Me at age 6
When I started blogging, I swore I would never post a single photo of myself or family....well I've loosened up a bit, but still haven't quite decided how I will navigate this part of blogging. Guess I will likely just make it up as I go.
So, I e-mailed Marija and told her my issues and she graciously responded saying that she understood and maybe I would want to consider saving it to do down the road when things may be too busy to post. Good advice. Well....you may have guessed I was away on vacation, returned home to loads of laundry, mail and oh, a twisted knee (a story for another time) so I thought while I am sitting here with my leg propped up, why not? I understand for this award, the recipient is suppose to share 7 things about themselves ( I modified it to 6), show the 6th picture they ever posted and this just so happens to be my 60th post!
1.) Before I was a designer I had a long career as the director of a very large and well known brokerage firm. It was a testosterone driven atmosphere that only 4 women, including myself, occupied such positions with this firm's offices throughout the country.....which I certainly hope has changed by now! The uber competitive and serious environment of investment & financial services with "the suits" was worlds apart from my current life in design and blogging. For starters, this !!! or this :) would have been greatly :( upon. And , this ;) would have likely got me fired! I miss the big paycheck, the smell of men's cologne and little else from my former career.
My 6th picture is from a bathroom renovation project you can read about HERE.
2.) I was born in Florida. The sun, surf, sand and the need for several great pairs of flip-flops are in my blood! My father was a colonel in the Air Force so we moved a lot growing up. I have lived everywhere from Oklahoma to New York. Our family settled in Virginia when my father retired and started his own company. As a result of growing up in such a variety of environments I learned to adapt quickly to change, enjoy many types of people and adjust to different accents! I think there are wonderful people everywhere. I also think there are are plenty of rude people everywhere!
Scene from our recent vacation
3.) I am a bit of a germaphobe and I think the creation of hand santitizer & wipes are some of the greatest contributions to society ever !!! I loathe clutter and I am a recovering perfectionist. But, I have always used my "good" things regularly. If this blog can accomplish one thing, I would like readers to really think about this and use their nice things and not save them for someone, some occasion....someday. Please make it a priority to Live Beautifully Everyday!
4.) I love to travel, but can be super picky about the accommodations! I have been to Europe and the Carribean several times and my list of other places I'd love to visit just keeps getting longer! My design aesthestic is greatly influenced by European sensibilities and Southern traditions. My tastes lean towards tradtional, but I love a modern twist here and there.
My favorite house both inside and out. Charleston, SC
5.) Giving back is important to me. There are so many opportunities that don't require writing large checks. For example, while my husband was in Afghanistan he discovered an orphanage for children of all ages who's parents had been killed as a result of the war. After speaking to the director, it was determined what they really needed were school supplies. A quick flyer made up by my son was sent out to friends and neighbors. Within days bags of donations came pouring in. We packed & shipped hundreds of pounds of supplies in a 2 year time span. It was so easy, so rewarding and something I think will stay with my children forever.
Some of the many school supplies donated
6.) We have owned our home since 1993 and have lived in it for all but 4 years, when we rented it out. Due to it's age and the neglect it suffered from the renters, we embarked on a whole house renovation (inside & out) 5 years ago and I am happy to say we are nearly done!!!
Ok, if I stick to the original rules...
7.) My favorite kind of people have both good manners and a sense of humor. Did I mention I wear a tiara when I blog?
All photos courtesy of A&A