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Please Don’t Throw Tomatoes

7 Sep

Okay, ya’ll are going to think I’m nuts…

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I have grown frustrated with blogging.  I never want to post something just to post something.  You know what I mean?

So, after spending some time online desperately searching for enough motivation to “give it a go” again, I decided that my blog needed to be revamped.  Why?

Well, with my desire to open an organizing/decorating business, I thought I could revamp things so that I can begin to build my brand.

With that being said, I hope you’ll {re}join me over at my new virtual home: CasaBella Studios.

I {Heart} Target + Hobby Lobby

2 Aug

Two of my absolute favorite stores are Target and Hobby Lobby.  This past Saturday, I was fortunate enough to visit both.  I did a little shopping and thought I’d share my finds with you.

I went to Target first and picked up…

This is a weekly planner that had me at “better organizing”.  I have been looking for a family calendar for a while now, but I knew we needed more than just a monthly calendar on the wall.  Been there.  Done that.  Didn’t work.  So, when I saw this beauty, which would allow me to color-code {swoon}, I immediately placed it in my cart.

This is where I put it.  This is our family’s “launch pad” of sorts.  That bottom basket holds Little Man’s shoes.  The next shelf up, with the pink box, holds our files.  The next shelf holds two expandable filing folders; one of which holds medical-related paperwork and the other holds receipts {not my ideal system… will probably change it up soon}.  The top shelf holds my most referenced books, our “mobile command center“, and my umbrella.

Here’s a closer look at the very top.  I have an Eiffel Tower that I bought at Target a long time ago, an IKEA vase full of ultra-thin sharpies that I use as pens for color-coding inside my planner {OCD, much?}, and the little wooden tray holds this:

The notepads are for the weekly planner and I figured this was a good place for all of our stray “regular” pens.  In the photo above, the wooden tray has a photo of my sister and her husband poking out of it {in case you were wondering}.

This is another one of my Target purchases this weekend.  It’s just your run-of-the-mill, plain-jane, $9.99 monthly and weekly planner.  Here’s a peek at the inside pages:

The inside has a little bit of personality, but the front cover needed help.  So, I bought some of these at Hobby Lobby:

Got any idea what these are?

I kind of forgot to take a picture of the package before I ripped it open.  {What can I say?  I was too excited…}

But here’s what they are:

They are, as I’ve affectionately named them, “pink crystal swirly things”.  {Obviously NOT the technical term.}  This photo shows that I was able to “test out” how things looked before I permanently attached them.  Since I liked how things looked, I peeled them off the clear backing and pressed down.  Here’s what it looks like now:

Sorry for the poor photo {all of them aren’t that great because I used my phone}.  But you get the idea of how they look.

Ground-breaking?  No.  An improvement?  Yes.

Will these be what I keep on the planner?  Maybe.  At least, for now they are.

Other Hobby Lobby purchases include:

This is Zebra print scrapbook that I’m going to use it to create a “Dreams Book”.  I know it may sound a bit middle-school-ish of me, but I figure it can be something I look through when my road to business-ownership get a bit bumpy and tiresome.  I plan to include inspirational photos for things like: my future office, logo/branding, working wardrobe, and other business ideas.  I may share a few pages with you once I complete them {if you promise not to laugh at my scrap booking skills.}

Other Target purchases included a spiral notebook and a “Finn McMissile” car {from Cars 2}.  A certain little boy is in love with the Cars movies and I bought it because he was being such a good shopping companion.  {I had him for 4 hours, by myself, in and out of the rain – and was able to get in a grocery run!  That may not be impressive to some, but at the end of the day I felt like I had accomplished something!}

Other Hobby Lobby purchases included: those ultra-thin sharpie pens I mentioned earlier as well as some scrapbook paper for my “Dreams Book”.  I also bought two “refill packs” for the scrapbook because I knew I’d need more pages than what what provided.

DID YOU GO SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND?

WHAT DID YOU PURCHASE?

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Feeling the Love

29 Jul

Thanks to Monica from The Atypical Housewife for awarding me, not only one, but two awards!  I am so honored that she thought of me.  Seriously, when I started blogging a few months ago, I never imagined that I would come into contact with so many amazing people!

Here’s are the awards:

Cool, huh?

So, as I am learning, when you receive an award there are always “strings” {a.k.a. rules} attached.

These awards are no different.  Here’s what I’ve got to do:

LINK TO THE PERSON WHO AWARDED ME.

To visit my bloggy buddy, Monica, over at The Atypical Housewife, click HERE.

SHARE 7 THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF.

