a look inside the life of Whitney

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It’s like Christmas ALL OVER AGAIN!

l-HallelujahI had a monumental break-through last night!

I am currently working on a project for a friend’s wedding. She asked me to do a really intricate design that would definitely take a good chunk of time. Suddenly as I was working last night, I remembered a Christmas present that I go two years ago. It was a Bamboo Wacom digital drawing tablet. The idea was as if I was drawing with pen and paper like normal, but it would instantly be on my computer instead of scanning and tracing with mouse clicks like normal. Well when I first got it, I tested it out a little, but for some reason didn’t understand and became frustrated with how to use it. So unfortunately it sat on the shelf, rarely used until now.

Fast forward to last night, I broke out that little gadget as I faced the daunting task of tracing vines. Two years of constantly working on Adobe Illustrator has obviously taught me something, because I suddenly figured out how to use that little gadget perfectly with this program and traced those vines in no time!! I was so excited I nearly wet myself!

I just had to share this because my mind has now flooded with new ideas thanks to this “new” tool at my disposal. And it seriously felt like Christmas because in that moment it was like I had just gotten it  yesterday! And this tool is going to be the key to expanding my products beyond the MINI Cooper theme, and improve my freelance projects as well!

So a huge thanks to my Mom and Dad for getting this wonderful gift for me, and sorry for it taking so long for me to put it to good use!

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Paint chip walls!

I love Pinterest. And yes I fully agree it is like electronic hoarding! But I equate it more to building a giant book of inspiration. Back in college, before Pinterest, I had to cut out a bunch of magazine pictures as I searched for inspiration for my Senior project. I then proceeded to organize them and paste them into a sketch book. It was hugely beneficial because it made me realize the things I am drawn to in Interior Design. I made all kinds of notes on those pages, marking what I liked about each. It was a lot of fun and I still have that sketchbook. I could easily part with my project boards and papers, but not that. I’ll keep that forever.

Anyways, I spent my daily time on Pinterest today and ran into a picture that I absolutely LOVED! I love interior paint and I really love when people get creative with paint chips. Those Sherwin Williams commercials I could watch over an over again! In fact, I love paint so much that I once made a lamp shade out of paint sticks! It’s still hanging above my dining table.

So I wanted to feature this picture and say that I totally want to try this sometime! My mind is already buzzing with different ideas that stem from this picture.


It’s just so beautifully colorful! I love it!

If you think I should create some kind of artwork based on this, leave a comment! Maybe I’ll give it to you when I’m done 😉

Keep watchin’!

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Adding Scentification to a Room

(yes, I made up the word scentification. But come on, that should be in the dictionary)

There are many things that can affect the mood of a room and can give off an impression of freshness, coziness, food-ness, etc. It’s not always the same for every person, but there are certain elements of design and décor that can often inspire a certain response from you or your visitors. And one of those mood-stimulating additions is candles, or any other scent giving thing that can be placed in a home.

If you haven’t noticed, my topics often come from personal experience. So why am I talking about candles? Because I got a buy one get one free coupon from yankee candle and bought two large jars for the office.

Which made me wonder to myself as if I weren’t a candle enthusiast, “why do people buy candles, wall flowers, reed diffusers, potpourri, etc?” The answer? To inspire a mood. To bring a sense of joy to your room through the wonderful scents you most enjoy. Here’s an example:

You welcome people into your home for a night of rigorous Wii sporting. When your guest step into the room they suddenly stop and say, “OH! What is that wonderful smell of gingerbread and fresh apples??” You reply, “Oh that? Oh I just wanted to test out my new candles and try to inspire and cozy, Fall atmosphere.” What they won’t know is that the actual reason was to disguise the fact that you’re cooking is bland and using food scents would make you’re guests so hungry that they wouldn’t notice. There’s power in the scent of smell. I’ve heard that a certain smell will trigger memories better than any other sense. But I’m not sure if that’s true.

Why do people put cotton-smelling scents in laundry rooms and bathrooms? So you or someone else thinks it clean despite the dirty laundry all over the floor, or the rotten egg smell coming from your water. Like I said, the sense of smell can be a powerful influence.

So this is my tribute to the strategy of scenting. I love candles. The one I bought for my office is called Mountain Lodge and makes it seem all cozy in my little windowless cubicle of the world.

How many of you use candles, reed diffusers, potpourri, or any other type of scenting device for your home? Why? Have any funny stories about your scentful experiences? Do share…

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September Project: Light Fixtures Galore

Alright, I’ll be honest. I kinda sorta forgot about the “one project per month” thing that I had planned to do. I guess I got preoccupied with life. BUT, to make up for it, I got into a rather crafty mood over the weekend and completed two projects I was meaning to do.

