Make it sparkle

Hello my sweet people and happy 2019!

I hope this year is off to wonderful start for you all and that 

January is always a lovely month in my household. Our anniversary is on the 3rd and then we go on vacation around mid-month, after the holiday rush. This year, Marc & I celebrated 9 years of marriage and 10 years of being together. We’re headed to Kauai later this week and I can already smell the plumerias. 

You’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo by now- I’m fascinated with her! She’s a petite powerhouse with a book and Neflix special called The Art of Tidying Up. Marie’s “Konmari” method is radically simple and so very brilliant: approach everything in your home with this question “does this spark joy?”.

One of the most cathartic parts of each episode (at least for me) is when the client empties their closet, putting everything into a big pile. Every piece of clothing gets the question, “does this spark joy?”. Then the joyful items go back in the closet or folded in the “Konmari” way into the dresser. The entire process is transformative.

I’ve always gone through my closet regularly, and prefer quality over quantity. But when I posed the joy question to my current closet contents, I was surprised to discover that I’d been holding onto things that totally sparked zero joy. So out they went. 

It’s pretty wild and I highly recommend you try this out and see what happens. And feel free to email me after you do and tell me what it was like for you. I’d love to hear about your transformation!

Two of my recently completed jobs are being photographed in February and I can’t wait to share them with you! Stay tuned!  

Lastly, I just want to send out a big and marvelous thank you! Last year was librastudio’s most successful business year so far and I’m thankful to each and every one of you, both clients and friends. I get to do what I love but it’s you who make it all possible.

I’ll be back in the office on January 28th, refreshed and ready to get to work on all your design needs. 

With love & joy,

Libra

Festive & thankful

This year has been a sure year of changes and this Thanksgiving was no different. We usually gather at our uncle & aunt’s house (she’s an outstanding cook!) but this year she needed to be on the east coast w/ her family, so for a quick second, Thanksgiving was tenuous. Then I jumped in to commandeer the ship. 

 No, I didn’t cook, are you kidding? We had it catered and hosted at our house. This allowed me to use my time doing I’m best at- making things beautiful! 

 

Two trips to World Market, one to Trader Joe’s, some snipping of flowers from our yard, and a little fabric glue and upholstery trim and my first Thanksgiving tablescape was born- so much fun!

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Uncle Alan!! 

Uncle Alan!! 

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A crisis averted (our Uncle said I ‘saved Thanksgiving’- perhaps an overstatement, but I’ll take it!!), photo opportunities garnered, and a wonderful evening was had by all. Oh, and the food was really good, too…

Xoxo L

Marc doing some cool thing with his hands.  

Marc doing some cool thing with his hands.  

Even when you cater, there's still a lot of cleaning up to do!  

Even when you cater, there's still a lot of cleaning up to do!