September 30, 2014
Before I get to today’s post, I just needed to take a moment to thank you guys for your support yesterday. The tweets, the emails, the instagram and facebook mentions… My heart was full and bursting and you guys… I have no words. You’re all just the best! Okay, no more mush. Let’s get on with it!
As far as I’m concerned, people tend to land in two camps when it comes to bedding. Camp luxurious or camp I-really-don’t-know-what-I’m-missing. Up until recently, I was placed firmly in the latter category. I relied solely on Home Sense, Ikea and (when I was feeling fancy) West Elm for all of my bedding purchases – and really didn’t think much of it. I had heard people rave about how much of a difference high quality sheets makes, but was happy with our inexpensive versions. That is, until Crane & Canopy sent over their luxurious bedding for us to try. And without sounding preachy, I was instantly converted.
After all, you spend 1/3rd of your life in bed, so it just makes good sense to cozy up to silky soft bedding. Right? Unfortunately I know all too well that this isn’t always in the cards for everyone. So I’ve teamed up with Crane & Canopy, along with SMP Living, to give away a full set to one lucky reader! That’s a duvet cover of your choice, as well as matching shams. Simply enter below!
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Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Interior Design:Lark & Linen Interiors | Duvet Cover & Shams: Crane & Canopy Linden White Bedding | Knot Bed Sheets: Serena & Lily | Throw Pillows: Rebecca Atwood | Lamps: Serena & Lily
September 29, 2014
You guys have absolutely no idea how difficult it was to keep this a secret for the last few months (hello TERRIBLE secret keeper!) I’m feeling incredibly bittersweet about the whole ordeal, but have been DYING to let the cat out of the bag!
As of next Monday, I will no longer be editor for Style Me Pretty Living. I know, the thought gets me all choked up inside – I just love it over there. But I promise it’s for good reason…
I am officially launching my own interior design business!! Ever since leaving my job as a full time designer to tackle the role of editor for SMP Living, I’ve been dabbling in freelance interior design work in my spare time. And the whole multiple job thing? It’s been nuts. Nuts!! I am not complaining – not even a little bit – because I know that I’m incredibly lucky to have gotten to do what I love (twice) every single day. But over the course of the past few months, things have really started to shift. Jobs have come in pretty consistently with little effort, and that little voice in the back of my mind just couldn’t help but wonder what could happen if I poured my heart and soul into it. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something. There have just been countless serendipitous moments that have helped give me that final push to pursue what I’ve dreamt about doing since I was a little girl. To be my own boss. To own my own firm.
So here I am, taking the plunge, and I’m totally terrified and beyond excited all at once. It’s a roller coaster around here, I tell you! Half the time I could squeal with delight and no more than a minute later I’m this close to totally tossing my cookies. Good times all around!
But if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that this never would have happened if it weren’t for you. Yep. YOU. You guys have given me a platform – a voice – and so. many. incredible opportunities. So thank you. Truly. From the very depths of my bursting heart. I just love you so!
So if you feel so inclined, check out my new site, pass it along to your mama (or that super rich aunt of yours who is DYING for a brand spanking new living room ;) and I will love you forever and ever for it.
So what does this mean for Lark & Linen? Amazing, wonderful things! I can feel it! With more free time, I’m hoping to create more original content. Scour more jaw-dropping restaurants and beautifully designed homes. Scenes from my weekend will now be moved to Friday and referred to as Scenes from my Week (mostly because I have a feeling that running my own business will mean weeks and weekends will begin to bleed together, but also because, on the odd occasion, I do fun things I want to share during the week as well!) In addition, I hope to share a whole lot more of what goes on behind the design scenes around here! Full blown projects, mood boards, sample boards, design dilemmas, tips, tricks and all the beautiful goods.
And lastly, after a whole crapton of back and forth, I have made the decision to join an ad network to help generate some income while I get my business up and running. I know this is a hot topic in blog world and I so hope you know that I did not take this decision lightly. In the 4 years I’ve been blogging, I’ve only ever done two sponsored posts in fear of loosing my voice and your trust. I’ve seen so many blogs flounder the moment they decide to monetize, which has always made me hesitant to take the plunge. But I’ve also seen a number of them do so with ease and grace. And you’d better believe I’ve been taking diligent notes.
When it comes down to it, I just really need to eat (you know I like my food). But you have my word that I will always be completely, 100% upfront with everything I do. I would rather starve than loose your trust. And there is nothing. I mean NOTHING. I will ever help promote if I don’t, one hundred percent, wholeheartedly stand behind it (or wouldn’t gladly blog about it free of charge). My bar is set supremely high and it’s not going anywhere. Pinky promise.
Onwards and upwards I say! I do hope you stick around for this journey!
XOXOXOXO forever and ever.
Photography: Heidi Lau for Lark & Linen | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff | My New Site: Lark & Linen Interiors
September 26, 2014
Hellooooo Friday! Is anyone else as excited about this news as I am? It’s the little things, you know? It’s been a good but terribly busy week around here and I’m so looking forward to the weekend. A friend of mine is coming in from Montreal last minute and my very pregnant cousin is having her very first baby which obviously means we need to shower her with love. In other words: all good things on the horizon. To top it all off, my home tour is going to be up on SMP Living on Monday AND I’m sharing some pretty major news. Don’t you hate when people do that? I’m sorry.
While I’m gone, here are a few fabulous links…
:: This video is long, but I highly, highly, recommend it #soinspiring
:: Get ready to get seriously bothered!
:: 15 career tips from smart women
:: Ever wondered how to bake perfectly round cookies?
:: The cutest daddy daughter dance
:: A lovely lesson
:: A guide to refrigerator storage
:: And the 33 most joyful things that ever happened
AND, per usual, I love you guys for linking up. Big hugs to: The Well | Apartment 34 | Cake & Lilies | Brooklyn-Portland | LauraLou | Diario de Mujer | Eat Up, Buttercup | Maiedae | Tereza Lee | EHow
Cozy Bed: Divaani | Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Kitchn | Baked Cheese: Chantelle Grady | Blush Sweater: Moorea Loves