Tuesday, October 14, 2014

California Or Bust

California here I come.  As I mentioned, I was invited to attend Modenus' #Blogtour Cali or what has also been coined, "A well designed life."  This is a sponsored trip by Mr. Steam Miele USA, ZephyrDXV, and West Edge Design.  The theme being, if it is not obvious, that your environment and your holistic approach to everyday living is equally as important as surrounding yourself with good design.

A little wine, a little design, a little relaxation, a little education.  I can't wait!  This feels very special.

We begin at West Edge Design Fair at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.  I am more than intrigued   to discover that west coast causal vibe and hope to meet new design talent that I can incorporate into future projects.  We are also meeting up with many bloggers that live in the area; a blogtoberfest if you will.
A fun evening is planned while helping heal the bay.  I will be mixing and mingling with fellow designers and bold faced bigwigs of the design world.

I wholly support Clean Ocean conservancy organizations (in this case a bay, but still) and have been called the fish whisperer because I have had a fish swimming in a bowl for 19 years.  He's totally part of the family.

As if driving the coast isn't spectacular enough, we are stopping along the way for some R and R (red wine and relaxation).  The Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara will host us for spa treatments, yoga, and a little lunch.  We will be experiencing first hand the pleasure of incorporating steam into a bathing ritual as a part of a wellness way of life thanks to Mr Steam.

Ahh, take me away...

and get me another drink.  Dinner and wine tasting round out the evening at Caliza winery

We will be dining the following night with California architect extraordinaire Fu Tung Cheng.  He is an award winning architect known for his sophisticed modern designs.  Mr. Cheng has a unique kitchen hood collection with Zephyr.

There will be cocktail parties, rooftop dinners, a mixology class, and a tour around San Francisco.  I hope I am sober enough to keep up the social media!!
Follow along,  I can be found on Twitter @cleskowitz and on Instagram @carrieleskowitz.
But not to worry, there will be lots of wrap ups and hi lights on the blog when I return.


Friday, October 10, 2014

THE BIG 50~0

Holy Moley, How did it happen? Where did the time go? It is not only a 4 year blogversary it is my 500th post. CRAZY!

The me 4 years ago could have never imagined the adventure I was signing up for.  Sometimes not having all the facts:being a little ignorant, isn't such a bad thing.  When you jump right in and your options are sink or swim, you tend to try VERY hard not to sink.  So I was determined to swim.  I have said it before, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I started this little blog, but you  figure it out!  I learned by doing.  I collaborated and cajoled.  I threw myself into some stories, while others were more difficult because I was less than inspired or just plain tired!  The blog, instagram, twitter, Facebook, Google+ accounts, plus my design work and the website are all tied in a neat little social media package that require attention.  Full disclosure: I still don't understand some of it and technically I struggle with much of it.  The point being, one supports the other, with the goal being ~ getting eyeballs to each of your social media platforms. 

There is power in numbers and people are paying attention!

The younger me, the 4 years ago me, would have said, don't stress so much over it, don't over think everything, don't be so hard on yourself.  Things have a way of working out.  Do put yourself out there more.  Build relationships within these social media communities.  It is time well spent.  It will pay off in opportunities that may come your way and relationships made.  The people I have met are incredibly supportive!

You can Have your Cake and Eat it too!

This little blog has brought so much into my life that I am thankful for! 
Carrie's Design Musings has opened doors to networking opportunities, afforded me the ability to travel. BTW, What a nice blogversary present I received in the form of a trip to California; follow my escapades as I travel the coast with Modenus on a blog trip coined, "The Well Designed Life".  The blog has helped educate and inspire me, fuel my passion for design of all kinds even more AND most importantly has enabled me to meet the most extraordinary people and create some incredible friendships!

I took a look back, this is my TOP 10 list of favorite posts  in no particular order ~ If you are so inclined

10. Bazaar Cover Collection

 9. A Design Driven Experience

 8. Spring Time in Paris ~ Underground

 7 .Branching Out

6.  The Aspen Food and Wine Classic

5.  Invest in Versatility

4. The Icon

3. Feng Shui your way to Abundance

2. The Brilliance of Baccarat

1.  The Eye has to Travel

I am thankful for each and every one of you, my readers. Thank you again for taking this journey with me.  It means so much!  

Here's to 500 more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Feng Shuiing for Fall

Ahhh, the air is crisp, the crackling sound of leaves underneath one's feet permeates the day, and the scent of a fire burning in a distant fireplace permeates the night.  These signs certainly set in motion all the senses that one associates with the oncoming autumn season.  While I hate to say good-bye to summer, it was gorgeous here in the Northeast, I do love the idea of "nesting" over the coming colder months.  AND, the autumnal colors always inspire!

While Spring represents a time of renewal, fall represents a time of reflection.  We transition to a slower pace, an inward energy in preparation for winter.  Fall brings with it a different kind of rhythm.  It's all part of the circle of life.

 "For every season there is a plan, a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to build up, a time to break down.  There is a season, turn, turn, turn"  ~ The Byrds

Fall signifies abundance.  The fall color palette is meaningful and deliberate.  The rich, deep, mesmerizing colors demand attention.  The reds, oranges, and yellows signify abundance, gratitude, and energy, but simultaneously have a grounding, comforting, earthy element because they are rooted in nature.  The Yin period is more prevalent; slower and peaceful as the energetic yang period wanes.

Plump pumpkins are regarded as good luck charms.  They attract wealth and protect against negative energy (or evil spirits?).  That's why we place them at our door step, among other areas.

Apples  are a sign of peace.  The cornucopia, a centerpiece mainstay represents the bountifulness of the season and wishes for good fortune.  Pinecones, gourds, fruit, flowers, cheese, leaves; nothing is off limits if it is set within the frame work of the land offering up its treasures to us before winter's slumber.

Surrounding ourselves with Mother Nature's beauty not only beautifies our homes but heals our souls. There is a direct wellness link that I will be spending more time talking about in the coming weeks.

Grab a broom and Sweep!
Sweep your walkway, sweep your doorstep, sweep your mind of the clutter, of the cobwebs, of the past, to make room for the good energy that you want to generate for the future seasons to come.

ph1: Floris Van Breugel