Confessions Tuesday


I can’t believe that it has been nearly 5 months since my last confession.  The truth is, my lay-off, has thrown me off-track.  I never thought about the reality of not being employed and how my life would temporarily change.  It has been an experience to be a full-time mommy.  This time around with my second child, I have spent the majority his life solely caring for him.  In this sense, it has been a blessing- to get to spend so much time with my kids.  But I can’t deny that much of the last five months there has been a huge question mark, always in the back of my head.  Where will I be happy?  When will that opportunity come?

I changed direction in my career only a few months before being let go.  But the more time that I have had to reflect on this decision, the more I know that it was the right for me.  I spent the majority of my 20’s feeling lost.  I knew that architecture wasn’t what I was meant to do but I couldn’t put my finger on what other path to take.  This blog, which is really a journal for me, has given me so much insight on the fact that I am absolutely passionate about interiors.  All I do is dream about interior spaces and my short experience from working with clients has let me know that I love the challenge.  In time it will work out because I am fiercely committed and hopelessly in love with this thing called design.

But the real point of this post is to re-evaluate my purpose for blogging.  I started blogging thinking that I needed to put myself out there and just show my creative endeavors which quickly lead to the opening of my etsy.  But what is always on my mind is interiors.  So I am taking a blogging break to re-design my blog, re-think {and bring back} some weekly features, and of course to work on my house-the start of an interiors portfolio.  I have the time right now, and have new motivation. I promise I won’t be gone for long, I love this blogging thing too much.  It’s amazing the way that you feel connected to total strangers because of  common interests and pretty soon they are your blogging friends. It’s sorta funny.

And as far as my etsy, I am also re-evaluating.  I realize that I like to do things out of order, I guess I drum to my own tune.  Case in point- I had a baby, graduated school, and then married, totally out of order.  I have been working on a line of products with a partner and will launch a new etsy before the year is done.  Very excited to bring that to fruition.


Be back before you know it!




Tiny House

Have you heard of the tiny house movement? It means to live minimally in a compact footprint, where the outdoors is your main living space. It’s a nice idea, especially for this self-proclaimed homebody. If I owned one of these, I imagine that I’d be someplace close to paradise, where the sheer beauty would force me outdoors.

If so, my house would look like this tiny house.

And I would live happily ever after.

So, what do you think of the movement? Is it a fad that is short-lived?

Design is in the Details

They say that design is in the details. I totally agree. Without details anything would be ordinary.  It is the details that makes something magical and full of wonder.  Let’s take doors for example. I love doors. They make the first impression on the person experiencing the architecture.  And doors can be beautiful. Some have the most carefully thought out details.  Here is a small collection of some lovely door details.  Enjoy!

And have a good weekend!

From {blank} to {blank} Mini-Sized

While strolling through an antique shop this past weekend, I found something that was destined for La Petite Maison. The dollhouse currently does not have a kitchen. A kitchen is one space where you can really make a design statement & the statement I want to make is charming.  After all, I want tie everything back to the colonial style of the house.  So I was delighted to find this miniature sink.  The colors and the country curtain did not work but I saw potential.  I took it home, sanded, painted a soft blue, & made a tailored linen curtain. And Voila!  I give you, a mini before and after loaded with charm.  So the little kitchen is progressing & I can’t wait to show more!

La Petite Maison

Last Christmas, my little girl asked for a dollhouse. Ideally, I would have loved to design and build it. But thinking that I would save my time-not to mention sanity, I purchased a vintage colonial kit off Ebay.  It arrived in 1000 10,000 pieces, just days before xmas {so not kidding}. We panicked with the impending deadline and hoped we could deliver. Luckily, we have the most supportive and talented group of friends {heart you all!}. Together we assembled, glued, and painted just in time for xmas, managing to have a standing structure minus the interior finishes. The husband and I conjured up a story that we would later hear her repeat to one of our secret Elves.  She boasted to our helper friend, “Santa was running late and he didn’t get to finish.  Momma is going to finish the dollhouse for me!”

Now the fun begins: creating the interior spaces. The renovation has begun!  I managed to sneak in some work in between the new baby napping and was able to install some lovely walnut parquet flooring.  It was a bit tedious because the wood kept warping but well worth the trouble, don’t you think?  My favorite thing about this tiny space is the Victorian fireplace mantle. It found a home at La Petite Maison when it was discovered in a dusty antique store.  The couch and grandfather clock were both handmade by me as well.  I am quite fond of the traditional chippendale sofa with the modern choice of fabric and white painted frame.  There is still ton to be done, selecting a coffee table, artwork, accessories, etc.  This is definitely a work in progress.  Stay tuned!

Petite Blythe shown for scale.