Oh the places I’ll go.


When I was growing up, I changed my mind every other week when it came to deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up. Possible contenders were a teacher, marine biologist, radiologist, and even just a stay-at-home mom. Interior design was never an option. I enjoyed rearranging my room often, and changing out pillows and what-not. I enjoyed reading Veranda magazines and watching HGTV. It never crossed my mind that you could get paid to do a hobby.

When I first decided to go to school, I thought I’d be learning color strategies and how to mix patterns. Boy, was I wrong. Not only was I completely not doing that, I was drawing floorplans by hand! As I pressed further, I began learning about space planning and the different between an elevation and a section. I was brought into the world of ADA and Green design things I never knew existed. There were times when I thought, “This isn’t what I want to do! I want to decorate!” I stuck with it and proved myself wrong – a time or two – and I realized that this wasn’t a career, this was a passion. When you are passionate about what you are doing, it doesn’t feel like work. I loved it all – the drawing, the rendering, the furniture and finish selections, even drawing ceiling sections (blah). I was not becoming a decorator; I was becoming a designer.

Three years later, I look back on everything and realize that it was only the beginning of a career to come, one that looked so bright and exciting. After I presented my final portfolio, I sat down and literally felt a 10 ton weight fly off my shoulders. Alas, I am done.

I’m feeling a little bit of everything – scared, anxious, adventurous, and joyful. I’m eager to see what’s in store for all of my classmates and where they will end up. The design community is so tight knit, so I know I’ll be seeing them around.

“Its a big world out there,” I’ve always been told and I am excited to jump in it.

Oh the places I’ll go.

New Home: Update – Bedroom

I’m back!

I am slowly adding pieces to my home little by little and the first room I wanted to be complete was my bedroom. About three months ago I saw a lamp shade at Target in the clearance section (otherwise known as the section only I shop at) and immediately knew what colors my new room would be. I loved the mustard, the taupey browns and the tiny pop of slate blue highlighting the paisley print. I paired it with an acrylic lamp base I found off of a trading site on Facebook. The total cost of this lamp was $30. You can’t beat that, and it’s one of a kind!


It took weeks and weeks of shopping online and out ‘n about for new bedding. I knew this time around I wanted a coverlet instead of a full-out comforter. To me, it’s looked more delicate and mature. I also knew I wanted something neutral that I could keep for a long time. Just tonight, I happened to run out to Home Goods for a much needed distressing and stumbled upon this bedding. For a steal at $49.99 plus the shams at $19.99 (both: Home Goods, Max Studio), its new home is draped over my barren mattress (I don’t have sheets yet; that’s next on the list!)



I grabbed a set of floral pillows (Home Goods, Spencer Home – $19.99) in the mustard tones I am currently lusting over and ran out before I was drawn to anything else. I already had the felt and gold trimmed pillow (Target, Nate Burkas – $10) which, might I add looked fab with the other two. Mila says, “Hi!”


I have to say, I’m pretty stoked (and Mila is, too!) about my new bedding.  Everything from my ghost chair, to my garden stool, to my rustic tree branch night stand, to my antique buffet-made-dresser with my mirror that has yet to be hung up, to my latest DIY sunburst mirror, and even to my bench that I refinished – my bedroom is finally a place of relaxation.

Next on the list: bathroom(s) and kitchen which are both just about finished anyway. I was just too excited not to post tonight, besides I missed you guys!

About my trip to D.C., there are over 2,000 photos that I am trying to sort through as to not bore you to death. Hopefully, I should be finished going through them by Monday of next week so hold your horses until then.

Tomorrow is my last day of school FOREVER. Wish me luck on my final portfolio presentation. Pictures of that, too, are coming soon!

Later friends,
xo – Natalie

Color Crave: Kelly Green

In honor of St. Patty’s Day and all the green around us, I’ve been feeling a little green lately. I’ve gathered some cute décor pieces, some a tad bit pricey and some right on my level.

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1. Candle Holders [Z Gallerie $14.95]
2. Rocking Bird [West Elm $14]
3. Green pouf [$250]
4. Bamboo dresser [Ivy and Lane $2600]
5. Pillow [C.Wonder $48]
If only I had that dresser in my dining room…
It sure would make a perfect buffet.

The Results Are In!

I am so incredibly blessed to say that I have won the Healthcare category in the IIDA Student competition.


I can finally relax now. I’ve been a nervous wreck all day. I’m so glad I stayed up late Sunday night working on this, because it almost didn’t get submitted. I had already sent in my Senior project (the wine bar) and knew that I probably needed to submit another, just in case. I’m pleased to say, it turned out well. This project is/was by far my favorite of all that I have done while in school.

Palm Beach Health and Wellness:
a plastic surgery treatment facility in Palm Beach, Florida


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I am honored to represent my school, Southern Institute School of Interior Design, with this incredible award. I have to thank my commercial teacher, Mrs. Brooks, for being such an amazing instructor. Without her help, this wouldn’t have even been possible.

Also, shout out to my classmate, Paige McDonald, for winning the Retail/Restaurant category! It feels good to take home two out of the three categories! Beautiful work!


Book Club: Launch and Book Reveal

I have thought long and hard on what book I wanted to read for this month, and seeing how I’m going to D.C. in less than two weeks, I thought there is no better way to get this Book Club thing started than with Jennifer Chiaverini’s Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.

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From Amazon’s website, “In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.”

So the story is about this lady…


Elizabeth Keckley, who is the dressmaker of this lady…


Mary Todd Lincoln, who is the wife of this guy…


Abraham Lincoln, who was our 16th President.

Are you catching on?

Keckley is known for her amazing gowns that she handcrafted for MTL; one of them is still in the Smithsonian museum that I will mostly definitely be checking out soon.



I am intrigued by historical novels, especially those of people with a little “royalty.” There’s something about historical drama that sucks me in. I love it! My book should be in today and then I will be diving right in to see into the life of this extraordinary woman.

I hope you’ll join me.


Favorite Find of the Week

Favorite Find of the Week

Tired of your lampshade but don’t have the money to buy a new one? Update it with some simple jute. This is brilliant and the possibilities are endless. Ribbon, yarn, burlap, etc.