March 2, 2011

Wrapup and new ventures

by Shelly

I’m back from a whirlwind two days at the Design Bloggers Conference that was held in Beverly Hills this week.  To say I am inspired and motivated (and EXHAUSTED) is a bit understated.  I’ve never in my life been around so many unbelievably talented people and learned so much in such a short period of time.  There were times I just could NOT believe that I was…..

1) sitting next to Joe Ruggiero the entire first day of the conference and then we had the pleasure of eating lunch together the second day.

2) met some of most fav bloggers/designers including Cristin Priest of Simplified Bee, Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home, Tobi Fairley, and Erin Olson from House of Turquoise (btw Erin I want to steal your closet!).  I also met a bunch of local designers and bloggers that I cannot wait to meet up with again soon!  You know who you are ladies! *wink wink*

3) at one point I was sitting next to Ann Maine the editor in chief of Traditional Home…NUTSO!

4) getting a sneak peak at Tobi Fairley’s new fabrics that I CANNOT wait to use in my clients homes!

5) received so many valuable tid bits and knowledge about the design industry that this new biz owner can definitely use.

I am pumped up now and I can’t wait for the next event in a few months, Blogfest in New York City!

But in other news, I had some personal craziness going on while I was sitting in the conference the first day….HOUSE OFFERS! We actually got our first one not even 24 hours after we had listed it!  Can you believe that…in this market?!  My poor hubby was a mess trying to contact me to discuss the offers, deal with the real estate peeps, and try to work.  He had to pretty much go it alone since I was hunkered down in a meeting room for two days. But here we are…IN ESCROW! Yep, we did it. Less than one week after we listed our home, we are now in escrow….and scrambling to find a new place to live.  As I told you all in my previous post, we are looking for a project so that I can not only really create a home with OUR touches, but also so I can build my portfolio.  We’re going this afternoon on a serious hunt with our agent. We’ll see!

So now I am pulling together ideas for all the things we know will have to be done in any place we buy…. a new kitchen, new baths, doors, windows, flooring, etc.  Here are some ideas I’ve been playing with for the most fun part of the upcoming project (in my eyes anyway), the kitchen!

Thick, eased edge countertops. Painted island with all white kitchen.

Furniture like details to cabinets. Rich wood floors.

Nice large farmhouse sink. Backsplash tile all the way to ceiling!

And my obsession…Walker Zanger tile backsplash! I’ve loved this for quite a few years now and have been WAITING to use this in a kitchen. Love.

Things are going to get CA-RAY-ZEE up in here very soon. Hope you’ll join me in our new adventure!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Decor Girl March 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Congrats on the house sale! Oh finding a project is so much fun. Give me the ugly kitchen and hideous bathroom with good space and I’m a happy girl. Plus those are usually priced well because dollar signs start flashing in their head in regard to a remodel. Lucky for you, you know what to do and how to do it well. Have fun!

Sorry I missed the conference. I was planning on hitting the NYC one but got locked out the day I went to register in early Feb.

XO
Lisa

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Shelly March 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Well here’s to getting a house at a good price! The one we really want is WAY overpriced. They are totally unrealistic about what their home is worth for sure. Crossing our fingers!

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sally March 3, 2011 at 12:27 am

Thats fantastic news! Congratulations. I thought the photos of your home were amazing, no wonder it sold so quickly! All those new projects sound so fun. I bet you can’t wait to get your hands dirty. lol

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Carrie March 4, 2011 at 1:35 am

Good Luck Shell! I hope you get the house you’re looking at…I can’t wait to follow the project with you and the Fam.

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Erin March 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

You are too sweet! :D It was such a blast meeting you!! I’m so glad we even got to hang out a little outside of the conference! (that party was so cool!) I can’t wait for next year, we’ll totally have to plan dinner or something. Until then, I look forward to keeping up with your fabulous blog!!

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Julie Holloway June 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

You are the sweetest! Your home is really coming along—and girl, you will love your tile :) Finally adding you to my blogroll….thanks for the love. Julie

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Shelly July 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

And why am I JUST now seeing your comment!? I’m so behind! Thanks so much for commenting. You seriously need to come to the next design blog conference (where ever one might be!) so I can meet you!! I just love your style and I think we have a lot in common to boot. I DO love the tile…exactly what I’ve dreamed about the past four years.

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