Not Your Typical St. Patrick’s Day

In the South, we find any reason to have a parade, and when Louisiana has parades, we mean business! I promised to show you more pictures of people (my design details have taken over my camera), so lets start with my family: My son Cade will turn 15 this year…yikes! I feel like I just left high school myself! Yep, it’s just him. You could image the constant inquiries of “When are y’all having more?” My standard reply is: “He can brush his own teeth and pack his own lunch.” I’m the smart one here. I usually get the deer in headlights look, like “Why didn’t I think of that!?”

The other question: “What sports does he play?” None! I know because I made him try every single one. He was drawing inventions at 5…he’s a really smart cookie! Me on the other hand, I was trying to smoke boys at arm wrestling and football at his age. (Let’s just say I have a competitive gene.)

This is my husband Bryan. He owns an A/V company, that’s slang in the industry for Audio/Video/Home Automation/Home Theater. There is quite a bit of crossover in our business, and I’ll tell you more about the automated window treatments & theaters we’ve done later.

Seriously, the best float I’ve ever seen!

Life is too short. Find a costume, or create one.

I was on a mission to capture the spirit of people serious about St. Patrick’s Day. Mission Accomplished.

Click here for the funniest video I captured of street people:

(Turn your volume up!)

If you’re not from the South, you may be interested to know of a weird occurrence that happens at parades. Do you see all these beads on the ground? For some reason, there is a thrill of the catch. If you don’t catch a bead and it lands on the ground, well, I guess it’s no good. As the years go on, the bar is set higher for bigger and better beads! A few years ago, no one would have ever left large beads on the ground, only the tiny ones.

I hope you remembered to wear green!


Vintage + Modern

Some people call it eclectic, others call it disaster. When mixing design styles, you have to know what you’re doing. I tell my clients that are interested in a variety of styles, that you can like sweatpants and stilettos, but you can’t wear them together! Vintage and Modern is one of my favorite mixes. It can be very timeless and a great alternative if you have a collection of vintage pieces and are ready to make the switch. (to the modern side, that is) This living room by Shelly Riehl is just stunning. Vintage light fixtures, mirror and chairs mixed with modern art, sofa, coffee table, and a zebra rug that pulls it all together!


Piperfields is a great local store I recently found. They sell vintage jewelry, modern replicas and other little goodies. Even their business card is savvy!

Wallpaper made of book pages wraps the dressing room…

C’mon, I know some of you peeps are going to attempt this chandelier tonight!

The vintage case…

Okay, this is where it gets good…ohhhh…I’m lusting. Brass trinket boxes…

Double lust….vintage necklace holders! Perhaps my closet will jump to priority in the new house. Can’t you see it: White lacquer built ins, gaudy chandeliers (I was a drag queen in my former life, ya know!) and these brass babies everywhere!


Can’t get enough…

And this little guy as an oversized mirror. Done. #quickestclosetdesignever

Couldn’t help myself…St. Patrick’s Day present?

The end.

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Tuesday’s Tip: Where To Put All Those Business Cards

I’m a huge fan of apps, and I’ve purchased several different ones for organizing business cards, but unfortunately they were all missing an important thing or two, tried to read the info on the card and failed miserably, and basically, just took too dang long. Sometimes, I think you just have to go back to the basics.

For iPhone users: Create a new contact in your phone.  Click the edit button, then add photo. Just snap a picture of the business card with your phone! All I do is put in a basic name or company name. If you have a lot of info, scroll down to Add Field, click, then scroll down to Notes and type away.  In the company section, I typically add a word or two so I can remember where or how I met them. If you get lots of business cards at an event, why bother typing in all the info…you can just edit the photo to zoom in and look at the biz card! (The downside: you can’t get both sides with your camera phone)

This little finding has been amazing for me! The best part is in the search. When you go to your contacts, just type in what you’re looking for in the blank search bar. It doesn’t matter what field you put the info in, it will still come up. For example: I went to a Design Bloggers Conference last year, and I know the Twitter hashtag is #DBC2012, so I may want to add this in one of the fields. It will find your contact with or without the hastag. (If you’re on twitter, see the #DBC2013 feed for this year!)

Also, when I type in “NY” in my contacts, Bottega Louie comes up (a lovely cafe with freshed squeezed orange juice, amazing brunch & beautiful macarons), along with my favorite NY taxi driver (good ones are hard to find ya know 😉 and my New York friends I’ve met along the way!

If you have a fabulous business card app to recommend or a great way to organize your business cards, please leave a comment below!