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Blog Crush

22 Feb

Sometimes I stumble across a new blog (new to me anyway) that I just can not seem to get enough of. Right now Gorgeous Shiny Things is that blog.  My blog crush if you will.

The author, Danika Herrick can work some major design magic with a paint brush, some paint, tape, a  ruler and a blank wall!  Oh and sometimes there are vintage furniture pieces involved.  Her crazy colorful interior design and renovation projects are original, inspiring and just plain AWESOME.   All written about in a fast paced approachable style that is fun and interesting to read.  Like a good conversation with a close girlfriend.

She is a mom with two young boys and a husband who works in real estate.  They moved five times and FIVE years. Always renovating and redecorating in each new home.  Her background is in interior design but I she started her own company recently.  If you read design blogs then you are probably familiar with O’verlays.  Yep, she along with her business partner created them.   Just the sheer amount of what she has accomplished is something to look up to.

Lets talk about the picture above shall we.  This used to be a wood dresser people, now it is a sea green masterpiece with shiny gold hardware.  Note the wall-that is not wallpaper it was done by hand with a gold pen. Seriously.

Lovely guest bedroom and office then…..

Bam!  This is the view of the opposite side of the room behind the closet door.  Yes, that geometric mural was painted by hand and it is oh so amazing.  The Dorthy Draper inspired chest is, I think an Ikea find done up with O’verlays. 

O’verlays and mirror working hard keeping the glam.

Paint and plastic templates to get this effect.  Not yours mommas stencil.

Her bathroom before

annnnnd after. More O’verlays at work!

Go NOW to read and partake in some more design and renovation goodness. I should say everything she does is budget friendly.  Sometimes all you need is a $30 bucket of paint and a ruler to create something amazing!

Postive Thoughts

22 Jan

Hi, my name is Jeannie and it has been 38 days since my last blog post.

What the what!  Looking at the calender then typing it out I did not think it was that long.  Time goes fast I need to make the most of it.

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately mostly while pinning and some changes need to happen in order to get what I want. To give some background as to what I’m talking about and why I haven’t been blogging, let me explain my job. I work in retail management and during the holiday season and right after is the busiest (to say the least) time of year.  The hours are long and kind of all over the place.  So I took a break from anything other than Christmas, family and work.  Now that all the craziness is over I can get back to my regularly scheduled programing.  

As far as changes go I’m not one to make  New Years Resolutions but I would like to forge ahead with my design business this year (I wrote more about that here and here).  By forge ahead I mean stop just thinking about it and just plain do it.  I have a business plan and a lot of passion and excitement and a potential client so what is stopping me.   Not sure actually.  Procrastinating, the fear of failure, not having a steady income, time management, self doubt. You know all that negative crap that comes along with a major career change.  And I do call it negative crap because that is what it is.  All the things that hold you back from what you really want.  So this year I will push those thoughts aside (oh and the negative people that go along them) and make something happen. Holla!  I will leave you with some wise words from Steve Jobs, one of my favorite quotes and so true right now.


Pin Board

10 Nov

A quick update on the office inspiration board situation.  All the images I have had torn out are now lovingly arranged on my board.  I had quite a good time putting this together.  Takes me back to elementary school when we would create collages in art class.  I wonder if my mom kept any of those masterpieces.

Looking at the board I definitely see a pattern, color wise anyway.  Many of the pages feature a light airy blue which I have been wanted to add to our bedroom for awhile now.  If you have read any of this blog you know I have quite a few projects in the works so that will have to wait till later.  In the meantime I will enjoy my pin board.  There are many many cut outs from design magazines left over, this is just a small portion.  Maybe another board is in my future perhaps.

Bloglovin

5 Nov

Hello, I finally joined Bloglovin!  If you are not familiar with them, it is a website where you an keep track of all the blogs you read each day!  Kind of like a reader but the style and graphics are much much better.  Anyway, click the link below to follow along!

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Little Things

23 Jul

Some inspiring words for the weekend! My full time  job has kept me busy this week and I have not been able to post as much as I would like.  Above my desk I have a small print of the above poster.  It seems silly but it means a lot to me right now, keeps me focused.  Hope you enjoy!

So Here It Goes

26 Jun

“I can write a blog, I have thoughts”-Julie Powell in Julie and Julia

     Well, as the title of my first ever blog post so here it goes.   I’m starting my very own interior design business- Amesbury Road Interiors.   Tada!  This blog will chronicle my trials and tribulations as I try to get this business off the ground.  Oh and will have a hefty dose of interiors I love (I could go on forever about wallpaper, place settings, the color coral, wood grain, mid-century furniture, etc, etc, etc) and the transformation of the little split level I share with my boyfriend.

    A bit about me.  For seven years I worked as an interior designer at Buck Home Furnishing, a furniture store in my hometown.  It has been almost four years now since I have been in the business.  I miss quite badly to say the least.  About two years ago I somehow starting reading design blogs.  And (sorry sappiness ahead get ready) they brought me back while I was flouting around wondering what I was doing with my life.   Now I read 30 plus design blogs a week and I can’t wait to get back to work. (more sappiness, I know gross right) I finally figured out what I want to do, like a real grown-up.

   I’ve been wanting to start a blog forever, so what has been stopping me?  Procrastination, maybe.  Zero technical ability, quite possibly.  There are so many mind blowingly awesome blogs out there.  What will I contribute?  Okay, that’s it here is my blog and these are my thoughts.  Enjoy!

                                                                                                                   Jeannie