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New Blog Features!

I guess we need to work on our readership.. which we are - it just takes time! Anyway, we played a little game.. sorta like where's waldo? or what's different about this picture? We asked if you had noticed what updates we made to our blog design and layout? Well, if you hadn't figured it out, here's a list of what's new:

  1. We added a new title and header design to our blog. If you remember from this previous post, we love to use the be.love.create mantra.. and it sorta became the essence of our blog! So, check it out above, it looks like this!

Screen shot of the new header.

  1. We moved the business logo into the shaded upper right quadrant of our blog layout - essentially we swapped the mantra with the logo, to shift the focus of the blog!

Screen shot of the new logo location

  1. We added a link to our facebook and twitter accounts! Sometimes when we get busy and haven't blogged for a number of days, we may have posted a status update on facebook or tweeted a quick design tip, so now our readers can get a little dose of us elsewhere. Yay!

Screen shot of the social networking buttons.

  1. And, probably the biggest change, although maybe least noticeable to our readers, was the complete overhaul of our categories! Like I mentioned in our last post. We realized our content was more varied than we thought it might be. So, we created new categories to fit the topics we blog about most.

Screen shot of the list of new catrgories.

And, I'm hoping to make a 5th change - and updated photo of me - so I'll let you know when I do so.

Well, feel free to let us know your thoughts on the changes!

Happy 2011!

Sending out Happy New Year wishes to all! Logan and I at the New Year's Eve strawberry drop

Happy New Year sign all lit up at 12:01 am

So, it’s that time of year again, to reflect on the last year of your life, to look forward to the coming year and to make resolutions about how this year will be different – and better! Well, neither Logan or I have made specific New Year’s resolutions. I think there is some part of me that knows if I claim a specific resolution, that will inevitably set me up for failure. Haha. But, that’s the pessimist in me. So instead, we are simply aiming to take on this coming year with our always trusty motto in mind – be.love.create. We mentioned these three words in an earlier post, but today (New Year’s Day) seemed like a great time to post more about it and hopefully inspire a more positive year for you too!

Each of these words provide (at least for us) inspiration, motivation and basically all the guidance needed to shape a happy healthy life. Each word is the start of an axiom that can end any way you choose; therefore, it can change with whatever is happening in your life at the time, yet always remain consistent. For example, the first word, be, might inspire you to “be yourself”, “be happy”, “be in the moment”, “be confident”, etc. Then, the second word, love, might direct you to “love one another”, “love life”, “love what you do”, “love a challenge”, etc. And finally, given our artsy crafty nature, we throw in the last word, create, which may not only inspire you to “create art” or “create beauty”, but can always encourage you to “create goals”, “create your dreams”, “create relationships”, “create memories”, etc.

So, as you can see, these three words have a huge story to tell and as this year goes by, we’ll be sure to post any be.love.create phrases that inspire us – both in our personal lives and, of course, with our design studio! Feel free to share any of your mottos with us as well – we’d love to hear ‘em.

First Official Post!

Well hello there, welcome to our blog! This is the first post of our long-time-coming blog. Unfortunately, like lots of things in life, blogging got pushed aside as other things took priority. Nonetheless, it was our goal to get this thing launched before (or more realistically, at) the start of the New Year. With only a few days left of 2010, I thought I’d post a short introduction to get things rolling. So, who are we and what is this blog all about? Well, I’m Valerie and my husband and business partner, Logan, and I both plan to be authors of this blog (though I have a sneaky little feeling that I’ll be the one writing most often). Nonetheless, we are both creative, down-to-earth, driven and hopefully intriguing =). Discover more about us in the sidebar or in the ‘about’ section of the website!

Now, to answer the second part of the question, this blog is sprung from StudioVB (our interior design studio), so of course we’ll post often about topics related to interior design, our client projects, interesting finds, and quite frankly, anything artsy and creative. However, let’s face it, while we love what we do for a living, life is about a lot more than work. So, we’ll also write about the interesting, fun, strange and perhaps sometimes mundane happenings of our everyday life. This will, for sure, include our design and do-it-yourself adventures in our own home, which after purchasing last year, is still a work in progress.

You’ll see that we’ve given our blog the title be . love . create, not only summarizing the content of the blog, but named for the simple three word motto that directs our lives. Each word holds so much meaning, inspiration and possibility that we hope as we continue blogging might also inspire others. Stay tuned…