Have you ever wondered what the secret is to designing a beautiful garden? I believe successful design, whether, inside or out, doesn't check off just one box. That means that doing your 'homework' before the buying and the digging will ensure the process is easier, quicker and calmer for everyone involved.
Do you know how to start an interior design project?
What if I told you that the answer to these questions & the secret to creating an intentional home where your family and you will thrive doesn't start by interviewing builders, spending hours watching HGTV, or even looking at beautiful interior design photos on google or in popular home magazines? It doesn't take hours of shopping and returning items either. Wanna know the real secret sauce?
If you're finding the Summer Olympics exciting this year then you'll also enjoy our Olympic style event we fondly call the Savage Summer Smack Down! In years past, when the weatherman called for extreme summer conditions here in small town mid-America, team Savage would get out the slip and slide and practice their own Olympic style moves. Let's see who won the gold....
Almost 30 years ago, we purchased an old farmhouse built in 1900 that was a blend of turn of the century charm and bold 1960's mid-century modern style....but I'm not talking an iconic Eames chair but instead...
there was dark, knotty pine kitchen cabinets and paneling, harvest gold shag carpeting and busy linoleum (is that even a word) flooring. And do you see that large, scabbed on room on the right of the main structure? That was our furnace, laundry room & mud room combo that accounted for almost 1/4 of our square footage! The original open concept?!?!
Pretty scary right?
I met my Handsome Honey in a nightclub (okay a bar) in downtown Elkhart one evening at the end of a record cold winter. I was with a group of fellow workers celebrating the end of a long mind numbing payroll conversion project. He was alone, and tall and dark and handsome....
About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She had Alzheimer's disease and never realized her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world? So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)