Color Prediction (Not) with Susanna Salk and Sandra Espinet ...

Hello, Hello ... I have so much to share you better tighten your bootstraps ... or use your toes to grab on tight to your flip flops!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Design Camp in Las Vegas.  If you can imagine 325 Interior Designers, design students to celebrity designers.  All gathered in one (big) room to be inspired by one another, learn about new trends both in design and social media, and my favorite part ... meeting new and re-connecting with old friends to inspire one another.  Let's face it ... Social Media Rocks.  But NOTHING beats one-to-one relationships!

Thank you Lori and Kelly !

Here we go ... 
Up First.  Color Trends.

First Up ... Susanna Salk who shared images and the stories of the spaces she collected for her newest book Decorate Fearlessly.  I have a huge crush on her ... she is so down to earth, so talented and I am convinced that she and I could be fast friends!  
She has the wonderful gift of making everyone feel that way!

The book celebrates Fearless Design ... Going for it and making it work!

No, not everyone can do this and make it look this good.  
The message here, however, is ... design for you or your client with what you/they love and bring it together without some pre-conceived idea that everything has to be "on-trend".

 You like dark, brooding, full spaces ... Go For It.

You want light, open, spacial designs ... Go For It.

And say, perhaps you want giant palm trees in your bedroom ... 
well, by all means Go For It.

But notice the design ... if you are going to do it .... DO IT!
Don't skimp!

The takeaway.
There are no rules.  
Trends, yes.  No Rules.

We were also treated to Sandra Espinet.  Yeah, I'd like to be her friend as well!

She has traveled literally everywhere.  It started when she was very young and moved everywhere with her family. Her love for travel has just grown stronger as she continues to search the World for inspiration and items to bring back to use for clients homes. 

And her new book, The Well Traveled Home, will delight your senses with her travels and how she brings her well traveled vision to her spaces.  

Sandra is inspired by colors she sees in culture, and she brings those colors back to her clients to create new spaces.

She doesn't follow the trend, she creates the trend.
What is not to love about THAT?? 

So Ladies and Gentlemen ... Go for It.  Do what feels best to YOU.
Keep it FRESH by all means ... but don't hold back!

Very Freeing ... don't you think!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Another Celebrity Sighting and Question For YOU!

Today was one of those snippets of fun in the midst of chaos!!  Truly, my favorite kind!

Last week, Linda posted a little tutorial on "why we blog".  Do you (I?) do it for more business?  To make money?  To gain exposure?  To get Published?  Or just see where it takes us?

I started this blog two years ago on a whim. I had been reading several blogs for about a year.  I found something I really liked and heard my little voice saying things like ... I can do this, I like this ... I think I have things to share, etc., etc.  Friends of mine were not so enthusiastic.  

That's a lot of work.  Every Day?  You'll run out of things to say! ... What, are you crazy?  What is a blog?

But I jumped on anyway.  Sometimes the best way ... just do it and see what happens!!  

Well, Linda and I have talked.  And she knows I have stated that I just want to see where this ride takes me.  
Not enough.  If I want it to succeed, it has to be more.  and I have to consider Tweeting and Facebook, etc., etc.

So I have been thinking.

Then Today.

The Boston Design Center and WaterSpot hosted 

for a presentation and Luncheon.

Susanna agrees with Linda!  Designers today need to be hooked into the Social Media.  Even Old Girls like Me!

Susanna shared her stories of being published and just flat "going for it".  She has a wonderful background from her time with Elle Decor and House and Garden.  Her words were the same as Linda's.

Find your Voice.  Make it Happen.  And don't be Shy.

I have been blogging about a year and a half.  Growing ... slowly!  And I have treated this as a place to share my daily (almost!) life in design.  With a little bit of personal thrown in ... just to lighten things.  

Today's chat with Susanna made me realize that I blog, yes to "grow" my business and to Share my adventures in Interior Design ... 
But the clarity came when I all of a sudden KNEW ... I mostly blog to Inspire you to be Creative in your Lives.  Whether in Interiors or just the way you approach the day.  

And an unexpected treat of blogging.  The friends I have made that continue to inspire ME!

What would you like to hear about? As I move forward I'd like to know that you are a part of this. My thoughts are to include a post from YOU!  Tell me your thoughts, or something you want to know more about and I'll gladly share. I'd like to take the adventure with you as my partner! So please if you see something you want more OR less of let me know!

Other than that ... thank you for continuing to read and support me ... and I'll do my best to Bring It!

Thanks Linda and Susanna!