The first was to recover a lamp that I have in my living room. I did not like the shade and it didn’t really go well. So instead of getting a new shade (which I couldn’t anyways because its crafted for that lamp), I decided to attach some fabric over it so it would coordinate better. Well I can tell you right now that I don’t work with fabric very well, not in this way. And as usual I don’t think things all the way through. Like how the pattern of my fabric was directional so I couldn’t just wrap it up and call it done. I had to carefully lay it out, and with the pyramid shape, it left a lot of overlap. Still, I think it turned out ok in the end, as long as you don’t get up close and look at it. I used mostly hot glue to attach it because I didn’t really have any other way. Below you’ll see before and after.

Next, I finally got around to constructing a new pendant shade out of paint sticks. And since I have a lot of natural wood in my kitchen, I decided not to paint them this time and let the fabric behind it stand out. And yes, I used the same fabric because I had enough left over to do so. I think this project was much more successful than the first. I guess since it was the second time around, I thought about it a little more. Still, humorously I miscalculated how wide it would be after it was assembled, so I had to go get a couple more pieces of wood the next day to construct the piece that would allow it to hang. Frustrating, but not a bit deal. I really love how it turned out though. Much better than the first one I think. And it allows more light through, so thats a bonus to. So at least one of my two projects turned out exactly like i wanted.

Total cost to do both of these projects: $7 for the fabric, $2 for the edging ribbon, Paint Sticks: free, $6 for supporting square Dowel Rods. So the grand total was under $20. Awesome! Made for a good productive Saturday.

My fall decorations are up! Anyone else excited for some cooler weather? I know I am!

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Personal Apartment Improvements: Bedroom

Another sketch dump today. After exploring the ideas I had for a nightstand design, I started to get into the bigger picture of redesigning one side of my bedroom. See, I like the bed side of my room, its very put together, but the opposite wall is what I look at all the time when I’m in there, and it needs some help.

So yesterday I spent a lot of time playing with some ideas. Below are some quick sketches for the wall.

The last one on the top right is the one that grabbed my attention the most and I had to get it into a 3D form so I could see how it would work in the space. The result is what you see below. I didn’t add a lot of details because it’s not the best 3D program in the world. The nice thing about this design though is that it would be fairly simple to build. The cube shelf and filing cabinet in the corner I already have and set the mounting height for the surfaces. And though I do not own the low dresser in the corner yet, I have two bookcases that will fit there in its place while I save up for the dresser. And with the large amount of surface, I can use part of it for a vanity, part of it for deskwork, and part of it for storage. I’d love to add tall clear vases in the corners and maybe tack up some little LED lights underneath the soffit above to accent the whole area.

And like I mentioned, it would be very simple to construct. Support for the surfaces would vary between weather it rests on a cabinet, uses end panel legs, or wall shelf brackets. All together it comes to 6 pieces of wood and some shelf brackets. If I actually get this all constructed and put together in my actual bedroom, I will definitely be posting all the details about it.

Its been raining for the past 3 days off and on. A nice change from the hot sticky weather of the south, but I’m hoping all this rain will bring some cooler weather. May not post again until Monday. It’s going to be another busy weekend. Hope you enjoy yours!

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Nightstand Idea 1.1

So this week I may be doing a bunch of sketch dumps. I FINALLY bought my new couch and it has inspired me to draw up all the ideas I’ve had for my apartment lately.

Here is an idea for a nightstand I had. My favorite features of this design are the side bookcases, the small area for a little sculpture or art piece, and the bottom drawer, which will be designed to hold magazines. Plus, the front of the drawers are faced with metal, as well as one of the walls in the feature area, and the top will have a glass layer for easy cleaning.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

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Explorer Style

Welcome September!!

So, you know what I hate? I hate it when my program suddenly freezes and I lose all my text. I don’t take hours planning out these posts. I write exactly as I’m thinking about it. So it really ticks me off when I lose my work because I love the “on the fly writing” and starting over means it’s not going to be the same as before. Just hope it ends up better.

Anyways, as I was pondering all the travels I’ve had this summer, I was suddenly reminded of a style that I’ve seen cropping up more often, especially in the high-end stores. Thank to either Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel, I have a name for this style now: Explorer. Now, while those two stores have some décor that I would classify under this style, I think Restoration Hardware is ahead of the game on having everything you need to make your room look like the office of Indiana Jones.

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Above, you’ll see some scrolling pictures from Restoration Hardware’s website that I think best represent this Explorer style. Here are a few common things you’ll find in this style: Tripod floor lamps with telescope type heads, bird cages, bookshelves full of books or books laying around on various tables, trunks, leather seating, some sort of globe or compass representation (such as over lapping rings in a sphere formation around a light and possible with an arrow through it), classic molding and trim, neutral colors, lanterns, old looking photos or drawings or maps, and a bunch of other accessories that relate to old-fashioned exploration and travel.

At first I wasn’t all that interested in this style, but I have to say it’s grown on me. I think I would really like to have this style in a library. I know, real original idea there to apply this style to a library. But there’s always something very appealing about having a historic aspect to a room style. And there’s a sophistication aspect of this style that appeals to me. I could see myself getting into this style when I get my own house.

Either way, it’s a cool style, I love it….and you should to.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!