Tuesday, December 22, 2009

10 Things I Can’t Live Without: Pure Style Home

Today, the wonderful and super-talented, Lauren of Pure Style Home shares her “10 Things” list with us. I am so happy that she was able to find the time to put this list together for us. Not only is she a busy interior designer, she is also a wife and mom to a toddler and a baby who will be here any minute! Lauren’s list is sweet and warm, just like she is.

1. My business: I just love having the creative outlet of my own interior design business. It's so satisfying to help people become happy with & take pride in their homes.

2. My Friends--> There's not much better to me than a night with friends that ends in a dance party. (and they usually do) Singing into pretend microphones & using the sofa for a stage are a must! (2 of my best friends with me on right, below)
3. A yard: I love being outside and I love having a big private back yard. We just recently moved and I think playing in the backyard with my family is the best thing about our new house.
4. The Seasons: I get excited about each & every season change. I love all of the news smells in the air and I'm crazy about re-accessorizing my home seasonally. (Below, we painted our front door orange this past Halloween.)

5. Good food: I love eating &/or making a great meal. I just get so excited when a good one's coming!!
6. Magazines & Blogs: I just can't get enough of photos & articles & musings on pretty spaces!!! Every day there's something new to look at & being relatively new to blog world, I'm just so amazed at how many talented, kind & generous people there are out there!! I've met a slew of great friends & it's a place I really feel comfortable being a "design junky"- I hate the thought of boring my friends & family with design mumbo jumbo- and it's been so awesome to connect with people like me!

7. My house: I love coming home. It's our haven & I thank God for it every day. It was a tough run for us to get here & we treasure it. Sometimes my husband & I still just stop what we're doing & look at each other & say "I can't believe it's ours." We work on our house all the time & love making it special.

8. Greenery: I love to have something alive in almost every room of the house if possible and nothing's prettier to me than a simple arrangement: Ferns, topiaries or even weeds from my yard will do. ( I HAD to use this picture of them in my set of lab beakers because I overuse them in photos to the point of ridiculousness!! :)

9. Feelings of" Excitement/ Adventure/ Hope- I love feeling like there are good things to come. At home, my family & I try really hard to enjoy every day & take pleasure in the small things, but I also love feeling the anticipation of something new & exciting coming our way... that we have our whole lives ahead of us & we're going to get to do so much. Experiencing everything again- from holidays to the beach to the snow to pony rides- with our son is just so much fun! I love getting excited (and often am, hence the use of way too many exclamation posts in my writing ;) and it can be about something big or small... but it always makes me happy.
10. My family: They're my life. I couldn't do any of it without them. (with one more on the way any day now...)

Thanks so much to Paloma for inviting me to be a part of this!!! It was so much fun & really eye-opening my priorities & passions. Happy holidays!!


La Maison Fou said...

Great things to love as well.

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

Great fun reading Lauren's list! I adore her style...

Kirsten Krason said...

thanks for that. some great things!

Karena said...

I can really relate to this top ten list.Home, family, friends, excitement and looking forward to fun thing keeps us so grounded.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

I would have a very similar list! Your home is beautiful! Jennifer:)

Gwen Driscoll said...

This is a great list. Lauren is so cute and I love knowing what makes people happy in life. My list would be very similar. Hope all is well.

Gwen Driscoll
Ragland Hill Social

Jami - XOimagine said...

Thanks for introducing me to Pure Style Home! I love it! Her home is so nice!

micah said...

I love Lauren's blog! She has a beautiful home!

LindsB said...

I love Lauren, her list is so great and so her!!

Such a great series!!

Gaia said...

I love your list! very sweet!
I can't live without my family, friends, love, photos, caks and chocolate, vanilla cup cake, shoes, my camera, my vespa and manymany other things!

merry Christmas!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

What a wonderful list - Lauren really is very sweet and talented!

vignette design said...

What a list! I think we can all agree about that. Family, friends, home, a creative outlet - indoors and out, good food, and blogging! I never miss Lauren's blog! --Delores

S.UWAGBA said...

love some of these interiors,
thanks for always posting such nice pics
and dont forget tocheck out my fab new blog =)

Maria Killam said...

What a great interview, Lauren is a treasure!!

Linda in AZ * said...

* "i love Lauren"... Yep, she's simply my "1st choice" to fill in for "the daughter we never had"!!! ~~~ Always upbeat, fun, full of life & ready to go, go, go, taking advantage of all life's delightful offerings!!!

I don't think there's anything the TWO od them can't accomplish~~ together as a loving team!

So glad you highlighted the blogging world's TREASURE!!

Linda in AZ *

Melissa said...

I love Lauren's outlook-- you can see what a generous and positive person she is-- her interiors are so cheerful and so is she!

nelya said...

A wonderful list from a beautiful lady, inside and out! Her attitude and excitement are poistively contagious! Thanks for sharing your lovely home and always inspiring outlook, Lauren!!!!! (had to borrow a few of those exclamation marks!)


ashlina {the decorista} said...

such a great list. she is so blessed and gets to share her blessings during the greatest time.....the holidays

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Absolutely love Lauren's home and design, especially the front door and her gorgeous entryway. Her son is pretty darn adorable, too!


Gena said...

Great list - gives insight into the lady in question aka Lauren!!!

My Galveston Cottage said...

The best list!! cheers -susan