Bedrooms Heaven

I have this mild yet pretty intense love of interior design and architecture. In fact, it’s so mild (yet intense), that it confused me and I eventually went into acting. Good times. Sometimes I walk by a copy of Architectural Digest at the bookstore and I feel ashamed that I don’t have enough money to have a subscription and I have to sit at the store and look through it there. I usually have to squeeze in between the guy that’s looking through car magazines and the woman checking out the latest crochet techniques. It’s not pretty.

However, the internet is a beautiful thing and recently I find myself scouring through pinterest and tumblr to get my design fix. Here are some of my latest discoveries for your enjoyment. Usually I love the entire look of the rooms….but sometimes it might just be an element or two. Also, some of them are kids rooms, so I guess I’ll need some of those…some day.

How I wish I had some empty rooms to decorate!!

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My Most Favorite, My Carter Girls

tumblr_lm7wgiZmG41qz4d4bo1_500 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my friends. I have a lot of them. I don’t mean that in an obnoxious way at all. I kind of have a problem, actually. I get very invested and very attached quickly. I’m actually not good with strangers at all, but if I meet people at work or through an activity I pretty much assume we’re friends for life. Also, I’m hispanic, so pretty much anyone I meet more than twice is instantly family.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely am not a perfect friend. I like too much ‘me time’ so that doesn’t make me available all too often. I am kind of a dork, so I’m not the friend to call if you want to have a crazy night on the town. However, I think all my friends know that I will be there for them in any way I possibly can….as long as it does not involve a club. I have my limitations.

I’m pretty sure I have OCD, and that translates to my relationships with my friends. I have them all compartmentalized. I have my school friends, I have sports friends, I have my University friends, my theatre school friends, my show friends, my family friends, my work friends, my other work friends, you get the idea. I don’t generally mix friends…much like you should not mix your liquors. I like them neatly in their place where I can keep track of them and tell them apart. It can get confusing sometimes.

I recently went to the wedding of one of my best friends, Melissa, from High School. She married the man of her dreams after having had some not so stellar relationships/experiences in the past. I could not have been happier for her. There are 7 of us from school that are still very close, and all of us were there to see our beautiful friend walk down the aisle to marry her best friend (well, WE’RE her best friends, obviously, but you know what I mean).

That whole evening I couldn’t stop smiling. I had sort of forgotten how amazing it felt to have us all together. We have separate lives now and we’re all pursuing our own dreams, so to have us all together is rare. I also got a little giddy and my friend Christina and I might have taken it a little too far at the photo booth, but that’s a whole other story.

The point it I was reminded of how lucky I am to have this group of women in my life. We are all so different that I’m sure people wonder how we can all be friends. I don’t know what it is, but our differences might be the thing that brings us together. We appreciate each other and our quirks.

I know I’ve been horrible at telling them how much I love and appreciate them these last few years so I thought this would be the best way to do it. In this post, showing this picture from the wedding, and embarrassing them. I love you, girls.

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(Ginny….I wish you were in this picture…love you too!)

To Live a Creative Life….

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This is one of my favorite quotes about creativity, or ever, actually. This design is also one of the most girly, whimsical and pretty things I’ve seen. Who doesn’t love when words and design collide to create something like this? Brilliant.

Here are some more quotes about creativity to remind us that a creative path is the only path. Use them as needed.

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense” – Pablo Picasso

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found” – Eckhart Tolle

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it” – Dee Hock

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts” – Rita Mae Brown

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” — Shakti Gawain

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes

“From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art. From ground level, it’s a to-do list” – Ben Arment

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” – Pablo Picasso

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” – Nietzsche

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” – Albert Einstein

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

Take the time….

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This is me easing my way back into blogging.

On a rainy day like today I wish I was wherever this picture was taken….and I also wish I knew whoever created this image because they are probably awesome.

I saw this today and it immediately put a smile on my face. It definitely speaks to me and reminds me of all the beautiful people I know who work so hard and sacrifice so much to pursue their passion. I’m talking to you, Sheridan MT Class of ’08 ;)

Let’s all make a better effort to live life, laugh often, take a breath and not worry so much about our crazy careers. It might even help us. (In an interesting twist……I can’t come to the party tonight because I have to work!)

