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Yes! This is where I will be later this coming week. Will you join me?
Some classes are full, but there are openings still available….
The Creative Connection Event is 3 days packed full of inspiration, creative businesses, women and so much passion for their craft … you will come away thoroughly inspired. The collaboration of Jo Packham and Nancy Soriano, it has attracted some of the biggest names in the business for Keynote Speakers, Class Instructors and Attendees alike. Last year was the 1st Annual Event, which I also attended and it was just fantastic. I met so many creative, wonderful women.
It will be held at the Crowne Plaza in St Paul. So please head on over to the link and register yourself for 1, 2 or all 3 days. When you do, leave me a comment so I will know you’re attending and we can hook up at some point.
So… come get your creative on and join me!
I am so excited… I have made lists, gathered the required class supplies, packed my camera, my business cards, my bag of clothes, too many pairs of shoes, and I am off!
I will be spending the next 3 glorious days in communion with about a hundred other kindred creative spirits. We will enjoy classes, speakers, discussion panels, dinners, keynote speakers, creative make and takes, networking, business connections, shopping, blogging and so, so much more. It will be a fantastic time for both me personally and for the growth of my company. When we invest in ourselves, our education, our creative spirits, and our heart’s calling, we refuel, recharge and reconnect with our passions.
I am hoping to post a little while there, but can’t honestly say I will, as our schedule is busy from morning until late evening with all of the fantastic things planned at this event. So, while I may be taking a blogging break for a few days, try to join me by taking on a small creative project of your own.
Maybe you’re going to plan a wonderful meal with a new recipe, maybe you will scrapbook your latest photos, join your kids on a nature walk, or gather some treasures on a antiquing weekend. Whatever you do, do it with creative spirit!
Oh, and please join me back here soon for the recap of the Creative Connection Event details, I know they’ll be great!
Linda McDonald of Restyled Home joins us today for as the next creative entrepreneur in our Interview Series. As a design business owner and creative blogger, please welcome Linda as we find out more about her, what she is passionate about and how that translates to her work and home life.
Congratulations Linda! You were chosen to work with an amazingly creative team on the premiere issue of Flea Market Style, which hit newsstands mid-February 2010. (Team included: Editor Matthew Mead (of Country Home & Matthew Mead Style) and Ki Nassauer (author of Junk Market Style, of Country Home, and Inspiration behind the Junk Bonanza) Heather Bullard (photographer extraordinaire, blogger and stylist.) Can you tell us a bit about this experience and how it was to work on a shelter magazine with such a renowned team?
I had a great time! It was a great team and we are all so proud of how beautifully the magazine turned out and the fantastic response we received from readers. I made it my mission to spread the word about the magazine via the blog; and the resultant buzz, as a result, was incredible. Before it launched, we received so many emails from people asking when it would be out and to “hurry up already” that I had a hard time keeping up! I am really proud of what we were able to achieve as a team so geographically spread out, but we all brought different talents and skills to the table.
ReStyled Home is your blog and your business. How did you arrive at your profession and how has your blog changed things for you?
I started Restyled Home as a staging business but it quickly segued into decorating, helping people with their renovation and building choices and finally, to offering writing services as my blog grew. My blog was initially intended for as a place for me to share my projects with clients and (interested) family and, to my surprise, grew very quickly into something that really meant a lot to me both professionally and personally. I now blog about decorating, family and other style topics. But I keep it all lighthearted and fun.
I believe our surroundings really inspire us in so many ways. You live in Nova Scotia, a place I have longed to visit for some time. Can you tell us how your local inspires you?
Well, I live ten minutes from the most amazing beach: white sand and the warmest waters north of Virginia. So, I definitely enjoy a bit of the coastal aesthetic, although not in a nautical way. I instead have decorated my home in watery shades of blue and green and enjoy including natural elements. Where I live is slower paced and beautiful, so I try to make my home feel feel that way too.
I also believe our “life stories” influence our homes in how we decorate, what we find comfort in, the belongings we surround ourselves with, and the memories we carry with us. Can you share with us some of your “life story” and how that affects your home today?
Well, I didn’t grow up with a lot of money. We emigrated from Ireland in the mid-seventies and my parents had to start completely from scratch. A single income and six children did not allow for us to go around with “silver spoon” attitudes (nor would our parents have allowed it!). So, I come with the belief that you can make things pretty without spending a lot of money; and I believe it takes more talent to do it that way, anyway. I believe in re-purposing, creating, and thinking outside of the box. I always joke that I wouldn’t make a very good wealthy person because I dislike pretension and have a hard time spending a whole lot on anything. But, I still like my home to be attractive, and so my husband and I do a lot ourselves and have realized that you can have real quality that way, too. I truly believe that you don’t need to spend $300 on a throw cushion, when you can make it yourself or head to somewhere like Homesense. I also really enjoy incorporating vintage elements into my design, and we all know where we can find those on a budget, right?!
In addition to running your business, you are also a busy wife and mother. What would be a few “take-away” tips for our readers on blending real-life with the desire for a lovely and welcoming home?
