Tuesday Tidbit: Do You Have A Little Luxury in Your Home?

Tuesday Tidbit: Do You Have A Little Luxury in Your Home?

Luxury

It makes a big statement

It can also intimidate

“I’m not worthy of Luxury”

“Oh, I don’t need luxury….

“Ewwww, Luxury is waste”

Not so, not so at all

At least not the kind of Luxury I am talking about

I’m talking about those little luxuries that make a huge difference in my day – in your day – in your home

One of mine:

My husband brings me coffee in the morning

Coffee, fresh ground, smell fills the house = luxury

What do I miss most when he travels besides him (mostly:)?

That he sets the coffee at night & brings it to me in the morning

I feel as if I live upstairs at Downton Abbey

trust me I don’t…but it makes me feel that way!

It’s just a porcelain cup with black coffee yet = luxury

What little luxury do you have

I know there must be at least one

What is it that you really miss when it doesn’t happen

Maybe it’s a taste & smell like my morning coffee

Maybe it’s a pillow or a special chair

Covered Buttons & a peek at our custom Couture Chateau lining on those private label pillows...

Why do I line + interline, cover buttons & custom make bespoke pillows for clients? LUXURY…

Maybe it’s a type of weather – the coolness of a spring morning

Maybe it’s a bloom on a rose or fresh cut grass

this color – I love the luxury of pale purple

Tuesday Tidbit: Delight in the everyday Luxury today

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

Monday Matters: Well, My Week is Wacky, How About Yours?!

Monday Matters: Well, My Week is Wacky, How About Yours?!

Am traveling this week

Packing (ok, I really do like to pack), unpacking & off to learn & work

NYC – CT – Old Friends, New Friends, Clients & Coaches

Very fun

Problem is I never finished cleaning up yesterday!

Nope

The lure of a late lunch with friends got me

🙂

What about you?

How is your Monday shaping up?

Did you finish?

Some of the super fun things happening this week include Kips Bay in NYC with Kathryn Ireland’s Fabric Line

This video is from 2011

Be sure to check it out – always a favorite. The video below is from 2012.

If you are in town or close by I hope you get a chance to visit. As a young designer working in NYC years ago, Kips Bay was my Everest. I went with bated breath & tried to carefully step into the path of the greats.

I love seeing the work designers do in NYC. It’s a small town at heart & I love it.

Monday Matters & so do you!

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

Sunday Stewardship: Oh My, Time To Tidy Up!

Sunday Stewardship: Oh My, Time To Tidy Up!

We have been underwater this week with life + work

A bit of travel here – a bit of travel there

No time to manage the home front

A bit too much time on the computer

A bit too much time with our Decorate Like A Pro Teaching Group

Then the sun calls us outside

(No, I don’t work that well on the balcony, sun streaming…I tried:)

What about you?

Do yo ever turn around and find the space around you has suddenly & without notice gone from orderly to….well….a manageable mess…to…well….time to tidy up?!

No excuses here, but truth

Even designers with cases of ocd can create great & fabulous mess!

Sunday Stewardship.

Time to get back on the wagon

I know it’s silly but I still use this for heavy clean up. The floors in our home are all stone & this rides like a champ carrying things from one place to another!

Drag that puppy through the house & be brutal!

Let me know which room you struggle with the most

Me? It’s my home studio office

Part recording studio, part office, part computer station, part teaching studio, part client conference room, part design library…all of it requiring daily attention

It got so disordered that I am typing my blog post from the family room!

We have 5 work stations in my little studio & a shredder is under each desk. Problem is, you have to empty them!

So there, none of us are perfect

(bummer:)

But we are in it together!

Sunday Stewardship = what’s yours?

Mine? I will be tidying the studio today after we are late for church (again:)

Faith. Keeps me hopeful. Even when & especially if everything around me is a mess! I can walk away from the clutter & come back with a clear head & a grande latte.

