As we brave the New Year, I have been doing a lot of thinking back on 2016. Instagram has its Top 9 again and I thought I would bring my Top 9 moments onto the blog as a way to kick off the New Year.
There has been a lot of crazy highs and lows as Im sure there is with any business. This was the first full year of Town Lifestyle + Design being open and the first full year when I didn’t have a typical 9 to 5 job or paycheck. It was scary at times and definitely not easy, but I had a plan and I tried just about everything to get not only design clients but make my design blog a success. About 6 months in it seemed like everything clicked. One day phone calls [more like emails] started rolling in, I met some amazing people along the way who also had/have faith in my company and my talents and who have been the greatest help yet. A handful of them have made the Top 9 but for those of you who haven’t you are not forgotten.
Thank you to all of you who have followed, shared, liked or commented on my posts over the year, I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. I have an exciting year of posts planned, but if there is something specific you would like design tips on or any questions about a DIY feel free to shoot me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or comment below.
O N E
These Top 9 moments aren’t in any particular order, however this is the most recent post out of the 9. My boyfriend and I recently moved in together (post coming later) and have been going through boxes and boxes of all the stuff we have working on combining are lives, both present and past. One of the items we came across were his moms old albums and I have been on an oldies kick ever sense. Record store here I come! There is something so special about vintage. It looks different, smells different, sounds different. To me, it brings a warmth, uniqueness to the space. We now have a stack of these on the side of our media console and a new growing obsession [still waiting for Santa to bring me that record player though].
T W O
In April, I started working with Stone Textile as a design stylist where I would come in on photoshoot days and accessories/prep the room before the shoot. This quickly turned into a design assistant gig where I am now not only help with photoshoots but helping Elizabeth with designs along the way. This particular shot was taken at a Photoshoot in Houston at the Paige Street Project.
T H R E E
Another amazing person I met over the year was Brooke Taelor, a Photographer in San Marcos/Austin. I reached out to Brooke for blogging advice and to try and network with girls locally who have a similar passion to mine. Brooke is greatly talented and has helped me shoot a few of my recent projects for Holl & Lane magazine. This one below was one of my most favorite shoots, it was all accessory vignettes on blending Heirlooms into your Home, and Brooke captured my personal pieces beautifully.
F O U R
Another great one from the Stone Textile studio. I am so grateful for my time with Elizabeth, not only does she get me out of the house and up to Austin once or twice a week but she is always so encouraging with my design ideas and really allows my creative side to shine when Im accessorizing and styling. I love the look and style of the Stone Textile brand, mixing strong and modern patterns with vintage and one of a kind pieces and I can see where I have started to incorporate this into my own style as it has started to change over the year going from that modern farmhouse and coastal look to more of an over modern feel mixing metals and bolder patterns.
F I V E
This is one y’all may have already seen in my Palm Springs Door Tour post and it was one of the Top 9 favorites on Instagram. I love how simple and stunning this front door is. It makes a statement without being tacky. I was back in Palm Springs for the Christmas holiday and there is always so much artistic inspiration there. I think you will see us spending a lot more time here in the Spring/Summer 2017.
S I X
Over the year there has been a lot of change, a lot of editing and a lot of updating. If there was one thing that hasn’t changed I would have to say it would be my love for this inspiration board. From time to time I get into a funk where I feel a lack of creative energy. I find that creating a new and fresh inspiration board always brings it back. This was one I created when I was struggling to find a connection to my brand. I feel like my brand has changed so much over the year and I want this blog and my design work to reflect that. This inspiration board has been torn apart to use the samples for deign projects but the images are still up on a board in my Home Office.
S E V E N
One of the last times I was in California I was lucky enough to meet up with my friend and fellow design lover Marissa with Guccione Design Concepts. We went on a site walk of one of the new builds she had been working on in Newport Beach. I alway love site walks, you never know what you will find and it is always crazy to see how a line drawing can turn into reality. This project is now completed and you can find a few snapshots on Marissa’s blog and social media.
E I G H T
No designer can live without coffee, right?! This one was taken at the Stone Textile Studio with a Stone Textile paper as a back drop during an office shoot I had been styling. I couldn’t help my self with the bold herringbone pattern and am still looking for the perfect wall to put it up in my own apartment.
N I N E
Last but certainly not least on the Top 9, is the Front Door shot of my first local project in San Antonio. When I meet with a client in person, of course I photograph the space, but I also love to photograph the front of the house as well. This always seems to be an inspiration with wanting to keep the architecture of the home in mind as I design the space, especially with homes like this one that have been renovated on the inside. In another week or two I will share the room reveal for this project.