The time as come! It’s finally here. We’ve moved! Please be sure to check out the new blog located at
I hope that you will join Design in Bloom at the new site address. Thank you for following along and I hope to see you soon! I’ll be by the tippee if you need me! 😉
Photo credits: Fugu Fugu Press via Etsy.
Twenty twelve. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Typically, I like to completely start over when a new year begins. Start a crash diet. Fail at a crash diet. Wipe the slate clean and forget about all the mistakes I made. But not this year. This year, I’m taking it all with me. The ups, the downs, the highs and the lows. It’s all coming along for the ride. I’ve experienced too much to just wipe it all way. Which is why I am not declaring a true resolution this year. The diet coke stays and the gym membership might not. No deadlines, no deal breakers. I’m just going to practice, improve and enjoy everything and anything I can.
2012 is a big year for me. In six months (almost to the date) I turn 30, the same day my design business turns 5. And in a few short weeks, this crazy little blog I’ve created will hit the one year mark. I am most proud of the last two things, especially after this last year. Last year was a year full of transitions, some great, some not so great. But I learned a heck of a lot in a short period of time. And I plan to do the same over the next 12 months.
And while we are on the subject of fresh starts, here is another reminder that we’re going to be transitioning to the clinerose.com address soon.
Photo credit: Farm7.static.flickr via pinterest.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
I realized this morning that I didn’t blog yesterday. Sorry about that. I’ve never done that before. But I have a good excuse. The truth is that I was busy playing Santa. Or an elf. That’s more accurate. You see, David’s grandmother has been in the hospital for a little over a week now, so as a surprise to David’s Grandpa we decorated their house, inside and out, with anything we could find in the 70 million boxes in the garage marked “Christmas”. We weren’t there to see the big reveal, but apparently he cried which just melts my heart. Mission accomplished.
My plan for the next few days is to soak up as much family time as possible. That’s what it’s all about right? That and trying to convince David’s six year old niece that Santa is in fact real. Apparently, a boy in her class,
Adam who will remain nameless, told her that her parents are Santa. Her parents buy all the presents. And eat the cookies. Can you even believe that? Ridiculous, right?
I will check back with you, my fantastic readers, when we return home from Nevada. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
When the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof,
And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet where fireproof,
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea,
On a blanket with my baby, that’s where I’ll be.
From the park you hear the happy sound of the carousel,
You can almost taste the hot dogs and french fries they sell,
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea,
On a blanket with my baby, that’s where I’ll be. ~ The Drifters
Okay, so clearly these pictures are ABOVE the boardwalk but I just had to use the song. Under the Boardwalk. We’ll be falling in love. These photos are of my girlfriend, Beth, and her husband, Jeremy, the day after their wedding on the Ocean City boardwalk. Beth wore her second dress that she changed into for the cake cutting and the dancing at the reception the night before. Romona Keveza, I believe? It is such a fun and flirty dress (perfect for Beth!) and its the perfect accent for a fun and flirty photo shoot on the boardwalk.
Photo credits: LoveStruck Images
This scene is from the movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) staring Cary Grant. A client was teasing me during our consultation that I sounded just like this when talking about paint colors. I hate to say it but it’s true. I
did do sound just like this. Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white…I love it. Ha.
Thanks for sharing the video clip, Judy!
If making Christmas wreathes isn’t your thing, how about making this incredible wall art using colored pencils instead?
I think this is just about the coolest thing. What an insanely creative idea! Colored pencils (and crayons) are so pretty just sitting in the box so why not display them?
I’m working with a new client who just bought a beautiful new home in Falls Church, VA. Since the house is currently empty, we have a rare chance to get down and dirty without disrupting any day-to-day activities. We are also able to work through Christmas and New Year’s which almost never happens (out of town guest and holiday parties make sure of that). So, I have been working on organizing contractors for walk-throughs and onsite measures (and ultimately obtaining estimates) in an effort to make the “after” of my client’s house look like these photos below. My client actually ripped these photos out of 2 magazines on two separate occasions so you know she likes it (The photos are from Traditional Home’s September 2010 issue, designed by Ken Gemes and photographed by Tria Giovan).
In the back of the house, where the kitchen and family room are located, my client and I wanted to move away from the sage greens, creams and yellows and incorporate bolder shades of deep green and red. We decided something more comfortable and rich with color would be a better fit than the softer palette shown above. Some a bit more like this. Minus Alessandra Branca. Although, she’s welcome over anytime.
The plan is to have everything ready to allow my client to move in early next year. So, I better be going. I’m meeting more contractors over at her house in less than an hour. Yikes.