Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Remember to do "YOU" & do it well

Just a little thought I reminded myself of today & I wanted to share it with you too! Yesterday I stumbled across a forum that one of my readers posted on. She found inspiration in Oliver's nursery & was trying to figure out what she wanted to do for her nursery ;.) Then a lot of people proceeded to "not be so nice" about my house & my design choices. Calling it torture to look at as well as headache inducing...ouch! Slow down with the punches Mike Tyson..... These words hurt for a split second & then I was okay again. Let me tell you why...at the end of the day I tell myself this is our little house and we're proud of it. It serves as our safe & happy place. I don't know how to decorate to please the masses, I only know how to be ME & to do it well ;.)
 So I say if you want black walls, or crazy animal heads everywhere, flying light bulbs or even gold squirrels in your casa..DO IT! And if that's not your thing then find what is & make it happen in your space. ;.) Don't be afraid of other people's opinions or let them hold you back. If I did this then Olly's nursery would definitely not be black...because most people told me I was hormonal when I was pregnant & had picked out the color...haha! ***ahhh the days of "hormones" as an excuse ;.)Sometimes I do things that don't turn out right but at least I give myself peace because I tried it....and at the end of the day it's just paint my peeps or fabric....it can be redone! So I will now get off my soap box...I just wanted to wish you guys freedom...the freedom to do what feels right to you in your home! Be crazy, be wild, or be calm & cool..either way, be YOU & be happy! ;.)
We sure are ;.) Happy Tuesday! ***Our last photo at Mr. Chugg the train....& to think it all started like this.. Thanks Baltimore trains for all the pictures & the memories....

18 comments:

  1. So glad you didn't let that bother you! You're (of course) right about how it shouldn't, but for myself anyway, that logic just can't quite make its way to the rest of my brain sometimes. Someday, maybe!

    In any case, I never fail to be shocked at the horrible things people will say about each other on the internet that they'd never say in real life - like the people "inside the computer" aren't real living humans or something. Ugh.

    On a happier note (before I end the LONGEST COMMENT EVER), I LOVE the nursery you made. But I am also SO glad that that fact doesn't matter to you. :)

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  2. I'm typically a lurker and not a commenter, but your post tugged at me. How can someone blast you for the way you decorate YOUR own home? It's not their space, it's yours! You can do whatever you (and your hubby) want!

    I personally admire the bold approach of your design style and have been enjoying your blog for about a month now. I've been in my house for 6 years and am currently in the process of re-decorating simply because I have never been content with the first go-round. I settled for what was available, did what everyone else was doing, and was too afraid to take risks. And while everyone else said it looked great, in the end, I wasn't true to myself and it never felt like "home."

    I wish you the best as you settle into your new place in CA. Can't wait to see what design projects you have in the wings!

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  3. I started following because I liked your bold approach to design. And I'd say there are a couple hundred other people following you for the same reason. Plenty of people like what you do--I'm always amazed at how people will say things on the internet they would never say in real life.

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  4. Poo on everyone who doesn't think you rock! You're definitely bold but that's what makes it all so very YOU! Kudos for not letting yourself think about it too long!

    P.S. I would NEVER paint a nursery black or hang animal heads and such on the walls BUT after seeing Olly's nursery I was definitely bummed I can't come up with crazy stuff like that and don't have the balls to make it work. .... Love ya girl! Good luck on your move. Sending lots of prayers your way that you find your perfect home fast!!

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  5. I LOVED this post! What a great reminder to just be yourself and surround yourself with what makes you happy:) That is why I love your decorating style-I can tell it is unique to you and it makes it so fun! good luck with your move! i can hardly wait to see your new life in cali!!!:)
    jayne b.

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  6. wow. i absolutely love your home personally. and i agree- you have to do it for you and for no one else.... it has to work functionally for your own family. some people just make themselves feel better by putting others down... chin up! your house was (since you left it!) awesome, and i can't wait to see what you to the new one you find in cali!

