Being a Lifestyle Artist
My love for designing has become more than achieving aesthetically pleasing, functional end results. It has become an emotional, artistic process. My way of expressing my loves, thoughts and worries in the crazy and intense world of parenthood. I use my hands to craft beautiful elements and assemblies that radiate meaning and lifelong consistencies. I am naming my new enlightened practice, Lifestyle Art. I hope to continue with this new epiphany to give my designs and art pieces a heightened approach. Words cannot explain how excited I am!
Lifestyle Artist —
one who crafts meaningful, intriguing art from the acts of living. #lifestyleartist #lifestyleart
My passion to create memorable experiences for my family and friends started before I was born. I come from a long legacy of women who remained creative throughout their lives: great grandma – quilter and sewer, grandma – knitter and painter, mother – crafter and trendsetter DIYer. Of course, all of these women shared a knack for hostessing wonderful parties: great grandma – green jello salad, grandma – green bean casserole, mother – dips and cheese balls. Where do I fall in this legacy? An interior designer turned stay at home mom, who loves serving cheese plates delicately paired with classic champagne cocktails or cupcakes with sparkling water. Both just as exciting!
Planning, organizing and creating have been a constant throughout my life. Humans all share an inclination to be creative from the moment we are born. I don’t ever want to let go of my creative intuitions. There are rarely times when I am not thinking of my next project or event. Having a toddler son and infant daughter has motivated this passion further. Seeing the look of wonder on their smiling faces makes my heart melt! I love creating amazing, everlasting memories for us to share.
My design style + inspiration
Besides the wonderful women in my life, I have also been inspired by my environments. I grew up surrounded by the beauty of nature. Being exposed to nature my whole life, I wanted something different when I left for college. I moved to Minneapolis, MN and shortly after, met my sweetheart. Eventually, we both decided we wanted more… we moved to New York. Manhattan to be exact. It was incredible, but also expensive. We decided we needed a compromise, Chicago was our answer. A booming city that was affordable. Each of the urban settings I have lived in still provide lasting inspiration.
I also grew up in homes that were keenly decorated by my mom and grandma. My grandma had a love for Mexican culture. She and my grandpa would visit frequently and bring back beautiful wares & accessories. She also would bring back inspiration for her paintings, which would sometimes have Mexican subjects. I will never forget her eggplant, southwest patterned sofa and the pastel accessories around her home. Not venturing too far from this concept, my mother decorated her home with antiques and western items; e.g. bull horns, cowboy paintings, and cowboy boots. There were also a plethora of cacti around (in my grandma’s house, as well). Can you imagine these types of decor in the Minnesotan tundra? They were very interesting and impressionable. Perhaps they are why I have aways been drawn to color, geometrics, bold patterns and cultural influence (especially from the southwest).
I also find inspiration in research. I love having a greater purpose behind my design choices. Here is a great resource I still look to: Informe Design . Wondering what to paint your kid’s bedroom? Well, maybe you can narrow down the choices with color research.
- Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, University of Minnesota
- Art History minor, University of Minnesota
- LEED AP
- Koehler & Dramm Institute of Floristry, Floristry 1
- see partial portfolio on Archinect
It is important for bloggers to be transparent. I worry about my children growing up without the ability to discern if something is “real” online. What impact will this have on their perception of reality? Or will we all be wearing virtual reality helmets by then and no one will care what reality is (if you like this idea, read Ready Player One pronto)!? Ha! Either way….
Everything I design and place on my blog I do for myself, my family, and my friends. I receive no form of compensation from brands or other backers of any sort. If I ever did, I would be sure to place that information on my posts.
My mother owns a small flower shop about 500 miles away from me. A lot of times I will use products she sells at her store because (duh!) I can get them for a reduced price. Designing for yourself is an expensive occupation (but so freeing and exhilarating)! I hope to make profit with my blog someday to balance out these costs. I have been contemplating the idea of opening an online shop where you can purchase from my future curated collection of amazing products. We shall see what happens, my little ones are my priority right now! If I use products from my mom’s shop, I usually try to share those designs with her followers.
When I first started my blog I caught myself thinking about how I could tweak a design to be more in keeping with a particular website I was trying to get featured on… WHOA!!!! I stopped right there, completely abandoned that idea and never looked back. My goal is stay true to myself and to build myself as a unique artist and designer. When I get featured or reposted, I want it to be because my designs are amazing not because I was trying to be something I wasn’t. I hope you value this sentiment as much as I do!