Happy Friday! I hope you’ve been staying warm. It has been so cold in Houston this past week, but I know it is nothing in comparison to what our friends on the East Coast are currently experiencing. The weather is supposed to warm up significantly here this weekend and I am so ready for the warmer weather! It has been really nice being back in the office this week after taking a short break during the holidays. We are working on some exciting projects at Paloma Contreras Design and I have been working on writing the final components of my book like the dedication, acknowledgements, and all of the captions. Writing a book is truly a labor of love, but I have enjoyed the entire process so much. I’ve also made it a priority to make this a week of reflection and introspection and spent time outlining my goals for the new year as well as working on getting into a positive mindset to set the tone for the rest of the year. Have you set your goals for 2018? I would love to hear what the are! In the meantime, here is what is currently on my radar.
Design: Vogue.com asked a group of designers for their interior design predictions for 2018 and I was included amongst a wonderful group of my peers including Nick Olsen, Timothy Corrigan, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, Miles Redd, and Peter Dunham. My prediction? “I predict that classic, traditional design elements will be back in a big way in 2018! They’ve certainly never gone away entirely, but over the past few years, everyone has gone mad for modern. Given the uncertainty of our current political and social climate, it makes sense that people would gravitate to classic, sure-fire favorites to make their homes a true respite from the rest of the world. Get ready for antiques, traditional brown furniture, and printed fabrics such as floral chintzes to make their mark in the new year.” To read all 16 interior design predictions, click here.
Style: With the cold weather, all I have wanted lately is to bundle up in cozy sweaters. In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time in the warmth of my house, opting to stay in rather than go out in the evenings. I tend to favor neutrals in my wardrobe, but even more so during the winter when it’s all black, gray, and camel, all the time! I am currently loving this cozy sweater, this alpaca cape, this comfy coat, and this classic cashmere turtleneck.
Travel: One of the things I think a lot about in the New Year is my travel schedule for the year. My work frequently takes me to places like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, High Point, and Atlanta, but I want to give some thought to where we might travel for personal reasons this year. I am sort of loyal to a fault, so when I love a place, I tend to keep going back there rather than exploring new places. There’s nothing wrong with that, although we might change that up this year! Harper’s Bazaar just published their list of the 18 Best Places to Travel in 2018 and it features several destinations that I have yet to visit, but that have been on my list for a long time such as Mexico City, Mallorca, Charleston, and Big Sur, California.
Events: Mark your calendars, Atlanta friends! The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market is taking place at AmericasMart January 9th – 16th. I’ll be heading to Atlanta next Friday and will be speaking on a panel, Design Coast to Coast, along with fellow designers and bloggers, Amber Lewis and Erin Gates on Saturday, January 13th at 10:00 am in Building 1, Floor 14, Vignette Gallery, 14-D-9. It should be fun to hear our different perspectives on design as we collectively represent the West Coast, the East Coast, and the South. I hope you’ll come by and say hello!
Health: One of my goals for 2018 is to make healthier choices, whether that means eating healthier, exercising more often, or drinking less. I indulged way too much over the holidays, so I need to make some changes. I didn’t want to tie arbitrary numbers to that goal such as “go to the gym 4 times per week” or “lose 10 pounds” since my life can get pretty hectic with my work and travel schedule sometimes. I don’t want to set myself up for failure! One of the things I definitely want to do is drink less. I love drinking wine with dinner in the evenings, but I could probably stand to do it less often. This interesting article from My Domaine outlines “What Happens to Your Body When You Cut Out Alcohol“.
Shop: Few things are as chic as creamy, winter whites, especially in ones wardrobe. I am currently obsessed with this chunky sweater, these chic jeans in the perfect warm shade of white, and these ultra-cool zodiac mules, shown in my Scorpio sign, but available in all signs.