Well, with my new writing projects (I am currently working in an editorial role with Holiday with Matthew Mead and another upcoming magazine), I find myself working at home more than I ever did. Because I am writing about decorating, I tend to get my fix with others’ projects and haven’t done that many of my own, recently! That said, I really focus on putting everything aside to enjoy the supper and early evening hours with my family. I actually quite enjoy cooking, so I unwind by making dinner and hearing about everyone else’s day. We are very busy with our children’s activities; but still, I tend to nip back to the computer late at night and on weekends to try to get more work done. It is not a good habit, and is one I am trying to break. Indeed, now that the weather is nicer, I want to get back to doing my own projects and making my home an even more relaxing and enjoyable place to be…because I’m home a lot, now!
** Please head on over to www.holidaywithmatthewmead.com to see what I am working on now!
Thank you so much for joining us today Linda! I am thrilled to have you join us for my Interview Series, thank you for sharing your passions and creativity with us.
To learn more about Linda, or to follow her blog, please visit her at www.restyledhome.blogspot.com
Inadequate lighting is one of the most common mistakes most homeowners make. Not having enough lighting, the proper size and proportion, and not really choosing lighting for it’s functionality or how it compliments the room.
Here are some tips for choosing lighting:
1. Have at least 3 types of light per room. Ambient (Overall), Task, and Accent.
2. Have up to 5 sources of light in most rooms. Remember, lighting is done in layers and not all lights are on at the same time.
3. Position lighting around room to avoid dark areas.
4. I prefer to have the main light sources similar in color and style, with the last one or two having a bit more pizazz and style.
5. Lamps should be in proportion to the room, ex: no wimpy stick lamps in a large family room, no tiny chandeliers over a full dining table.
A few of the fun options that I have seen lately:
Wouldn’t this trellis linen drum shade be fabulous over a kitchen island? I can see the room coming together with white painted cabinets, pale green walls, stainless appliances, and wood flooring…
This red coral stone chandelier is so much fun, it would be quite a statement in an entryway, with some khaki walls, checkerboard painted floors, and some turquoise and red fabric on a cushioned bench seat.
Love the simplicity of these tapered crystal lamps. I can see them in a more masculine style den with chocolate brown walls, olive-colored upholstery, and some ikat printed drapery panels.
I can just see the light coming through this unique leaf-patterned shade as it lights up the bedroom before turning in. It has an almost organic, vintage feel to it. I would do some layers of neutral creams and grays on the bed, dark wood furniture, and some wispy linen sheers at the window.
Now that I’ve shared some lighting inspiration with you, can you find a space in your home that needs to shine a little? Replacing a lighting source can dramatically update a room. Look around your home for a worthy candidate… the results may surprise you!
It’s all about “flea market style” today. Are you fond of things from the past being re-used or re-purposed for today? Some people love everything in their home to be vintage or re-purposed, others just like a touch here and there to add personality and history to their everyday routines. I am in the middle. I enjoy many vintage pieces, but mostly as accents or accessories, not used as my primary furniture. Some of my favorite things in my home have been found at flea markets, vintage shops, or pieces that came from my grandmother.
For those of us who enjoy the hunt, there are those stories of favorite finds, and purchases that we didn’t make, but still haunt us. One of my favorite finds is my large vintage wood framed Coffee Sign in my kitchen. One of the pieces that I didn’t get and regret was a large cupboard that wouldn’t fit in my house at the time I found it. Today’s comment question: What is your favorite find or the story about the one piece that you didn’t get and regret? So, with the question set… what’s the fun part… the giveaway?
Today’s giveaway is the premiere issue of Flea Market Style !! (Which hit news stands mid-February.) After much searching, I have located a few issues, so I have one to giveaway to today’s lucky winner! Flea Market Style is loaded with practical and fun ideas and tips on creating a vintage or re-purposed look for your own home. From inspiring projects and entertaining ideas, to decorating and how-to tips, you will find endless inspiration from the pages of this premiere issue.
As Star Tribune reporter Kim Yeager writes, “Readers still bereaved over the loss of Domino, Country Home, Cottage Living and other home publications don’t have much longer to wait for the new mag in town. Flea Market Style, edited by Long Lake junking maven Ki Nassauer and New Hampshire-based lifestyle expert Matthew Mead, is trickling on to newsstands now.” Others on the editorial team include: graphic designer Stacey Willey, writers Linda MacDonald and Sarah Egge, photographer Jenny Mead, stylist/photographer Heather Bullard and antiques expert Tim Luke. Yes, an all star team from the flea market, vintage, and country decor scene assembled this new magazine.
Oh, another teaser for you… one of those wonderfully creative team members will be interviewed by me in my upcoming Interview Series…. keep reading in the weeks ahead for that post!
So, start commenting and the winner for the magazine will be chosen from those entries posted before 11:59 pm CST today, March 30th. The winner will have just enough time to read the magazine and prepare for the spring flea markets just around the corner….