warmer days ahead

Today was an extremely rare “snow” day for us in New Orleans, businesses and schools closed, and ice on the ground, meant being stuck inside for majority of the day. I started doing a little spring browsing online and can’t wait to add a few new pieces to my closet.  Hurry up warm weather, here are my favorite spring 2014 trends!

Spring 2014 Trends

Spring 2014 Trends

Spring 2014 Trends

Doorman Designs

New Orleans is constantly inspiring young artist, business owners and entrepreneurs to find their way, and create a living of their own. One of my dear friends happens to be doing just this. I’ve been able to watch his business grow and seen him turn his dreams into reality. His pieces are unlike any others and I recently had the pleasure of playing around his shop. Today, get to know Alex, the man behind New Orleans based Doorman Designs, handcrafted southern made furniture with a storied past.

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Q. Tell me a little about Doorman Designs and how you got started?

A. I founded Doorman Designs two years ago after graduating from college in Mississippi and returning to Louisiana and a job in New Orleans.  Limited by a dismal post-graduate budget, I desired to furnish my 1880s apartment with furniture that embodied the charm and grit of the Crescent City.  So, I decided to start making my own pieces. My first creation: a headboard crafted from an old growth cypress, five panel door salvaged from house flooded in Hurricane Katrina. I inlaid the panels with ornate, 19th century ceiling tins to give the piece more character and history.

From there I started to make and sell more headboards and eventually began designing lighting, coffee, and dining room tables.  The materials I use are architectural salvage with an emphasis on reclaimed wood from New Orleans homes destroyed or damaged by Katrina. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I know how much history is to be found in New Orleans’ architectural details. After Katrina, my heart broke seeing the city’s soul, flooded and ruined, and being torn down. I’d like to think that I’m keeping those stories alive through my designs and furniture.

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Q. When you are looking for inspiration where do you head?

A. Right now I’m drawing a lot inspiration from two different eras of design-1950-1960s modern design and also French colonial style. These are two completely different styles but they both seem to agree that more is not more when it comes to the details of the furniture. Both looks rely on the simplicity and functionality of the furniture to make a statement and allow the material that they’re made of to create the furniture’s personality. I appreciate the refined, and sometimes primitive approach. And even better, these styles work great in almost any type of architecture and can be mixed in with an eclectic blend.

Outside of furniture I draw a lot of inspiration from folk art. I’d like to think this style of art is no longer conceived as a hooky, cliché depiction of rural country life. But instead, it’s a bit abstract, a bit modern, and has a very simplistic reality that a lot people can relate to. A lot of folk art has this layer of grit to it that I really gravitate towards. It appreciates imperfections and I try to emulate that gritty vibe by using reclaimed, weathered materials that have lots of patina to it.

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Q. What role does New Orleans play in the pieces you create?

A. Living and staying based in New Orleans has almost all the inspiration you could ask for. Sometimes I get a little too inspired living in a city with so much flare and culture! New Orleans has adopted a new mantra of looking forward but still appreciating and respecting its historical past. Down here we appreciate all things old so I get a lot of inspiration from the way people used to live, work, think and operate their lives.

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Q. Not to play favorites, but it there one piece that sticks out in your mind as a favorite?

A. That’s a tough one but I have to admit that I love making lamps. Don’t get me wrong I love making beds almost as much but making lamps are like this little compact puzzle that has lots of twists and turns that challenge me. No two lamps are created equal and each have its own obstacles. Plus there’s nothing better than placing a really great lamp shade on a piece and then turning it on. It’s the perfect light bulb moment!

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Q. Do you have any advice for young designers/artist trying to make their dreams a reality?

A. Sure, no one can ever question your motives or personality if you’re being authentic. It’s that simple. As humans we all have this internal sensor that says “you’re not good enough” or “no body will like what you’re doing”, “you suck”. I like to think of that sensor as a screen on a computer that you can minimize and make go away. I named my sensor Rex (get it? he Rex things) and every time he shows up, I try to minimize him back below. My best advice is to not let our sensors get in the way of our authenticity. If that sensor weren’t there, what’s the absolute best design or creation you could imagine in your head?

