Give that idea… wings!

I’m working on something.

Something for you, in fact! 

Something that involves fabric, foam board, polyfil and glue. And a wee bit of courage. :-)

I’ve been thinking about doing this for quite awhile. But it’s pretty out-of-the-box, I’ve never seen it done before. 

It kept going over and over in my mind because I was trying to solve a problem, a problem that I see so many struggling with and this is the best way, in my opinion, to solve it.

I put off doing it for months, but it wouldn’t let me go. 

It’s been a little difficult, but that’s not why I put it off, no, the reason I put it off was because I lost myself for a minute, I was thinking about what others might think of it. Even though I know it will likely help a lot of you, I let the thoughts of “What if it doesn’t work?”, “What if they think it’s dumb?” and “No one else is doing this!” creep in and take up residence in my mind. I mean, those thoughts moved in, set up tents, started a campfire and started roasting marshmallows in there, they were staying for awhile! LOL

And then a little voice spoke up and said, “What if is DOES work?” “What if it DOES help someone?”

I could barely hear this little voice (above the chatter around the campfire), but it kept insisting- “what if?”

And so I decided to give it a go.

There’s still a chance that some of you may think it’s ridiculous, some of you may not get it. But I decided since this idea would not go away that I at least owed it to myself to try and bring it to life. 

This made me think of you again. (You’re on my mind a lot) :-)

I know some of you have been thinking of trying something new in your home. Maybe it’s a new paint color, a new furniture arrangement, stepping outside of what’s ‘normal’ for your circle of friends or family, decluttering maybe? You’ve got something stewing in that head and heart of yours, something that’s new and possibly scary for you. 

It won’t let you go.

You want to try but you’re afraid to.

Maybe you’re afraid that your husband or kids might tease you.
Maybe you’re afraid of the questions from your Mom or Mother in Law. 

I hear you.

We have no guarantees that these things will work out, do we? 

And sometimes we convince ourselves that it’s just us against the world. (I can be a little dramatic sometimes.) :-) 

On my desk I have a little figurine of “Steamboat Willie.” It’s an old black and white (and gray) Mickey Mouse, just like he appeared in his debut film titled, Steamboat Willie. I wouldn’t call myself a Disney buff but I have always loved Walt Disney’s spirit of creativity and his story of perseverance. He overcame so much and pushed through great opposition to bring his art to the world. “Wille” to me, is the symbol of his creator and the spirit of starting (in spite of ______)  and persevering (when I want to quit). :-) 

Your idea for your home and my little idea are probably not going to change the world like Disney did but it will likely change someone’s world. And that someone might be you. 

The thing about courage is, it does not discriminate. It’s not only available for the strong and powerful or the wealthy and beautiful. Any one of us, can reach inside of us, and decide that we are gonna to do that thing that’s been on our mind to do. That thing that won’t let us go. 

Big or small, those ideas call us into change and growth, they ask us to risk something. That ‘something’ is different for everyone but I know this to be true, nothing good comes from ignoring those ideas. Nothing at all.

My idea may work! And it may not. It could be a total flop. lol But when I see people struggling in an area that I have some knowledge in, I think it’s worth the effort (and possible embarrassment) to try and develop something that may help. (More details coming soon.)

So what have YOU been thinking about doing?
What if it works? :-)

Whatever it is, I hope to encourage you to do it, to take the leap, to give that idea-wings, to not worry about possible failure, and just go for it!

If you want to tell me about it, I’m all ears.

Blessings on you and your home,
Catrina

I think it’s time/your color story.

I sat down tonight to write a post about decorating for Spring and I thought to myself- I wonder if I’m going to get more questions on how to figure out a color scheme (story) for their home?

It happens nearly every time I write about home design and decor, because that’s where it all starts, right?

As much as you want to skip ahead to buying fun stuff, if you don’t have a plan, a personal color story for your home, you’re spinning your wheels and probably purchasing stuff you don’t need or doesn’t work for your home.

So instead of writing a post, I thought, you know what? I think its time. I’m going to start outlining a workshop to help folks discover their home color story!

Woohoo!! Fun stuff!

