

Light it up


Feelin' it

manly

The Art of Being

This week, I spent some time with some women who are so inspirational to me. Lori Vrba, Holly Mathis, Susan Koozin and Cheryl Schulke. An artist, a decorator, an actress and a bag designer. Each one wildly successful in their creative field. The common thread is that they are pursuing their passion. And it's not always easy.
Their excitement for the work they do is palpable and contagious. They have kids, families, overhead and the same real life problems everyone else has. And they do it anyway. And it's not always easy.
I meet women all the time that say they want to quit their jobs and do something creative  like paint furniture, be a decorator, a designer,  have a shop, open an etsy store, write a blog, be a photographer. And they get stuck. Because it's not always easy. And they're right!
It's not easy to sit in front of a computer for hours editing pictures, sourcing products, or to face unreasonable client demands, or rejection, or feel like all the work you put out there just doesn't matter because who can compete with the talent or over saturation of online media or Joe Schmoe who might be better? 

How does one start?

Lori says "begin anywhere".
I say start "being". 

To begin is the most important step in pursuing your passion. Make your move. Know that you will make adjustments as you go. But you must begin. Make/do/write/paint/anything and everything that inspires you until you get specific. Give yourself creative freedom.  BE a painter. BE a decorator. BE a writer. Take action. Ideas will build on themselves and you'll start to hear and see your own unique voice. You'll never stop learning. You'll screw up. Big time. You'll fail. It's a guarantee. You'll want to quit. You might actually quit. You'll feel insecure, you'll doubt yourself ALL THE TIME (except sometimes when you know you NAILED IT. trust me, it's how this whole thing works), you'll hate what you made, or wrote or painted or photographed. But since it's your passion, you'll come back stronger and more determined. Say "yes" to yourself and to every opportunity that presents itself for you to BE the thing you want to be. 

True Story: A year and a half ago I was working my butt off on a blog post. Editing pictures, slowly uploading to Blogger with my boys in the house on the last day of Christmas break..driving me out of my mind. No really...it was bad. They were running circles around the very table I had just photographed, throwing balls in the house, being boys. Very loud, rough boys. Every negative thought running through my mind..."why am i doing this? who CARES? it's too HARD to keep up with this and take care of my family". But I managed to hit "publish" on a post that was a game changer for me.
A few days later an unexpected e-mail came through my inbox that said "Hello from Heather Bullard", asking me if I would like to have my home featured in Souvenir Magazine. I had followed Heather and admired her work for years. 
I thought I was being punk'd.
A feature of my home turned into my becoming a contributor to Souvenir. The cherry on top was Heather asking me to assist her on a recent Country Living photo shoot. That was a first for me and I loved it.  All because I didn't give up on a day that wasn't easy. I was BEING a designer, BEING a blogger and sharing my work.  And it wasn't easy. 
But that's how passion works.
Are you stuck? Where will you begin? Leave me a comment if you're around this weekend. I would love to hear what big dreams you're dreaming! 

one of my favorite singer/songwriters