5 Things

For your weekend reading & viewing, here are 5 things that I’ve enjoyed this week:

1. Reading book no. 3 of The Flower Shop Mystery series by Kate Collins; they are easy to read, light and fun. Perfect “me time” reads during nap time.

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2. Researching Toyota FJ60’s. I have always been an old car lover, so it doesn’t surprise me that this one on Craigslist has become my new dream car. I prefer the 80’s models but it’s still older then I am so it’s alright.

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3. Viewing Ace and Jig styling online- I can’t get over how unexpected their layering is. I loved reading about Cary, one half of the pair behind the brand on Mother Mag.

4. Watching duckling videos on YouTube with Lou- she’s obsessed with any baby animal but ducklings are at the top of the list (for her and me both).

5. Listening to Andrew Belle on Pandora. His music is so relaxing to me yet also keeps me motivated when I’m working on something. A good combo indeed!

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Upping My Interior Design Game with an Online Class from CreativeLive

creativelive, online design class, interior design classAs you may have guessed, just by the blog title giving a nod to our home, I have always had a love for interior design and architecture. I know what I like and I can appreciate good style but I haven’t ever actually had the time (nor money!) to take any furthering education classes on the subject. So when I came across Creative Live, I was thrilled! The website is full of creative classes that can be watched on their app from anywhere at any time, and the teachers are highly experienced indivduals who bring a wealth of knowledge to the table.
The class I signed up for was Function-Driven Interior Design by Tobi Fairley. Tobi has years of experience with projects across the country for celebrities and high profile individuals, and her work has been featured in many popular design magazines (think, House Beautiful). Her work is simply stunning! So, you can imagine my excitement to sign up for her class. I was expecting just a one to two hour video, but the class schedule was brimming with short (usually around 30 minutes) segments of really helpful bursts of info. Topics include “Functional Space For Your Lifestyle”, “The Healthy House Approach”, “Age Related Design” and “Multipurpose Spaces”. The total amount of information is around 15 hours! I was highly impressed with not only the value, but also the content and my experience taking the class (and watching both online and in the app). This class was perfect for me because I was able to throw in earbuds during nap-time and relax while I gleaned some great perspectives. It also was so fun to learn about things I am passionate about and the technical and functional side behind interior design. The next classes I’m trying to choose between: DIY Centerpieces for Every Occasion, Introduction to Calligraphy, or maybe I will just stick with Online Interior Design Classes!

Quick Jots from the class:
Tobi’s take on interior design is “Functionality & Beauty” married together.
My funcion challenge in our house:
-corner fireplace/mantle
-dog and kid paraphernalia
-general everyday clutter and catchalls
Her goal is to come up with “Common Sense Solutions” to bring both function and style.
Function-Driven Design is made up with considering:
-traffic flow
-focal point
-proper lighting
-tables for drinks
Rethink how you are using things- do you really need a home office or would a craft space be better? Do you actually use your dining room or would a little reading nook be used more? Consider multipurpose items like a coffee table that can turn into a dining table, or an ottoman that folds out into a twin bed.
Think of areas in the home as “zones” for activities
Livable= lifestage + lifestyle + layout
Mental Inventory: I need a small end table in the living room next to our green chair
Apps to help the planning: morpholio, trace, magic plan

Topics for classes aren’t just interior design, but include art & design, craft & maker, music & audio, photo & video, and money & life. That’s quite a range! What will you be choosing to learn more about?!


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Be More With Less: Five in Ten

Declutter, five in ten, simplify

I have so enjoyed reading Courtney Carver’s blog, Be More with Less. She is the founder of Project 333, which is a minimal wardrobe movement of only wearing 33 items for 3 months. It sounds extreme, but I’ve been trying it out for the last few weeks and will probably just keep it up through the end of September, which would get me to the start of my Fall wardrobe. I find I still have a crazy amount of outfits to wear but my closet looks so nice and clean. That doesn’t mean that I only have said amount of clothes- I have bins of clothes that are just out of sight because I am not yet ready to part with them but slowly, I am selling and culling those items. Which brings me to the point of this post.

The concept from Courtney’s blog that I really wanted to share with you today was her Five in Ten exercise.  She suggests getting a head start on decluttering by going into your closet and grabbing 5 things that don’t fit, don’t get worn, still have tags on, or are not in great shape. Bag them up and donate them, NOW.  It should take less than 10 minutes!  I went into my closet last week and went through the bins of clothes I’m not wearing at the moment (out of season items or those that just didn’t make the cut of my current 33).  Instead of just 5 items, I was able to triple that number of clothes to get rid of in the 10 minutes allotted!  I had a pile of at least 15 things that were looking ratty or don’t get worn as much as they should.

I’m looking forward to taking this challenge to other parts of our house. The drawers beneath our washer and dryer that are brimming full of hats, mittens, and snow gear?  Yeah, I’m coming for you next!

If you like to read about simplifying (or are wanting to simplify) head over to Courtney’s blog– it’s full of great inspiration for decluttering!  If you are interested in a capsule wardrobe, she offers a class on the subject- click here for information! (If you do take the class, I do get a percentage of the sale- thank you for supporting me on the blog!)

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