Summer Weekend Recap No. 6

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Last week Thursday, I headed to the NEWaukee Night Market held downtown with my cousin. We had fun and she bought several things from one jewelry vendor in particular. They had a hip hop DJ in the center that had the crowd into it. My only complaint is there were a bunch of beer vendors but only one wine and no vodka. I wish there was someone selling cold slushy alcoholic drinks. So we ended up at the bar at Applebee’s aka Club Apple. OMG their sweet potato fries off the bar menu was everything. We ordered a second round…

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Go Bucks Go!

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My cat doing something she knows she shouldn’t and that’s laying on my sheets and not staying on the faux fur throw. I bought that DREAM pillow from TJMaxx over the weekend…

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Ate a bagel and had iced coffee from my beloved Dunkin Donuts at the park before running errands…
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I also went to the air show down at the lake with my cousins, mom, brother and niece. That was a ball of a fun. It was good to people watch and car watch as people cruised down Lake Drive. Later that night while having cocktails at my cousin’s house, I was informed that my face got sunburned. Even though I am black, it is still important to wear sunscreen and I did lather some on my exposed body but didn’t put any one my face. I end up very orange. Combined with a highlight and bronzer and you can imagine how I looked. :|I know for next time, lol. Anybody know of a good moisturizer sunscreen combo?

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If you follow on instagram, you were able to see some video footage. Above is my niece and god-daughter. ..

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Some great shots from people on instagram…

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week. It’s almost hump day!


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My introduction to Arhaus…

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I meant to post about my first introduction to the Arhaus showroom a couple months ago but forgot. I was in Shaumburg, Illinois at the Woodfield Mall heading to another store when store windows captured my eye. Everything was so glamorous and dramatic. The lighting was moody and gave this deep glow everywhere. I felt like I was in furniture heaven.

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Then Jayson approached us. He was incredibly knowledgable about the products and even went as far as to rearrange some showroom pieces so I could get a better vision on what I had in mind.

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I think I even mentioned that the pieces were out of my price range and he could have easily left me alone to approach other customers, but he didn’t. Even when one rude lady interrupted us to ask him a question and even tried to take him toward the area she needed help in, he politely informed her that he would finish up with us first before helping her. I was stunned as I never get that quality of service. Unfortunately some salespeople assume what customers will spend money based on appearance and even race. I’m a designer and though I was looking for myself, I could have been shopping for a client. Often times my experience in a store determines where I spend my client’s money. In college, one of my instructors told us if we ever design or work in a showroom, to treat all people equally. You never know who is sitting on money! In his experience, the most casual dressers ended up being the ones to spend a lot. So I appreciated Jayson’s professionalism during that time.

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But the furniture….and the fabric….

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Everything there made me wish I was rich…

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You can browse digital online catalogues…
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Some of my favorite lighting by them…and a fab mirror!

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What I like about some of the pieces at Arhaus is the craftsmanship of the furniture. The distressing and carving in some of their furniture is all done by hand by Italian artisans to make each piece feel as if it has history.  They are having an annual storewide sale 20-40% off so you may want to check them out. No this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like what they have to offer and can’t wait to make my first purchase.

 


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Summer Weekend No.1

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I hate when wordpress messes up and deletes my post when I’m uploading. That’s basically what happened. Anyway the summer is flying by and it just got started so I want to ensure I commit to a summer bucket list and enjoy the days. I’m not retyping everything from the original post but this weekend was a ball of fun and I plan to recap wknds or weeks until the end of summer.
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Friday I went to the Lakefront festival of art with my cousin and had fun wine & vodka tasting.
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Sunday I went with my brother, niece, sister-in-law & mom to Greek Fest. Milwaukee had great weather this weekend and the lake was poppin Sunday evening because it was in the 80s and sunny. Just swarms of people and barely any available parking spots.
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Talked my sister into getting on this with me lol…
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I also am near the end of the house project design I’ve worked on since January. Here are also some snippets of the spongebob/ nautical themed room I’m doing.
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Hope your weekend was a good one.


