A New Year, A New Job and A New Blog Plan

I realize I am tardy, but Happy New Year!  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was gifted a technology upgrade at Christmas.  It is taking me a bit longer than expected to figure out the idiosyncrasies of blogging on an iPad.  Honestly, I probably will still mostly post old school, from my clunky old laptop.

In other news, starting next week I will be once again working in Interior Design.  I am so excited for the opportunity.  I can’t really anticipate what that will do to my professional or blogging life, so hold on.  It will either drain my creativity or multiply it, we’ll all have to wait and see.

Lastly, I have a new plan for the blog for the new year.  I am horrible about following through with weekly features, but am going to give it a try again.  Monday will be “Make Something Monday”.   I am not much of a DIYer or crafter, but really feel like little inexpensive crafts are a great outlet.  My plan is to make something this coming Monday evening, but likely not post the results until next Monday.  That takes into account that I am not home much during daylight hours these days.  Summer, when their is more time to photograph in the evenings will be much easier on the blogging schedule.  I will, of course, continue with Craigslist posts and finally, another new weekly feature.  I don’t have a name for it yet. I will introduce you to a hypothetical (or perhaps eventually real) person, couple or family.  Then I will show you hypothetical rooms I have designed for them.  I will post the client on Friday and then post the design through out the following week.  I would love to have submissions about how you would design for the clients as well, so by introducing them on Friday, you have a few days to design before the rooms are featured the following week.  Here is our first “Client”

An outdoorsy girl who is fashionable but still looks like she has spent some time on snowshoes, perhaps even knows how to use a chainsaw or an ax.

outdoorsy girlI will be designing a living room and bedroom for this no nonsense gal.  Not too feminine, not too masculine.  Feel free to post and link your interpretation of how she would live.  My design boards will not be complete, concise or perfect, just a collection of ideas that convey the concept.  Honestly, this is a project for my professional development suggested by the podcast the Accidental Creative.  I listen to episodes while I commute and find them exceptionally inspiring and centering.  One episode encouraged you to create every day, it doesn’t have to be something elaborate or perfect, just create for the sake of creating (paraphrasing and perhaps getting it a little bit wrong).  I am just posting it here publicly to hold myself accountable.  In a change from other design boards, I will be posting my resources, so if you see something you like, you will know where to find it.  I generally post design boards for real clients and don’t share information for something that I have been paid to create specifically for their needs and aesthetic.  Since these are hypothetical (and imperfect) projects, I am happy to share the resources.

See you next week!

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About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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