Words for the New Year

Hey Friends, I know it has been a month since I last blogged, December was crazy and I needed a little reset and to take one thing off my plate for a little while. But, I’m back!

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I’m so excited to see what this new year has to offer for our life, family and for our design ventures. DBK is busy with clients in such a good way. I am learning a better work life balance and not to be busy with projects all the time, I am starting to be more selective with the projects and clients I do take on and I am learning to ask for help when I need it. To say the least, things are already starting to feel amazing in the New Year! I thought these were particulary wise words, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life,” well said Socrates (on a background of Majestic Violet by Benjamin Moore).

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We spent the holidays with my family on vacation and it was so great to have Christmas with my mama (and of course my step dad, sister and hubby)! We didn’t work at all while we were away and for that I am so grateful, even P took a complete break and really soaked up the downtime!  I finished a book, worked on some knitting, did a puzzle, played games with the fam, lounged by the pool and in the best hammock ever and soaked up the time with my family.

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New Years we spent the weekend at the new jersey shore. Had an amazing morning at the beach, had some delicious meals and more great time to just reset and think about what we want from 2016.

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We have decided that we want to take this year and really build some amazing memories. P had said that compared to the year we had in 2014 (we bought our condo, brought home #BrantleyBub, got married and had the most incredibly honeymoon), 2015 really didn’t live up. I think it was sort of a year of balance last year. With 2014 being as awesome as it was, we needed a year that had a little less going on.

For DBK it was still an incredible year last year with so many amazing projects. I spent some of the last month taking inventory of our year in design projects and last year was something special to say the least. So from a business/design side of things, I’m so thrilled to see the beautiful spaces we put together this year.

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And personally, we are putting a big push on making some incredible memories. We are planning some great trips, some updates to the condo and a whole lot of elimination of stuff. I shared our new mantra on Instagram over the weekend, “less stuff, more moments,” and I think even just the idea of that makes me feel light and happy. Commence excitement for all of the above!!

What are you most looking forward to in the new year? Do you have any big plans, or any plans to keep it simple? Any New Years Resolutions or like us maybe a new mantra?

Either way, we wish you all the best for 2016 and can’t wait to share in more projects and adventures with our blogging community!

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Top Three

Well I didn’t realize it until I just looked at the numbers, but in 2014 I posted a lot less than I did in 2013. It was a very busy year personally with limited spare time, but I didn’t realize how much less it was until just now. That said, I wanted to share with you the most viewed posts from this year, and they all are very significant to me in their own ways.

The third most viewed was a post I shared on a custom vanity. In it I talked about how a custom vanity comes together, why you shouldn’t shy away when people use the word ‘custom,’ and the benefits of going that route. This particular piece ended up being such a great piece for the client, it works very well for their space both functionally and aesthetically. I love doing custom cabinetry–even just little tweaks off the main plan that take something and make it our own can have huge impact in a space.

The second most viewed was of a master bathroom that underwent a huge transformation to make the space not only insanely more visually appealing but also created a much better use of space for the couple. This bathroom gives the professional mother of two an awesome retreat for the end of her busy days. As it’s shown, many of you noticed that it didn’t have a mirror, well it does now, and at some point I will get back out there for some updated pictures to share of the space. This space will probably be in my top ten favorite projects for a long time to come.

The most popular post (by a long shot) both my personal favorite of the year and it seems the readers agree, is one sharing the details of our wedding day decor. Did I mention that 2014 was a big year for us?! The wedding was definitely an incredible day that will stay close to my heart and I will cherish forever. It means so much to me that it was so widely viewed by others, I hope it was a source of inspiration for anyone planning their own wedding, or just a good look at the making of an event. For me, sharing these details is a way to document the details leading up to our wedding, all the planning and detail that went into creating the space, as well as a showcase of just how much help we had and how much love we are surrounded with, not just on the day itself, but before and after. We are truly blessed.

Last year was definitely a year of incredible highlights. I know I keep saying it, but I am so excited for 2015. We are definitely going to make it another great year! I hope you enjoyed these posts, if you hadn’t read through them before, please feel free to jump over, they are all linked in the text above.

In 2015, here’s hoping there are more posts going up, more details, more excitement, more design, life, etc., to share; and a top three that is just as fun to search through a year from now.

Day One

Happy New Year, lovelies!

Last year was such a wonderful and amazing year filled with so many great things. But I honestly can’t wait for this year. We have so many big things planned, so many friends getting married this year, and even a few vacations in the books, so I just know 2015 will be a good one!

But what I am most excited for (in all my Type A glory) is to have a little control back in my life. I am taking the reins but not holding them so tightly.

A major point for me this year will be timing, and I’ve already started working on it.

The second focus around here will be organization. Organization around the house, organization of my time, organization of my projects, organization everywhere! When I’m organized I just feel good, things get done and I feel accomplished. Spaces feel clean when everything has a home and then I feel more relaxed in those spaces. I preach it to clients all the time, so this year I’m bringing it home!

The third focus of this year will be on me. I need to make sure I schedule a little time for me to do me. Whether it’s practicing yoga, getting a manicure or taking an hour to work on my knitting, I am a priority in my life. This extra time for me will encourage a more positive frame of mind for everything else in my day to day life.

What are you working on this year? I plan to keep you all informed on my goals this year, I will be sharing some organizational tips and stories on how our space is cleaning up. What else would you be interested in reading about here? Of course there will be project stories on what we are working on as well as project reveals once the work is done, mixed in with color inspiration, etc., but are there posts you are looking for or would enjoy reading? Let me know!

