And an American Book Association Bestseller… And a Publisher’s WeeklyBestseller… And a Bookscan Bestseller… And it’s all because of YOU! So alllll the thank yous, my wonderful readers, for taking what could have been a lemon of a launch week and making it into the sweetest lemonade! I am truly wowed by all of you.
It has been 118 days since we evacuated for Hurricane Florence, which means it has also been 117 nights since I have slept in my bed. (Not that I’m keeping track.) I am not complaining about this, as I have kept all my New Year’s Resolutions–one being not to complain to my family about being out of my house and y’all are my family–for EIGHT ENTIRE DAYS. I know. It’s probably a world record.
I’m feeling happy and inspired because, praise the Lord!, the tearing out has been done for weeks, but the putting back together is actually starting next week!! So I’m told…
I’ll be honest: I’ve been a little meh about picking everything out, which is totally unlike me. But when you spent two entire years of your life taking a house from dilapidated to your dream home, and then, four years later, you’re doing it again, your tastes haven’t really changed that much. So it’s like, do I keep it all the same? Or do I change stuff that I really love?
Fortunately, there’s Design Chic. And all the inspiration. And so, yesterday, I asked myself:
He would pick himself up by the bootstraps, get a new vision together, and, you know what? He’d probably add onto the house too.
(I can’t say that for sure, but, I mean, look at his work? Who wouldn’t want more of that?)
I may have been feeling less than inspired but, fortunately, Mom has been saving up her energy for when I was feeling inspired. She is one of those people who can look at rooms taken to the studs and 1.4 seconds later have found inspiration photos for exactly what the layout should be and corresponding photos for exactly what materials you should use and…
These ceilings are definitely happening. Certainly in little Will’s room. They’re the perfect masculine touch.
Oh, and the freestanding tub that there has been, quite frankly, a lot of grumbling about? Also happening.
Did I say it had been 117 nights since I had slept in my bed? What I meant to say is that it had been 117 nights since I’d been in my bathtub. Cost per use, that thing is cheaper than anything else in the house. And I’m going to need it back soon or I’m never going to hit my reading goal for the year, which is an entirely different post.
If the construction doesn’t start soon, as promised, we can just build a tiny house in the backyard. (Again What Would Jeffrey Dungan Do?) This one is literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and…
I’m pretty sure I could live here forever. As long as it comes with a tub.
Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to have the fabulous Janie Molster, with us today, answering our burning questions–and lending a few tips! Thanks for stopping by, Janie, and for sharing your gorgeous work with us.
How did you get started as a designer?
My friend had business cards printed for me. I think everyone close to me could see this path for me, except me. Once I dove in, it became crystal clear. I had always been somewhat obsessed about my environment–staying up all night in rental apartments painting the walls until they were exactly right, etc. When my husband and I bought our first house and I was able to flex my design muscle a bit more, I got some calls and requests for advice and help and and here we are.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I have been asked that question before and honestly, my answer changes constantly. Last night I received a couple of new shelter magazines and sending a quick shout-out to my design industry peers–YOU inspire me! I love to see what other people are creating and I love to watch trends. I may not hop on every one but creativity breeds more creativity. Following others in my field and having an inspiration group to bounce ideas off of is so valuable to me.
Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
It’s often the last project. I begin missing my clients and our frequent talks and trouble-shooting sessions. We call it “uncoupling”…very hard. Right now I am in the midst of something wonderful: a large lodge in the Allegheny mountains. The lodge sits adjacent to another project we have done for the same clients (our 5th project for them). Needless to say, we have a great understanding of each other and things are coming together seamlessly. The lodge will be a second home on the property with a few bedrooms as well as entertaining spaces geared for large events–almost like a mini-conference center with a residential perspective. There are some amazing craftsmen on the project. Stay tuned.
What is your favorite tip for making small spaces feel larger?
Use fewer, bigger pieces and edit, edit edit.People tend to think in a small space, use small furniture and clutter things up with teensy tables and chairs. Also important is to use large room-size rugs that hug the perimeter of the space.
What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Skilled labor. The trades that I rely on daily are harder and harder to find. Fyi…we are always hiring: Conservationists who can repair antique furnishings and art, seamstresses who can produce couture-quality window dressings, custom upholsterers, decorative painters, etc.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
No question, mothering 5 children. If I can share any wisdom to other designers, especially those in the throes of parenting, always choose family first. I am blessed that my career has successfully weathered the storm of a few years of intermittent attention. There were times when I was barely keeping my foot in the door of the design world–so I guess that’s the answer. Biggest accomplishment: Keeping my foot in the door.
Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am in love with all of the upholstery designs by John Saladino. His pieces were innovative on day 1 and they never feel dated. I also love what Susan Ferrier is doing with McAlpine. While her work had a moody edginess about it, she fully embraces femininity. She doesn’t shy away from pretty–she sets it on fire.
Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks for sure. Give me a rainy day and stack of my dog-eared design books–Nirvana.
M&Ms or Skittles?
green peanut M&M’s…they bring good luck 🙂
Coffee or tea?
coffee. Can’t tie my shoes in the am without it.
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
It’s the leather lariat I have worn every day for years. It’s light and simple–I can run, swim and sleep in it. It fits snug around my neck and has a simple gold ball at the end. My dear friend, Atlanta jewelry designer Jeanmarie Quarterman made it for me.
My collection of vessels and sculptures by New Orleans artist Julie Silvers that move around my house all the time–looking perfect in every room.
Go-to paint color?
Love trim and doors in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, Janie! We loved having you here–and couldn’t love your beautiful designs any more!
I am so, so, so excited to share that Slightly South of Simple has been chosen as a Kindle monthly deal so, from today until April 1, you can read the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series for only $1.99–just in time for the The Secret to Southern Charm release on April 3.
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Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love it when you stop by.