1. I have ZERO musical ability.  I mean, I’m not tone deaf but I’m no rock star either.

2. I consider shopping to be a sport!

3. I prefer gift cards as gifts over an actual item {unless it’s one I’ve specifically asked for} because to me it’s “the gift of shopping”.

4. I love to go out to eat.  Yes, there’s the benefit of not having to cook the meal or clean up afterwards, but I really just like good food.

5. I’m addicted to sodas.  I’m not proud of it.  I know they’re bad for me but I just can’t seem to quit.

6. My husband and I only dated for two months before getting engaged and then were engaged only 6 months before getting married.

7. If I could live anywhere in the U.S., I’d pick New York.  Anywhere in the world?  London.  And since I’m dreaming here, my southern accent would magically turn into an English one immediately upon arrival.  🙂

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

Name your favorite color-
Pink
Name your favorite song-
Right now it’s “Your Great Name” by Natalie Grant.  Hear it on YouTube HERE.
Name your favorite dessert-
Hmm.  Believe it or not, I’m not really a dessert person {I’d rather have pasta!}.
But if I had to choose, I’d reach for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.  Hands down THE BEST ice cream ever!
What wizzes you off-
Hmm… it would have to be rude people.  I just don’t get why some people just insist on being mean.  Being rude or snobbish just makes people ugly, no matter how pretty they may be.
When you’re upset you-
Get alone and talk to myself.
I know that sounds crazy but I have to talk through my problems and sometimes it’s nothing I need to be sharing with anyone else because it would turn into a husband-bashing or gossip session.
Plus, it’s when I quit running my mouth that God begins to speak to my heart and tells me how to handle it.
Your favorite pet-
I have to choose my childhood dog, Bogey, because I do not own any pets right now {unless my son’s beta fish counts}.  We got him when I was eleven and he was such a smart dog!  I say “was” because he died a couple a years ago.  He really was a wonderful family dog and was almost like a brother to my sister and I.

Black or white-
Undecided.
I usually gravitate towards black clothing before white ones but I’d choose a white accessory for my home over a black one any day.
Your biggest fear-
Being robbed at gunpoint {knock on wood}.  Sometimes I lay away at night worrying about it.
I know it’s crazy but that really is the thing I fear the most.
best feature-
Depends on who you ask.
Ask my husband and he’d tell you it’s my backside.
If I must answer, I’d have to go with my eyes because the good Lord knows I’m not liking much else these days {gotta get back to working out!}
Everyday attitude-
Content but hopeful.
I’m happy with my life but I’m so excited about the future.
What is perfection-
Outside of Jesus there is no perfection.
So, if you’re asking me to define what perfection is today, I’d have to say “a myth”.
Guilty pleasure-
Right now it’s watching shows like “Cashmere Mafia” and “The City”.
I know this probably makes me a total dork but I kind of like to think of myself as an “undercover dork”.  🙂

AND FINALLY, AWARD THESE TO 10 OTHER BLOGGERS.

1. The Scott’s Crib

2. A Simple Life

3. Home Preferred

4. Erin’s Fit Life

5. La Buena Vida

6. Life {Sweet} Life

7. Joy in the Jumble

8. Walnut Acre

9. Getting the Skinny on Getting Skinny

10. Intentionally Living…

I hope you ladies like the awards!  🙂

Decorate Your Home for Free

29 Jul

So, lately I’ve been talking about the fact that I want to start my own organizing/decorating business and I know that my home could {should?} be where I am able to showcase my abilities.  However, my problem is that I have, like, zero dollars to put towards personalizing my space.  What’s a decor-loving girl to do?  Well, I brainstormed some ways that those of use who have more style than cash can spruce up their home environment for nothing {or at least, next to nothing}.

REARRANGE FURNITURE

{Via}

You probably already know how much change can be brought about by simply moving your furniture around.  However, it’s worth repeating because the change is sometimes all you need to get out of a decorating-funk {otherwise known as: lack-of-funds-pity-party}.  When you do decide to mix things up a little bit, keep in mind that you don’t always have to follow the rules.  Most of us tend to line our furniture up along the walls like a bunch of wallflowers at the school dance.  Pull your sofa away from the wall and let it “float” {a.k.a. dance} a little.  Even putting a console behind it so that it floats just a smidgen is better than nothing.  Plus, that console will add an extra surface for some lamps and a place to keep your remote control {out of the hands of babies}.  So, go ahead, break a few rules.  Or at least bend them a little…

SHOP YOUR HOME

Suzie:  Jonathan Adler  eclectic, feminine, chic foyer design with pink geometric wallpaper, ...

