Spotlight On A Modern Mountain Home That Doesn’t Skimp On Warmth

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

For anyone who is counting, this is Nicole Davis Interiors‘s second time being featured on the blog. The first time was in 2015, and trust me when I tell you that I have been tempted on several occasions to enact a redux since then. That one has not occurred until now is a wonder.

At press time in 2015, Nicole Davis was the proprietor of a firm with a yet-to-be-launched website. Since then, I’m pleased to report, the virtual home of Lady Davis has launched, as has the instagram feed (which pushes out what may colloquially be deemed #designgoals). 

The most recent addition to Nicole’s portfolio is a mountain home that manages to perfectly straddle the lines between modern minimal and ruggedly warm. The end result is a space that feels spare and restrained but cozy.

It’s exactly the kind of home to which you’d want to return after a long day on the slopes, and also after any other kind of day spent doing anything. 

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

Image credit: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warmA modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warmA modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

A modern mountain home that's as chic as it is rustic and warm

 

 

The Top 6 Essentials For An Organized Home

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Those articles titled things like “The Thirteen Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own,” and “The 5 Things Successful People Do Every Afternoon,” annoy me to no end. Don’t they, you? I mean, how presumptuous! How general! How do you know what clothing essentials I should own? I always feel like asking in defense.

That’s why I would never write a post about the six things you’ll find in every organized household. Huh-uh. Not me. Would be adding fuel to the annoying-fire, far as I’m concerned. Here’s what I would do: write a post about the six essentials I’ve observed and/or added to every organized household I’ve set foot in. And there’s a big difference there, we can agree.

Are there exceptions? Certainly. But to the degree that households in the first world share commonalities (the wearing of clothes; the cleaning of clothes; the influx of papers; the disposal of papers; the entering and exiting), there are widespread organizational tools required to support said routines. So here they are: the top six essential items I’ve put in every organized house.

top 6 staples of an organized home, according to a professional organizer.

1. Labeler

If you’ve been thinking about picking one of these bad boys up for a while, but have yet to pull the trigger, I ask you solemnly, respectfully: what in Brother’s P-Touch are you waiting for, friend??

Is a labeler a necessity? Unless your penmanship rivals our great-grandmothers’ (who actually had to learn such a thing; imagine)…yes is most certainly is.

2. Shredder

This is hardly the first time I’ve attempted to convince you of the necessity of a shredder. But I will continue to stand atop my blog-box and plead for the incorporation of one into your home until I’m satisfied of their ubiquity.

3. Hanging file folders

Unless you have gone completely paperless, most households have some amount of papers. Those papers need to be organized, and those expandable things generally won’t cut it. I ensure every client of mine is set up with organized file folders, and 9.34 times out of 10, it’s with these. Because I aim as much as possible to not making filing a depressing task for people.

4. Hangers

I have a better mind not to utter another word on this topic, only I won’t stop shouting the need for uniform hangers from the screen-tops until each and every household converts theirs. Consider it the No Closet Left Behind Act.

5. Key rack

This item is slightly more variable, I’ll admit. It is not every household that has a key rack. Some have a designated entryway key tray. But all of them–all of the most organized households–have a home for keys. Period the end.

6. laundry hamper

While the exact hamper may vary from home to home, a master laundry sorter is an essential for the homes I’ve organized. Especially when there are children involved.

Psst: there’s more options to peruse here.

Monday’s Meditation: On Finding What You’re Looking For

Monday, January 8, 2018

There’s an art print hanging in my bathroom of rows and rows of little colored dots, each one captioned with a tongue-in-cheek moniker. As I have a wee-sized bladder, and I aim to drink two liters of water a day, I pee with an impressive frequency, which means I spend a good deal of time looking at that print on the wall.

The colored dots are not arranged in any type of rainbow order, and were I to actually count, I’m betting each color is represented in equal numbers.

But sometimes, I’ll look up at that print and a red dot will catch my eye. I’ll read the name of the color, something like picnic tablecloth, or Maine lobster, or Tide detergent, and relish in the wit of it. When my gaze zooms out, all I’ll see are red-hued dots. I’ll think I’ve never noticed how many red-y dots that print contains, and wonder if the red dots vastly outnumber any other color.

Another day, (by which I mean seven minutes later) my eyes will settle on a lovely green-y blue, dried Hydrangeas your husband hates and keeps trying to vote off the island. Next thing, the whole print will be flush with blues. They’ll appear to pop up towards the surface of the glass, while the other colors sink back down into the paper. 

What we look for we find. 

It never fails.

Living in as vast a world as we do, there are infinite entities on which we can choose to focus. And each one of those entities has a flip side; this is a world of contrasts, after all.

When you consider the variety and vastness of the world and the lengths our minds will go to in order to prove our beliefs are true, you can trust that what you want to see will materialize. And not only will it present itself–it will begin to expand. It will stretch and multiply and replicate like so many spores, so that soon you’ll see it everywhere. It’ll pop up at the gym, in line at the grocery store, in traffic on the highway, in office conference rooms, and in your living room. 

If you’re focusing on instances of feeling let down by others, all you’ll get is more feeling let down.

If you’re focusing on injustice and tragedy, all you’ll see is injustice and tragedy. 

If you’re focusing on lack, you will see more lack represented in your life.

If you don’t believe me, take a large piece of paper, draw seven rows of ten dots, all of different colors. Pin it up and glance at it from time to time, and you’ll see: what you focus on expands, while the rest, though no doubt present, your mind cancels out.

Look for green; see green.

Look for yellow; see yellow.

Look for love; see love.

Look for hope; see hope.

Look for light; see light.