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add a pop of color

I just recently joined Pinterest. I know I am way behind but I don’t know how people have time to keep up with all of these new social sites popping up. It is hard enough doing a few blog posts a week, twitter and facebook, plus running Simon+Kabuki and our corporate design company, EandI Design, now I need to add Pinterest and still try to be the greatest mom and wife at home. Yikes that is a shit load to do!! I keep a constant running of lists of what to do today. I am sure at some point my head will just explode and my family will have to make do with my life insurance. Must remember to pay life insurance. Anyhoo… Today I wanted to do a post on adding pops of color to your house and life so that you can make it through the dreary winter and I thought it would be great to test out on Pinterest. Right now in northern California we are suffering with 65-70 degree sunny skies but I know that the rainy days are coming. So instead of shooting yourself when you’ve spent the 5th consecutive day inside just add a pop of green or magenta to brighten the day! I logged onto my Pinterest account and started pinning a board called Pops of Color. Here are the results. I am not quite sure how the whole thing works yet, like how do I share it on my blog? But I am sure if I spend enough countless hours on there it will come to me. If you have any...

real women. real conversations.

Life is a series of decisions not a series of events. Last Thursday, I attended the event Real Women. Real Conversations. It was put on by our local chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). What a great resource to have available. It has been a while since we had attended this type of event. Sometimes you get busy with life and forget to nurture other parts of your life, but it was well worth the time. It was an extremely inspiring, insightful and fun afternoon. The speaker was Suzy Welch and she was there to talk about her method for making decisions called 10, 10, 10 (10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years). I had first read about the method in Oprah several years ago. I am currently reading her book, it is any easy read and makes total sense. As Suzy says, “All it takes to begin are three simple questions: When faced with a complex dilemma, stop and ask, “What will the consequences of my options be in 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years?” The part that I like is that there is no sugar coating going on. Some decisions that you make may not make you happy but in the long run it is what you need to do. There were three thought provoking questions she had us think about: 1. What would make you cry on your 70th birthday either from sadness or regret? 2. What do you want people to say about you when you are not in the room? 3. What did you love about your childhood and what did...

huesday: DIY with paint

I’ve been in the DIY mood lately and dig anything that has to do with paint. If feels good to do a project yourself, but I want to see speedy results. I lose patience if a project takes more than 2 days. I live in an Eichler that we’ve furnished with both old and new pieces, so this cabinet was sure to fit in. I got this 1940s cabinet from my Grandma’s house last year and immediately knew what I wanted to do to it. You guessed it — paint. You can find spray paint in so many fun colors that the possibilities are endless! I picked a bright lime green, called my dad for last minute spray painting tips and off I went.     The inside was a bit rusty, but the body of the cabinet was in great shape and didn’t need much attention. I did minor sanding to smooth out a few rough patches and then got to work. I removed the handles so they’d stay their pretty chrome finish, but left the interior hooks in place. The truth is the screws were rusted over on the hooks and it would have taken more strength that I had to remove them. I did a coat of primer on the exterior to ensure a smooth surface. Dry time on spray paint is great, as you only need to wait an hour to do your next coat. It took 2 coats of spray paint (3.5 cans) and she was as good as new! I found cute polka dot shelf liner at Target and she was ready to...

designer kids: summer camp inspiration

It’s been a few years since we were shocked into the “what do we do with our school-age kids in the summer” dilemma. What will they do? I have to admit, summer as a kid is the best thing ever. Camps, swimming lessons, all day playdates, sleepovers, etc. I purposely left my kids schedule very mellow this time so that they can actually experience summer without having to be somewhere at a specific time every day. As working parents this was a tough one because we knew that they would need to be “somewhere” during the work hours. Despite our busy schedules (and because I need some sort of tortuous challenge in my life at all times) I decided to leave a few weeks schedule-free for the kids to be kids. Freedom to go into their own back yard, breathe the fresh air, get dirty, collect rocks and bugs, pitch a tent, stay up a bit late, and sleep in as long as they want. Besides being cheaper, this is a great way to inspire kids creativity and good moods. After a bit of schedule juggling we have managed to create some semblance of this. For the “somewhere” weeks, we picked day camps carefully. Summer camp can be the life-saving device when you start to experience the “too much quality time” feeling with your kids. But we wanted them to enjoy themselves too. Be choosy when deciding on a camp because depending on where you go they can be pricey. Luckily there are camps for just about anything. Take what your kid is focused on and find some classes...