Clearly, Everyone Needs Owl Tea Cups

I might like these because they are owls (and I love owls), or I might like these because as I said, everyone needs owl tea cups. However, I think the real reason I like these is because they remind me of an owl cup that my father used to have on his desk when I was growing up. Somehow, my sister has it now. I don’t know how that happened, but it makes me smile to think I could have one just like it. Sort of.

If you must have these, and I’m sure you must, you can purchase them here.

Tea Wisdom For Any Occasion

For me, a cup of tea represents time, quiet and reflection. When I sit down with a cup of tea I know I am giving myself an opportunity to think about my day, reflect on it and rest. After a long day at work, with people, and on my feet, I am so excited to sit down with my tea and think. Sometimes I bring along a good book. Other times I write. I usually like to drink a cup before bed.

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Design Inspiration

One of my all time favorite things to do is look at design magazines and watch design shows on TV. If someone told me that in my next life I would be just like Sarah Richardson, I think I would be able to die in peace.

I realize I haven’t really shared this part of me yet so here are a few design shots that really made an impact on me last week. I enjoy pretty. I enjoy organized, and I enjoy granny chic.

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Feminism Is Not A Rulebook

“One thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism is that girls then think that to be feminists they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers… and this is not true and actually recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rulebook but a discussion, a conversation, a process.”

– Tavi Gevinson

Trendy Tea Tins & NYC

DAVIDsTEA store location on Bleeker St. in NYC. Stunning.

I have always been a sucker for beautiful design. If you’ve packaged it beautifully, if the book cover is gorgeous, if the storefront catches my eye….I will probably drop the cash. This has sometimes led me to read terrible books, or waste my time in a store that overcharged for poorly made clothes, or bought something that did not resemble the picture on the packaging at all! I have been disappointed in the past.

That is why I am always so pleasantly surprised by DAVIDsTEA. The minute I first walked into a store I connected with the vibe, the look, and the lovely people behind the counter. Then I tried the teas. Beautiful, lovely packaging, curious and original names….and all of them delicious.

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Dave: A Father’s Reaction to His Very Young Gay Son

Dave: A Father’s Reaction to His Very Young Gay Son.

For any fathers who need to be reminded of how to be a father. For any fathers who need to be reminded they are doing the right thing….for anyone who needs some assurance that there are still kind, loving and open people in the world.

This article is for you. Thank you Dave.

Collaboration. Thank You, Susan Black!

I had an idea, an opinion and vision of what I wanted my blog to look like. Susan Black took my idea and created one of the most beautiful banners I have ever seen. I am so grateful to have found someone who understood what I wanted and was able to make it come to life.
We all have different creative strengths and it’s amazing what can happen when you collaborate with the right people…with the right creative counterpart. No egos, no confusion, no comparing or putting down. Just two people working together to create something special to share with the world. If only all creative endeavours could run as smoothly!!
Make sure to check out Susan’s full blog post here. Her work is beautiful and you might just find the inspiration you’ve been looking for!

Welcome to Little Bird, Night Owl

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Little Bird, Night Owl is my new project. I start new projects once in a while to keep me creative and to explore new ways to express myself and help others. Welcome!

This will be my space to share inspiring words, beautiful things, creative Super Humans, and anything else I might find and feel will help change the world.

I too often feel too small to make any type of difference in the world. However, the older I get the more I’m opening myself to amazing people and experiences that are teaching me that no one is ever too small. We just have to find what we’re good at, what we’re passionate about, and decide on the first thing we’re going to do. From there let’s just take it step by step, all together, and the change will be impressive. I promise you. I promise myself.

Little Bird, Night Owl is my first step, and I hope it inspires you to take yours.

‘In The Heights’ Knows Best

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I cannot stop listening to In The Heights lately. Brilliant.

Robert Browning

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So true.

White. A Blank page….

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This was taken by one of my dearest friends. There is so much about it I love. It’s original, interesting, beautiful, crafty and obviously I love that it’s a sondheim reference. Dork, I know.

Sunday In The Park With George…one of his best for sure. If you’re an artist of any kind and you don’t love this show….then I don’t know what’s wrong with you!