Friday, September 19, 2014

I used to have so many regrets and beat myself up about some of the decisions I’ve made regarding a career. I would obsess (and still do sometimes) about how I would do things differently or at least just faster. I’ve always been extremely jealous of people who knew what they wanted to do at a young age.

Bedroom / Pretty Haute Mess

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

But the good news is, I’m finally in a place where I’m actually happy things haven’t been easy and I didn’t take a direct path to where I am now. This journey, with a million forks in the road (even before I started design), has forced me to really figure out what I want to do, rather than just settle for a job title.

I’m also learning that there’s really no end to this process. I’ll need to continually redefine the kind of design work I do…

Up to this point, I’ve created my own little niche where I do graphic design and write about interior design. Working from behind the computer makes me really happy, which is a little weird. I never thought this is where I’d end up.

The difficult part about creating my own dream job is that I can’t just go on a job search site and find a listing. It’s a little harder to find work that fits a specific niche. For now, I found a day job doing what I enjoy, which is design writing, social media and photo styling. This job helps fund my freelance design life.

I’m not sure how my work is going to evolve or redefine itself from here, but I’m happy with the niche I’ve carved out for myself.

What have been your career challenges along the way?


Thursday, September 18, 2014

White / Pretty Haute Mess

I’m not sure I would want my entire home all-white everything, but it’s something fun to consider. And it’s certainly possible with all the options out there…

1. Floor Lamp / Ikea

2. Rope Vase / Tuckernuck

3. Toaster / Crate & Barrel

4. Mini Planter / Crate & Barrel

5. Sconce / Crate & Barrel

6. Side Chair / CB2

7. Bookcase / Dwell Studio

8. Cushion / Ferm Living

9. Cloud Sofa / Hive

Inspiration image via Deas Og Mia

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall Style / Pretty Haute Mess

Over the weekend I did a little shopping. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who buys a bunch of stuff at a time and then doesn’t shop again for a little while. Two reasons…

  • I’m an all-or-nothing type of person. It’s not like I never buy one piece of clothing if I see something I like, but I usually don’t want to shop until I’m really feeling like my closet needs an upgrade. And at that point I usually need a handful of stuff.
  • I really don’t like shopping. To be specific, I don’t like shopping for shoes and clothes. I find it exhausting and emotional. However, I love shopping for the home. Never a problem.

Well, my closet needed an upgrade so I went shopping. I left Lamont alone to write and headed out. I bought stuff that can be worn together and also mixes well with some of the stuff I already own. That’s typically how I shop, it’s easy and it’s how I like to dress most days. Meaning, I wear a lot of the same thing with slight variations.

My favorite purchase was from Oliver Peoples… I finally found a pair of specs I love. Thanks to my parents, because it was a birthday gift. I should get them at the end of this week or beginning of next and I can’t wait!

I bought two pairs of jeans from The Gap, one gray and one black. They are way more comfortable than jeans are supposed to be. I also bought a pair of boots, since I didn’t have a basic boot with a heel. At only 5’2″ I need a heel sometimes. Now, as much as I love my purchases from The Gap, I just keep hearing Ryan Gosling in my head, from the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love….

“Be better than The Gap.”

I also bought a bunch of basics from H&M, like some more pants, tops and this long black tank. I got a couple pieces from Forever 21, including this super comfy cardigan. Lastly, that marble necklace from A Merry Mishap will go with EVERYTHING. I keep my accessories to a minimum, so I like to find one piece I stick to for a while and then move on.

I’m proud to say, this is the first time I’ve gone shopping when I wasn’t totally happy with the way I looked. I usually only shop when I’m thinner, which as you can imagine sucks if I put on any weight. Since I’m someone who has a pattern of gaining and losing weight, it would make sense to have some basic pieces in a couple sizes. I’m still not 100% sure if this qualifies as accepting or settling, but I’m giving it a shot and seeing where it takes me.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Is this an interior designer thing, or do you all see a home you love from the outside and then mentally design the interior just for the heck of it? Either way, I’m ok with the fact that I do this. A lot.

Townhouse Architecture / Pretty Haute Mess

Interior Ideas / Pretty Haute Mess

Although I’m a modern girl living in a Scandinavian-style apartment, I love a great townhouse with a classic interior. Schoolhouse Electric is a great resource (see links below) when you want a more traditional look with modern undertones.

In fact, I’ve just decided right now, one day I’ll have both, a modern apartment and a more transitional-style home.

It’s settled… Done.


Inspiration image via My Design Chic

Friday, September 12, 2014

Motivational Quotes / Pretty Haute Mess

Weekends are hard for me because part of me wants to do nothing after a full week at the office, and the other part of me wants to use ALL my time to do my own design work.

I’m hoping to get a lot of work done this weekend and these quotes were perfect for getting me motivated.

*You can find these art prints in the Kimsey Price shop on Society6.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I finally got my new sconces up in the bedroom and now I just want to work, sleep and eat in there. I’m not really surprised, but it’s truly amazing what a huge difference a little sconce can make.

Bedroom / Pretty Haute Mess

I had the same lighting concept up before these, but they were the KVART spotlights from Ikea. They were basically placeholders until I found the lights I really wanted.

These cool sconces are from the Etsy shop of Jessie Lynn. These won’t be the last light fixtures I purchase from her. Not only does she have beautiful designs, but she provides awesome customer service. For example, as a new customer she sent me a box of six Edison bulbs instead of the two I paid for.

*Unfortunately she’s a little backed up so she’s not taking any new orders, but make sure you sign in to be notified when her shop re-opens!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

One of the most beautiful things about succulents is their variety. They come in all shades of green, pink, purple and tons of sizes. Bonus, they’re not too hard to keep alive. Although, sadly they still seems to be a challenge for me.

Green Products for the Home / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Pendant / Y Lighting

2. Smeg / West Elm Market

3. Wallet / Nordstrom

4. Tunic / Mod Cloth

5. Table Lamp / Euro Style Lighting

6. Stand Mixer / Crate & Barrel

7. Wire Chair / Hive Modern

8. Accent Pillow / Ferm Living

9. Rain Boots / Nordstrom

10. Dresser / CB2