April 16, 1993 – April 8, 2009

She brought immeasurable joy and comfort to my life.  Today she rests.  Her last few years were laced with less activity, but her spirit maintained that spark you see in her as a puppy.  Her uniqueness will forever be etched on my soul. (she is now reunited with her sweet silly sister, Nikki).  


Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are            John Dryden


p.s.  Please take a moment to support the cause that took precious Maddie’s life much too soon.

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Who names their blog Rooted in Style?…it seems like a blog about style, of things rooted, or plantings, maybe?… or old school funky math?  This week has been liquid on posts about style, about design talent. I had a few things planned to share with you but honestly, my design commitments and administrative challenges kept me from getting to that.  Oh and before I forget, about that ‘studio’ I’ve mentioned, ahem, yes, oh yes, it isn’t an imaginary studio, it’s real, and I do intend to make it’s presence known here. soon.

For today, it’s about G.   Here’s to our G, he’s all personality, all of the time.  

He’s starting to focus…

Oh, now you’re talkin…

I’m on it…I do it, myseff

It’s gettin fun, yep, I yike this

Aww, I got it!!

No, I’m not letting go, not letting go of…

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  I might be back to post something before day’s end.  I promise to devote more time next week to substantive design material.  Otherwise the domain name police might yank my URL claiming fraudulent usage.  These two, they lace my world with divinity.

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I didn’t realize how much ducks were upon us this week, but I am a believer in going with it, come as it may. This blog is very new, and I decided to just learn as I go, letting my newness be visible.  I have wanted to blog for 2 years now, hesitating for many reasons, don’t know PS, don’t know WP, digi camera challenged, am not a writer.   In the end, this IS the journey, and I am enjoying it.

Oh, yes, back to the topic, I hope you’re cool with bits if unrelated jabber in your reading cuz it’s my nature but I’ll do my best to stay focused.  Recently, a reader was kind enough to send over an inspirational color palette following one of my earlier posts on the subject.  He’s retired, and from the look of things, has a few spare minutes in his days.   He snapped the lil birds from the back deck of the Tahoe house that we all love(d) and miss.  I don’t know if he’s taking new client’s but if you’re interested, send me an email or comment here and I’ll pass the information along to him. From what I gather, he leans toward the deconstructed fowl look.

It’s uncanny how much my duck resembles the female (top duck) in this color palette.  I’m beginning to wonder where these visitors came from… (does Uncle Steve need a little blog love?).

In case you were wondering, I did find the family of my lone subject from Friday’s visitor.  I was relieved to know she wasn’t traveling solo, and I’m noticing her penchant for being photographed, I like that in a girl.

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I have to run out for a client consult, but wanted to post a lil somethin special.  Our girl took her first ballet class yesterday.  Mommy was completely misty, snapping pics the entire time.  I had fun playing with a new faux polaroid toy found here.  I have seen this talked about on other blogs, but saw it again today via myturtleneck.  This lil biscuit (and her brother) warm my heart, add color and texture to my world beyond what I could have ever imagined, yep, it’s better than that.

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I’ve been a working interior designer since 1998; prior to that I lived in the world of CPA’s and business consultants; it’s amazing I made it out alive.  Those skills come in handy with my design clients.

I took an interest in design blogs while coming out of the fog after having AJ and then G (14 months later).

The focus of my business had taken a back seat initially to ttc and ultimately to caring for two babies–our blessings come in waves.  The journey was unimaginably difficult and beautiful, but that’s a topic for another post (or not).  One of the first blogs I stumbled upon is authored by the lovely Victoria.  

Instantly intrigued, I read, and read, soaking in her visuals; my favorite kind of reading.  I emailed Victoria about how she started blogging,  who had done her banner, and a few other questions.  She was generous in referring me to the sweetest talent ever.

Victoria shared her love for Heart Fish on her blog.  Hijiri Shepherd, has helped with every aspect of this blog design–we collaborated on the design, color scheme, textures, including additional collateral material for my design business, studio and store front.  She knew I wanted an organic yet feminine professional image, and she secretly uploaded a photo from our succulent garden via my flickr photostream.

What resulted is this logo, for the design arm of my business—the color, texture and use of negative space—are all spot on for me.  This project is a great example of the power of technology.  Hijiri was living in San Francisco when we initially connected.  She has since moved to Brooklyn.  All of our project work has been done online or by phone.  I would highly encourage anyone looking to expand their business or define their online presence with a website, blog, collateral material, or other graphic design material to use Hijiri K Design Studio.  I’ll be forever grateful for her spirit, patience, talent and heart. Hijiri’s ventures are expanding as well, more recently through new work of the letterpress variety; see some of her treasures featured in her etsy shop and more here.

It’s been an arduous process getting started, my end of it– this is so new to me–I’m a perfectionist and quite unfamiliar with the tools used to share interior design online.  My hope is that this blog will be a venue for sharing, connecting, learning and laughing along the way.  I welcome comments and emails.

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