2018: Setting Intentions vs. Resolutions

There is something exciting about starting a new year. It's a feeling of new...a blank slate to take a look at the year passed and figure out the things that worked out well, and the things that maybe didn't work so well. Many people start thinking about this in December, especially during the stress of the Holidays. It's a time of joy and family, but also a time when our weaknesses (putting off work outs, being stressed, not managing money etc.) seem to be magnified. 

This is where the ever-so-popular "New Year's Resolution" steps in. For many years, I have told myself "I resolve to work out more this year" or "I resolve to keep the house cleaner" and the list goes on.

This year, however, I decided to do away with resolutions all together. I. AM. DONE! For many years, I have seemed to come up short and have had a sense of failure by at least March. I am not alone on this either. A recent study showed that only around 8% of all people actually keep their New Years Resolutions. 

I don't know about you, but it seems like all we are doing is setting ourselves up for failure instead of working on ways to build ourselves and others up. In this crazy world of ours, sometimes we need to give ourselves a break and work on trying to diminish the pressure we put on ourselves on a day to day basis. 

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This is why this year, I am choosing to set an intention instead. I picked one word that I truly think will help me grow in all areas of life. When faced with any issue or goal, this word will be front and center. My intention or word of 2018 is Ownership

While this word can have so many meanings, to me, ownership means taking the things I am passionate about (this blog being one of them) and truly being present...owning it with all my being, and leading with all my heart. That is what the word ownership means to me. Here are a few other great words you can choose to set for an intention for the next year:

  • Present
  • Loving
  • Healthy
  • Fearless
  • Creative
  • Focused
  • Carefree
  • Light
  • Passionate
  • Adventurous
  • Awake
  • Vibrant
  • Abundant
  • Transformed
  • Peaceful
  • Happy

I urge you all to set your own intention for 2018 and live it with all you are. It's going to be a great year and I look forward to truly owning this blog...posting more and posting from the heart! I would love to hear what your intention for this next year will be! Leave in a comment below! Cheers to a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

XO,

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Seeing Double :: The Twin Bed Trend (and why I'm totally on board!)

When I first started out as an interior designer, there were a set of pre-conceived notions that I had in my head which were quickly squashed through experience out in the real world. Just as I believed you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day (all of that went out the window as soon as I moved to a coastal town), I thought that you were never to paint your ceiling anything other than the trim color and that twin beds were specifically for children. 

Boy was I wrong! First off, the ceiling color thing is just preposterous and now I even have the itch to paint the trim the same as the wall color. I love that look right now! But this blog post is about twin beds...not ceilings...so I am going to try and stay on track, and go into a little more detail about why this is my current obsession when it comes to guest bedroom design and functionality.

Let's take it back to the 1890's for a minute when interior designers made twin beds popular (way to get outside that box designers!) Anything that had to do with "the bedroom" back then...especially in mixed company, was very controversial. So when designers started suggesting that couples replaced their double beds with two twin beds, all hell broke loose!

However, thanks to a group of (obviously genius) physicians (kidding), who stated that the double bed was "unsanitary" (even going so far as to condemning them due to fear of couples injuring one-another while sleeping), the new twin bed idea became a hot trend! 

Fast forward a bit to 1930s-1950s Hollywood, where there was a Production Code requiring married couples to sleep in separate beds to uphold that time period's moral code! The only way to get around this was the good old "one foot on the floor" loophole where both stars had to be dressed and at least one of them had to have a foot grounded on the floor at all time. My how times have changed! 

So now that I have filled your brain with pointless fun facts, I want to talk about why I think every household needs a set of twin beds. 

1. Because you never know who is going to stay at your house and who really wants to sleep together

Okay maybe you do, but recently, I had a couple who sleeps better apart because of lots of movement, snoring etc. I also love to have friends over for girls night in. Sometimes, if the vino is flowing, my friends will stay over. No matter how much you know a friend, it's just less awkward to sleep in separate beds.

2. They are great for kids

We have nieces and nephews visit from out of town, friends with their kids and one hopefully one day will have kids of our own. I love already knowing that they will be set up when they visit (and when our kids live here). Just make sure the beds are sturdy enough for some good old fashioned jumping because that's very important! 

3. They look great! 

I love the look of a room with a two twin beds! I love being able to have a pretty chest or desk in between the bed and love all of the wonderful design ideas that flood my brain when two twin beds adorn a room! 

So all that being said...will we ever go from a King bed to two twins in our Master Bedroom? Tempting...But no way...

The dogs just wouldn't fit! 

XO,

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