I can’t remember when I first came across Naomi’s blog Design Manifest, and neither can I remember when she cemented her place in my head as a design genius. Was it the revamp of this boy’s bathroom that any girl would’ve gladly taken? This pretty unbelievable bathroom and closet overhaul (I can’t get over the difference between the before and after)? Or the fact that Naomi’s own (now former, RIP) loft on Design*Sponge was freaking amazing? I can’t seem to recall which of these projects had me obsessing over her talents…and I’m pretty sure you’ll find you’re in the same boat! I got a chance to meet Naomi in New York a few weeks ago, and we were both so tired and jet lagged, I made a mental note to myself that I really need to find another time to get to know this gal. Because even though we both almost fell asleep on a couch at ABC Carpet & Home, her sense of humor was right up my alley, and I knew I liked her right away. Take it away, Naomi!
Morocco-Itâs a dream to shop there and learn more about the culture.
Bali â Want to go there to beach, do yoga and Eat, Pray, Love it up.
Australia– Hoping by the time I make it there my friend Gabby has moved back and I have a free place to stay. ;)
Barcelona– The architecture, the nightlife, ânuff said.
Los Angeles– Dying to shop La Ciniega Blvd and meet blog friends.
Parish Hadley: 60 Years of American Design – Because I am a constant student of design and aspire to learn from the best.
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – Admitted Self Help junkie. Not ashamed.
The Talent Code – As the book says, âGreatness isnât born, Itâs grown.â And Iâd like to know how.
50 Shades of Grey – I held off on the wizard books, vampire books and war game books but I really just want to be able to join into the conversation at a cocktail party.
In 5 years I hope to own a real house. Something with a view and large glass windows would be ideal. I also really hope to be happily married with a little baby. And Iâll definitely need a gorgeous dedicated office space by thenâ¦ with hopefully two assistants to boot.
(One) Iâd love to get a new project published, so I am finalizing the last details, preparing a professional photo shoot and then plan to throw myself at the knees of the top editors and publishers. They may bite, they may not, but some way or another Iâll be showing off a new project soon.
(Two) I very much want a home of my own. Iâve been squatting at the ‘rents for a little while now and its getting old. By the end of the summer I WILL have my own apartment or house and I canât wait to start decorating again!
I would love to open a furniture store someday. Iâd want a mix of vintage and new stuff. Lots of funky art and maybe a coffee shop on the inside. Top of the bucket list!
Design Manifest is also my businessâ name so it was an obvious fit. Fun fact for those of you who havenât followed me long (or donât at all, tssk tssk)- I used to have two blogs. DM was just for blogging about kitchens and bathrooms and my secondary blog, Thirteen and South, was where I got more personal, silly and talked about decorating and pugs. At first I was afraid to be myself around potential clients. After a year of splitting my time, I combined the two blogs and thatâs when things really started to take off. I realized that clients like learning more about my personality. Plus if a client can’t handle the way I write, we probably arenât a good fit anyway!
My older sister is a fashion designer and has always been a trusted guide. She is great for brainstorming, a second hand when styling and was my personal therapist while decorating my own apartment. Blog friends always inspire me, encourage me and fill me with invaluable advice. Being so close to New York city makes it easy for me to fill up the inspiration tank. All I need to do is walk the streets and hit the showrooms and I feel immediately revived.
It was pretty cool when my loft apartment blew up the internet. OK, I exaggerate, but being featured on Design Sponge and then a dozen other blogs and Ezines was pretty exciting. More so than the press, the hundreds of positive comments and emails really just blew me away. Bloggers are the most wonderful supportive group of people!
My parentsâ country house, which we have dubbed âStarview.â A country house may sound fancy, but really its just a rancher on a few acres outside of the city. We go there for sunsets, boat rides, archery, hammock time, bonfires, giggles and star viewing of course. Itâs my happy place and my family is my rock.
I started in April of 2009 because I wanted to break into decorating and I wanted a platform to share my ideas and my style. I had been designing kitchens and bathrooms for 5 years and was itching to take on more types of projects. Luckily some people found me and gave me my first opportunities to prove I could design beyond cabinetry and tile! I keep doing it because Iâve been blessed with good press and great opportunities through the blog. I’ve been able to help my dad launch his construction consulting services. It means so much to me to help him build something since he has given so much to me. There are days that I feel like no one is reading, days that I think no on will hire me, days that I just plain hate the internet. Like any relationship, it has its ups and downs. On a good day, the blog makes me euphoric, on a bad day I’m stressing over not being creative enough, not answering emails, or generally just half-assing it on an empty tank. Itâs a ton of work and right now, Iâd really rather be sleeping than typing this post. But honestly I canât quitâ¦ Iâm addicted. Iâd miss my blogging friends too much anyway.