Tag Archives: Design

NataMari Designs Store Now Open!

12 Jan

Hey! Remember me? I’m still alive and blogging! I’ve been pouring all of my energies into the blog and online store for NataMari Design’s, our textile design business. Yep, the day is here and our online shop is now open and the blog is alive and kicking.

NataMari Designs Store

NataMari Designs Blog

So, stop over when you get a chance and tell me what you think, you can even purchase a pillow or two 🙂


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Pie Chart Shopping

4 Nov

Last week I blogged about my personal style, and how it has evolved after I got married.  One thing I have come to realize is that regardless of what style icon I’m channeling at the moment, to achieve that look, some form of shopping (on the Internet or in-person) has to occur.  Right?  I truly believe people don’t change…much.  I was a shopper before I met my husband, and It be unrealistic to believe that because I am married I wouldn’t shop anymore.  I have to admit shopping was once one of my favorite pastimes.  Most Saturday’s my older sister and I would meet up and shop, have lunch, then shop some more.  I tried not to spend more money than I budgeted for shopping.  And I always paid cash, so financially I was ‘responsible’.  Although I have to admit I could have saved much more than I did.

Now that I’m married, I try to limit my clothes shopping to buying seasonal basics and special occasion items.  But, that doesn’t always work.  Personally, I believe that getting married changes your perspectives and priorities, but it never takes away your desire to indulge in fashion.  In an effort to curtail impulsive shopping, I decided to try the Pie Chart Shopping method.  I came across this method while reading I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks.  Amanda suggests making a pie chart to prioritize the areas of your life you dress for.  There are six main areas: work, play/casual, play/elegant, sports/exercise, social functions, and bedtime.

“The pie chart can help you visualize how much time you spend in each area, and how important those areas are to you, and budget accordingly.”

Now when I’m shopping, and I see something I like, my goal is to decide if it belongs one of  my high-percentage shopping categories such casual, exercise, and social.  If not… I don’t buy it.   I will still continue to shop, but with focus on social and casual clothing.  Which allows me to have my cake and eat it too!  Would you try the Pie Chart Method? What methods do you use to curtail spending?


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Personal Style Redefined

21 Oct

I was browsing in Anthropologie yesterday when I came across the book, I Love Your Personal Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks.  I purchase the book, since it hit on a topic that I’ve occasionally thought about the this year, my personal style evolution.  Every since I can remember my style has revolved around showing off my legs.  I have always believed they were and are my best asset, at 5’9′ I’m taller than your average woman.  I remember thinking long and hard about what to wear when I was going out with my sisters (I have 3 beautiful sisters) and trying to differentiate myself from them.  In my mind, my legs were the key.

Now that I’m older I continue to wear clothing that highlights my legs, which is easy when you live in Florida like I do. Back in the day 🙂 when I worked, my style of dress for the office was classic with a modern twist, now I like to mix several styles.  Here are a few highlights from the author Amanda Brooks on personal style and how to find it:

  • Personal style is a look that is all your own.
  • Embrace yourself and your history.
  • Self-confidence is good for both your soul and your style.
  • Celebrate your creativity, express your different moods, and show off all the faces of your personality.

I believe your personal style will shine through even if you change your look from day-to-day.  Now that I’m not in a structured work environment, I am having fun experiment with different looks, and shopping in a wider range of stores from vintage clothing boutiques to Bloomingdale’s.  I don’t feel any pressure to conform to any rules or trends.  Also, I don’t feel the need to dress like a “wife” ow that I’m married. In the book, there is a section on things to consider when you are working on defining and refining your personal style, one being age.  Amanda writes:

“The word ‘appropriate” gives me the chills and has nothing to do with age when it comes to style.  Women look best when they wear what they look good and what works for their budget and lifestyle.  Everybody’s style evolves over time, but if you know what works for you and what you like you will never have to worry about dressing “appropriately” for your age.”  Not that is some great advice!  Gotta go, I’m headed off to the Bahamas for the weekend…. What should I wear on the plane? :=)

Have a great weekend!


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Blogging My Way

5 Oct

  I’ve been blogging since 2007!  In Internet years that seems like a lifetime.  And in that time I’ve had 3 blogs.  What I really enjoy  about blogging is that it allows me to combine my love of writing with my creative side.  So, imagine how happy I was to have come across Holly Becker’s blog Decor8 several months ago.  Holly’s blog has been very successful over the years and she is well-known in the design and home decor world.  She is also a Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the book Decor8, and she developed an e-class, Blogging Your Way, in which I readily enrolled.  I  am always looking for ways to become better at what I do regardless of what that it.  Blogging Your Way goes beyond basic blogging 101, it takes a creative, personal approach to blogging.  The e-class is designed to “help bloggers get in touch with why they are blogging, or want to blog and it shows you how to use your blog as a catalyst to create your best life.”  So you see this class isn’t just for design and decorating enthusiast, It’s designed for anyone who enjoys blogging. I’m looking forward to learning new things that will help me to be a better blogger.  If your interested in the course, there is still one day left to register.  To learn more about Holly, her blog and the course the course click here.

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I’m No Artist…

16 Aug

I’m no artist by any means. But, I thought it would be fun to create textile prints for some of the furniture I plan to upholster. I didn’t come up with this idea off the top of my head. There is a website called Spoonflower.com, where you can upload an image and they will print that image on fabric. It’s sort of like Ebay for fabric, in that anyone can set up and hop on Spoonflower and sell their fabrics. I’m not sure what percentage of the sale Spoonflower gets, but it sure is a creative way to add personality to your home decor projects.

One of the drawbacks is that you can only upload certain image types, which are mainly created using a graphics program. So ,me being me (whatever that means) I found an inexpensive application called ArtRage that has some powerful drawing and painting tools that I can use to create images to upload to Spoonflower.

Last night a spent an hour or so going through the basic tutorial which used the tracing to tool to create painting of a rose. The application, has a lot of bells and whistles that I have to learn.  Overall I really liked this application as it can help a non-artist like me create useful ‘art’.  I’m excited about doing some abstract images which will translate in to some funky fabrics 🙂

Check out my rose (I use that term loosely) that I created.  I really doesn’t look like much, but I’m kind proud of it 🙂

Have you heard of Spoonflower.com? What would you design fabric for? Home decor, clothing, gifts?

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