How does one measure an entire year? That question has been on my mind quite a bit lately as 2016 came to a close and we look ahead to new beginnings. But, I like to measure it in appreciation, gratitude, and love. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust ON THE PROFESSIONAL FRONT I feel such gratitude for the many people always making things happen, bending over backwards to help me not just do my job, but do it well. I don’t believe... Continue reading
Last month, when I was writing about outdoor spaces in my newsletter, I promised I’d take this month to talk about outdoor entertaining. And whether you’re doing that entertaining in your (newly designed) outdoor space or in your existing yard, patio or terrace—as long as you are capturing the joys that our long summer days hold—that’s all that matters! What I’ve always found is that those joys are many (and the times, oh, so memorable) when I take the party out of the house. Formal or casual, themed or non-themed, I love hosting special occasions outside. It always feels just... Continue reading
Spring is in full beautiful bloom and soon we’ll be sliding right into the glorious days of summer. And with those long days come lazy afternoons, easy evenings and leisurely nights, all of which make summer perfect for outdoor living. And that ties right in with one of design’s most current trends: bringing the indoors outside. Today, more people are taking advantage of this trend, and why not? It’s a great way to spend social time, and an equally great way to spend some much needed private time. Plus, there’s just something about being outside, surrounded by nature’s beauty that... Continue reading
A ONE WOMAN SHOW Thursday, May 5, 2016 Reception Time: 5pm-8pm Place: Ocmulgee Arts, Inc 2242 Ingleside Ave, Macon For so long, I’ve admired the artwork of award winning, Georgia artist Lisa Moore. Her work is impressionistic and abstract, and the results are beautiful and evocative. And so it is with great excitement that I invite you to join me at her Opening Reception on Thursday, May 5 at Ocmulgee Arts. Featuring a large collection of landscapes and figures, barns and horses, these places that are so familiar are now seen in an entirely new way thanks to Lisa Moore’s... Continue reading
WE’VE BEEN NOMINATED BEST OF THE BEST 2016! I am so excited to have Valerie Garrett Interior Design nominated for Macon’s Best of the Best 2016 in the Services/Best Home Decor Category. We are asking our many clients, vendors and friends who we are so honored to work with to please take a moment to vote for us by clicking here. Remember you can vote once a day through May 1st. Thank you, Thank you for all your support!!
ROSE QUARTZ AND SERENITY 2016 COLORS OF THE YEAR I’m a lover of traditions. Somehow, I think they ground me to who I am and what I care about. And whether they’re cultural, religious, or personal, traditions are comforting to me as well as being meaningful and joy filled. This is also true of work traditions. One tradition I look forward to every December, and think about during January, is Pantone’s announcement of their color of the year. This year they really surprised me. For the very first time Pantone has released two colors together, Rose Quartz (a pale, soft... Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but my world seems to be woven together in many intricate layers. Threads, seemingly unrelated, yet woven together to make the tapestry of my life. A tapestry that contains so many different elements, all at the same time: amid the joy there may be sorrow, with the simple there’s the complex, the bitter meets the sweet, and the welcoming of the new often seems to happen right alongside with letting go of what has been. Life is such a mixture. When I think of my life as a tapestry, I am awed at the fact... Continue reading