At this point, I’m thinking it will likely be a one night workshop in a private Facebook group where I’ll walk you (the group) through the steps of putting pen to paper and nailing down a color scheme for your home.

Once you have your color story nailed down, you no longer have to waste time in the stores wondering, “will this color work for me?”

Or even worse, settling for a neutral (when you really want more color) just because you don’t know if it will work or not.

So… I need your help!

In the next month, I think I’m going to do a (beta) test of the workshop and I need three volunteers who will let me fine tune my system on them to get it ready for the larger group. This won’t be time or labor intensive, I promise. :-)

If you’ve always wanted to figure out your color scheme (story) for your home and would like to help shape this workshop for others, let me know! I’ll take the first three people who volunteer, for the beta group. (You can volunteer in the comments below or in a private message on Facebook or instagram).

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

For everyone else, for you who feel stuck in this area and need guidance (a little or a lot) to get your color story squared away, make sure you’re on my email list, my email friends get all the news (and discounts) first!
You can do that here:

I’m looking forward to this!

But mostly I’m looking forward to helping you work through this process of finding your Color Story. Because I know the freedom it brings and I want that freedom for you!

Stay tuned!

Blessings,

Catrina

diy greenery with vintage planter

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I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I decided to move downtown over eight years ago, we had just bought a 1908 Craftsman bungalow. She was in pretty rough shape when we bought her and we began working on her immediately. We have been working on her ever since and still (sigh) have a ways to go.

Unfortunately, our neighbor to the right doesn’t share our enthusiasm for fixing up the neighborhood and has not improved the exterior of her home one bit in eight years. It’s so hideous that I cannot shoot any photos out my dining room or kitchen windows. I have to say, this is the only thing I don’t like about living in our downtown home.

Before we updated our kitchen last year I had red cafe curtains in both of our kitchen windows that I could close when I got frustrated with the view.

But since our update, I have not found the right curtains or fabric to make the curtains, so my windows are bare and there’s no disguising the view.

While my hunt for the right curtains continues I decided to direct my attention to my window sill and focus on what I can fix on this cloudy, winter day.

I saw this little Delft planter at an estate sale (of course) a few months ago and couldn’t resist her! Because she had a noticeable crack I only paid three dollars for her. I thought she was perfect! Blue and white (my favorite color combo) + old pottery, what’s not to love?

This is a super quick way to add a bit of greenery to a bookshelf, a nightstand, a small kitchen table and even a window sill.

I bought my faux boxwood greenery at Amazon.com for only 9.99. it comes with six sprays!

First up, I cut a green dry foam brick in half and tapered the edges so it fit snuggly into the planter. The foam bricks can be found at any craft store but click here if you would like to order them online.
I just used a steak knife to cut the brick but don’t tell me husband because I’m always getting on him for using our kitchen knives for non kitchen stuff. Lol

I stuffed the pieces that I cut off, on the sides of the brick. This won’t really impact the greenery that I’ll be sticking in but it will help hold up the moss that I will be adding later.

The greenery is actually taller than my little planter, I would like the bottoms of the leaves to sit right at the top of the planter.

So, I’m going to use the little ‘breaks’ that are on most faux flowers and greenery to make a cut that will shorten my stems.

If I wasn’t so lazy I would’ve gone downstairs to get my wire cutters, but instead I just bent the stem back and forth till the wire broke. #LookMaNoTools lol

I made sure the stems were evenly spaced in the foam and stuck them all the way in. Next up, I added green moss to cover the foam and hide the stems a bit. Moss is not absolutely necessary, but I think it adds a nice finishing touch. Moss can also be found at any craft store or you can purchase it here for your convenience. (This bag will go a looooong way!)

You can’t even imagine how creative I had to get with this next few photos to block out the view! lol

My Delft blue creamer (also from an estate sale) is a perfect companion to my planter and definitely makes my view a little cheerier.

Because blue is the primary color in my home color story, I can take my little planter into any room in my house and she will fit in perfectly.

