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“I’ve only been painting furniture for about a year (you’re my main inspiration) however I often feel like a bit of a fraud.” – Melissa

Dear Melissa,

Thank you so much for your vulnerability. I think we all feel like frauds at least a few times every single day. I know that when I lay down my yoga mat and pretend like I am trying to get into Crow pose, I’m really just trying not to fall on my face. Quite literally.

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I think there is something to the phrase ” Fake it ‘Til you make it.” It sounds trite, but I do think it’s a way to trick our brains into believing that we go this. When we don’t feel confident many times it is based on how we think others will perceive us. We are worried that they will find fault, be disappointed or even turn and run from us. We are scared of the rejection that we could potentially see in someone’s face and we don’t want to feel that pain. I know I don’t.

My advice to you, Melissa, is to practice, practice, practice at what you are trying to become good at. Then when you are ready to show the world what you have been working on, act like you’ve been doing it your whole life. If you fumble and can’t answer a question, it doesn’t mean that you are a phoney, it just gives you an opportunity to say “Hmm, I really don’t know.” And there are many smart, successful people that really don’t know everything either.

The good news for you is that art is open to interpretation. When I started out I used lots of dark wax. The past 2 years I have not used dark wax once. But, I look back on those images of those pieces and I love them still. It worked and they carried their own look.

When you are ready to sell I want you to stand confidently next to your work. Make sure the craftsmanship is always the best it can be (this is one place not to leave to chance) and then tie a price tag on it and know that it is worth someone else’s money and space.

Namaste.

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…favorite things friday: trunks

Let’s talk about trunks, Baby.

Some of you may have seen a recent Instagram post about my old suitcases that I stacked to make a mock side table. Whenever I go to a vintage shop I can’t help gravitating towards trunks and old boxes. I think because they are super interesting, but also functional.

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If you can’t make it to a market or antique shop, there are so many great options out there now to do this very thing. Here are some examples.

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PS – you don’t need to stack the suitcases, you could place once on a foyer table or under a couch or ahem, pew.

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…zaha hadid love.

In a past life, before babies and paint, I worked in the design industry in marketing. It was the perfect place for me to land because I can really appreciate all things created out of necessity and puzzled together until the perfect solution is brought to fruition in a real, live building or space.

Architecture stems from a need and then travels through the minds of talented people to become something beautiful and functional. It is practicality meeting the impractical – at least that is what really cool, memorable design means to me.

I think it is worth highlighting the designs of a talent that went too soon yesterday. Zaha Hadid.

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I definitely think this kind of design requires talent meeting opportunity meeting a good dose of luck. I mean, what designer does not want to create memorable, high-end design? There is so much that goes into getting a building actually built. Kind of like art or theater or fashion – all the good stuff. Her work is all that architecture should be and in a very male-dominated profession, she was regarded as the greatest female architect in the world to date. She is worth our attention and admiration.

Here’s a look at some amazing images.

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And to all my architect friends, I think of you often and wish I could pop in to hear your thoughts today.