Archives for May 2013

Design Camp Overview

I realize I’m a bit late with my overview of Design Camp.  But my old computer was maxed out and didn’t have space to upload pictures.  So now that I have my new Mac, I’m back in business!!

Design Camp was unbelievable.  Full of information and an amazing lineup of speakers!

But let’s start at the beginning…..the hotel.

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We stayed at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle.  For the first few minutes at the hotel, I had a bit of guilt….

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…because this was all mine for two days!

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And it was a huge hotel room.  Once I took a look around, I got over my guilt and started to enjoy myself!

They even supply you with an animal print bathrobe!

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And don’t you love these brick walls!?

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Ok, enough of the hotel.  On to the people.

This was the first conference I attended without my trusty sidekicks, Lori and Amanda.  But thankfully, I had a few local blog friends that I hadn’t met in person.

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Meeting Stacey Steward from Steward of Design {on the left} and Maggie Morgan of Maggie Rose Interiors {on the right} was so  much fun!

And I had the opportunity to meet other great designer from across the US, like Molly Quinn from Louisiana.

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Molly and I met the first evening in the hotel lobby and enjoyed hanging out during the entire conference.

And now onto the speakers…..

Design Camp was put on by Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis.  Both of these ladies are incredibly talented designers….

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…and so down to earth!

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They brought with them an amazing line up of speakers.

Nathan Turner {from Million Dollar Decorators} spoke on his journey to success.

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Ronda Rice Carman from All the Best spoke about her journey to being published.

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Cassandra Lavalle {Coco+Kelley} is a successful blogger from Seattle.  She spoke on creating and maintaining a successful blog.

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But I think the most information and inspirational speaker {for me} was Kimberley Seldon.

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Kimberley spoke on the business of design. She challenged each and every designer to charge what they are worth. And to not apologize for it! Not only was she encouraging and challenging to the novice and experienced designer, but she was funny as can be!

The conference was filled with so much incredible information.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Design Camp, DO IT! You won’t regret it for a single minute.

Thank you, thank you to Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. You outdid yourselves.


My First Half Marathon

Today I accomplished a major goal…one I’ve been hoping to meet for the last three years.  I completed my first half marathon!


While I’m not sure of the exact numbers of runners today, there were a ton.  This race brings out the entire community.  Whether your running or spectating, it’s just fun to be a part of the festivities!

I’ve had a few frustrating winters of sickness and injuries that kept me from training for this race.  But this year was my year!  I was healthy and injury free.  So I trained and trained. And today, I made it to the starting line.


{No, I’m not walking, even though it looks like I’m walking in all of my pictures. Apparently I don’t kick my feet very high!}

And while I didn’t break any records today, I ran the best race I could run!


13.1 miles accomplished.  It was worth the wait.

And it was such a treat to have friends and family at the finish line to celebrate with me!


Now me and my achy body are getting a much needed massage tomorrow!



A New Computer

My laptop is old.  I believe it’s 5 years old.  And in computer life, that’s old!  It’s slow and has a hard time keeping up.  So, it was time for an upgrade.

Dan was off one day this week so we headed to the Mac store to do some research.  And while we didn’t come home with a new computer, we placed an order for one!!

This is similar to the one that should be heading my way in the next few days {I hope!}.


We are a Mac family.   We drank the kool-aid and are convinced that Apple has the best products out there.

While I’m looking forward to my newer and faster computer, I hate that I’ll be without it for a day or two while all of my data is transferred over.

While I’m enjoying a computer free day, you should check out my social media pages!

Come follow me on twitter …

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Or on instagram …


Or how about Pinterest

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If you don’t currently follow me on social media, please click one of the links below!  And hopefully I’ll be back in a few days visiting you from my new laptop!


Hutch Before and After

Last week, I shared images from a fireplace facelift from a friend/client.  And today I have another fun before and after from that same room….a painted hutch!

The hutch was in good condition.  But the red no longer matched the decor in their family room.

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Several cans of spray paint later, the hutch went from red to white.

A fun evening of shopping brought home several new accessories for the shelves.

And here it is now, after it was painted and re-styled.

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Here are a few close ups of the vignettes.

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And once again, the final after…

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What a transformation!!


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