REVIEW: Below is the boxwood greenery closeup so you can decide for yourself if it will work for you. I would say at first it seemed a little plastic looking because it was a little shiny, I’m counting on dust to dull that shine. lol For the price and durability, I will definitely buy them again. I only used three of the six stems for this planter so at only 9.99, that’s a great deal. At first I wasn’t sure about the light and green tones but by the time I was finished, the depth and texture it added had definitely grown on me. There was also a slight smell when I pulled them out of the packaging but that’s to be expected when they are stored in a plastic bag.

My curtain-less window sill is definitely feeling cheerier, greenery has a way of doing that.

If you have a space in your home that needs a little life breathed into it, be it in the kitchen, the bathroom or a bookcase in your living room, I can’t wait to see what you put together with some simple greenery and a planter.
As you have seen in this post, anyone (including you) can do this!

Well, I’m off to keep looking for curtains, I’ll let you know how that goes!

Blessings,

Catrina

How To Style Series: Couch Pillows

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With Pinterest and Instagram just a click away, we are bombarded with images of perfectly styled couch pillows from distant lands. Ok, maybe not distant lands lol but they can definitely feel out of reach if we’re struggling in this area!

This post is for the beginner, the one who wants to up her pillow game but doesn’t know where to start. There’s no shame in being a beginner and bravo for wanting to make your home feel more like your own. *fist bump*

Pillow styling is as varied as the day is long and there are lots of opinions out there, I encourage you to take what you can use and lump the rest.

Here are my beginner styling tips in a nutshell:

TIP: Try using a 22″ pillow for the first (layer), an 18″ or a 20″ for the second (layer) pillows, depending on how different you want the sizes to be and a 16″x20″ for the third (layer) pillow.

The colors of your pillows should be the colors you have chosen for your home color story. So the color story of the top sofa is Navy blue, Kelly Green and Teal.

The color story for the home of the bottom sofa would be Orange and Gray.

TIP: It doesn’t matter what the color of your sofa is, it’s a neutral color and you’re not trying to match your sofa. Your pillows should be colors from your personal color story for your home.

Below is a photo of a pillow grouping from one of my couches. You can see that my pillows do not match or even coordinate with my couch. My couch is a neutral and is not something I even consider when choosing pillows. I’m looking for colors in my color story.

These pillows look well together because they ‘are speaking to each other.’ The middle pillow has both the ivory (on the left) and the blue (on the right) in it. It also has the charcoal gray from the curtains. If I took out the middle pillow, it might still look nice but it won’t look as well put together as when the pillows have a color in common.

(I made the two pillows on the right but you can find the textured ivory pillow here at WorldMarket.com.)

How many pillows you have on your sofa is entirely up to you. Some women like a lot and some only like one or two. As long as your pillows have a few colors in common with your curtains and rug etc. and all are from your color story, you’re good!

TIP: bringing in different textures like velvet, corduroy or fur will add dimension and fun to your sofa style! The same goes for patterns and prints that are outside your comfort zone.

As you begin to feel more confident in bringing your color story into your room with your pillows, you can branch out with different patterns and colors, and even venture into colors and styles that are are a little out of the box for you! gasp! lol

Photo credit: Pier1.com

TIP: If you want to be able to ‘chop’ your pillows you need to purchase down / feather throw pillows. Pillows that are made with poly-fil are tough to fluff and can lose their shape over time. Down filled pillows can be fluffed whenever they need to be and are my personal preference.

If you currently have pillows on your couch but they’re not in your color story (maybe they came with your couch?) you can always buy new covers for them! They are just as many covers for pillows as there are pillows. Unless your pillow was handmade to a custom size, it likely fits within the standard sizes. Just check the tag for the size or measure your pillow from seam to seam and order the corresponding size cover.
Amazon.com has a big selection of throw pillow covers in all sizes, click here.

Tip: Quality down filled pillow inserts can get pricey if you’re needing a lot of pillows, I have purchased several of mine at estate sales. Now before you think- EWWWW, here are my tips: I never buy a pillow (or the insert) from a smokers house, or from a home that obviously had pets or strong animal smells. I ALWAYS do a smell test to check for ANY odors and I only purchase from super clean homes. When I get the pillow home, I check again for odors and stains, if by chance I do smell anything foul, I throw it out. Since I got it so cheap, this is a risk I can take. If all is well, I throw out the cover, replace it with one I made or bought and no one can tell the difference. The pillows (inserts) I buy from estate sales are so high quality I cannot tell them apart anymore from the new ones I purchase from a store.
If you’re looking for new down filled inserts try:
Amazon.com and Walmart.com amongst other sites.

Pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to bring new life into your living room, have fun with it! You are taking another step towards creating a home that you love to be in and that’s a good thing. Enjoy it!

As always, I’m here if you have any questions,

Blessings on your home,
Catrina

Relaxed Modern + Boho

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I recently put together a list of home decor accessories for a client and decided I would share the pieces with you, too! Their home decor style is relaxed modern with a touch of boho. This style is laid back with lots of raw wood, some metal and natural fibers. Their textiles are neutrals (black, cream, gray), with greenery and lots of comfy texture. Here are a few examples of this style:

Photo Credit: simplegoodsshop.com
Photo credit: simplegoodsshop.com

They already had a beautiful nailhead leather sofa, an off-white jute area rug and rustic wood and metal coffee table. Since the table top is wood we want to go with either black, gray (cement) or white for our accessories, these will look great against the wood.

I recommended these small trays for the coffee table. They can be used either alone or with a small orb or even a single piece of faux fruit on top.

No ‘relaxed modern’ or boho (short for bohemian) living room is complete without a natural seagrass basket with a chunky blanket hanging out. These were my recommendations.

Small blankets add warmth, texture and color to the room, even if they’re only for decoration. A visible basket with a blanket in it says- welcome, come on in, we are laid back and relaxed, here’s a blanket to make you feel more comfortable. :-)

Photo credit: viettimecraft.com

Because their current tv stand is solid black we want to flip the switch and bring in other colors and elements from their design story. This bowl below will be perfect for a short shelf on their stand and help break up the solid black. It can be used either alone or with a few orbs or faux fruit. The rough hewn wood speaks to the relaxed nature of this style and has an unpretentious feel about it.

These tiny concrete planters look great with some faux greenery or succulents either as a bookend for a few upright books or sitting on top of a stack of books. They are great for adding some greenery in the mix without it being overwhelming.

Nothing says comfort like pillows but they also work well to bring your color story together. These pillows are a perfect blend of ‘relaxed modern’ and ‘boho’.

And lastly, this planter adds color, pattern and texture to either the coffee table, end table or tv stand, just add greenery!

Bringing different styles together in one home can be a challenge for a lot of couples but its worth the effort and it’s also what makes the home feel like your own.

I would love to hear how you dealt with bringing together different styles in your home!

Blessings,
Catrina

My (Almost) Spring Centerpiece

I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s a bit early for Spring anything, right? Actually, it’s not necessarily a Spring centerpiece, it’s just a lighter, fresher centerpiece than what I had, that happens to feature flowers, so let’s just go with it. :-)

I love Winter, I look forward to it all year long. In West Texas, our winters aren’t much to speak of so when I see that the temps are consistently in the mid to upper 60’s, I sadly give up hope of any more cold days, embrace ‘Spring’, and I go on wishing that next year will be different. Sigh..

This was my winter centerpiece.

After Christmas, I was still in the mood for some greenery on the dining room table, minus the shiny bells and red velvet ribbon. Pinecones, brass candlesticks and faux cedar greenery in a wood bowl did the trick.

Until it didn’t.

I’ve mentioned more than a few times about how our homes are a reflection of where we are mentally and emotionally. Good, bad or somewhere in between, and like it or not, they reflect us.

A little over a week ago I started feeling like I wanted to change my centerpiece. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. You know what it’s like when you zero in on something you want to change, right? I think it had something to do with the fact that I was finally getting better (after being really sick for a month) and was feeling optimistic and energized. The more I looked at my Winter centerpiece (that I formerly loved) the more I felt uncomfortable with it. Weird, right?

So I knew I wanted something fresh, light and unstructured. I wanted it to feel easy and breezy. These words may not make any sense to you lol but they did to me!