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Thanks Alex for sharing your story! Be sure to check out more of Alex’s work at DoormanDesigns.com and follow along on Facebook 

 *Photos a mixture of my own and from DoormanDesigns.com

keep warm

I have a few throw blankets around my house, which very rarely get used. However for over a week now I have been without heat in half of my apartment. To say its been chilly is an understatement. Every night I round-up my throw blankets and welcome the added warmth. As of today my heat has finally been fixed, but I may just continue to use these throws more regularly.

throw blankets

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pass the bucket

This time of year shopping is tricky, the sale racks are picked over and spring hasn’t quite sprung. Lately I’ve struck out at all my go to shops, and find myself browsing handbags and I’ve got my eye on the bucket bag. How cute are these styles? I think I see a purchase in my future.

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Shop now: Black; Gold; White; Cheetah, Black Patterned

house dreams

My apartment doesn’t really have much room for new additions or improvements {it’s a small rental after all}, but I can say this ladies-only bungalow, featured on Domaine, is what house dreams are made of. I’m booking marking these photos, with hopes of a future space to use this inspiration. From the yellow lamps, to fuzzy bedroom benches and the clean feel of it all, I love it! And of course the dog too!

House Dreams

getaway

We all have those moments where you just have to getaway. Pull yourself away from your routines and get out of dodge. My bf and I did this in December and it was just what we both needed. Some much-needed time together, time away from work {I even put my work email on silent}, and a little wandering around a city we don’t get to very often. We took a road trip to Asheville, NC and had the best time. Asheville is such a fun, cute little city with so many great new restaurants and old favorites to see {like the Biltmore} and being there around the holidays is pretty magical. I have to mention, we had the best time putting my camera on self-timer and taking our own pics. We had a few turn out pretty amazing, hey whatever works, right?

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reach

I’m not one to make resolutions, cause let’s be honest, we could all eat healthier, get in better shape and spend more wisely. Instead of making resolutions I like to think about the year that was and what changes I want to make in the upcoming year. As I looked back on 2013 I realized how close I was to achieving several goals, from personal to professional and even for the blog, this year I am going to keep on reaching, with hopes to achieve those goals. Reaching out and reaching up. So here’s to 2014, the year I reach a little further.

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cheers to the year that was

2013 was a good year, but I have to be honest I am anxiously awaiting 2014, and can’t wait to see what is in store. In early 2014 a few babies will be making their debuts {including a niece for me!!}, and I have a few weddings that are sure to be ones for the books. Personally I plan on paying more attention to my own goals {and making them achievable}, especially the ones I really let slide this year.

Looking back over Lucky Girl Finds throughout this past year I created some of my most favorite DIYs to date, traveled well and overall just had fun! A few {more like 22} of my favorites are included below. Thanks for following along and Happy New Years to you and yours!

{Warning; photo heavy post. Click through each image to see the original post} 

A Little Bite of Happy

The Goody Bag

Black and White in NYC

doors of Savannah

Sweet Southern Town

DIY Chalkboard Signs

DIY Beach Bag Charm

Cookie Time

Beach Walks

personalized dish

Shop SCAD

NOLA Love

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Texas Style Council

Sister Style

Apple Inspired

Lipstick Tip

New Orleans City Guide

DIY

DIY Tassel Necklace

Basics

In Details

{all photos my own, except the bride and groom image}

top it off

For once we had a very cold Christmas, and I loved it! Normally our weather is all over the map, but this year we had a traditional chilly Christmas. These past few days I have been reaching for my hats when going outside {which rarely happens around here}, but when my head is warm, the rest of me is as well. I only have two winter hats I switch between and if this colder weather sticks around I may have to add one or two more to the collection.

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Shop Here: Pink, Lime, Red, Black Stripe, Pink Stripe


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