{Via}

Think about what happens when you go to the store.  You grab your basket or shopping cart and peruse the shelves.  You pick up a few things here and there, thinking about where it could go in your home.  Those items that make the cut are placed on the conveyor belt, pulled across the scanner and placed into a bag as you happily pull out your debit {or credit} card and dream of how that item is going to look in its new home.  Now, do that in your house.  Don’t look at me like that… I know it’s not necessarily easy but you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.  Start at your front door and begin looking for items that can be used in other rooms.  Can you take that picture in your foyer and make it work better in your hall bath?  Would those bedroom throw pillows also work in the living room?  You’ll never know until you try.  I’m giving you permission to spend an afternoon {or even a whole day if you want} to play in your home.  Just keep in mind, you may get some funny looks from the hubs and kids.  But, then again, don’t moms always get those looks?

HOST A SWAP

Valua Vitaly – Fotolia.com

“Swap” is a word that used to be all verb.  Now, it has graduated to a noun, thanks to some genius person out there who gave this idea a name.  I’m sure most of you have heard of this one too, at least on some level, but did you know that you can easily host a “decor swap”?  All you have to do is call up several of your closest friends {it would be a good idea to chose those with similar tastes} and tell them to bring a certain number of items {say, 5} to your house next Saturday at 2 pm.  Everyone shows up with their goods and swaps.  At the end of the day, you’ve released 5 things that you no longer love and you take on 5 new things that are a better fit for you!  Everyone wins!  {I may do a post in the future featuring a full how-to on a decor swap.  Interested?

TIE UP LOSE ENDS

CandyBoxPhoto – Fotolia.com

Are there any project around your home that you meant to start but just haven’t yet?  Now, this tip is only going to be 100% free if you’ve already bought the supplies needed to complete the project{s} that just crossed your mind.  I should also mention that, depending on the project, the difference may not be earth-shattering.  However, fixing things like a leaking faucet or squeaky door will  dramatically improve the way you feel about your home because you will no longer be bothered by those little annoyances.

BOTTOM LINE

There you have it!  Four ways that you can revamp your home TODAY without having to pull out your wallet.  Gotta love FREE!

How do you spruce up your home for little to no money?

Decorator vs. Designer

28 Jul

To sum up what I wrote about on my farewell message over on my Blogger site yesterday: I have decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business along with some training in Interior Decorating so that I can open up my own Organizing/Decorating business in order to make up the difference in our income once my husband enters full time ministry.  If you read it, you’ll remember me talking about my struggle with choosing between Interior Design and Interior Decorating.  Well, today I wanted to talk about the differences between the two and explain a little more about why I chose decorating over design.

INTERIOR DESIGN

When you think of an interior designer what comes to mind?  If you’re like me, you tend to picture your favorite HGTV host: Candice Olson, Genevieve Gorder, Emily Henderson, David Bromstad….just to name a few.  Because this is who we tend to think of, we often equate them with decorators when, in reality, they do so much more.  You see, not only does a designer work with fabrics, furnishings and paint colors; they also work with blueprints, building codes and safety standards.  A designer has to concern themselves with the function of the room (ergonomics, acoustics, etc.) as well as with the overall appearance of the space, while the decorator’s primary concern is the way the room looks.

Still Representation – Fotolia.com

An interior designer does have the potential to earn a six figure income but they generally start out making between $22K -$40K {depending on location and experience}.  Add to that the fact that they also take on almost $100K {if not more} in debt when they obtain their Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design.  If this is something that you definitely want to do, then go for it!  For me, however, it wasn’t the right choice.  The school debt turned me off of this degree as well as the fact that I would have a hard time finding a job {and an even harder time starting my own business, which is my ultimate dream} in my current location.  The easy thing to do would be to move where the jobs are but my husband feels called to the church we are already serving in, so there will not be a U-haul sitting in my driveway anytime soon {unless we sell our house and move to a different part of town – again, not in the plans}.

Jose Manuel Gelpi – Fotolia.com

INTERIOR DECORATOR

When I say that a decorator is primarily responsible for the room appearance, this doesn’t mean that he or she is completely oblivious of all safety concerns.  I simply mean that decorators are hired to work with spaces that are already finished {yes, even new constructions, but they are generally complete}, whereas a designer is on the project from the very beginning.  The good thing about this is that a decorator really gets to do the part of a designer’s job that the designer probably likes the best.  A decorator doesn’t have to worry about building codes and acoustics.  We get the fun job of picking out fabrics, furnishings, paint colors and accessories.

