I’m totally cheating this week. There’s a LOT on my plate (all good stuff, but lots of it), so I’m just going to find photos that I’ve tucked away in a file and post them nilly willy.
My first website was designed by Jason Barile and he introduced me to the theremin through his website, thereminworld.com. It’s a very cool instrument. My new website was designed by John Hoge (his link is on the sidebar), who is an associate of Jason’s and co-editor of thereminworld.com. Since theremins keep popping up in my life, I thought I’d tell you about them (all my info comes from John). It’s hard to explain, so I want you to click on the links at the end of this post so you can see and hear one for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.
Times are tough. Pretty downright sucky for so many people. Reading the “Work and Money” section of one of my newspapers last night was thoroughly depressing. But the “Business” section of my other paper had me inspired and excited. Just a different mix. The lesson is that it depends on who, what, when, where and how you’re reading. If we think clearly, we’ll remember that times are often tough. There are many bad times dotted throughout the landscape of our history. Some very, very bad. Some just damn tough. I think this is one of those damn tough times. Okay, I’ve said “sucky” and “damn” in the same paragraph, I’ll cheer up now.
BUT, this always means that home becomes more important than ever. It’s our refuge. It’s our place to gather, lick our wounds,
plot our revenge, make our plans, watch “Meet the Fockers” and start to smile again. It’s where we gain strength to keep looking for a job. Where we soothe the hurt feelings of a child after a rough play date. Where we dig out candles for the mantel cause Fall is here and we need a little quiet light after a busy day.
I firmly believe that your home should make you smile. When you walk in the door, you should like what you see. It’s not about budget and “stuff.” It’s about color, texture, ease of maintenance and thought. It takes creativity, sweat equity (not a lot, but some) and a willingness to try something new.
Someone has GOT to help you with this, you’re thinking. Oh yeah, I agree. Call an interior designer. There are so many talented designers here in the Triangle. They don’t just do big, fancy houses. They don’t only shop and shop and shop. They can help, they want to help and they’d love to come right on over and get started. Short term consultations are probably the bread and butter of many designers right now. Just a couple of hours, talking things over with you. coming up with some ideas and solutions that you can implement on your own time and as your budget allows. Giving you some resources like painters, electricians, carpenters, local stores, etc., to help you make good choices and keep you on track–and gets some of those painters, electricians, etc. working again.
This is why DeCocco Design offers the Design Direction concept. Read about it on my website. But this isn’t a commercial for me. Go to the Interior Design Society website and see all the names of talented designers that you can call or check out online. They can help you feel good in your home during this difficult time.
The baskets from various countries in Africa are gorgeous and of high quality. Whether a great big hamper or a small lidded basket that might sit on your desk and hold supplies, they’re pretty darn fab. The french dish towels make me swoon. I really love dish towels. Big cotton or linen towels of various colors fill a deep drawer in our kitchen. I don’t throw them out (or recycle them to the garage) until they are riddled with holes. They feel so good and do such a great job of drying dishes and counters and little boy’s messy faces after eating fruit popsicles.
Boy, that’s for sure. It’s a whole ‘nother language and makes NO sense whatsoever to some of us. I really lucked out when I was introduced to John Hoge; the wonderful, intelligent, creative, darling of a man who created the new website for DeCocco Design.
Oh, that man worked long and hard to get it all just right for Mrs. Picky (that’s me). He never lost patience with me, explained everything in a way that I could understand–not easy for computer types–and produced a site that really let’s my clients see what I’m all about. And I’m already getting calls because of it! That’s all worth paying the really big bucks, but fortunately for me (and you) his fee is extremely reasonable. Click on his name when you’re ready to get started on your new website. John Hoge
I put him on the sidebar too for your clicking pleasure.
Oh, and he’s a Theremin expert, too. Don’t know what a Theremin is? I’ll tell you about it next time!
Here in the Triangle, there are plenty of good sources for flooring of all kinds. I get mine from Floors To Go on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh and I’ll tell you why. The owners–John Raper and his family–are extremely knowledgeable about every product they sell, they sell great products, they handle the installation of said products AND they stand by what they sell! I’m sorry, baby. The big box stores (you know who I’m talking about) cannot say all that, they just can’t. And what a headache it is when things go wrong! My Floors To Go can often match the big box prices, but more importantly they can sell you the right product for your particular needs. They’ll listen to you and steer you to exactly what’s going to work for your home. My floors and the floors of my clients look good and perform well. I can count on that.
It’s not the fanciest store, but it’s easy to navigate and has a great selection. As usual, I sound like a commercial, which I am not. But I want to give you as much info as I can about the places I recommend.
In my laundry room I have some of this Marmoleum. It is so cute. A little pop of fun at my feet. Wears like iron too. Look at the colors you get to pick from! Some people were buying it for a classroom on the day I was there, taking these pictures.
I shop local because I support my community, I want to know what I’m buying and I want a great product at a reasonable price. Don’t you?