AmericasMart Atlanta Here I Come.

This weekend I’ll be heading down to Atlanta (praise be- warmer temps!) to participate on this panel with a couple other bloggers you might know (duh!) regarding what’s trending in our respective areas of the country as well as projects we are all working on.  For those who love the design blogging community or want to become a part of it and may have questions for us, you should certainly come by if you are attending Market!  It should be a lively and interesting discussion for sure!

I’ll be down there not only to be on this panel, but also to show my upcoming rug collection again (they will be available to purchase in March!)  Here is the lookbook that was just released that show all the sizes of each rug that will be available.  I cannot wait for them to FINALLY come out! I’d love to know which ones you guys love most!
Lookbook 2017 1.9.18

I like to think about my rugs in context of an actual space– and so I pulled together this little board showing a boys room using one of my favorite rugs from the line– totally a potential option for Mr. Henry’s big boy room!

lamp // framed art // custom roman shades // vinyl grasscloth // star wallpaper // bookshelf // sheets // quilt // custom daybed // dresser // swing arm sconces



Happy New Year!

I realized this week while I was on vacation that I have not taken a full week off in ten years.  And while I missed you guys, and working, I really did enjoy my time off. I felt no guilt, little pressure and just enjoyed spending quality time with Henry and Andrew.  This is a HUGE step for me, as I typically have a lot of trouble not only being still, but letting myself enjoy it.  Perhaps I’m becoming a well- balanced adult? :)

However, I am SO glad to be back and feeling refreshed and inspired.  As I do every year, I like to take stock of what’s gone right and wrong in the past year and create some goals for myself for the year ahead (not so much “resolutions” as just ways in which I’d like to do better or change things).  I try not to set any crazy or unrealistic expectations for myself (i.e. setting myself up for failure) but also push myself to truly make positive change at the same time.  Here’s whats on my list this morning:

  1. Have Another Baby– Ok, so this might be creeping into the “crazy expectations” category as pregnancy, especially for me, is not a given at all and not something I have control over– but we feel very ready for second child.  This past year was a heartbreaking challenge as we lost two pregnancies, but I remain hopeful that it will happen one way or another.  We absolutely adore Henry and he’s changed our lives in the best of ways, so one more really would round out our family.  And then I can celebrate the freedom that will come with not wanting any more children or dealing with infertility. I cannot imagine the weight that will be lifted when I get to that step in my life.
  2. Get More Financially Savvy–  Even though I’ve been successful and made a good living the past five years, I still act like I need to be fiscally liquid at all times “just in case of disaster”.  I am the flesh and bone human equivalent of Chicken Little. Time to shelve that fear and really make smart investment decisions with my money that will (literally) pay off.  And I want to pay closer attention to the details involved in those decisions.  Money has always been such an uncomfortable topic for me for some reason, and I need to face that head on and deal with it this year! Big girl panties, on.
  3. Finish My House- Now that our final addition is done- it’s time to figure out all the last remaining details and be done with it for a while!  We will probably move in the next 3-4 years, but in the meantime I’d like to wrap things up.  Given what I do, I will always be tweaking things, but I can make it so it feels “finished”. And of course, share that process here!
  4. Make Time For Me– I work a lot, and when I’m not working I want to be with Henry as much as possible- so I let taking care of myself fall by the wayside.  I don’t go to the gym much, or take time to relax.  I know that taking care of myself makes me a better mother, so I need the shelve the guilt of taking the time to go to the gym and take a couple classes and get back into a yoga practice of some sort.  I’m going to commit to twice per week to start, and if I get three times in, great, if not- so be it.
  5. FINISH MY BOOK– I had to push the deadline for my book again, but I will complete it this year (by spring to be exact)- which means it’ll come out Spring 2019.  I know it’s been a long time since the first book came out, but it’s been MUCH harder to write a book with a child (and a busy design business, product lines, this blog, etc.)  So it’s been slow but steady going, but it’s coming.  I want it to be awesome, and something I am super proud of , like the first book- so it’ll be worth the wait.
  6. Be Thoughtful About Where My Business Is Going–  I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities come my way in the past year, but it’s been overwhelming and left me a bit confused about where I want my business to be and what I want it to be.  There is so much opportunity in the social media side of it alone, never mind the actual design work and products.  So I need to have a good, long pow wow with myself, advisors and my employees about where this is going and how to make it better.  There more I want to do, but in order to do more I need more people.  So in 2018 I expect to add at least one more person to my team.
  7. EDIT EDIT EDIT–  I felt a surge of disgust this weekend when looking around at all the clutter in our house. Every year I say I’m going to be more careful and thoughtful in my purchasing, but I somehow end up at the same place every year– with numerous trash bags filled with clothes and stuff to donate or throw out and mumbling things to myself like “if all my coffee mugs matched I’d be a better person”.  This year, less but better.  I feel less compelled to follow trends as I did when I was younger (OMG AM I THIS OLD?), so I think I’ll be better equipped to stick to buying less of the better quality things in life.
  8. Be Present– Less staring at my phone, more staring at my beautiful little boy (and getting him to want to stare at my phone less too for that matter!)