I am feeling so pumped for this new year; I’m so happy to start it on a calm peaceful note at home with my hubby and our pup. I hope wherever you are ringing in the new year you are having a wonderful time, and whether you’re resolving for anything in 2015 or not, I wish you all a happy new year!

2014 Personal Highlights

This is the time of year when you look back on things that you’ve done, hurdles you’ve conquered, celebrations you’ve reveled in, and all the little things in between. This is a time for some positive light to be shed, but I know that it can often turn negative, and you can beat yourself up for the things that didn’t get done, hurdles you are constantly tripping over, etc., some years are going to be better than others. So as we get ready to start the next book in the series of our lives, I wanted to take a minute to run through my personal highlights of 2014, with a focus on the good and any negatives we will call challenges that helped us learn and grow!

In January, I shared the long struggle that was our home buying search. It was such a difficult process that challenged us at every turn and keeping positive was downright impossible at times. I wrote a bit about that here, and tried to give some insight into the process for other first time home buyers.

In February, we finally did find our first home! We signed on the dotted line, scheduled the movers and tore out the carpeting all within the first 24 hours.

Our small little slice of the world is the perfect place for us, and we have loved (and hated) it for almost a year now, and I can confidently say the struggle was worth it. Losing out on the other two places was meant to be, even though it was hard at the time, it was the best thing for us.

In March, as we settled in, I dreamt up a color scheme for our cozy abode and we painted the nights away. I will say that painting is something that I really do not enjoy. I thought there would be some feeling of reward in painting our first home by ourselves. But after finishing up the living room, we decided to wait on the other spaces, and eventually we will likely have a professional come in and at least touch up the moldings.

That said, P & I did still paint the kitchen ourselves, and in April, I taped off and painted the accent stripes over a few days when he was working late shifts. The bold accent was a surprise to some, and it still gets a lot of comments when we have company over, but we still really love it. It adds such a playful element to the space and makes me smile every time I glance into the space. Take a look here for more on our bold kitchen reveal.

In May we brought the most adorable puppy home (check #BrantleyBub on Instagram for a cuteness overdose). He instantly stole our hearts despite the potty training challenges of living in a condo and having to repeatedly sprint down several flights of stairs (sometimes for nothing), and I’m sure all the neighbors think we are insane for the excessive whooping and cheering we’d perform upon him actually going to the bathroom outside. Outside of the house, I began working on a living and dining room for a client whose bathroom is still an all-time favorite in my portfolio. Much like the rest of us, her projects are ongoing as the challenges of the budget and owning a home often add restrictions and make getting things done feel impossible. Both spaces are very close to completion and I promise to share them once they’ve wrapped up.

The summer months came and went without much notice, between wedding planning and working we spent a lot of time checking out our new neighborhood and dreaming of beach days and scenic retreats. Somewhere in there we managed to organize some frames and arrange a gallery wall as a focal point in the living room, which is another highlight of our home in my opinion. We actually received a few more framed pieces over the holidays that will soon be added to the wall as well, so more on that when the time comes.

Come August I got to bask in the fun of bridal showers and girls nights with some of my nearest and dearest. In September we even made it home to Seattle for a few days of bachelorette fun and a couples shower. If I had to use one word to sum up our labor day weekend of fun it would be epic. That trip was seriously so much fun. We also began work to add a closet to our bedroom that has added so much storage that I can’t express how much our life has improved with it. I haven’t shared pictures of it yet because it isn’t truly finished, but I think we will be there soon.

October was a continuation of epic fun, starting off with our wedding! It was a day that down-poured. The weather was not such a treat, but it made for a truly beautiful backdrop to our day, I’ve always loved so much about the rain, being from Seattle, and our pastor reminded us that our first date was also very rainy. Needless to say, the ceremony was so beautiful and we had so much fun at our reception and after-party that I woke up the next day and asked my new husband if we could do it all again! And if bad weather is the worst of things to come in our marriage, I will certainly take the rain! A few weeks back I shared a glimpse into the making of our big day, and hopefully in the new year I will have time to sort through more pictures of the wedding and honeymoon to share as well.

We ended the month of October on our honeymoon and started November off in Italy. For being a month about gratitude and thanks, my heart is certainly so full with love (even still) from our amazing wedding and honeymoon it might just burst. This trip (and this year) has filled me with so much inspiration and relaxation that I am fully geared up for another year of working with my clients to create amazing spaces for them.

December  has been about cutting myself some slack. I have had an extremely full year. Full of a lot of incredible and very positive things. But with all that good comes a lot of chaos. So I have been working on giving myself credit for all that I have done this year, and trying to give myself more attainable goals for things. We did have our holiday party, which I debriefed on a bit yesterday, where instead of making everything from scratch, I worked on good presentation, planning a tasty spread and a house full of festivity, cheer and ambiance.

This year as a whole has been such a wonderful year. For starters, I am now a Mrs. I am a home owner, a doggy mom, a business owner and so much more. These are all huge things! There have been times I have cried over the chaos, but there has been so much growth this year. Personal growth, yes, but also business growth-I have so many exciting projects to share with you in the new year. I haven’t ever really done a year in review like this before, but I have loved doing it! It has taken me all the way back through the blog and I’ve seen how this outlet has grown for me as well. I am so thankful for everyone who comes through and keeps me going here. I love to see the progress I’ve made with my writing, graphics and even my work that I share. I am so excited to continue this growth through blogging into 2015! If you made it all the way through this lengthy post, I can’t wait to make it through so many more in the new year!

Wishing you all a healthy happy 2015–I can’t wait to share another year with you all!