It's an exciting day my friends, today is the launch of - a completely unique shopping experience that brings together tastemaker's and maker's with gorgeous curated collections of gathered goods. I've been working furiously behind the scenes to set up shop and gather some unique and beautiful wares to house in my boutique. I will be adding to my storefront regularly and will be on the hunt for some exceptional Makers that have a similar aesthetic to The Design Confidential, and that I might sell exclusively in my personal Boutique! Now that is exciting stuff, don't you think? Yahoo! 

Psst... Thank you for all of your amazing votes in the #sodomino contest by Domino Magazine! I still need your help, we are teetering between 1st and 3rd at any given moment of the day. I don't want to let Emily down! Let's make her proud! Pretty Please...

I will primarily be focusing on Home Goods: ArtPillows / Accessories / Tableware / Entertaining but I will dabble in Children's Goods and some Style and Beauty products too. It will be a blend of things I personally like and want to connect you with, that you might not otherwise have the chance to see. I think that is precisely the beauty of this venue... it gives Maker's the opportunity to gain exposure in a way they may not otherwise have and I think that is pretty important for a small venture of handmade proportions. We are nothing if not proponents of handmade here on TDC, am I right? 

Help support these amazing folks who work so hard to bring these gorgeous goods to fruition, by shopping handmade and connect with the TDC Brand by shopping our personal picks through our Boutique. Win, Win... and if you happen to be a Maker and you are interested in selling through, you can apply! There is a link for that on their site and feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in becoming an exclusive TDC Maker... 


This space makes me ridiculously happy right now. From the Beni Ourain rug, to the vintage art and the brass loveseats.... I'm completely smitten. I am always drawn to moody colors and gorgeous neutral airy spaces, but it's easy to forget how important it is that we inject a dose of happy into our living environment, in whatever form that may be, and how much our environment can effect us. For me, this means eclectic and colorful but grounded in light, airy, and bright neutrals, with amazing art hung on every square inch of wall space. 

Yesterday I was reminded that it's many of you 'out there' see our lives 'in here' as being happy and lovely and problem free most of the time. You see pictures of our homes in camera ready state and hear about the things we do and the places we go, and it's very easy to feel that everything is perfect on this side of the glass fishbowl. Much like this room above. Clearly the people who live here in real life have the perfect life, with happy children and lots of laughter. In the past I think I have seen this blog as my happy place, as a space where I can share the pretty things and talk about making and creating, while leaving my problems and real life behind. While I don't want to make this an outlet for depressing conversation and complaining, I do think this kind of behavior accidentally creates a never ending cycle of this perception and that is worse and not better, so I'm going to do my best to step out of my comfort zone and talk about real life a bit more often here at TDC. I think it's important for each of us to use the platform we have to do what we can, share what we will, and learn what we are able to about the people and things around us. You may not be technically 'around' me, but it certainly feels like the world is a lot smaller and we are all a lot closer thanks to the power of these interwebs, doesn't it? 

So, each week, while I get my feet wet and get used to the idea of talking about things that relate to me and my life (completely outside my norm... probably why I'm not a crazy lover of Twitter), I'm going to take the easy route and share 5 things that you might not have known, along with a gorgeous image of a room that is seemingly picture perfect. I mean, I need a little eye candy to console myself while I quake in my boots over here trying to be brave and all...

Just in case you have no interest in my general weirdness, feel free to simply browse my picks below for creating your own Trust Fund Hippie Chic space. 

So here goes... 

One // Both Mr. TDC and I essentially started our own companies around the same time (I do not recommend this under any circumstances). As dualing entreprenuers in the house, we fight for time more than any other thing. It's a constant struggle because when one of us is with the kids, which has to be one of us at any given time, that person isn't able to work. If any of you have ever started or operated your own company, you know that the time you put in is directly related to what you get out, most of the time... so this is so amazingly hard on us. I can't even express how difficult this really is on two people who don't have family around or able to babysit often or a babysitter on hand and 2 small kiddos running loose. Though, my goodness it can always be worse. I try and remember that. 