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

Friday: Finding That Space That Calms Us

Friday: Finding That Space That Calms Us

Well, it’s official

I had my first yoga class

In the spirit of getting into shape for real this time, I have made a commitment

Still had a glass of wine after, but at least I started

Finding the time was hard enough

Then we had to find the space!

Yes, it was at my home

My inspiration came from yellow flowers in my blue kitchen sink (behind) & red cake plates...it was one of those mornings when the aha moment came!

Yellow flowers in my blue pottery tiled sink

Am completely slammed right now & have a ton of travel lined up, so it was in the evening at the house, or not at all

not quite as bad as this, but we do have kind of a lot going on right now 🙂

It wasn’t that easy to find a spot in the house to do yoga. The pug was happy to join in.

I kind of – well – have decorated most of the spaces!

Custom Paint for a Custom Tree for a Client. It fits who they are TODAY.

Custom Paint

What about you?

Do you have a space that calms you?

A clearing for exercise – not just reading?

What about a home gym.

I may sense a need to create a new room – am truly asking, have you created a space for home workouts?

What does it look like? How big is it?

Does it have a spa like vibe or just a brute workout vibe?

My mind is thinking…..

Friday. Find that space that works for you & embrace it.

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

Wednesday Style Points: Getting A Handle on my Spring Settings!

Wednesday Style Points: Getting A Handle on my Spring Settings!

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed?

Spring is hitting California and it’s gorgeous out

All I want to do is get a handle on my “spring settings”

I think with all the work we did to get product released

Custom boxes – I love these! This product was delivered entirely on line, but am thinking we should order some custom printed product boxes for a few special editions of Decorate Like A Pro – especially as we have some speaking engagements lined up in the Summer! We could raffle them off….ideas…ideas….smile…

 

(was it wise to throw a party the same weekend for our Eagle Scout?)

there is a bit of let down AND a fabulous ramp up

We are having so much fun scheduling the challenge questions & getting the new parent website “annmcdonald” hosted so that our members will have access to some super stuff when the program is complete in 7 weeks

but

am a bit overwhelmed at the same time

I have 8 action sheets on my mirror board over my desk

I LOVE lucite. For each project or action, I keep a board with some fun design we attach & the goal is to get it “clear”. The 8 we have right now are not clear, let me tell you!!

Usually it’s only 3

🙂

What do you have going on right now?

I even came into the Studio today (UNlike me) in flip flops

Trust me, the ones I have on are not these!

I had my workout clothes on & didn’t get even my running shoes tied

Oh my!

Style Points….hummm…..

What about you?

What lists do you have in front of you? What spring cleaning are you avoiding because you’d rather be spring “outsiding”?

What are your action lists?

Wednesday Style Points: They are yours alone

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann

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ps: Be sure to buy Ronda Rice Carman’s new book “Designers at Home” with Rizzoli Press. We will review it later on the blog, but it is a must buy. A group of friends were in NYC these past few days as she was officially launching. Pretty darn cool. Martha (yes, that Martha) wrote the forward!

Sunday Stewardship: Last Day to Register for the Live Decorate Like A Pro System Teaching. It will still be available but…..

Sunday Stewardship: Last Day to Register for the Live Decorate Like A Pro System Teaching. It will still be available but as a stand alone product AFTER the 8 weeks are up.

Now it is $495. See why HERE.

Then it will be $995 (pre-buy between April 29th & June 30) & $1,495 after June 30.

We are busy behind the scenes & I hope it is a gorgeous day where you are.

Family is in town as we celebrate my younger son’s Eagle Scout Award today.

My mother & sister in law graciously cooked dinner last night

Barbeque Chicken & Gourmet Burgers on a gorgeous California evening. I had a salad & lite glass of white wine. It was a welcome break.

while I was programming & skype-ing (is that a word?) with our tech team, messages beeping & making sure our members were all taken care of as they registered

Stewardship: Not Always Easy

It is SO worth it!!

What do you need to steward today?

This makes me feel safe + responsible to steward my part at the same time.

