Friday Favorites :: New Year's Edition

2017 is officially here and what better way to kick off the new year than with a blog post of some of my favorite things that are helping me to start this year off with a bang!

New Years is all about new beginnings. We are finally coming down from the holidays and creating resolutions that we hopefully keep. And with that, possibly adding more to our daily calendars to live up to said resolutions. 

January is a slow (er)  month for me and a good time for me to reflect on the past year and gear up for the amazing projects on my schedule. I am always looking for things that are going to make each day a little easier and brighter, which is why I am bringing to you some of my favorite items that do just that! 

I think the top of my list goes to the fabulous Day Designer by Whitney English. Some days while I am filling everything out in my Day Designer, I think Whitney had me in mind. I love that there is enough room to add everything on my to-do list, list my top three that I don't let myself forget, and even schedule what's for dinner (because let's face it...after a long day, sometimes, you just don't think about it until you are staring at the empty fridge at 8pm - trying to manifest something to create and cook itself!). 

The Day Designer comes in lots of different patterns to fit your personal style. I think the blue one above is one of my favorites though! 


My next favorite thing goes to this adorable Fitbit Charge HR in rose gold + lavender. If you haven't jumped on the fitness tracking bandwagon, now is the time. I love being able to track my daily steps, and my trainer loves being able to see my heart rate while she's kicking my butt! It's a perfect way to keep yourself accountable and also create goals! And of course...any wearable needs to be cute and this one does not disappoint! 

Speaking of tracking - This Orbit Key Finder will save your life when you are running around crazy looking for your keys, phone, dog, kids...husband...whatever you seem to lose the most (hey! I'm not judging...)

The Orbit Key Finder is like the notorious Tile but even better...If you lose your keys, you can find them through the handy Orbit app. Cool feature and very helpful. But what about when you are running out the door with keys in hand and you forgot where you put your phone? Easy! Simply push your Orbit and it rings your phone! Life-SAVER! It also comes in a bunch of cute colors which is a win for me! 

I never thought I would say this, but there finally came a time right after Christmas where I got tired of watching the Hallmark Channel and couldn't smell another Frasier Fir candle. I feel horrible even saying this because those are two of my favorite things about the Season. I love burning a candle in my office and at night when I'm winding down, and I adore these Lollia Candles. They come in an array of scents that are just as lovely as the little ceramic boxes they are poured in! The scents are light, fresh, and a great way to start off the year.

So even though I hit my limit of Christmas movies and my favorite candle, I was so sad to take my tree down. It was so beautiful this year, and every evening was magic sitting by the tree. 

I am sure a lot of you felt the same way and on top of that, after taking down the tree, decorations, and garland, you felt that there were areas of your home that were just..meh. If you felt that way, then perhaps you just need a little green in the space to give it some life. I love these little Faux Olive Topiaries from Ballard Designs. They add just a touch of color in a space and would look great in a kitchen or on a console table in your entry or living space! 

Everything We Keep...Oh this BOOK! It's one of those books you aren't super thrilled to open just because you have never heard of the author, etc., but Kerry Lonsdale killed it! If you even THINK you have the ending figured out within the first few chapters you are so wrong! It's a story full of love, pain, mystery, and it has a great ending! Just make sure you block off an entire day for this one because you won't want to put it down. But hey....we all need a weekend to curl up and read a good book after the madness of the holidays so enjoy!









Introducing: Lauren Messina Interior Design!

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." ~William Shakespeare

Oh... but a name can mean so very much (and look how it turned out for Romeo and Juliet...Star-crossed lovers who could never be together all because of a name!) Names are important and while they don't define who we are, they can tell a beautiful story if we let them. 

Lauren M. Creative, the name I gave my business many years ago, has served me well. It has been a business that has served many clients and at one time brides well too! However, just as change, and learn through experiences, my business has too. I have had the pleasure of designing some amazing homes recently and it has opened up a world of opportunity for me to be able to build my brand. This has made me take a step back and a hard look at my business name and I have come to realize that I want my name, Lauren Messina, to be a part of this brand. 

Anyone who has their full name in their business can probably agree when I say that this puts a little more pressure on a business owner when it's your name on everything you do. However, I am up for the challenge and now is the time to take that leap and continue moving forward. 

So it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my new name, Lauren Messina Interior Design. 

I am absolutely thrilled at where this is going to lead my interior design business and I can't wait to share with you some exciting collaborations, and plans in the works! 

LMID is growing, and with that, you will not only see a new look, but a lot more social media interaction, blog posts and a new emphasis on entertaining and travel (as well as a main focus on design of course). 

I want to thank all of my friends, family and clients who support me every day. I am so grateful! I love the projects that I am designing right now and my clients are amazing! They are the reason I want to continue to grow and expand! Feel free to peruse my updated website and don't forget to subscribe to my blog posts where you will be the first to hear of all that is going on with Lauren Messina Interior Design!