"Overcoming Designer's Block"

Hey y'all!!  I'm back....

I have to say, while it was nice to not have to worry about blogging, I kind of missed you guys.  And of course, wouldn't you know the ideas for posts started to flow immediately after I announced that I was pulling back a little. 

Today, I thought I'd share with you what happens when I hit a creativity block.  Yep, it happens.  Sometimes, thankfully not often, I find myself at a complete loss for ideas.  Unfortunately, I experienced this past weekend I pulled together the final pieces of a living room design plan I've been working on for a client.  The more I worked on it, the less I liked it.  It's not that it was a bad plan, it just didn't excite me. And  I knew that if it didn't excite me, it would be a hard sale to the clients.

Needing to break away, I decided to go to a place that often provides me with the greatest inspiration for projects; the fabric store. 


Yes, I have sample books at home and of course there's the web, but I was in desperate need of a change of scenery.  I hit the road one afternoon and boy was I glad I did.  In a matter of moments the juices were flowing again. 

I don't know what it is about fabric that gets me, but I can just see rooms jumping off the vibrant prints and patterns.

Even walking through the notions section gets me day dreaming of ways to dress up standard pieces.

Within thirty minutes I had an entirely new direction for the project.  I totally scraped what I was working on and used a fabric swatch that I purchased to build a completely new plan. 

I'm putting on the final touches now, I'm loving it.  I can't wait to share it with you once it's approved.  I'm praying they like it as much as I do. 

It just goes to show you that sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board.  That's  hard for my left brain, more analytical side to understand, but I'm learning that creativity truly is a process.  Not to mention, one that often takes time.

Wish me luck! 

Guest Post: Behind the Scenes

First of all, thanks for all of your kind words related to my previous post.  I'm feeling relieved of the pressure already.  I really appreciate your understanding.  Of course wouldn't you know, the same week I move to once per week posts, I actually have more than one to share. Figures.  Oh well, consider it a bonus.
It's hard to believe that I've been blogging for Habitat ReStore for over a year now.  I just love my ReStore blog sisters.  We got together last week for a little strategy session and I'm excited about what's in store for the remainder of this year.  Hop on over to the Habitat ReStore blog to get the inside scoop.  I'm sharing a little more about the whole gang. Click HERE.

Left to Right: Me, Lauren Shaw, Rachel Sutherland, Jennifer Burnham and Donna Scott

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