Details Make the Difference

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“We must occasionally remind ourselves of our brief visit on this planet. Shouldn’t we try to express ourselves clearly, make a personal stamp on our environment, and pay attention to the details that make the difference?” – Charlotte Moss via Design for Mankind
Happy Monday!

Image via Lonny.

Color Schemes Inspired by Instagram

Color Schemes Inspired by Instagram Photos
I’m kinda obsessed  with color schemes (or color palettes, if you prefer a fancier term). Rainbow hues make me happy. I love Instagram and Afterlight filtlers because they allow me to perfectly adjust the colors in a photo and bring out just the right tones. I created these color schemes from a few of my favorite photos, and they’re perfect inspiration palettes for a blog makeover, art project, or for home decorating. Enjoy!

Color Schemes Inspired by Colorful Instagram Photos
Color Schemes Inspired by Vintage Instagram Photos
Color Schemes Inspired by Instagram Photos of the Sky
Color Schemes Inspired by Coffee
Which one’s your favorite?

Happy Wednesday!
 

2013 Design Bloggers Conference Recap

2013 Design Bloggers Conference Recap by Lesley Myrick
I feel incredibly fortunate to live in Los Angeles, especially when I get the opportunity to attend events like the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference! Lamps Plus (my rad day job) sponsored 5 scholarships for the event, and a few of our savvy team members were in attendance to rub elbows with designers (aka. make new friends), film videos, and soak up the wisdom of seasoned bloggers and professionals like Tobi Fairley, Barbara Barry, and Susanna Salk.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a minute of video is worth a million…so check out this highlight video (featuring yours truly!) for a taste of the conference.
Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from the DBC (via my Instagram, and Lamps Plus‘ too):
DBC 2013 Lesley Myrick Interviewing Leslie Carothers
Interviewing social media guru Leslie Carothers of The Kaliedoscope Partnership.
HGTVs Laurie March and Virginia Switzer Moon Being super classy with HGTV’s Laurie March and Virginia Switzer Moon.
2013 Design Bloggers Conference Closing Reception
Enjoying a ‘lil cocktail at the closing night reception, hosted by Harbinger LA.
Lamps Plus Gift Bags for Design Bloggers Conference
How cute are these gift bags?
Celebrating a job well done with my colleague Michael Murphy and our fantastic camera crew.
One of the highlights of the conference was hearing interior design legend Barbary Barry speak. Her approach to seeking out and seeing beauty in the everyday and trusting your gut as a designer spoke to me on such a core level. (I liked her so much, I immediately ordered her book!) During her talk, one line really stuck out to me – “our emotions don’t need an education“. What a beautiful and graceful reminder to trust your gut, not only in interior design, but in life.
The Design Bloggers Conference is just one of many events for designers and bloggers out there. Have you attended a blog conference like Alt Summit, BlogHer, or the DBC before? What was the most valuable takeaway you got from it?

Happy Friday!

Sign Up for Free Goodies!

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See that fancy teal bar at the top of the page? (If you’re viewing this in a reader, hop on over to the blog to see!) I’m launching a monthly newsletter with sneak-peeks, news and freebies (like iPhone and iPad wallpapers, printables, and more) – so click the link up there to join the club! The first newsletter will be coming your way shortly, so don’t miss out! (Hint – subscribers will be getting a sweet digital download of a brand new collage…)

Happy Monday, and thanks for the e-love!

