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It's Vote Season

Exciting News! Willa Home, one of my favorite home boutiques, has invited me to celebrate their re-opening event featuring my decorative pillow designs and paintings! There's are lots of details to work out and I'll keep you posted, but I need your help. I'd like to create a new pillow design or two for the event in September and I can't decide which painting(s) to use. I need to act fast, so vote for your favorite design on my facebook page and tag two of your friends in the post so they can vote too! The first person to vote and the last to vote (starting now!) and the last to vote (next Thursday) will get one of the new...

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The Whole Sha Bang! diy paint Videos and more...

With the DIY videos about wrapped up, I'm heading off to Philadelphia soon to work on a makeover for CertaPro Painters getting back just in time to start a residential interior design project with a new client. It's been a super busy Summer and I'm super grateful. Could you do me a favor while I'm away? Watch all of the videos (linked below!) then go to DIY Network's facebook page and let them know you saw them, which ones you like, and maybe that you'd like to see more. I enjoyed coming up with unexpected painting projects and would love to keep going. Thanks! Here are the links and a few candid moment from the shoot I thought you'd enjoy...

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My Village People- part 2

For all of you who run your own business, you know this moment: You want this big project; this amazing client. So, you make the calls, do the sales pitch, negotiate the contract, re-work the bid, even picture yourself doing it... and then you get it- you get the project! You celebrate! You feel special! Even a little giddy... And then it hits you... you've gotta lot of work to do. How will you ever get it done? Finally, you gather your energy,  your courage and you rally. Let's do this!!!! That's exactly what happened when DIY Network called wanting videos of fresh how-to paint projects. But I caught my breathe pretty quickly because I have a fearless posse: Stephanie...

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A Very Good Sign

Yesterday, the new signs for Willa Home went up...   Bringing all the details together takes a mix of exact measuring and visual fussing. For example, keeping the graceful elegant feel of the new Willa Home logo on these jumbo sized signs took a little fussing... These are the Pantone colors the graphic designer and printer used for the logo and business cards: The sign maker could've ordered these exact colors in vinyl for the sign, but the look would've been flat and thin- not good when you want people to notice you from their cars or walking down the sidewalk. So, concentrating more on the 'feel' than the exact color, I chose these stock vinyl colors for a fast...

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I, uh, Should've Ordered That!

My mom will probably grimace when she reads this, and it's probably one of those had-to-be-there kinda moments too, but a long long time ago on a road trip to Utah (I believe), we pulled over for some breakfast at Denny's. After hours of driving with 5 kids in the car, we were all punchy and I'm sure my mom was exhausted. For some reason (I have no idea why except that three of us were teenagers, which, usually explains it) we couldn't stop laughing at Mom (it must be so much fun to be her sometimes). Every thing she said was funny at that moment. She ordered, "legs, uh, I mean eggs, with that" (we roared!) and then "Oh...

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