What about you? What’s on your list this year to work on?  I always love hearing what other people’s goals are because it can help define and enhance my own.

As always, thanks for being here. And here’s to a great year ahead!

XO,

Erin

 

Jenna Lyons 2.0

Today i thought I’d take a break from all things holiday and talk some decor!

Recently the New York Times showcased Jenna Lyons new SoHo loft. After having one of the most Pinned/shared spaces of all time previously (which still looks beautiful and stands the test of time even though it launched 1,000,000 copycat designs, by the way!)  Her new space, designed by the Myers Davis firm,  has a similar feel to her old one, and uses a couple items from it too, but overall feels more modern and eclectic I think.

The living room is a palette of icy blue and coral with lots of brass accents. I think I spy the Moroccan rug from her last living room in use (or at least a similar one) and another bold sofa choice in coral velvet.   Also there is a mix of traditional antiques and mid-century styles, which I love.

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When Life Gets Crazy

(Just a  random stunning kitchen I’m loving from Bria Hammel)

Hey Guys- My weekend was an absolute sh*tshow of a very sick toddler + husband away and I have a big, full day of meetings so my post will have to wait until tomorrow. Sorry! Gift guides begin tomorrow though, so get excited.  My categories this year are For Her, For Him, For Kids + Pets, For Home and Under $100/ Stocking Stuffers.  If you have any specific requests please comment, I’d love to hear what you guys are looking for, what kind of budget ranges appeal to you and anything else you look for when doing your holiday shopping! Can you believe its that time already????

XOXO,
Erin

An Ugly World.

Waking up to the news that our country suffered the worst mass shooting in history feels like a kick in the gut when you’re already writhing on the ground from various other devastating blows.  The world feels like a very ugly place right now, with disaster and doom lurking around every corner and on every news website- natural disasters, ineffective and rude government officials, terrorism….  It’s hard to feel positive during dark times like these, and blogging about pillows and pretty paint color doesn’t feel right today. It feels like a day to be quiet and contemplative.  And also to think about what positive action one can take to perhaps, just maybe, change some the things that make this day in age so anxiety riddled.

Yup, I know, this is a design blog. I get that. But I am also a person, a citizen of this country and a mother and while many have said I should not to get “political” on here (“bad for business” they say, although I’ve never seen much collateral damage aside from a few unfollows) I am going to take a minute to remind everyone about the stalled, ridiculously messed up gun control debate we have in this country.  Our government has managed to STILL not take a stand on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, which actually helps shooters like the one last night do what they do with few hurdles to even slow them down.

According to the BBC, Nevada has some of the most lax gun laws of any state in the country. Open carry is allowed, even for assault rifles. There is no limit to the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at a time, which may have helped the shooter harm more people during the attack. Gun owners also don’t have to be licensed with the government, meaning there was no way to potentially track the shooter’s movements before the attack and prevent his actions.  I mean, it’s harder to get a license to drive a CAR than it is to get a freaking assault rifle in Nevada. HELLO? HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE?

I’m not here to say no one should have a gun.  If you want to abide by a set of rules and background checks to have a handgun or hunting rifle- fine. That is your right. But no civilian, and I mean NO ONE, needs to have an automatic assault rifle.  These should be banned completely. And it’s proven that in doing so it STOPS mass shootings (look at the statistics from Australia who bravely and rightfully made huge gun law changes after a mass shooting).

I myself have been a member of Everytown for Gun Safety since the Newtown shootings  and now have joined Moms Demand Action and am donating today to support their fight against these stupid, outdated laws that keep getting innocent Americans killed.  I think  about my sweet boy playing on tractors and eating apples this weekend happy as a clam and then think about the possibility of a gunman taking his life because we allowed them to have access to ridiculous weapons and I want to flip a dumpster in rage.

There is so much that happens that we cannot do anything to prevent, but we can with this.  I have to believe we can demand action from our elected officials.  So my call to action today is if you feel like I do, join a group like the above that are working to make change or write your Senators and Congressmen to tell them what you want from them. Lets fight for them to take at least ONE step towards reasonable gun laws.

It’s time.

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