Indie Biz: How to Start a Blog

Indie Business - How to Start a BlogWondering how to start a blog? It can be intimidating joining the blogosphere when there are soooo many established blogs out there, and so many options! (I mean, where do you even begin?) A friend recently asked for help with starting a new blog to go along with her home-based business, so I thought I’d share the same resources with you that I did with her.
Note: I’m assuming that you already know what platform you want to use, and what you want to blog about. These resources aren’t so much for starting from scratch as helping you create and develop a blog once you have a vision in mind. 
Blogs, Books, + Courses:
Blog Inc. by Joy Cho is a great read for those just starting out in the blogging world. I found it a little basic for my needs, but there is a lot of great info in it for beginners!
+ The Alt Summit blog is a must-follow for me, with lots of great tips on growing your blog and biz. (Plus, Alt sounds like it’s about the coolest blogging event ever.)
+ A Beautiful Mess has a couple of blogging courses – one on blog basics, and the other focusing specifically on blog design.
+ Problogger is one of the best “blogging blogs” out there! I don’t follow it regularly, but it’s a great resource if you have specific questions about pretty much anything blog-related.
+ Gala Darling shares some of her blog tips on her new Blog On, Babe series.
+ Nubby Twiglet just launched a new series called Blog Log.
+ Looking to really invest in your new blog? A workshop like Blogcademy might be for you! Or maybe Blogshop, if developing your Photoshop and graphics skills is priority numero uno.
Blog Templates + Design Resources:
+ I looooove Blog Milk‘s templates. My current template is from them, and they just released a new collection. 
+ Here are some of my tips on how to design your own blog
+ If you’re ready to tackle some blog design elements yourself, Code It Pretty is a great resource.
+ Puglypixel TV has some great videos on both blog elements (like CSS and HTML) as well as Photoshop and design tips. 
General Indie Business Inspiration:
+ Marie Forleo‘s weekly videos are fantastic for helping you grow and develop your blog and your brand.
+ Small Businesses Do It Better has great insight on how to use social media to promote your blog and business. 

Still wondering how to start a blog? Leave a comment with your questions and I’d be happy to help. And if you have any great resources I’ve missed here, please share!

Happy Wednesday!

Living Room Makeover: Part 2

Lesley Myrick's Living Room Makeover on Olioboard
You guys, it’s finally here – we’re getting our new teal sofa delivered today! In anticipation of our living room makeover finally coming together, I’ve totally geeked out and put together this Olioboard to give you an idea of what I’ve been scheming design-wise. And since I don’t often share photos of my currently kinda-lame living room, here are a few peeks at the current space: beige, bland, and boring! I promise, I’m not afraid of color and pattern, although you wouldn’t guess that from those Instagram pics.
We moved to California eighteen months ago with just a coffee table in tow, so it’s been a slow process to get our little rental apartment looking the way we’d like. I’m a big believer in creating a space that looks collected, not “decorated”, so I’ve been happy to take it slow. Plus, when we moved, we were pretty broke. So there’s that too. (Although I do love the challenge of creating a fabulous space on a budget!)
Stay tuned for a look at the final design soon! Be still my beating sofa-loving heart.

Happy Wednesday!

On Mistakes

Green room and Outfit on Model
“The biggest mistake I made in my twenties was being too hopeful that dead-end roads would magically lead somewhere. It took me a while to realize that when you hit a dead end, all you can do is turn around and forge a new path.” – Fashion designer Erin Fetherston via PaperMag

 
Happy Monday!

Follow Your Gut

Zooey Deschanel Quote Follow Your Gut“Somebody asked me, “How did you start doing comedy?” and I was like, “By being unintentionally funny.” I think making a movie or a record, the best things happen by accident—and those end up being the magic. Every time I’ve followed my gut it’s been better than when I’ve tried to do what I was supposed to do.” – Zooey Deschanel

Happy Monday!
 

Inspiration Exists…

Inspiration exists but it has to find you working - Picasso quote
…but it has to find you working.

 

I’m slowly getting back to my full-time job and freelance projects, and a little trip to the art supply store definitely helped get my mojo flowing again. I’ve been intentional about blocking off chunks of time for creative projects, and even if I’m not “feeling it”, I’m doing my best to just show up.

Here’s to showing up, and trusting the creative inspiration will come.

 Happy Friday!

PS. Don’t new art supplies just do something magical for your creativity? If “working” involves buying pretty new papers and tape, count me in!