Sebastian Duda – Fotolia.com

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough job.  A decorator has to work with difficult clients from time to time and because many of them own their businesses, they are also responsible for the marketing, accounting and other daily operations {less fun things}.  All of this appeals to me, though {well, minus the difficult client thing.  But that comes with the territory}.  After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Business, I’ll have a better idea of how to handle those day to day operations.  In the mean time, I can offer my organizing services while I pursue some formal training in interior decorating {and increase my confidence in this area}.

So, were you already aware of the differences between decorators and designers?

Do you have any questions about this topic or would you like to add something?

Welcome!

26 Jul
Welcome to {the all-new} Taylor Made Home!  My name is Alana Taylor and I am “the woman behind the blog”.  I’m so excited that you’ve taken some time to visit me today.  If you’re a “newbie”: welcome!  To read more about me and my little corner of the world wide web, click HERE.  If you’re a “regular”: it’s so good to see you again!
I say that Taylor Made Home is “all-new” because when I started this blog in February 2011, I used Blogger to get started.  So why the change to WordPress?  Well, when I first began blogging, I was simply looking for a creative outlet; somewhere I could share my love of organizing and decorating.  However, as time went on, I knew that my ultimate goal was to start up my own home interiors business and blogging could help jump start my online reputation, as well as help establish meaningful connections with all of you.
With that being said, I have taken the switch from Blogger to WordPress as an opportunity to completely revamp my blog.  This means that the purpose of Taylor Made Home has shifted a bit from what it was before.  Here’s what you can expect:
* FROM DREAM TO REALITY*
Right now I am at the very beginning of my journey towards small business ownership.  When I say beginning, I mean that I haven’t even created a business plan or took the first college course yet.  The good thing about this is that you get to come along with me as my dreams become a reality.
*MORE ORGANIZING GOODNESS*
Home organization has always been and will continue to be my first love {at least, when it comes to home interiors}.  A room is only as good as it’s functionality; which means that you could have one of the most beautiful, expensive rooms in the world but if it doesn’t meet your organizational needs, then you have wasted a lot of time and energy on something that just doesn’t work.  However, you can have a home that is BOTH pleasing to the eye AND highly functional.
*MORE DECORATION INSPIRATION*
As far as hobbies go, decorating comes in second only to organizing.  So, you can expect to see a lot more interior decorating inspiration, tips and projects.  Of course, this includes some things I’ve already been doing on the “old” blog, such as House Tours and Inspiration File posts.
*UNDERLYING THEME: INTENTIONAL AND SIMPLE LIVING*
This one overlaps organizing from time to time {which is probably why I have a soft spot for it}, but really it hits on all aspects of life.  However, here at Taylor Made Home, I will be focusing on how we can be more intentional with what we bring into our homes as well as how we can simplify our home life.

Now that you have an idea what the goal is for the “all-new” Taylor Made Home, I hope that you will make yourself at home and enjoy what you read.

Feel free to email me at ourtaylormadehome@gmail.com and introduce yourself.

I’d love to hear from you.

Wanted: Design Assistance

6 Jul
I’ve made reference to my “builder beige” home HERE and HERE.  In those posts, I’ve also mentioned that I want to “make it work”.  However, I have always had a crush on white cabinet kitchens and the cooler color schemes.  (See more on that HERE and HERE.)  In other words, I cannot make up my mind.
You see, I love to decorate and I can whip up mood boards for my friends and family in a couple of hours flat.  Problem is, when it comes to my own home, I’m ridiculously indecisive.  One minute I just want to go the easy route and work with the colors and finishes that are already in our home.  The next, I’m dreaming of a bright and sunny white-cabinet-clad kitchen surrounded by dreamy blues, greens and greys.
Because my house is only 1375 sq ft, I like the idea of creating a whole house color scheme to make things feel a little more cohesive.  However, I don’t want matchy-matchy.  In other words, things should flow seamlessly but not be repetitive.
In my mind, it all hinges on the question:
To paint the kitchen cabinets or not to paint the kitchen cabinets?
If I don’t paint them, I’ll have to work with the tans and browns that are already in our home.  If I do paint them, I’m going to have to replace the floors and the appliances (which I wanted to do both of those things anyway.  It’s just going to take some time).
~*~ OPTION #1 ~*~
Here’s a picture of my kitchen in it’s current state:
(Sorry for the ugly cell phone pic.  A “blogger” camera is on my wish list!)
~*~ OPTION #2 ~*~
Here’s the kind of kitchen I dream of:
finalkitchenafterweb
 (From Young House Love)