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  7. I do have to admit that I was shocked when I first saw the black walls. I'm more of a beach/ shabby chic kinda gal myself but I would never call little ollies room unattractive. I thought it was so creative and innovative. It was almost a relive from all the annoying blue and pink :P and it inspires me to get out of my comfort zone and try a little risk. Because, who knows, you might end up with a totally cool black, yellow, and blue pallet! Thank you for stretching yourself, fallowing your heart, and helping others like myself to see past the mundane stereotype of home design.

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  8. anytime people think I'm strange about the way I dress, decorate, or anything else, I just look at it like, hey, maybe I'm ahead of my time, or am starting a new trend!! Somebody has to be the "first one" to do something new!! And good for you for stepping out of the box! I think your nursery is amazing!! Cheers to you for being yourself!

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  9. Just do what makes you happy. My extended family (not living in my house) had many comments about my desire for mostly white walls. You can't please them all! Best of luck in CA!

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  10. I was so saddened by the fact that other people can be so mean spirited. I quite frankly think your blog is a great representation of reality and boldness. I think you spark creativity in others because you dare to think out of the pottery barn box! I say hurray to you! Keep on blogging"

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  11. Good for you! Why someone would take the time to write that they don't like something on a blog they are CHOOSING to read is insane to me. I happen to LOVE your taste, and I love that you come up with it on your own. I don't have my own cute ideas, which is why I plan to steal lots of yours. ;) I think some people don't even know what their own taste is because they only know what they are "supposed to" like. Your quirky style is amazeballs and don't let anyone tell you differently!

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  12. I LOVE your blog and your(Baltimore)home, you inspire me to make our home a HOME :) much love and adventures from South Africa!

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  13. I, also, am a huge fan of your blog...and your decorating! I actually wanted to feature a few of the photos of your home on my blog! I love the deer/animal heads...fabulous! Keep on doing what you do!

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  14. you guys are all AMAZING! Making this ol' gal blush! You guys are so fantastic & are what keep me creating!
    TAMRYN.....have fun making your home a HOME ;.) I love that you are reading all the way from South Africa!
    & Aarynn thanks soooo much! I would be honored to be featured on your blog. Let me know if you need any info or pictures from me ;.) I would love to read your blog...send the site along so we can all enjoy your skillllz ;.)

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  15. Hello,
    I discovered your blog through Young House Love and I think your house is simply fantastic! In fact, I live in Baltimore as well and am not really in the market to buy a house yet, but am curious...where can I find more details about your house (if it is still for sale)? Where is it located, and how much are you asking for it?
    Wishing you all the best on your move!

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  16. Welcome to the blog....you can get more info here http://www.thedaileygroup.com/property/317-E-27th-Street-Baltimore-Maryland

    it is located in Charles Village on a transitional street ;.) Hope this helps thanks so much for visiting the blog, enjoy Baltimore for us & keep following us in Cali ;.)

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  17. So, I'm a little late to the boat here but found your blog through Young House Love and of course had to read from the beginning while catching your most recent posts too :-) I really just wanted to say how inspiring you are and I'm so appreciative to people who so bravely put out there who they are and take all sorts of feedback with such grace and dignity. When I saw your son's room I fell in LOVE :-). I too am loving black as a paint color, and other than the good ol' monthly visit can't even claim pregnancy hormones as an excuse haha! I actually painted our little downstairs powder room black, after attempting to convince myself something less bold was more appropriate, and two very wrong colors (for me) later black it was. It is my absolute favorite room in our whole house now and I just might be spreading the love to other rooms in the future (we even already have an accent wall that is black in our bedroom which inspired the powder room color... so on we go LOL). Anyway, I just wanted to say 'You Go Girl!!!' :-). I love your boldness and bravery, and I LOVE your work. You're an artist, and though not everyone likes everything, you are unique and it is such an inspiration. I only hope to continue on in my own home with that same energy and spirit :-)

    - Shawna

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  18. Aren't you just a breath of fresh air Shawna! You're the sweetest, welcome to the blog. I love the idea of a black accent wall, YOU go girl!

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