A Lifestylists Solutions to Living on a Budget in Style

Your Life. Your Style. Your Way.

Looking forward to a new year with new promise -Happy New Year from the Lifestylist Family!

2013 NYE

May your holidays be shiny and bright!

 

 

 

 

One of the questions I always get asked is exactly what is a Lifestylist®, and what is unique about the Lifestylist® Lifestyle. The second most asked question is what makes me a Trailer Diva!

The Lifestylist philosophy is about “Life Celebrating Style”. Our clients life and style is what dictates how a Lifestylist® works with you. My favorite example is I had a client in Phoenix, Arizona that was a major Phoenix Suns fan, and their team colors are orange and purple. The client wanted their entire home done in these colors. What they wanted is what they got, complete with a child’s room with a hardwood floor striped like a basketball court. They wanted to stylishly celebrate their interests and love of their home team and we did!

I just spoke to a friend who’s dog just dug up their entire garden and her daughter slammed the door on the neighbor’s hand – all in about 30 minutes time. Her needs and lifestyle are completely different from my son – no kids, no dogs, and lives in front of his computer. What my style is wouldn’t work well for either of them which is why I need to understand the client and what their “hot buttons” are. It’s takes extra time and sleuthing to achieve this – many times the client has trouble putting into words exactly what they are looking for but they know it when they see it. I take the responsibility very seriously – a person’s environment can truly change their lives in a positive or negative way. If someone is happy in their home their quality of life improves.

Next to being a mother, becoming a Lifestylist® is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m looking forward to expanding the concept and what it offers in the years to come. – we will be launching a new food line this Spring!

Being a Lifestylist sometimes means getting off the beaten path, and when you do you never know what you’ll discover.

This week I was in Western NY for the opening of the Riedman Development and @home Builders Design Center, and decided to take a different route back to the airport. When I did I drove past The Great Pumpkin Farm and knew I had to check it out. If you are in that area it’s a must visit, if not take a look at the video we put together.  The best part is there is no charge to visit this fun place, and there are lots of great photo opportunities for the family.Happy Halloween!

I do love being a Lifestylist®, and getting the opportunity to travel across the country meeting new people and spotting new trends. Recently I was up in the 1,000 Island area of NY and spent a day just driving and looking at the magnificent architecture and natural beauty of that area.

When I found this little cabin tucked by the river I fell in love – especially with the brightly colored Adirondack Chairs in the front of it. Of course I took a picture and never forgot what a great, happy look this was.

Then the other day I was walking through Home Depot and found these bright, happy chairs and I had to have them! Especially since they were only $12.00 each and maintenance free. I love what a difference they made in the backyard of the Idea Factory – even when I’m not out reading a book or birdwatching on them I love just being able to look out the window and seeing the burst of color.

It’s easy to use an accent of color to wake up any space. It can be done with pillows in a living room, towels in a bath or with plates in a dining room. Great, fun design doesn’t have to be expensive – you just need to be brave enough to try different ideas out.

Today was a great day – I got a lot of work done on my gardens then we went to our local farmers market to pick up some goodies for the week.

The Home Idea Factory is in an area of Dallas called Oak Cliff and we are very fortunate because we are close to town but it’s an older established area that is really coming into it’s own. Some amazing restaurants have opened, I’ve heard there is now an organic coop and now we even have our own coffee company – Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. So today we picked up some coffee, and sampled our way through the local farmer stalls at the Dallas Farmers Market. Local peaches were just coming into season and there also was a bounty of tomatoes, onions, squash and cucumbers. It’s going to be a healthy tasty week around here!

Some vendors are only there weekends and we discovered the Lucky Layla Farms which had amazing cheeses. I bought the Fresh Campesino which was perfect with my tomatoes, avocados and cucumbers for lunch. I’m going to make some homemade ice cream to use with the peaches for dessert.

One of the best things about being a Lifestylist is getting to explore what’s out there and figure out how to make it approachable and accessible. I was amazed how much I saved by buying at the farmers market vs. a typical grocery store – I got 5 huge beautiful tomatoes that were picked that morning for $1 each! My goodies helped me make a quick and healthy lunch for under $1.50 per serving.

We have got to support our local farmers and businesses. The Lemley family has been bring exceptional tomatoes, peaches and other produce to the farmer’s market for over 30 years. I know that a lot of the better restaurants in town also buy from them and I can’t imagine a summer without their goodies. It’s exciting to have all of these choices now and I plan on supported them so they are here for years to come.

Basil  425Lifetiles pot  01106.LasVegas 017We’ve been having a cool, rainy Spring and my garden is loving it! This year it’s truly a victory garden, bursting with plants I brought back from my grandparents farm in Pennsylvania, daisies my mother gave me from her garden and heirloom hollyhocks, delphiniums, tomatoes, and herbs, squash and cucumbers that can’t ripen soon enough.

My grandmothers gardens were always freeform – she’d throw out seeds or add plants here and there and just see what would come up. She also kept dairies of what was new and the weather every day as well as what was new in the garden. My grandfather on the other hand was the keeper of the vegetable gardens and everything had to be in straight, organized rows and carefully documented so he’d know what to plant the coming years. We spent many happy summers shucking peas, lima beans and corn on the front porch.

I guess I favor my grandmother. Part of the fun of having a garden for me is letting some things go to seed and see what comes up the next year. Plus I love the organized chaos   that rewards me every year with gifts that I can enjoy and share with friends and family.

With this economy and the challenges we all face, being able to have my home and being able to enjoy it is truly a victory that I intend to enjoy and appreciate every day