I started by changing my runner. I had been looking for a new runner for a while and couldn’t find anything I liked. So I decided to make a ‘no-sew’ runner from an old wool blanket I had.

Y’all know how much I love estate sales, well, a few years ago, I got three of these off-white lambswool blankets for $15 at an estate sale. Bargain of the year! I washed the hallelujah out of them and saved them for such a time as this.

I pulled out my husband’s T-square to make this as simple as possible. I wanted a new centerpiece and runner but I didn’t want it to take all day. lol

I traced out 14″ by 40″ with a blue pen and carefully cut inside the blue line. Because it’s pure wool (and it’s been washed) it won’t unravel. #winning

Next up, I went searching for old bottles and jars from around the house. Some of these we found at estate sales, one was found in the walls of a turn-of-the-century home we renovated and others have been around so long I have no idea where they came from! lol

I arranged the containers on the runner and started clipping the florals and placing them in the bottles and jars.

This is where I usually got hung up.
“What if it looks dumb when I’m done?”
“I don’t really know what I’m doing.”
“I should wait and look at more examples before I start.”
“What if I picked the wrong flowers?”

Anyone else been there?

Decorating our homes is not much different than anything else in life, we think the ‘experts’ know what they’re doing, and well, we don’t.

Nonsense.

I love flowers and have always wanted to incorporate them into my home but didn’t know how to put arrangements together. That all changed last year when I said, “to heck with it, I’m going to try.. and just see what happens!”

And I made a few arrangements and what do you know, I didn’t die. lol

Here is my easy, breezy, light, fresh and unstructured Almost Spring centerpiece.

See how much lighter it feels?

Here are the links to the flowers I used:
Red flowers
White flowers with greenery

And my no sew wool runner worked perfectly!

I suppose I could have dressed the table and removed my salt and pepper shakers and antique bell to make this more Pinterest worthy but this centerpiece is for me and my home and it feels perfect to me (plus I was short on time LOL). :-)

As time goes by, I may want to add or take away from this centerpiece, but that’s the fun of decorating, it’s not a one and done deal, because we aren’t. We’re constantly growing and changing (hopefully) and our homes should reflect that growth and change. This unstructured, happy-go-lucky arrangement is exactly what I needed and brings a smile to my face when I turn the corner and see it.

If you’re buried under snow I hope this centerpiece brings hope of the coming Spring and if you’re in warmer temps like I am I would love to see what you come up with for your (Almost) Spring Centerpiece!

Blessings on your home,

Catrina

The (un)finished home

I follow a lot of other folks on Instagram who are also renovating and restoring old homes. Ours is a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow, others are renovating farmhouses and making homes of buildings that were formerly businesses.

There’s something we all have in common, that feeling that the work is never done. We cheer each other on, rejoice over the small victories and try to be an encouragement when the going is slow and rough, which is often.

This past month when I spent the majority of it in bed, I spent a lot of time looking up at the walls and ceiling in my room, that we have yet to renovate. Quite frankly, the walls are pretty lumpy. Lol These plaster and lath walls have been ‘repaired’ many times by folks over the years and boy do they show it. They’re difficult for me to look at.

We also need to remove the door and picture molding you see in the photo, and restore the walls, baseboards, floors and windows. You know, a weekend project! #not LOL

I wish I could say this was the only room in the house that needed this much work, but it’s not. We have done so much work on this house but we still have so far to go.

Having “so far to go” on a house can be discouraging.

Many of my instagram peers will have transparent moments where they share ‘behind the square’ photos and videos of what it’s really like to renovate a home in real life. It’s slow and difficult and absolutely nothing like your favorite HGTV home reno show, that’s for sure. Behind a few squares of super styled photos are rooms that are still in a rough state.

You know, whether you’ve started on one or two projects or you’re just dreaming about starting, I want to remind all of us that our homes, in their current state are worth celebrating.

I know it’s tough, believe me, I’ve had exposed lumber in my bathroom for over eight years. That same bathroom has never had baseboard and the vanity is too dang small. If you’re thinking, why don’t you just fix it, you’re a renovator for Pete’s sake?! I would say, I would love too!! But the reality is, before you fix that, you have to fix this, and before you fix this you have to fix that. You add in a busy schedule, and other rooms and projects that are a priority, and well, things just don’t happen as quickly as we want them to.