I believe it’s you!

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

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Register HERE for Decorate Like A Pro System

We are live tomorrow, Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8 am EST.

Where you can engage on your own time, in your own home & learn.

1 Module in your inbox each week for 8 weeks

Coaching upgrades (there are 2 options) include Private Facebook Forum, Weekly Skype Chat Office Hours & more…

We have a spot for you but the window closes today at 2 pm

Frugal Friday Fun: Cut Plywood Lighting Fixtures

Frugal Friday Fun: Cut Plywood Lighting Fixtures

Working on a jewel box project & just needing some simple fixtures?

When we need custom but don’t have a massive budget, I go to plywood lights

We develop a pattern, usually paint or custom finish the wood & create a lyrical piece of hanging art

Here are a few examples I found on Esty

A simple plywood cut light. We are working on a custom version for a Tahoe Project. Ours will have a more sophisticated center light. I love the simplicity.

Here is another cut plywood light. I love using this model in second homes for clients. Easy to customize with color, pattern. Fun!

These are great for vacation homes, second properties or pool houses.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Frugal Friday. Amazing what you can do with plywood!

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

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Don’t forget to register for Decorate Like A Pro System! Not many spots are left for the Coaching Upgrades!! The $495 price point is only good until Sunday, April 28th for our live group program. Once that closes, the price will be much higher as our Beta Test Groups indicated as an appropriate value price. If you think you might want this system, please don’t delay. I don’t want you, our faithful readers, to miss the introductory price point.

Thursday Spotlight: Style Spotting Fav’s From High Point

Thursday Spotlight: Style Spotting Fav’s From High Point

Something lite today! These are all from the High Point Market Style Spotting Pinterest Boards, uploaded & linked via Pinterest & Spotter. You will find the links at bottom of each picture!

Enjoy over a cup of coffee (or tea says my husband) & pin away!

 

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™

xo Ann

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If you haven’t checked out our upcoming Decorate Like A Pro System, do so! Registration for this online course only closes on Sunday. We are down to fewer than 13 spots for the coaching upgrade & once registration closes, the $495 System price is gone forever. Our beta testers howled at me for pricing it too low….just remember yesterdays post. My heart. Have a great day!!!

Wednesday Style Points: Is It Really Happening? Fearless In Action, Join Us & Decorate Like A Pro.

Wednesday Style Points: Is It Really Happening? Fearless In Action, Join Us & Decorate Like A Pro!

I feel like I am giving birth – well, proverbially 🙂

Have you ever felt that way with a project you are working on, or a family or life thing?

That’s this. Easy in concept, a “hey, I have an idea” moment

Then…..idea turning into concrete action….omg…

I teach this material (Decorate Like A Pro) in several formats to small groups, safe, ordered…beautiful

Have for a long time. To any who would listen.

This is the kind of thing that Clients, Friends, Professionals say after a Seminar which pricks my heart:

Objectively speaking, it hits remarkably well on human behavior that sends us into a downward tail spin. Stuff I never even considered. It’s a pretty cool thing she’s got here.
Elizabeth R., RN, BSN, (Counseling Psychology), Working Mother, Kansas City, Kansas
Grateful for hearers who put words to insights so testimony is not a hollow exercise of calling in favors, there is a gauntlet thrown down. Do I step outside of the safe + ordered + beautiful walls of a Home Based Design Studio & share?

Those of you who have been with me a while know 2012 was the year. I felt a very strong call that it was time to “put it out there”. No more hiding the material behind catered lunch for 8 & Prada sweater sets with Escada skirts.

growth quote

Click here for the whole story. And to sign up before we fill up. I’d like to hold a spot for you!

So in the spirit of being fearless (hard for me – is it hard for you?) I put this “baby” in the hands skilled professionals who walked along side me and my team. We created Abundant Boundaries for this premium product, designed in all ways for client ease via the internet.

Membership page, all of it. Links. Modules. Forum. WORK. FRUIT.

