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Girls “Work” Weekend in Kansas City :)

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I’ve been getting truly spoiled lately! Not only have I gotten to travel to Boston to visit a good friend, but I recently traveled to Kansas City for another girls trip to catch up with Ali from Gimme Some Oven.

Being friends with a food blogger has it’s perks! I’ve known Ali for nearly fourteen years now and have definitely taken advantage of MANY of her yummy recipes. Not only is she a great friend, but she’s a true inspiration to me as a woman, a creative, and a blogger. My time with Ali was pretty simple, but just what I needed. For two solid days her downtown loft apartment became my home (and I saw the real mess of dishes when her kitchen doesn’t look like this!). ;) Together we pounded out blog posts, talked through long term goals for Bringing Design Home, created our own version of Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs, watched cheesy tv shows, and got addicted to Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

Ali, you sure know how to show this pregnant lady a good time! ;)

Isn’t Ali’s dog the cutest thing!?!??? I’m honestly not a little dog person, but I just fell in love with him. He was my snuggle buddy while I was away from James.

This trip wasn’t so much about site seeing, but some of my favorite things included:

It was such a breath of fresh air to have a few days to focus solely on Bringing Design Home. I’m so thankful for my mom who gave up a few days of her spring break to watch my little minion, a husband who told me to “go and have a great time” even when that meant spending a whole week without seeing his family, and a wonderful friend who I got to share life with for a few days and bounce ideas off of.

I’m really excited about the future of Green Couch Design and our blog; Bringing Design Home.

Stay tuned. It’s gonna be amazing!

Thanks Ali. xoxo

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Creative Meetup: Plan Wise

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Our latest Creative Meetup felt like a bit of a dream. Here we are planning our future and dreaming up designs with little James playing under our desk (the kitchen table!). This has been our vision for Green Couch Design all along. The blending of family and business. The idea that you don’t have to give up one or the other to become successful. It’s beautiful, and although we may have a ways to go before we are “successful”, as the world would see it, to us, we’ve already achieved it.

Right now we may not be pursuing Green Couch full-time, like we had hoped, but we feel like the job opportunities that have opened up for Cale are enabling us to establish a better financial future for our business, and our home. We understand that with every business adventure comes that moment where you just have to leap into it full-time, but right now, we don’t feel like it’s quite time yet.

Honestly, this process doesn’t feel slow to us. We like the pace, and the fact that it’s not tied to a need for survival; but instead it’s from a desire to dig deep, and let our roots grow, flourish, and thrive. How we want our business ran is more about changing an industry standard, the mindset of a culture, and an identity tied to what we do. Trust us, we are not scared of working hard, but we refuse to let our jobs become our life, and take over our families. We work, so that we CAN play. And if work AND play can become one, even better! :)

Lately our client meetings have been accompanied by baby James. It’s been refreshing to have clients who don’t mind our design process truly being a family affair. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying it’s ok to bring your screaming child to a client meeting, but when you can’t seem to find a sitter, it’s nice to know we have cool clients that love us, love our process, and love what we are fully about; embracing a design culture that is family AND business centric.

Our Creative Meetups are getting more and more exciting. We are nailing down some future product ideas that we hope to share with you VERY soon. They are still a work in process, but we hope to begin sharing some of our process with you. We are still figuring out how we will implement these new plans, but we are loving this journey, and sharing it with some of our deepest friends.

This last meetup our discussions were centered around;

What is the value of a kitchen work triangle?

A fun online quiz to select a stylish pen for yourself or a friend!

One elegantly designed shed.

A new book talking about why women are embracing the art of domesticity.

Some one-on-one time with Mr. Tom Collins (+ fresh mint leaves from our garden)! :)

And, this song that has become a big prayer of ours.

We hope your weekdays and weekends are full of time pursuing the things you love. If not, schedule it! As creatives we want art to “flow”, but the busier we get the less time our schedules provide that type of freedom. It’s ok to plan for it! Soak in your favorite music, go for a walk with a sketchbook, or meet an inspirational friend for coffee. Whatever it is that gets your creative juices flowing, do it!

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Creative Meetup: Purpose Precedes Design

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Our latest Creative Meetup was probably the most unorganized, and yet productive gathering thus far! We’ve struggled to remain inspired as we’ve tried to morph new ideas into possible business ventures. Instead of flushing out our initial creative sparks we’ve instantly come up with a 12 step program to “make it happen”. This whole process has left us completely overwhelmed and uninspired to move forward.  This last Saturday we decided to throw all the “pressure” out the window, and get back to what we started with in the first place.

