Where am I? Is it still 2011? NO?!? Oh my God.

Just kidding, I know it's 2013.


Just kidding, I know it's 2012. I rang in the new year in sequins, in San Francisco, with a couple of cute girls.

Photo by H.B. Armstrong

The truth is, I haven't been posting or writing or inspirationalizing because I am trying to come up with a new decorating/blog/business plan for myself, and I haven't quite gotten there yet. I know one thing, and it is that my current strategy is not working out for me.

I am trying to figure out where to go next. I realize that I am so, so lucky to be able to take the first month of the year off for THINKING. And I want you all to know that it has come with a great amount of stress, like the fact that I now have time to run around 30 miles a week and also that I can't buy the cute shirts I want from Madewell! Boo. Boo Brees. (We say that because one time I was Boo Brees for Halloween. Boo Brees, the hot lady ghost of Drew Brees. WHAT?)

Anyway. My business last year mainly consisted of long-distance design, and while it was fun a lot of the time, it offered very little return on either party's investment. The client didn't get the benefit of my being there to shop, arrange furniture, style items, take pictures, etc. And I didn't get the benefit of knowing that after I sent that design board off, the client would do anything at all. That made me sad.

So I am going semi-local -- I live in northeast Louisiana, and while my clients here are all amazing, there aren't that many of them. If you hire me to decorate for you, we will collaborate long-distance for the initial part of the design, and then I will drive/fly/apparate to your city for the installation. I'll coordinate with other clients in those same cities so that I will be there for a week or so each time. It will be awesome, and it will also be so much more fun and interesting and we will have group shopping parties and customized sewing and upholstery and styling and photography OMG WTF AMIRITE?

My fees will be a bit different, obviously. Email me for a new and improved rate sheet.

I am very excited about this, and I hope you are too! I'll be back with the frequent updates soon, and I appreciate your patience. Please send expensive bourbon. THANKS.

PS. I'm starting with the South first: Monroe, Shreveport, Jackson, Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans. If you are in those vicinities, you have priority. (Who dat.)

PPS. If you are an ACTUAL local, which means that you live in Monroe, and you would like to hire me, email or call me ASAP.

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