Thus, Decorate Like A Pro System for the Internet was born

We beta tested the format (Weekly Recorded Webinars + up sell + down sell private coaching levels)

Put feedback into Matrix (comments, challenges, questions, tech, ease of use, ease of access)

Re-recorded, re-edited, re-recorded

Set up the Membership Page (my favorite part)

Got all the Modules in place to be released each week

Set up the Private Coaching Forum (another favorite part)

Set up Pay Pal (my least favorite part…add to cart where ?:)

and now we bring it to Market to sell for less than one week only

A dear friend asked why we’d only offer this version for less than a week:

Because this is for people who really want to be extraordinary & are ready to leap

This photo is with a group of fantastic women. Risks in life...they are most definitely WORTH it!

Without Tobi Fairley, I would not be here. I would be in my skirt & sweater set far away from what I should be working at. Far away from my call. Discouraged at best….

Because this is for people who really care about learning things that go on under the surface that make Decorating Projects soar or fall & they happen to be ready to soar

Because this is for people who run the gamut from DIY to Seasoned Designers who perceive there must be some insight out there that can bring those aha moments we crave. Those aha’s that we “knew” but couldn’t quite articulate or put into action.

Because this is for people who are learners & are willing to give an hour to a Free Webinar to see if it’s a fit

Because I only want to engage those for whom it is a fit

Because we know, don’t we, if something is a fit.

I know when I engage teaching if it is not for me. I pass that along to a friend for whom it might be.

Because I know it’s not for everyone – even some of my closest friends

Because I know it is for some – even some of my closest friends

That’s why. A few days. A small group. An engaged group. A group that is ready to leap.

IF it’s a fit for you – who, where & why you are, I hope you join us

I know life is short. I know our spaces & places matter. I know they really do shape us, inside & out.

Stewardship Sunday: My Top 3 Principles For Decorating Your Home

I knew the original well. Spaces & places matter. They shape us, for better, for worse…they just do……

Live, this material goes for over $10,000. Yup, you read that right. We priced the System without coaching at $495.

Again, the “why” from my friend, why not a higher price Ann…

Because I have been in a place where price was a barrier to my entry. And that was when I need it most. When I couldn’t afford it.

At $495 it’s less than $62 per Module. Include the Free Webinar and it’s $55 per Module. That felt right in my heart for today, for this first group willing to leap.

For those who can afford more & want more, the coaching program where we walk along side daily for the 8 weeks is available. There is the more expensive version at $1,290 & the less at $890. I know I am violating every rule of “marketing” by sharing from the heart, but this is who I am. It’s what I believe.

I am also making the window short because we only have 15 coaching spots left

Guess it’s good when clients buy before it’s live.

FEARLESS

Are you ready to leap?

Wednesday Style Points. Perfect? Not even close. Real? Yup.

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

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Thank you for being there as this was grown. It would not have happened if my clients & readers had not urged,  commented, liked, sent private messages, tweeted, facebooked, followed & fueled the heart call. I look forward to many more. It’s as much your fruit as it is mine. Grateful.

Monday Matters: Early Bird Get’s Design Work Done But Might Crash At 11 am

Monday Matters: Early Bird Get’s Design Work Done…But Might Crash At 11 am

It’s definitely Monday

Up early, really early…to meet some East Coast Deadlines

Coffee is on second pot

How is your Monday going?

In the Studio, we have finalized a few details on a Design Job

Listened to Continuing Education Webinars

Made the Monday Morning Mess on the Design Table

&

found some seriously inspiring design photos

Doing some research for a contemporary custom job…am liking these colors & the low profile furniture. Image linked.

Monday Matters & so do you!!

“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”

xo Ann

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PS: We will let you know as soon as the payment link is up for Decorate Like A Pro System! We are offering the entire System (Regularly $1,495) for $495 starting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23rd through April 28th ONLY. The System, complete with a Private Membership Page, starts on Monday, April 29th and runs for 8 weeks. Cool part? You can engage on your own time, in your own home.