Wednesday, October 24, 2012

About this blog.

I have a second mood board to show you! This is a 'blog mood board', it will give you an idea of what this blog's all about. I have played with the idea of changing the name of the blog to Soiree House because I love evening parties and hope to be doing a lot of that in our home!


So, let me tell you about some of the things you'll see on my board and find on my blog:

1. Curious & thoughtful interior design, conceptual art & home goods. I really love to see people create spaces and 'moments' in their homes that move them. There's no need to have a boring, 'right out of a catalog'  home. You can make anything interesting & beautiful. For example, if your kid's insists on a John Deere Tractor themed room.. using THIS, instead of THIS would be a great start! You just have to put some care & thought into it and magic will happen! It's not as hard as you might imagine.

2. Fashion & Frills. I love anything that is extremely well made. It could be a pencil or a gorgeous dress, anything that's made with passion and precise attention to detail is inspiring to me. When I find items like this, I want to share them, and tell you WHY I think they're so neat!

3. Minimal, clean design, art, photography, you name it. If it's clean, well made & shows restraint, I love it and want to share it!

4. Extraordinary graphic design. From business cards to packaging, even to styling for special events in new and thoughtful ways! I love it all and want to make note of the best of it to keep myself inspired.

5. Ira Glass. I put him on my board because he has been a HUGE inspiration to me. Watch THIS and you'll see why. I'm self taught. I don't know everything about design. People I work with are consistently younger and further along than me. The amazing interior designers, Robert & Courtney Novagratz (who I just realized should also be on this board!) are known for "breaking all the rules" and I don't even know what all the rules are, that they're breaking! But, I'm 'closing the gap'.
My work really is (finally) getting to a point where it's beginning to be as good as my ambitions!

6. Lastly, the photo of the young woman next to the gorgeous pendant in the top left corner, is Sonora Webster Carver. Sonora was one of the very first 'diving girl's' in the 1920's. Sonora would climb up a forty (sometimes sixty) foot tower and mount a running horse as it reached the top, then they would jump from the tower, her on the horses back, into a pool below. She was phenomenal. In 1931, she hit the water with her eye's open and was permanently blinded. The even crazier part is, she continued to dive horses after her accident until 1942! Blind! The audience never knew. Pretty extraordinary. She wrote a book called, "A Girl and Five Brave Horses" that was later made into a movie by Disney, called, "Wild hearts can't be broken". She was reported to have thought that they veered a tad too far from the truth in the story, it's still one of my favorites. She's always been such an inspiration to me.

So, that, is a little summery of what this blog is about and what you can find here. I would love to hear from you! Do any of these things inspire YOU!? If not, what does? I'll leave you with this neat fan made video from the, 'Wild hearts can't be broken' movie. It's a good one! xo

24 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. Love how pink and gray play out together. The "Make Misteaks" is cool, but what tops the story is the first diving girl.

    Btw, I am from Holly's class, the bywbootcamp. I am glad I found you.

    Do stay in touch,
    ~Varada

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    1. Hello Varada! Thanks for your comment! I love her story so much! I saw something back in Feb. I think that said that they may try to bring horse diving back to the Atlantic city boardwalk! That would be exciting! So nice to meet you! Warmly, Mariah

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  2. First time visitor to your blog and it's lovely absolutely lovely. I love your mood board also and the diving story is amazing. I have seen that movie a few times with my daughter and we both love it. Keep up the good work on your blog.

    byw student also.
    Kathleen Alexanderr

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    1. It is a really great movie, isn't it!? It's so nice to meet you Kathleen, and thank you so much for the encouragement! It means so much to me! Warmly, Mariah

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  3. Hello! I found your blog through BYW and wanted to stop and tell you that i love it! Your site design is so cute! Did you do it yourself? Well I also love your mood board and the explanation you gave. I actually just watched WIle Hearts Can't Be Broken the other day, I agree- she is so inspiring!!

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    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you for your comment & complement! It's truly a great story and a great movie too! I loved your blog and especially liked the Sebastian Bottle Holder you just blogged about! Gorgeous! (I designed the logo based on the pre-made blog design from designer blogs)

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  4. Hi!
    Love your moodboard ... especially the colour theme. I can totally relate to your point 1 (you can make anything interesting and beautiful) ... it took a while to convince my son that it wouldn't look so great having pictures of actual construction sites all over his room, especially seeing as he shares it with his sister!!
    See you at BYW.
    Love,
    Sam

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    1. Hi Sam! Thank you so much! A nice tomato color with pink is one of my favorite color combos! lol, about your son's room! I would love to see photo's of it when it's done! Thank you for stopping by! Warmly, Mariah

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  5. It's amazing how a few images completely change a blog! I had to double check it was the same from yesterday. I honestly love how your blog looks and feels. Clean and professional, very attractive to me! Your mood board screams your blog to me. All the things that I described about it, are on the board. It's a very inspiring mood board and I think you did a fantastic job on it!

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    1. Hi Annetta! I'm so grateful you let me know my images weren't coming up, thank you! Thank you also for your very kind and heartfelt compliments! You made my day! Thank you!

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  6. Great mood board! Love the colors and how you broke everything down as to what inspires you :)

    Marie (BYW)

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  7. I love your mood board, the pastel and soft colors! The photos are very inspiring. Have a lovely day! Janna (BYW)

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    1. Hi Janna! Thank you so much! I'm so glad to have inspired you! xo

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  8. Mariah I have the feeling that your moodboard is soo you!!! It says clearly what your blog is all about.
    lovely! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Iris! That's the best compliment one could hope for, I appreciate it! Thank you.

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  9. Mariah, what a wonderful mood board and stories to match, beautifully thought out and executed. I agree with so much of it, particularly not to have a house out of catalogue, it must live and tell a story! Thanks for telling Sonora's story, i didn't know about it and feel better for it now. And "misteaks" well that's just fitting indeed! Mel:)

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    1. Hi Mel! Your comment warmed my heart. It's so nice to find kindred spirits who have similar feelings about the good stuff in life! ^_^ Amen to not living out of a catalog! Speaking of which, do you keep up with 'Elaine & Gary' over at http://catalogliving.net Hahaha! If you haven't seen their site, you're in for a treat ^_^ pretty funny stuff over there! I'm so glad to help spread the word about Sonora, she really was/is an inspiration. So happy to have met you Mel and I look forward to keeping in touch. Thanks again for letting me know how to open my comments up! xo

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  10. You're welcome Mariah. Just checked the site out - thanks for the laugh! We better be careful with our styling;)

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  11. Really pretty mood board and you have absolutely inspired me with your analysis of all the components. I think I really need to do that myself to give me a more accurate and actionable plan for changing my blog around. I'm obsessed with collaging as well and an extra mood board is never going to go to waste. It's also a really beautiful topic for your blog being about family life.

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  12. Hi Mariah, I'm visiting from BYW class, trying to catch up on my week 3 homework. Your blog layout is so pretty and I love your mood board. Lovely! I'm adding you to my list of regular visits.

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  13. Such a wonderful mood board - loved the starry theme and quote by Jessi Arrington! :)

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