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Guest Pinning with Tobi

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Designing with a Deadline requires the ability think on your feet, make decisions on the turn of a dime, and ultimately have a bevy of inspiration at your fingertips.  I was recently asked to share my inspiration as a guest pinner on Tobi Fairley’s Pinterest Page.

Oh yeah!  It’s like I am Peter Cottontail and I just got tossed into the briar patch.  Lots of things get me in trouble and Pinterest is one of them.  Now I have the perfect excuse to “check out” and be inspired.  It’s work afterall…


I love fashion, travel and design and my shared board with Tobi brings all of that into one juicy spot.  











If you want to see more, check out “DEADLINE DRIVEN DESIGN” over on Tobi Fairley’s Pinterest Page.  Thanks Tobi for pinning along!!


Sunday Shortcut: Getting Off the Crazy Travel Train

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Where did April go?  After looking back at my travel calendar, I know why I don’t remember much.  What a blur!


I started the month out with a trip to Little Rock for Tobi Fairley’s “Getting Published Camp”.

Then it was back to Dallas for a 3 day e-book Conference.  There is no way to make these hotel conference rooms chic….I am convinced.


Thrift Studio for Dwell with Dignity in Dallas, sponsored by One Kings Lane and many others.

One Kings Lane Vignette



Off to High Point, NC for High Point Furniture Market for 6 days (more posts to come on this big trip on the blog).

CR Laine Chair


Amanda Nisbet Book Signing back in Dallas at Laura Lee Clark’s new showroom.


Then back home for a few days before heading to New York for 2 days.  What fun with Ronda Carman at Martha Stewart Omnimedia for the book signing of “Designers at Home”.  I also managed to fit in a mini-client meeting while in the city.


Scot Meacham Wood and I – photo by Susanna Salk

Ronda Carman – Author of Designers at Home – published by Rizzoli – available HERE

Martha Stewart Omnimedia Offices – NY


And don’t forget my Curated Sale for Joss and Main this past week.  What fun that was and thanks to all of you who shopped!!

I am finally home for a few weeks before leaving again and I am so grateful.  I spent most of yesterday resting in bed and working on my laptop.  I downloaded over 2000 images from my camera and wrote a Branding Presentation for my design firm.  My favorite part of the day however was when my little ones came in at different times to snuggle and have long coversations about their lives. 

I miss my family so much when I travel and Mr. M is a real trooper to hold down the fort while I am racking up the frequent flier miles.  Here’s to all those husbands who support us in pursuing our dreams.  My man is the best.

I also spent time yesterday scheduling personal travel for summer.  I am so excited about our upcoming trips and can’t wait to spend time relaxing and enjoying friends and family. 

Fly fishing


There will be lots of beach time in my future and I can’t wait for more travel to inspire me for new projects I have coming up.  I am so grateful for my life and my amazing family.  Need to start shopping for that ultra large beach hat to save my super-white skin!!

Rosemary Beach, FL

British Virgin Islands

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend too!  What are your plans for summer – anything fun?

Happy Sunday!




Designed with a Deadline: My Life

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I believe in the journey of my life.  And it is TRULY a journey.


I have been traveling and working on becoming more of a student in my life and my career.  One of the downfalls of Designing with a Deadline is my desire to move quickly.  I have been working on slowing down and have invested several weeks this year to learning.  This means sitting in a classroom or a hotel ballroom with lots of other students learning more about areas of my business I want to explore.

“The Journey to Getting Published” Camp with my mentor, Tobi Fairley last week was a great learning opportunity for me. 


 I am also working on my long-anticipated e-book on Designing with a Deadline.  Something in my gut told me I wasn’t ready to launch my book yet, so I am spending more time researching the best way to deliver my information to the design community and even further.  Again, being a student is hard for me!!

One of the biggest challenges with traveling to take in all of this great info is that my exercise regimen has suffered.  And so has my energy level.  The flu hit my household this month and I began to let my appointments with my healthy lifestyle take a backseat.

So today, it’s back up on the horse!  A long walk with my pups.  A healthy protein filled breakfast.  Deep breathing along with prayer and meditation.  The only way for me to design at the speed of light is for me to focus on taking care of me and this month I neglected that.

So if you ever feel like you have failed in your goals, I encourage you to get back up again with me!  I am committed to being the best I can be for my family, my clients and all of you. 

I have a BIG announcement I have been saving for this week, so make sure you tune in.  I will be sharing some exciting news right before I leave for High Point Market.

Have a great week!

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