I am really really excited today. When I first started my own business, I was really searching for legitimacy – you know, that thing you can tell someone so they don’t think, “oh, that’s cute, she’s playing business.”

So I’ve had a few things in mind ever since it all began that I really wanted to accomplish at some point, one of which was to get on Design*Sponge. Because of my interiors background, Design*Sponge was really the first blog I ever read. Not only that, but in my mind it’s basically THE example of a highly successful blog.

So, yeah, I’m going to be on it today, sometime between 9AM & 12PM :-)

Here’s a sneak peek of the project they’re featuring: it’s my cabinet I picked up months ago to refinish for my office, but that only just happened last month. It’s a Craigslist find, mid-century type piece with sliding doors…

…kind of a “diamond in the rough,” shall we say? Check out Design*Sponge sometime today to see the finished product! I’ll come back and update with a direct link once it’s online.

Have a great day!

Need I say more?

…if you don’t get it, see this post :-)

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Brown Bag Lunch series at the Center 4 Women last Thursday (I was invited by Jeni of Sea Star Arts, who was invited by Robyn of Hello Everywear…how did I get so lucky to meet so many amazing women?!?).

The “host” for the luncheon was of Marcie Jacobs of Story Club, which is a new spin on the traditional book club. Instead of reading a book and talking about it, you and a partner make up a story, and then another set of partners write the next chapter, etc., using story prompts and peoples, places, and things provided by the game.

Marcie told us she was inspired by a dream and after waking up and thinking it wasn’t such a bad idea, she researched it further only to find that there wasn’t really a product on the market like that. So she invented the Story Club, and now has this wonderful professionally done board game, but as she told us, she started with her own group of girlfriends and a homemade kit.

I had a complete blast making up ridiculously silly stories with people I knew and with people I didn’t. If you’re interested, you can find out more about Story Club here!

Is it just me or have you noticed that peacocks are like the new it-thing lately? Especially in weddings, I’m noticing a lot of people using peacock-inspired motifs and colors.

These shoes caught my eye on Etsy recently and I just think they are totally awesome. La Plume Ethere is a shop chock full of peacock-inspired hair accessories and funky shoes like these.

What do you think of peacock feather shoes? Happy Thursday!

A quick post today about one of my favorite things: my bicycle. This spring weather prompted me to head out to the bike rack and pull out my beautiful blue and brown leather beach cruiser for the first bike ride of Spring.

I got out the WD40 and a brillo pad and went to work on some of the winter’s rust {living by the water has its downsides} and she’s as good as new. There is something about riding my bike that just makes me feel like a kid again – gives you that sort of “I’m free!” feeling. What about you?

{trackandfielddesigns on Etsy – I am having one of these made up to fit my computer and can’t wait to see it when it’s done!}

{watercolorbymuren on Etsy}

{buckscountyframes on Etsy}

{wordgarden on Etsy}

Happy Thursday, only one more day to go!

I’m a total history buff. I read biographies and historical novels for fun. I have just about wiped out the Barnes & Noble Classics section, by choice.

So I thought, designer and bookworm that I am, that it would be fun to do a series on my blog of artists and designers to know. Just a quick little rundown of what they did and why it’s important.

FIRST UP: MIES VAN DER ROHE.

Why, you ask? Because it’s my fish’s name. No joke. But also, because I’m pretty sure you’ve seen this chair around:

It is the Barcelona Chair, and it was designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1927 for his German pavilion at the International Exposition in Barcelona.

Ever heard of the Bauhaus? The Bauhaus was an incredibly influential school in Germany founded in 1919 and eventually disbanded during WWII. Mies van der Rohe was one of the directors of the school, whose main goal was to “renew architecture.” The founder, Walter Gropius, said this in his Manifesto:

“Let us therefore create a new guild of craftsmen without the class-distinctions that raise an arrogant barrier between craftsmen and artists! Let us desire, conceive, and create the new building of the future together. It will combine architecture, sculpture, and painting in a single form.”

{Side note: Sounds familiar right? I love this concept: we with all of our unique skills as craftspeople, artists, and designers, are equal and should work together to build a synthesized and harmonious and BETTER future.}

Mies van der Rohe has a great many accomplishments to which he can lay claim, but I’ll leave you with the Farnsworth House, an amazingly sculptural home of metal and glass.

Isn’t is incredible to think that this home was designed in the late 1940’s and it still appears modern to us?

Just like the Barcelona chair. You’ll see it used in movies all the time when they’re trying to set an ultra posh, ultra modern, or even sometimes space-age feeling.

So what do you think of a mini-history exploration? Are you bored to tears or don’t mind a little historical inspiration? :-)

I don’t know too many girls who aren’t head over heels in love with Anthropologie. When I first introduced my boyfriend to them in Palm Beach and I could not stop “oohing” and “ahhing,” he thanked his lucky stars that we don’t have one in Charleston!

Anyway, Anthropologie just released their wedding line B H L D N. According to the website, the name is inspired by the Dutch word for “to keep.” Definitely head over there and check it out, but here are a few interesting pieces I wanted to share/comment on!

Hello there, lovely. Let’s be friends.

These are shoe clips. I’m super ticklish, so my first thought was wondering if having a feather on my foot would just make me giggle nonstop :-)

Okay ladies, this is cool and everything, but I’m wondering if the men in your life are like mine. My boyfriend/brother/dad would ask me a variety of things: [I can hear it now…]

– Why do you have a pink towel on your head?
– Is that necessary? What function does this serve?
– Are you trying to be a fairy / flower?
– You look lopsided, don’t trip.

It’s not worth it.

I thought all the gowns were beautiful, and really the prices weren’t too bad. This one is $600, and I just thought it looked like you could really dance and have fun in it. Not right for every wedding, but a pretty design, and I really like pairing it with those gloves. It has a very distinct look.

Anyway, those are my thoughts for today! What do you think of Anthropologie’s new line?

Wahoo, dodeline’s headed to Tennessee!

..and not just to Tennessee, but to what I’m sure must be most adorable store in Knoxville, Rala. Rala is a store in the Knoxville Market Square District that carries work by local and regional artists and crafters. It’s a venue for the appreciation of handmade and unique items, which of course, I totally love!

To put it in their own words, Rala specializes in “Creative Gifts for Creative People.” Sigh, they’re after my own heart!

Thanks so much to everyone at Rala for including me in their beautiful store, and if you’re ever in Knoxville, check them out – I know I will :-)

Chelsea Farmer is a multi-talented woman – a certified gemologist and accredited jewelry professional – as well as an entrepreneur with a lovely store in Morganfield, Kentucky. I had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea last summer when I designed and set up her website.

Since then, she and I have both been busy, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear from her a few weeks ago requesting some information about carrying stationery by dodeline in her new retail space!

So if you’re ever in Kentucky, stop by and see this lovely new shop! You can also check out her website and Facebook too.

Til tomorrow!

Is this weather bumming you out as much as it is me? It’s been nothing but dreary and cold for ages it seems like.  I woke up today to blue skies finally, so I decided to share the sunshine on the blog today in case you weren’t so lucky!

Are you as ready for spring as I am?