A meeting of friends.

Sharing creative ideas.

And seeing where this goes.

The front porch was our office and plush couches our launching pad.

We found DIY decorating and styling projects from the outside in.

Discovered classic recipes with a modern twist, healthy, and easy as toast.

Enjoyed residential design as a practical piece of art.

And, fell in love with a modist, energy efficient, and cost effective pre-fab home!

We don’t know exactly where this is going, but something in our bones tells us it’s good. Something in our spirit confirms that this is right and true. Something in our hearts says we must continue to dream, and let passion fuel our creativity. For when we take it upon ourselves to “make it happen” then it’s up to us to sustain it.

Purpose precedes design.

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Creative Meetup: Defining Family

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We spent our Saturday morning enjoying homemade quiche, cantaloupe, and time with good friends. This is the third time this year we’ve enjoyed a day of inspiration and creativity by simply being together. Last time we shared our definition of home, this meetup we defined family.

What does it look like? How does it breath? Move? Believe?

Friends come and go, but family is forever. It’s bigger than the community you are born into, family is the people you choose to be in a relationship with on a heart level. Family is where you can be vulnerable and celebrate your truest self. Around family you can let your hair down, be quirky, free, you can be 100% you without having to hedge your bets, or worry about “offending” others by what you say.

Family is when you love and are loved “whether you like it or not”. - To The Wonder (shot in Oklahoma!)

This past weekend we talked about family and how that interacts with business.

We were encouraged by businesses that celebrate community in a family type atmosphere.

We found inspiration from a family of creative entrepreneurs.

We learned that some families are complicated no matter how you look at it. ;)

And we found tools and resources that help organize businesses regardless of their history.

Ultimately family is a safe space. It doesn’t come with a set of hidden agendas, it’s where you belong, you have a since of ownership, you can assimilate into smoothly regardless of how messy or pretty it is. In family there is no pressure to entertain, just “being” together is reason to gather.

For us, family is the place we go to start over.

It’s our re-set button.

What does family look like to you? We all come from different backgrounds and experiences but in an ideal world what type of picture would you paint? Do you believe that family and business can work together as one?

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Creative Meetup: Defining Home

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Home is…

Where Cale is. Where James (our baby) is. Where I rest. Where I feel safe. Where I feel sexy all day without makeup and my smelly pj’s, Where Josie (our dog) snores, where it smells like home cooking, where the sun comes in from the window just so and time stands still, where God speaks to me, where God sings to me, where I dance like no one is watching, where I sing loudly, where I eat more chocolate chip cookies than I should (there is always room for ONE more), where I keep all my clothes, where my family and friends come to find rest, where I cook all my favorite meals, where plum is my favorite color (at least for this season), where my heart is full, I can hide, I can be me, and I can figure out me.

Home holds all of my favorite things.

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We recently had another old fashioned creative weekend with some of our dearest friends. Armed with old school pen and paper we doodled, dreamed, then dreamed even bigger of our life and what we really want out of it. In that place of dreaming we kept coming back to our personal definitions of home.

For me, home is a place where we get to do collaborations from our hearts, heads and hands.

A place that celebrates heritage, legacy, and all things local.

A Spirit-led life full of creativity, integrity, and love.

A place that doesn’t let us skip the process.

The definition of home holds all of my favorite things.

How do you define home? What does it look like, smell like, what parts of home do you miss the most when you are gone?

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Creative Meetup: That Place of Peace

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This weekend we left our baby (for the first time) with Grandma and spent a day around a table covered in coffee cups and creative juices. We doodled on old school tracing paper, wrote down thoughts of insight and inspiration, and thumbed through magazines like we were in high school.

We discovered honest and yet professional business practices that are not afraid to put it all out there.

We found the kind of people we dream of being best friends with.

We oohed and aahed over beautiful home decor made with good design and true character.

And, we fell in love with a world that celebrates small gatherings with friends.

It was a Saturday worth every minute of sleep loss and we’re still mulling over the outpouring of ideas, common ground and future plans. We’re so thankful to have friends that inspire us, encourage us, and help us find the right tools and resources to make sure we don’t screw it all up! ;)

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