For today’s The Business of Being Creative, I want to share some of my favorite resources that help me run my business smoothly on social media. I’m a firm believer in scheduling as much social media as possible so that I can live my life without constantly being connected. I feel like not very many bloggers talk about this because it means peeking behind the curtain and seeing that we aren’t actually posting in real time… but hey, we all have to unplug sometimes! I really cherish the time I spend living away from the internet and find that I come back to my job with totally fresh eyes. That being said, I’ve embraced and experimented with lots of tricks and tools for scheduling and planning my social media:
ps — We’re still working on a Q&A post with my lawyer to answer questions about contracts, negotiations, copyright and more… if you’ve got questions leave ’em below in the comments or email me!
It’s been yet another busy week around here, especially because we’re starting to brainstorm fall and holiday content. Yup, that stuff starts in August if you can believe it! There are also a few fun press links to share with you guys: HGTV named me one of their 10 Favorite Designers to Watch on Instagram Stories and Shutterfly was kind enough to include my old SF home office in their round up of 85 Inspiring Home Office Ideas. Both lists are pretty great and I’m really honored to be part of each, so be sure to check ’em out!
I hope you guys have a great weekend — here are a few finds that are inspiring me lately:
As I sit and write this post, it’s about 80 degrees and not even 8 am yet. Seattle, why you gotta be like that? And, while I know rainy days are coming, I can’t help myself… I’m too warm! I find myself wearing only breezy, lightweight layers and was completely stoked when I found First Rite… not just because the pieces are perfect for this time of year, but also because there’s a lovely little sale going on!
There’s something so simple, yet sweet about gathering around a table with good wine, great food, and interesting people. Recently, Sur la Table and Fortessa teamed up and invited me to the perfect late summer dinner party at DeLille Cellars to do just that! Over sumptuous wine and amazing, locally sourced dishes, we toasted to their newest collaboration, the Schott Zwiesel Air collection of gorgeous glassware. Keep reading to see even more of this beautiful collection, what we drank and ate, and what makes this glassware so special.
Now that my living room + dining room makeover is well underway, I’ve had to make some tough choices when it comes to selecting furniture. ATG Stores has been incredibly generous in helping me with my renovation, including helping me to find the perfect black dining room chairs! At this point, it feels like I’ve looked at about 9,000 options and considered all of them. Here are a few of my favorite styles to (hopefully) make your selection process a tiny bit easier!
While I was on my road trip, I woke up in the middle of the night because the moon had totally illuminated my sleeping spot — turns out it was a ginormous full moon, hanging low in the night sky. Totally breathtaking. It was just an impactful, yet simple moment. When I returned, I was so moved by this memory that I asked our recipe contributor Claire McAleese to whip up a martini inspired by tonight’s full moon.
I have a confession to make: I am terrible when it comes to picking a rug. I get totally overwhelmed by all of the options… by the colors, the patterns, the dimensions… the price! I can never make up my mind. For example, before I selected this rug for my old loft, I bought and returned 4 different rugs. This happens pretty much every time I need to cover my floor. It can get quite stressful. Thankfully, interior designer Jessica McCarthy from Decorist has been helping me navigate the vintage rug waters for my living room makeover. I swear, we have looked at approximately 1,000,000 rugs and most of them are on Etsy. I figured that I could put all this endless clicking and scrolling to good use and share some of my favorite vintage rug Etsy shops with you guys to help make your shopping easier!