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Monday Morning Inspiration 6.1.15

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I love art displays with mixtures of wrapped canvases and large mats. I have compiled a small collection of pictures from magazines I want to put in my closet. I find fun in thrifting pretty frames too so I can’t wait to have enough where I can start hanging them…

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This quote is very real for me as I’ve experienced someone that seems like they.just.cannot  compliment my work. This is a person I share projects with because I am passionate about it, not to brag. I share genuine interests in what my friends do so I expect the same. Maybe that’s my problem and no….everyone won’t like your work but it’s really odd when some people never have anything nice to say. When the compliment is backhanded or laced with shade. When their replies are dry and vague…sometimes I debate even sharing with them. I’ve had people say they can do what I do when it comes to party styling because they don’t want to pay for your services and then their party happens…..you realize they can’t. I’ve been told “I’m creative too” when someone didn’t want my services and then kept asking my opionion and wanting ideas. Thought you’re also creative? Not as if I need to feel validations because my client’s approval is all that matters. However I am content with my womanhood enough to share joys in what brings happiness to friends/associates.  I can compliment hair, outfits, portfolios and not think twice about it. I will never understand people who may like something but won’t let YOU know it. It’s always going to be someone bitter about something so they refuse to give you kudos.  Don’t let those people stop your show.

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I think I used the above image before but oh well. Happy Monday!

{Images via michael dawkins home, the ace of space blog, Robert Brown,  Markham Roberts, Philip Gorrivan Design Amanda Reynal of Reynal Interiors & Michael Boyd of SmithBoyd Interiors}


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Wood plank headboards …

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When I finished my client’s daughter’s room, I was able to salvage some pieces of wood that went to her top bunk. They were throwing the bed away but the wood was in great condition so I set some to the side because I knew I wanted to use it. Her brother’s room will be done next and that is a spongebob/nautical theme. I will probably create a headboard with the planks. Here is some other wooden bed inspiration…

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Modern Rustic Interiors and events…

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I have a thing about rustic design but it has to have a lot of modern and contemporary elements mixed in.

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The lighting in this reception is absolutely stunning & it gives an industrial look to the space. I also like the bails of hay stacked in the background…

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This kitchen space has so much architectural details from the exposed beams to the wood plank ceiling, the arches and the steel windows. There are a lot of textures going on in this open floor plan. I really like the industrial bar stools. You can find similar ones at Target, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Arhaus & High fashion home.

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So much natural light floods this space from the steel windows. The wood beams and exposed brick add warmth to the space…

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Such a gorgeous wedding backdrop. It looks is if vows are written and hung on fabric…

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Tuesday’s Tips: you’re not superwoman…

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So don’t feel asking for help is beneath you. You aren’t frowned upon or looked at as a failure. Last time I checked we only have two hands and sometimes we need another 6 to get things done. Here is where your mouth can help. Simply ask. You may find people are more willing to assist than you think. More than likely after you ask, you will be happy you did and wish that you had done it sooner. So the next time you find yourself unable to complete everything or simply need help….ask. I promise, you won’t get looked at as not being able to do it all….you may even be able to do MORE because you would have the help to do so.

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Lucy and Company Portfolio full of color and pattern play

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I came across Lucy and Company portfolio and spent a good 20 minutes admiring the work of that talented team last night and probably another 20 minutes this morning. Every room feels staged but not in a stuffy way. The homes feel comfortable and relaxing. What I like the most is the different uses of texture, color, & patterns. It makes the spaces interesting. You can tell heavy attention was paid to the details like the lighting, hardware and finishes as well as rugs and seating. Here are a few of my favs but you really need to browse their portfolio to see more.

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This emerald chandelier looks amazing amongst the graphic wallpaper…

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The company started when there wasn’t a high end children’s design source in the Charlotte area. After tackling kids rooms, the company progressed to offer services for entire homes…
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I would have a field day playing in their textiles and creating endless combos for upholstery and pillows…

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