No Regrets: Q&A a Day

I buy things for a living, and I come across so many items I want for myself. It can be hard to practice restraint! And sometimes I just want to road test all of the things I blog about. Through the years, I've landed several finds that I dub my "no regrets" purchases: pieces that prove their worth and become forever favorites.  

The first I want to share with you is the "Q&A a Day" journal. It asks you a different question every day of the year, with a few lines to write your answer each year over 5 years. The questions can be silly (when was the last time you ordered takeout?) to serious (what makes you miserable?).  I cannot recommend this journal enough. It's affordable, attractive, and easy to use. There are a few variations out now like "for moms" or "for couples" but I prefer the simple original version. It's fascinating to look back over 5 years of your life and see how you answers change (or don't change!). I think it's so much easier to track your memories this way than trying to regularly use a blank journal. With the Q&A a Day, the questions are prompted for you and you only have to write a few lines, yet the end result is really insightful and thought-provoking. 

I'll be honest, there are a lot of blanks in my first journal. I'm not too hard on myself about it though -- it's an accurate reflection of my personality and my life at the time. However, I want to commit to using it daily in the future. I debated just filling in the blanks of my old journal, but I think I want to start over with a fresh new one and watch the next 5 years unfold. Will you join me?

5 Things I'm Loving

Happy weekend! Here are 5 things I'm loving this week.

1. I want to line every drawer in my home with Rifle gift wrap sheets

2. I finally signed up for unroll.me and I don't know why I didn't do it years ago. My friends will be happy to not see the red dot showing 13 million unread emails on my phone.

3. I loved Star Wars! What about you? (I'm a little behind on discussing this.) I didn't have any expectations other than that it would be better than the prequels. The reviews are interesting and very mixed.

4. Charley Harper prints are so cool. They'd be perfect for a hip and modern kids' room. This website is an amazing resource for his licensed products.

5.  I'm really into the look of the handmade, hammered jewelry from local Atlanta line Avindy.

Small Pieces/Big Impact: Metallics

I think my favorite part of home styling is accessorizing with small unique objects. These finishing touches are workhorses that tie together your overall look. My eye usually gravitates toward the most visually interesting thing in a room, not necessarily the largest or splashiest. I've gathered a selection of small pieces that will pack a big style punch. This time I'm focusing on metallics. The hint of gleam will only add a layer of chic impact!

1.Terrarium- World Market; 2.Heart- Hobby Lobby; 3.Bookends- Target; 4.Coasters- West Elm; 5.Vase-Kate Spade; 6.Urchins- DwellStudio

 

 

5 Things I'm Loving

Happy Friday! Here are 5 things I'm loving this week.

1.  Target is color forecasting, and I'm picking up what they're putting down...

 

2.  My 2016 wall calendar makes me happy. It's the perfect style for my bedroom!

3.  Speaking of floral arrangements, I'm excited to flex my creative muscles and try a new hobby for the new year with the instructions from my Christmas gift.

 

4.  A healthy meal plan from one of my favorite food blogs sounds like a great way to get back on track after the holidays.

5.  Tracee Ellis Ross is one of those celebrities that I'm best friends with in my imagination. I bookmarked this interview a few months back because of her insightful and empowering take on perfectionism.

  Tracee Ellis Ross.    Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Tracee Ellis Ross. Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Art Appreciation: Alexandra Dzh for Minted

Finding the right artwork for your space can seem intimidating. There's a persistent myth that quality art is expensive and rare. I'm here to tell you that's simply untrue! And, the internet is your friend when it comes to sourcing perfect prints. Independent artists have more opportunities than ever to market their work at affordable prices. I keep a running list of my favorite resources and I'm sharing them with you! First up is Alexandra Dzh. I think I'm obsessed with this piece called "Flower." I think it would look amazingly dramatic as the only piece on a wall in a large size.

I've picked out a few more of my favorite prints, if I had to narrow it down. Check out the Minted page and tell me which ones you like best!


Color Crush

Want to know your what determines your style? Look around at your favorite items and see the patterns and commonalities. I can pinpoint my current style cravings and color crushes by focusing on both my newest acquisitions and all-time most treasured objects. Right now I clearly have a soft spot for modern florals and bright accents. I love mixing blues and turquoises with oranges, pinks and yellows. Take a glimpse around my home and you'll see an obvious trend.

Here are a few more fun items that incorporate my current favorite colors:

 

1.Pillow- LEIF; 2.Notepad- Rifle Paper Co.; 3 Print- Britt Bass Turner; 4.Tumbler-Saffron Avenue;   5.Print- Snow & Graham; 6.Phone cover- Caitlin Wilson

 

Hello Friends!

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  A little about me...over 5 years ago, I decided I needed a creative outlet for my love of all things interior design. I started a blog called decorativity, and lots of fun things began to happen. I dove headfirst into the supportive community of Atlanta bloggers. I eventually quit my day job and freelanced as a decorator and design writer. I shadowed senior designers and attended seminars, conferences and boot camps. After a few exhausting and exhilarating years where every day looked different, I'm where I am today: a full-time visual merchandiser in the furniture industry and a residential design consultant.

My blog took a backseat as I built my business, but now I'm back and so ready to share all the design goodness I can get my hands on. I'll discuss tips and trends, beautiful things that catch my eye, and backstage secrets from the world of retail buying and merchandising. I also want this space to be a place of encouragement. Chasing our dreams is hard work in any form, and we're all in this together. I'll be exploring life and faith and how vulnerability intersects with our failures and successes. I can't wait for you to join me and share your stories, too.

My passion is finding creative solutions that make your home beautiful and enjoyable. I'm available for everything from complete home makeovers to advising on art selection and furniture placement. I'll shop for a single item, a whole room, or an assortment of pieces. In need of home staging? My styling will unlock your space's full potential and make it camera-worthy. You can work with me in the metro Atlanta area or choose an e-design package. Contact me anytime...I'd love to meet you!