Maybe for you, it’s dealing with carpet you want to rip out, cabinets you want to replace or painting you need to get done, bottom line, it’s driving you nuts. And it’s impacting how you feel about your home and yourself.

I hear you.

Though I’m not advocating for just sitting in your mess and tolerating it, I am saying, during a season of ‘hurry up and wait’, try to remember all the good your home provides, even in it’s current state.

We love our home, I’ve said that many times before. But even I, if I focus too long on those lumpy bedroom walls will start to get down about all that still has to be done in this old home.

Our bedroom (though desperately needing renovation/restoration) still provides a warm and cozy place to sleep at night, what more can I ask for?

Would I love for our bedroom to be done and decorated the way I see it in my head? Yes, of course! But I also know that we’re not just sitting around and waiting for things to happen, we’re working as much on our home as we can, when we can.

I need to remember that this is just a season.. and seasons change.

I know I talk a lot about gratitude and focusing on the good and I don’t think I’ll ever be done talking about it. Lol The fact of the matter is this, regardless of what the situation is, everything will be better when we chose to look for the good and be grateful for what we have. The alternative, focusing on what we don’t have, brings nothing but anxiety, anger, frustration and even depression. Who wants that? Not me!

Even the rooms in my home that are ‘done’ are still not done being decorated, they’re not where I would like them to be. I still have a choice to make, to focus on the good, work on what I can and be grateful for the rest.

We have a few more (big and small) projects to complete before we plan to tackle the bedroom or bathroom so it will be awhile yet before I’m seeing smooth walls in my bedroom.

But let’s just choose together, to work on what we can, and rest in the season and home we find ourselves in.

Blessings on your home,

Catrina

Your best color

If it wasn’t obvious before, I am definitely a fan of color.

I think color makes the world go ’round and has the power to make or break any room in any house or building, or any outfit, for that matter.

Color can depress you or make you feel optimistic, it can deflate you or empower you, that’s some serious power!

Which is why it makes me a little sad to see so many women settle when it comes to color. What do I mean by “settling?” I mean this, you choose a color that you hate the least for your wardrobe or your home decor. ughhhh Or you choose whatever everyone else is choosing because it’s easier.

Color has a bad reputation. When I say, “let’s try and bring more color into your home (or wardrobe)”, people go to the extreme, and think this is what I’m talking about:

photo credit: digsdigs.com

Now if you like this, awesome! But if you don’t, rest assured this is not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about bringing in colors that you love and that look good on you!

What does this quote from Coco Chanel have to do with your home, you may be thinking? I am soooo glad you asked! Lol

Now this may feel a little sharp, but hear me out friend.. your home and your wardrobe should be on the same page, similar colors and similar style.

If you have taken the time to figure out which colors look best on you and make you feel the most empowered, why would you not want to surround yourself in your home with those very same colors?

If a color looks good on you it’s going to look good around you! In the same way we feel like a million bucks when we find a shirt that looks great on us in a color that compliments us, imagine feeling that way everyday because we’re surrounded in our home, in big and small ways, with the very same color. Weeeeee!! (That thought makes me happy) :-)

So the sixty four million dollar question is: do you know what colors look good on you (and around you)?

It took me awhile to figure out ‘my colors’, I was a bit of a slow learner, well basically, it’s because I’m self taught. lol But now, (in my old age) I’m very confident in my wardrobe and home decor choices.

If you don’t already know which colors look best on you (and around you), are you willing to do the work to find out?

So often I will see two women standing side by side wearing similar outfits and one receives multiple compliments and the other, none at all. Now don’t misunderstand me, the point is not to search out compliments, at all, but the only difference in the complimented woman is that she is wearing a color and style that compliments her! She has figured out which colors work for her instead of against her. She didn’t just choose a scarf in a color she hated the least or whatever was available, and she didn’t go with a color everyone else is wearing, she searched until she found one in the color she knew would make her skin tone look its best! The same goes for our home color scheme.

