Back to Reality: Berry Basil Smoothie

Happy Monday! 

It’s back to reality after a glorious beach vacation. I’ll be sharing the “Best Of” photos later this week 🙂 To start the week of on the right foot, I power-walked outside for 50 minutes, followed by two sets of push-ups and two sets of tricep push-ups at home on my yoga mat. Baby steps, baby steps! I also did a little ab work. 

For breakfast, I adapted my own smoothie from this recipe. In my smoothie I used frozen blueberries and strawberries, blended with almond milk, a scoop of my favorite Vegan Protein Powder, and about five to six leaves of basil. Once blended, I added a TBP of Chia Warrior chia seeds and a 1/4 cup of gluten free old fashion oats. Success! And refreshing at that! 

 

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Before hitting the hay early last night, I read through Grid, a free publication that updates residents and tourists on happenings in Richmond. One article was about working moms. While I am certainly NOT a working mom, I can relate because I know many working moms, one being my sister-in-law. A quote from one of the moms stuck with me, and can be applied for anyone’s stage of life: “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” When I read that, I remembered hearing it years ago, maybe in school, but I’m glad I have re-discovered it. With more week day meetings on the horizon, planning my day, week, and month is essential for dodging that overwhelming feeling. 

Have a great day! 

XOXO,

Ellen

 

Design Project Update

Good Saturday morning!! 

Today marks the start of my WEEK LONG vacation!!! We leave Sunday for Emerald Isle, BUT before I head off to paradise, I want to update you on my design project. 

I stayed in last night and completed the presentation for Lynn and Kyle’s living room. I thought Power Point was the best way to present product findings in categories. 

The first category was Side Tables. Side Tables are a great way for creating more surface area. Garden Seats specifically, are so much fun for placing small books, cocktails, and small plates of appetizers when entertaining. I suggested that Lynn and Kyle place a side table or two beside their sofa and beside the oversized chair. 

Slide1On these side tables, light is needed. The only light source in Lynn and Kyle’s living room right now is from the light fixture/ceiling fan. I suggest they place at least two or three lamps in the room. A table lamp on a side table and a floor lamp beside their sofa, or anywhere else of their choosing. If they choose to invest in a couple bookshelves and place their existing side table between them, I reccommend a smaller table lamp on that table, or an even smaller lamp on one of the shelves! 

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Next up is mirrors. Mirrors add light and expansion to any room. In searching for ideas for Lynn and Kyle, I found a popular trend in mirrors to be “stacking” or a collage of mirrors, as well as linear pairings. Lynn and Kyle have a lot of space on their walls, so a trio of mirrors or a single piece will do wonders to the room.

Slide5Lastly, I recommend that Lynn and Kyle incorporate art and/or photography in the room. Again, there is lots of wall space to the left of their fireplace, so if they choose to place their oversized chair at an angle by the wall, I think two or three pieces of art would look very nice here. Another option for placing art would be over the sofa, if they don’t like the mirror idea. Included in the slide below are two additional side table options, which are actually MY favorite! 

Slide2So, those are all of my suggestions! Now I just have to see what Lynn and Kyle like or don’t like and go from there! An additional appointment at their house may be needed to help tie everything together. 

Have a wonderful weekend! Expect to see “flash” posts from the Beach 🙂 

XOXO,

Ellen

My First Design Project

Happy Friday! 

I have the day off today! I am super jazzed about this, although the weather is not ideal, I’m still glad I have the day off. I am heading up to Charlottesville today to see my cousin Megan and her new baby Mary Mac! I’m looking forward to a fun lunch and lots of catching up. Maybe exploring a little too – I love Charlottesville! 

To start my time off, last night I went over to my friend Lynn and her husband Kyle’s house. Lynn reached out to me a couple weeks ago wanting some help decorating their living room. I immediately jumpoed on this opportunity and am so thankful to Lynn for giving me the chance to take my love for design and decorating outside of Janet Brown Interiors. While I am getting some good experience at JBI, there’s nothing like jumping into a project that you’ve cultivated on your own. 

Lynn and Kyle live in the “near West End” in a charmingly new home for their neighborhood. Having moved in about a year ago, there are still some need for decorating, understandably.

The living room, particularly, is what needs the most help. 

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The room has a lot of empty wall space and an overall “spread out” feel. My goal is to bring the room together with color, lighting, and more seating. 

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My first plan of action is moving the big chair over to the other side of the fire place. I think this will make the room feel cozier and fill up some space on the blank wall nearest to the side door where the dog bed is now. On the right side wall, place two graduated book cases on either side of the side table that is currently between the two front windows. 

I will be sharing more updates and ideas here as the project gets underway! 

XOXO,

Ellen