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I am back from a Holiday Hiatus! I spent Christmas in Massachusetts with my family and then did some skiing in Northern New Hampshire but I am back in Brooklyn and ready for a new year! 2010 was great for me because it was right around this time a year ago where I decided to put what I had been dreaming about into action, starting my own design business! The first half of the year was a struggle with working fulltime and finding time to research manufacturers and really getting my head around everything. When summer came around I finally visited where my soon to be debut wallpaper collection will be manufactured and all of a sudden it seemed real. I moved into my own apartment in July where I had a lot more room to focus on really starting to design the collection. While still working fulltime I started working with my manufacturer in the fall and by December I was approving the first screens of my handprinted wallpaper collection. December was also the month where I started to look more seriously at my online presence and started to connect with a lot of great new people online and offline through my blog and twitter.
I really truly feel like 2011 is going to be a breakthrough year for me personally and professionally and holds much promise. I have never felt so passionate and excited about what lies ahead with my business and building new relationships with future friends, clients, designers and readers like you!
My goals for 2011 include debuting my wallpaper collection during NY Design week in May. Working on a redesign of my website and debuting my e-commerce store. Working out the kinks of my blog technically and more regular blog posts getting a peak inside my head at what inspires me, and the ups and downs of starting my own business. Networking like a pro and building relationships.
2011 is going to be fabulous and I can not wait to ring in the new year. What are your plans and goals?
I am very excited to be a part of Blog for Digs. Blog for Digs is a blogger fundraiser that was started by Claudia Clobes of StonehouseLove and Beth Dotolo of Hello, Splendor to benefit Dwell with Dignity. The goal of the event is to raise funds and awareness for this fabulous non-profit. A bit more about Dwell with Dignity…
Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Our mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. One household at a time.
Please take a peek at some of Dwell with Dignity’s projects (and here!) that they have worked on and if you have the funds please consider donating to this great organization. I have chosen to make a donation this Christmas in memory of my mother who was a great advocate of letting me express myself in my childhood bedroom. All of those participating in the event were asked to blog about their childhood bedrooms and the one decor item they wished they had.
My childhood bedroom was always filled with books! I started to devour books at an early age and had two large bookshelves and most likely a stack of library books next to my bed at all times. I would always check out as many as I could at a time which I believe was 6. In the middle of my room was a hand-me-down queen sized bed from my grandmother that was much too large for a petite child like myself. Above it my mother and I carefully placed glow in the dark stars on the ceiling following the constellation chart that came with the package until one night we decided to give up completely because it was too tedious. Those stickers stayed on my ceiling up until last Spring when my father finally sold the house. They had a good run! I also had a makeup vanity in my room that had belonged to my mother when she was little. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until high school but I loved to sit in front of the mirror and brush my hair.
I loved my room and the one thing that I wanted (well besides a canopy bed, but isn’t that a given for every young girl?) was wallpaper and a comforter/shams/bedskirt that matched!
This may have been where my wallpaper obsession started, I’m not quite sure. I would often sleep over a friend from schools house and when her parents decided to redecorate her room I remember being green with envy of her Laura Ashley digs. If it were up to me my room might have ended up looking something like this… (my mom would have been down for the idea of sewing me a dress that matched, no joke)
Photo from Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon
Or perhaps like a Laura Ashley store had exploded…
Photo via Vintage 123
Thankfully I am glad that my mother put her foot down somewhere! I am the last in my group but feel free to see who else is supporting this cause, here is the schedule!
You may have noticed (or not at all if you are reading through an rss) that recently my blog has changed addresses. I probably should have started my blog over at KimberlyLewis.net/blog from the beginning but well you live and learn! And believe me I have been doing a lot of learning over the past few months! If you are still trying to access KimberlyLewis.wordpress.com you will be forwarded to the new address for the next year. Please update your google reader, booksmarks, blogroll etc if you have the time so you can continue following me on my journey!
You may have also noticed a new layout! This is the first of the many new changes that will be happening, next up a whole new look for my website. I am learning something new everyday and I can’t wait to share everything with you guys!
The next year is going to be bringing about a lot of new changes! I plan on debuting my first collection of wallpaper in the Spring and selling it through my website. Hopefully it will be picked up in some stores as well. If you haven’t already sign up for my mailing list to get exclusive offers, news on the debut of the new line, and other goodies. You can do so here.
Thanks so much for reading and everyones support! Happy Holidays!
My friend Alli recently told me about these Erin Bried books, How to Sew a Button and How to Build a FireI haven’t actually read them yet but they are definitely on my wishlist. How cute are the covers though?
I love meeting other local designers that are based in NYC. Over the weekend I attended the ClaySpace 1205 Holiday Market and not only got to take a peek into their 3,000 sq foot ceramic studio but also see some of the talented designers that are using their facilities. Here are some of my favorite pieces that I saw.
Michiko Shimada is a friend of one of my coworkers who I have met before but I had never seen her work in person, and I was really impressed! Michiko really has an eye for form and detail and it shows in all of her pieces. Above are her Vita Vases and they are available to purchase here and her Banana Salt and Pepper shakers.
Megumi Yoshida of mgmy studio creates beautiful porcelain lamps. I can totally imagine these hanging over a dining room table, extremely chic! You can buy the scalloped version here.
I have a secret, when I am not in the design world I can probably be found browsing real estate online, preferably Brooklyn real estate that is worlds out of my budget. A girl can dream right? Check out this Greek-Revival four-bay townhouse built in 1839 in Brooklyn Heights. Did I mention that Truman Capote lived in it? Did I also mention that it costs $18,000,000? (Compared to the others places for sale on Sotheby’s, the price on this place seems like a steal! who would have thought?) But look at that staircase and that porch, although I will have to say that for having 18 rooms total they could have given us some more interior photos.
I just saw on Aimee Wilder’s blog that next week on December Design Within Reach in Brooklyn Heights there will be a holiday party and wallpaper showcase! Featured will be Aimee Wilder, Grow House Grow, and Eskayel.
Holiday parties, cocktails AND wallpaper! It sounds like the perfect combination to me and I’ve already put it on my calendar!