Imagine the time and energy you would save if you could skip over entire sections of colors in stores because you knew they weren’t going to work for you!

What if this year, 2019, you decided that you were going to figure this out once and for all?

Truly the best way to figure out which colors work best for you is to grab a super honest friend and spend some time putting different colors and swatches up to your face. You will be able to tell pretty quickly which ones drain the color from your face and which ones give you life.

But here’s a few other resources for you:

Here’s a link to a three-part series to help you walk through the process online of discovering your colors. It’s a free resource that will definitely get you on the right track if you’re willing to put in the work.

Here’s an affiliate link to a popular book on the subject of personal color, (that I will receive a small commission from (at no cost to you) if you choose to purchase through this link). This book covers the four “seasons” in coloring and will help you finally put to rest the question of which colors look best on you and around you.

As with everything, remember these two points: hard work pays off (you will get out of it what you put into it) and there are exceptions to every rule. I don’t suggest these resources to be hard and fast rules that you must obey! Not at all. These resources are meant to be a guide rather than a rule. No book or online course will help you half as much as you being completely honest with yourself about why you’re choosing certain colors, especially if they’re not complimenting you.

There’s no reason in the world why you can’t feel 100% confident in your wardrobe and home decor choices. This is not just something for ‘those women over there’, this is for you.

You were created with specific hair color, eye color and skin undertones. These inform what colors and shades make you look your best. A color may be gorgeous to you but makes me look sickly. I may love a particular color on me but it makes you look tired.

I know I’m always talking about not following the crowd but this is one area where you really want to find your own way and what works best for you.

If you want 2019 to be the year you step out of ‘neutral zone’ and into what actually works best for you and your home, I hope you will check out this book: Reinvent Yourself with Color Me Beautiful: Four Seasons of Color, Makeup, and Style.  If you get stuck on any part of it, reach out to me, I would love to help you in any way I can!
As you probably noticed, I’m very passionate about this topic, lol Because I want you to feel as confident as I do when it comes to choosing colors for myself and my home.

Blessings on your home,
Catrina


(Happy) New Year?

I had big plans for the last two weeks.

I was going to do a live house tour of my Christmas decorations on facebook, I was going to shoot, edit and air my next installment of Q & A in the Car with Catrina, I was going to put in two solid work days on the island we’re making for our church, I was going to do a blog post and I was going to do a live update on my goal to finish my kitchen in 2018.

Whew!

I was excited for the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019!

Then everything changed on the Friday after Christmas, when I finally succumbed to the flu germs I was exposed to on Christmas Eve, and I was down for the count. It was the kind of ‘sick’ when you start thinking of your funeral and there seems to be no relief. You might as well be dead because that would be better than your current suffering. That kind of sick.

I started feeling better by the 2nd and was able to clean our Airbnbs and even watch some littles so their parents could have a date night, I took the Christmas decor down on Saturday, went to church on Sunday morning but by Sunday night, I knew something was off.

I was right. I spent Monday and Tuesday of this week in a near Nyquil induced coma just to survive, taking every natural immune booster known to man and getting very little relief till I asked my husband to buy me some Silver, and I began to feel better within a few hours. That was last night. Feels like a miracle.

And so here I am, still coughing like crazy but out of bed and not wanting to die. Progress!

These last two days I barely had the strength to pick up my phone a few times the entire day but a few days ago when I had a little more strength it seemed like everyone, everywhere was talking about how happy they were for the new year and all the plans they were excited about and I couldn’t hep but feel like I was getting further and further behind.

How could I feel so much better (like night and day) and then be back to square one with horrendous flu symptoms one day later? I did nothing to cause this relapse! (i.e. eat a ton of sugar or carbs.) My best guess is I came in contact with someone either at church or at the restaurant with a fresh set of germs that I could not withstand because my defenses were so low. So down I went. Again.

When thinking is the only thing you can do, you do a lot of it. I was working overtime not to feel sorry for myself. I was absolutely miserable with body aches, nausea and fever etc. so I made myself focus on my blessings. My warm bed, my safe home, my attentive husband, the comfort of a warm bath, being self employed so I can take sick days when I need to, my church, my nieces and nephews that I love so much etc..
And I was praying for anyone and everyone just to get my thoughts off of my own misery and onto something positive.

