Gratitude Attitude

Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point is one of my favorite books from college. It introduced me to Malcolm Gladwell and made me really think about trends, ideas and social behaviors. I’ve always had an interest in the latter so his book was a great read for me. A year or so later, I discovered Demetria Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn and she introduced me to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours rule from his book Outliers. I’ll admit that I never had the chance to finish reading it but the theory always stood out to me. It simply states, It takes 10,000 hours of practice to be an expert. This applies to athletes, music composers, marketing professionals, singers, writers, etc. Basically, anything and everything. The concept has been challenged lately, but it is still very intriguing to me. Do I wholeheartedly believe it? No. Do I believe it has some validity? Yes.

I started grad school in June, chasing something I am extremely passionate about. I absolutely love school and the creativity I am allowed to have with my school work. However, Interior Design is a lot of hard work. I think people believe it’s just fluffing pillows, shopping for fabrics and choosing paint colors. I promise that it is not the latter AT ALL. It’s so much more than that. There’s a lot of complexity to it and the “fun stuff” usually doesn’t happen until the end. You have to understand codes, make sure your specifications are correct, make sure your materials meet performance requirements(especially in commercial projects), etc. The point is that it’s hard work and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yes, that was a slight rant. I’ve been having to “check” people lately. Lol.

How do I strive to be an interior design “expert” and balance a life? If Gladwell is right, being an expert is a whole lot of work. If I am correct, I think this rule doesn’t include education. Meaning once you start practicing (internships, job, blog) your profession, the 10,000 hour countdown begins.

Which brings me to this past week. I was having a hard time balancing my life and so were a few of my classmates. We have been consistently working since the start of the semester and the work is none stop. We sit in studio all day everyday. Yes, this includes weekends as well. Sometimes we work all night and never go home. I rarely spend time with my boyfriend, I probably cook once a week and I haven’t had “fun” in awhile. I actually forced myself to attend the UM vs. Wakeforest game last week. I’m forcing myself to sit down and right this post now.

When I see women like June Ambrose, I ask myself how do they do it all. How do they balance amazing careers, family and life? Then, I noticed something. Gratitude.

It all came to me late one night while I was up working on my midterm project. I like to work with noise. Music, tv, etc. I decided to search for a movie on Hulu on my iPhone. That’s when I came across The Secret. I started watching and I was completely amazed. The Secret is all about the Law of Attraction. The movie is all about using The Law of Attraction to get the things you want in life. They also talk about how it doesn’t mean that you will get everything that you want. This is when they start talking about Gratitude Attitude. It’s self explanatory.

Have you ever noticed that a lot really successful people practice a lot of gratitude?

“You cannot receive anything new in your life if you are not already grateful for the things you have”.

I make this a practice every morning now. I wake up, sit in bed for a while and just think about all the things I am grateful for. Something so simple, has already made things better for me.

I know you are wondering how gratitude has helped me with balance. You are probably wondering how it relates to Gladwell’s 10,000 hours too. Well it doesn’t.

My gratitude attitude has actually made me forget about about balance and the 10,000 hour rule. It has allowed me to appreciate right now. It has allowed me to treasure the little bit of free time I do have. It has allowed me to stop thinking so much about the future.  While the future is important, I noticed that us 20-somethings spend a lot of time dwelling on it. What we do right now impacts the future. So it’s important to live in the present and focus on doing your best with what you have right now. 

Gratitude and positive thinking can do so much for us, if we really practice it. I’m not an expert but I am someone who is actively practicing and I have noticed a change already. Give it a try and see what it does for you!

I have never written a post like this. I hope it all makes sense and I hope it helps someone. I just felt that I should share it. The Secret is not new to me. It’s something that appeared again just recently and I decided to take it seriously. 


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Color Obsession Nicole Richie Domaine Home

I love a good flower arrangement especially if it includes hydrangeas. Flower arrangements bring together my favorites, color and texture. This arrangement is from Nicole Richie’s Girls Night Out feature on Domaine Home.  The color palette is refreshing and the geometric vase really sets it off!

Speaking of flowers, my Flower Recipe Book was finally delivered last week. Have you picked it up? So much good stuff! I’m thinking about starting a monthly series inspired by the book.

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Happy Monday guys! Here’s a look at my life lately.


First Row (l to r) Sunflowers from a cute little flower shop close to my new apartment./ Wooden candlestick holders I fell in love with at Arango. / The sky through my sunroof. It was such a beautiful day.

Second Row (l to r) Late night on campus working on a presentation on MiMo aka Miami Modern Architecture./ I picked up some Pantone Postcards. Still thinking about how I will use this. I leaning towards framing my favorites./ Taking a tour of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar in the Art District for my Studio Class. I am absolutely in love with this giant art piece.

Third Row (l to r) I loved that this swinging chair was in the lobby at an architectural firm. Let’s me know they don’t take themselves too seriously./ The same architecture firm’s kitchen area. Quartz counter tops and reclaimed wood base. It was so beautiful./ A console I passed up at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. My vision was to paint it black and polish the hardware.


First Row (l to r) Picking up our rug and rug pad from RugsUSA from UPS. It barely fit in my car ./ The rug finally settle in our living room! / The sun setting on our drive home from South Beach.

Second Row (l to r) New tableware from CB2. I can’t wait to have a get together to use them./ A sneak peek of our living room progress. It’s coming together! Ignore all the stuff on the couch./ The floor plan for my first study model. I spent all day Sunday on campus. I’m not complaining though.