Two // It turns out I grew up with this cute girl's baby daddy. And by 'grew up' I don't mean that we lived in the same state or general metropolitan area, I mean that we went to elementary school, Jr. High, and High School together... Somehow I never put the pieces together with the last name and all. Which is funny (or ridiculous). I guess it's all about context, eh? She just posted some of her maternity pics from an interview she did for Mini Magazine, so now you can see just how cute she and they actually are. It's adorable! I wonder if they fight over time for work... le sigh.

Three // I stopped nursing the Bird at the end of January just before I headed to Utah for an event with Cricut and ALT Summit, and everything went swimmingly for the first few weeks right up until a hefty dose of postpartum depression crept in. I didn't actually know this was even a 'thing' but lucky me... it totally is! Yay. I have been in a pretty major funk for the last two months and it's made getting projects done and handling life so much more difficult. I am thankful that it's going to be a more short lived variety than is typical after having a baby, but this has been one of the most difficult times for me and I have a whole new level of appreciation for people who go through this. I think this is a topic that could use a lot more conversation and information flowing more freely out there and I hope to be a catalyst for that perhaps.

Four // The way to my heart is through sweet treats and candy... and by sweet treats I pretty much mean chocolate chip cookies but most anything will do, most of the time. I'm basically obsessed with candy and my fave is gummy cherries and those sour red and yellow filled twizzler things. I don't know what they are actually called, but I stock up when I'm traveling. 

Five // Today is the one year anniversary of my Grandma's passing. I am not even remotely healed from that loss and I haven't actually visited her grave site. Today is the day I will do that for the first time and I'm sure it will be cathartic but to be honest I feel like I honor her every single day and that her grave makes the loss so permanent. I haven't been ready to face that. We shall see how it goes...

Ok, phew I did it and gosh those were mostly depressing. Hopefully as we get into this more and I find my groove, my 5 things won't be so heavy. I figure we have to break the seal somehow though, so there you have it.

Image Source: Via - not able to find the original image source. If you know, please let me know... 


It's Friday! Somehow as my boy has gotten a bit older and is now in school 5 days a week, I am so much more aware of the days and that means Fridays are now something I look forward to from first thing Monday morning on. It's kind of a bummer I have to admit. I think I preferred living in bliss and completely in ignorance of which day of the week it is or even what month, much of the time. But... such is life, right? 

As I have been working my fingers to the bone on some amazing projects here at the House of TDC (literally I'm afraid... bloody knuckles and all), I am dreaming about all of the things I would love to buy with the simple click of a button. Maybe if that tree right there was actually made of money, I could make it so... 

I am still loving the idea of a simplified and thoughtful space at the moment, filled only with items I love and that are useful to me. This hoop mirror has my heart (even though I seem to be anti-mirror at the moment) with it's easy minimal style and unfussy personality. Maybe because I'm feeling precisely the opposite of that right now - le sigh. Don't washed linen sheets sound so utterly luxurious? Maybe if I'm more intentional with each individual piece in my home, then one day when I grow up, those pieces might become a bit more luxe themselves... maybe. Who am I kidding.. this is entirely unlikely, but a gal can dream. Gorgeous ceramic mugs are right in line with how I envision my idyllic life, which is of course nothing even remotely close to my real life, which happens to be ridiculously out of control at the moment. This gorgeous tree via Daniella Witte isn't so much a product or a find as a beautiful reminder that baskets are a fabulous planter option and a lovely way to bring some texture into a space when baskets themselves might not otherwise work or be necessary. A narrow profile, adjustable, interesting, coat rack slash ladder looking cool thing with potentially multiple uses is exactly the kind of piece I absolutely need, adore and want. But it's these oversized neon wire baskets that are way out of my price range (now and forevermore) that I am completely obsessed with at the moment. Ugh. I could fill them with so many amazing things and I just know they would make me be so organized and on top of things, I might even be 15 minutes early to every meeting and fold all my laundry for a whole week... You see how that self-bargaining thing goes... It's all downhill from here folks. 