I didn’t know why I got sick (both times), I take good care of myself and don’t indulge in a lot of common American ‘treats’, but it still happened.

Crap happens.

Bad things happen to good people and sometimes healthy people get sick.

That’s just the way it is.

It still comes as a shock. We still want to ask- why me?

But this is just reality. Well, it’s certainly my reality.

So what now?

Well.. I suck it up and press on.

Seriously though, what is the alternative? Get pissed at the world and shake my fist screaming- it’s not fair!? Been there, done that, so not helpful.

I see a lot of this in interior design and home decor groups online. A lot of “Well, if my husband hadn’t fallen at work we might be able to afford a new kitchen, too, oh well.” or “If I had her kind of money I could renovate my whole house too, but I married for love.”

Life isn’t fair folks. And the sooner we accept this as reality and not something that’s happening to poor us the sooner we can switch our thinking to solutions rather than focusing on our setbacks.

I wasn’t planning on this to be my first post of 2019, but life handed me a bag of lemons. lol I hope, more than anything, that whatever you may be going through, seasonal sickness or something much more serious, that you will look for the good in your circumstance and focus on all your many blessings till you’re through it. You got this!

I’m heading back to bed, I’m resting as much as I can, Happy New Year Friends!!

Blessings,

Catrina

My Last Minute Gift Guide

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Every Christmas I try to not be a last minute shopper, yet every year, I am. Ugh.

I do feel a little bit better that I won’t be shopping on the 23rd this year, so there’s that. Lol

Here’s my last minute Christmas gift guide for your loved ones.. or for you!

Color Me Floral Book
Y’all know how much I love color! And flower arrangements! This book has been on my radar for several months now. I frequently post Kiana’s beautiful arrangements on my Facebook feed, they are gorgeous. This would be a perfect gift for yourself or someone who loves beauty! Here’s my affiliate link to purchase the book: https://amzn.to/2GzyOGT

Copyright: Kiana Underwood

Car Phone Mount
If you have a risky driver in your life like I do in mine, not to mention any names.. lol you know that person who likes to drive while talking on the phone? You will definitely want to check out this car phone mount! I use it all the time when I shoot my Q&A in the Car w/ Catrina episodes and it works great! I definitely recommend it. Click here to check out this car phone mount (that’s under $15)!

Copyright: Mpow

Be Bold Book
If you’re really looking to stretch yourself and your home decor in 2019 (and I hope you are), I strongly urge you to check out this book! It will expand your ideas about color and pattern and give you a nudge to try new things in your own home. It’s on my Christmas list! Feel free to copy this link and add it to your list!

Copyright: Emily Henson

Hyde Countour Scraper
If you have watched any of my videos on instagram or Facebook, you will have seen me use this awesome tool by Hyde. It has interchangeable blades! I absolutely love it and could not do all the restoration that I do, without it. I have several of them and recommend them to everyone. If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into some wood or furniture restoration this coming year or know of someone else who wants to, this tool is indispensable! You can check it out here: https://amzn.to/2LpZGb7

Below are some of my favorite stocking stuffers! Yes, my husband and I still fill each others stocking, even after twenty-five years of marriage. And why not? Lol
Click on the images to check out the details on the items.

My favorite-ist candy ever!!!
I may have almost eaten an entire bag of these in one sitting. “May have.” My husband and I both love these!
No stocking is complete without my favorite lip balm!
My second favorite candy ever! The bigger the bag, the better! Lol And my husband hates them so I don’t have to share! :-)
Because we’re always needing new tools for our renovation work, I always get a knife or box cutter in my stocking! (Weird, I know, but I may not be normal.)

OK, that’s all for now! (I need to quit, I’m starting to crave some of these goodies! Lol)
All of these items (except the knife) will arrive before Christmas if you have Amazon Prime AND order tonight or tomorrow. :-)

I would love to know what you like in your stocking! Leave me a comment below or come visit me on my Facebook page and tell me there.

I wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases!

Blessings,
Catrina