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Happy Friday! Labor Day weekend is here and their are a ton of sales happening. Here’s a list of my favorites. Have a great weekend!

Labor Day Sales

  • Poppin-  Save $15 off on all orders of $85 or more. Code: LABOR15
  • C.Wonder25% on full-price items with code LABORDAY, plus all sale items are an extra 50% off
  • West Elm- 30% off select rugs. Extra 30% off pillows and throws markdowns with code XTRAPILLOWS. 15% off mirrors. 70% off clearance.
  • Anthropologie- Extra 25% off select home items. I purchased this handwoven tray for $11 and an ikat frame, it’s no longer available, for $5 yesterday.
  • Nordstrom- Home and Gift Sale. Lots of candles, pillows, towels and bedding!
  • Hayneedle- $30 off $250 and up. $60 off $500 and up. Use code WORKED.
  • RugsUSA- 80% off select rugs.

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Hey guys! It’s been a crazy week so far. This is my second semester as an interior design student. My first semester was this summer and I took 2 classes. This semester I am taking 4. It’s challenging but I absolutely love it. I’ve never been so fulfilled before and it’s such a great feeling. I can’t wait to share my projects here!

With all that being said, I also realized that I won’t be able to post 3-4 times a week. I’m going to try 2 times a week and depending on my work load I will post more. Now on to exciting news!

Remember this living room mood board I put together…

sds_living room idea

Well we purchased a sofa this past Monday! It’s not the same sectional sofa but the color and sectional style is similar.


I found her at the Macy’s Furniture Gallery here in Miami. I just wondered in before heading to class. Turns out they were having a sale. She was already on clearance for about half off the original price with an additional 10% off.  I also received another 15% off. It was a really great deal and I couldn’t pass it up.


Here she is in our living room. I was a little worried about the fit, but she works perfectly. I was also able to snag the rug is the moodboard as well. Right now, Rugs USA is having a 80% Off sale for Labor Day. I purchased the 8 x 10 Rugs USA Tuscan Moroccan Shag Rug! It was 80% off and then I found a coupon for an additional 50% off. The total was $197!


I also had my boyfriend hold up the black and white abstract art I purchased from West Elm awhile ago. It’s not going to work. They are too small for the length of the sofa. Any suggestions? I would like to keep them, so if you have any ideas let me know.

I’m really happy with my purchases. I can’t wait for the rug to arrive so the space will feel a little more complete. I’m going to look at the CB2 smart glass top coffee table tomorrow. I think it will work perfectly. It’s really low and it’s chrome frame keeps everything minimal.

Lastly, make sure you enter the Diamonds Candle Giveaway. It ends Sunday!

Alright, I need to get back to my school work. I’ve been on campus since 7:30am.

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When I  was starting my first semester of Interior Design school, I searched high and low for a list of interior design student must-have supplies. I couldn’t find anything. I was eager but I also wanted to be a prepared as possible. So I thought I would help students who are entering their first semester of interior design school. Here’s a list of basic interior design supplies to help through your first week.


ONE// Herschel Supply Co. Tote Bag This bag is perfect to carry all of your supplies. It will fit a laptop, books, ruler, water bottle, etc.

TWO// MacBook Pro Of course you don’t need a macbook. It’s my preference but you do need a compute with a good amount of memory and storage. you will be running multiple programs at once and you don’t want a computer that can’t handle it. I have a 15inch MacBook Pro with 4GB of memory and 500GB of storage.

THREE// Apple Magic Mouse Using your mouse pad is ok until you get to Auto CAD. Your finger will eventually cramp up. You dont want that. A mouse is good and this Wacom Bamboo Tablet is good too.

FOUR// Beats Studio Just like the MacBook Pro, you don’t necessarily need these specific headphones. They are my preference. These are perfect for you studio classes when you need to concentrate on your projects. This semester my studio class is from 2pm to 6pm. Yes, that’s 4 hours!

FIVE// Adobe Creative Suite (Student Edition) Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign are good tools to have already installed on your computer. You will use them for renderings, presentations, etc. Microsoft Office Suite, ACAD and Revit are needed as well.

SIX// Graphite Pencils One of the first classes you will take is a drawing class. You will learn the basics and these pencils are necessary.

SEVEN// Ruler You will need this for your drawing class and your studio class. It’s an basic essential and self explanatory.

EIGHT// Pens The Pilot Precise V5 and V7 are good starter pens to have for your drawing class. 

NINE// Bobble Water Bottle This BPA free water bottle is perfect for keeping you hydrated. Long hours on campus can be exhausting and water is necessary. 

TEN// Pencil Case Stylish and cute to keep all your pens and pencils in place.

ELEVEN// Sketchbook Keep all your sketches, ideas and drawings in one place. A spiral sketchbook will be the easiest to draw on.

This is a basic list. You will spend much more on very specific supplies. I think my first semester I spent close to $300 dollars for my drawing class alone.

Is there anything you would add or subtract? Tell me in the comments.

Remember to enter the Diamond Candles giveaway. Ends 9/1! Don’t miss out. 

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Styled Bookshelves

School starts again on Monday. I can’t believe the summer is over and I am starting my second semester of grad school. I feel like I wrote this announcement post yesterday!

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Remember to enter my Diamond Candles giveaway. Ends 9/1. Don’t miss out! See ya Monday!

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