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It's been a little while since we I've published some of my Friday loves at first site! Life has been absolute chaos these past few months, to say the least. But not to worry, I will be getting back into the swing of things again and hopefully we will be keeping a relatively consistent publication schedule once again! Maybe. Except for next week of course, since I will be traveling to Salt Lake City for ALT! Very excited... and also completely nervous and overwhelmed. Eek. 

This week I am utterly consumed with all things lighting and leather and all I can think of while I am so stressed out is escaping to someplace amazing with minty colored water and warm sandy beaches. This print is dreamy and fills me with a wanderlust that I would donate an organ to fulfill. Doesn't stress make you want to run away too? Let's run away together shall we? I would love to curl up in this rocker and read a book for a bit. It's amazing how life can get so overbooked that these little things that many people have the time to do, become a desire or in my case an obsession.  While this gorgeous quartz mirror is more art than functional item, it's stunning and I would love to see this sort of thing available to the general public. What gorgeous wall decor it would make, no? I have been focusing a bit on my kitchen lately, and I can't wait to share my plans with you, they will knock your socks off, to be sure. I am making it a point to pay attention to the smaller details, like these matte black tipped bamboo spoons, for this space since often times it's those that really make the area stand out!

What are you loving this week? Do you find that your loves are often influenced by your life and current events? If you would like to browse other editions of this series, click here.

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Feeling festive but not quite ready to put up a tree? Maybe you aren't working on the same holiday timeline retailers seem to be, and frankly who is... All the same, perhaps a bit of sparkle in your space might be just the thing to help bridge the gap between Fall and Winter without committing one way or the other. This roundup of gorgeous metallic pieces will actually work year round, so don't feel limited by the seasons for adding that extra bit of special to your place. After all, everyone loves a bit of shine... Image Source: West Elm

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There is nothing more glamorous than a gilded tablescape and with accents of black and smoky metallic silver, I would be me over the moon in love. I adore a touch of the unexpected, and trust me when I say dark colors like black and gray are still, even in this modern day and age, a bit unexpected around the holidays. 

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From brass to mercury glass and every gorgeous sparkly urchin in between, these pieces are phenomenal year round, but during the holiday season, they especially work well, regardless of which holiday you are focusing on.

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Fun barware and a gilded ram are sure to be the talk of the town for your next holiday festivity. A few tips from the bottle service provided on the antique brass finish rye tray and honestly your party will be a hit regardless, but you may as well let it shine, and with sparkly decor dangling delicately nearby.


It's Friday! I would love to pretend that that means something around these parts, but in all honesty I barely ever know what day of the week it is except that I am vaguely aware of the days when my boy has school! Vaguely... At least I can say he makes it to school on time each day, but I can pretty much call it a day with that accomplishment. It's kind of a big one afterall. 

I'm channeling my inner Fall lover this week with items that have a subtle yet rich cognac hue to them, and a bit of a gray and overcast feeling. These pieces definitely suggest a foggy day in a cooler clime and while we aren't quite that, around these parts, we have definitely been having a bit of a cool down here. Bring on the holiday season... except that means for me, 87 birthdays along with the typical holidays... so maybe I'm not quite ready for that. Forget it... let's go back to summer. 

This playa print by Michelle Armas is a bit of a tease with it's summertime subject matter yet gloomy color palette. Perhaps that is exactly what I need! Confusion... This Round Glass Bottle with Antique Brass Cube Stopper reminds me of a gentlemen's club and sitting around the fire smoking cigars, and while that has nothing whatsoever to do with me, it reminices of fall gatherings to be sure. The Angles Pillow is the perfect fall accent piece with it's yellow velvet over grey tweed design. It would be stunning on the Milo Classic Leather and Brass Lounge Chair. The Kyra Cain Large Chargers would be fabulous as a decorative addition to a fall table setting without being to obviously fall themed. Of course they are way out of my price range, already sold, and collectors pieces, it would appear, but perhaps in a dream world where I had a money tree in my backyard this would be possible... a girl can dream can't she? 

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