Two years ago, I faced one of my biggest fears—I quit my corporate job without the security of another job. Even though I knew quitting my job wouldn’t put us in financial jeopardy, it was one of the scariest things I’ve done in my life. Starting from scratch helped me realize and confront some of… Read More 8 Things I’ve Learned Since I Quit My Corporate Job 2 Years Ago
This time of year can bring up all kinds of emotions. Have you ever noticed that positive and negative emotions often exist together when a big holiday approaches? Stress and worry often accompanies excitement and anticipation. We want the occasion to turn out just right. This tension exists throughout life. Preparation for anything often takes… Read More Seasons of Change
I love looking at model homes! To me, model homes represent possibilities. There are so many ways to use color and style to portray a certain feeling and personality within a building. Possibilities are endless! However, our pocketbook is not endless, and you may find yourself limited on what you can do in your own… Read More Seven Simple Solutions to Hiding Practical and Ugly Items in Your House
Do you find yourself wondering where all the time went on weekends? The older I get, the faster the days seem to fly by. Because we work weekdays and often have plans most weekday nights, the weekend is generally when we do things around the house. By the time I get the groceries bought, the… Read More How I Save Half an Hour on Laundry
What would you give to have an extra 5 hours? Time is one of our most precious resources. No matter how much we make or how hard we work, we all have something in common: we all have 24 hours in a day. The best time-management tools and resources can’t squeeze any more hours out… Read More How Much Is Your Time Worth?
Some of you have asked me how I came up with the name The Velvet Clock, so I thought I would write a post about it. The Short Answer Earlier this year my husband and I were on a road trip to New Mexico to visit friends. We forgot to bring music with us, so… Read More Why The Velvet Clock?
There are many approaches to decorating. You may be someone who can throw seemingly unrelated things together and make it feel like a cohesive whole. Or perhaps you plan the minute details of every nook and cranny. You may like to incorporate the latest trends into your house or you may like to incorporate old,… Read More 10 Ways to Add More Heart to Your Home
What do you think of when you think of home? Is it the smell of mom cooking a favorite dish in the kitchen? Is it friends in your neighborhood? Do you envision your childhood house or the house you live in now? The words house and home have different connotations. House—a building for human habitation,… Read More What is Home?
When my husband and I bought our first house a little over 5 years ago, I thought I would have it decorated in one year. I thought so many people do it, it can’t be that hard. Boy, was I wrong! My expectations were way off! We spent the first year just uncovering all the… Read More The Truth About Decorating