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2015 A YEAR IN REVIEW

To say that 2015 flew by is the understatement of the century.  The biggest and most important year of my life thus far and I blinked–BLINKED–and it’s gone.  Though that may sound a bit depressing, we’ve made so many amazing memories this year [both personally and professionally] that I wouldn’t change one. single. thing.

I am the proud owner of a happy, healthy, beautiful baby girl who will be 1 in a few days-how that is even possible is beyond me.  Against ALL odds, we’ve almost made it to the 1 year breastfeeding mark.  Eva loves to say Hi to every person she sees and accompanies it with a cute little pageant wave [elbow-elbow-wrist-wrist].  She also says “hey baby” to all babies, babydolls, pictures of babies…sometimes old people…and loves to bark at dogs.  Her curly hair is getting a little bit unruly but damn if it won’t make for the cutest beach hair this summer.  She has 3, almost 4 teeth.  She’s starting to walk and crawl-runs whenever walking isn’t convenient.  Eva is literally the light of our lives and we love her unconditionally- even though I haven’t slept 5 hours straight since becoming pregnant.  Here’s a little montage (our Holiday/New Year’s card) of the past year of her life…

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I’ve continued to grow my business in the direction i’ve always dreamed, even while raising said beautiful baby girl without child care.  This year I have been sooo lucky to be blessed with clients who understand that my family came first.  Ever since she was 2 weeks old, Eva has been to almost every job site, shopping trip, and meeting with me.  Ever since I was in college, I knew I wanted to be a “hospitality designer” doing restaurants and shops…and this year I designed and/or opened 2 restaurants, 1 brewery, 1 deli/catering company, a jewelry store, and a gym/spa.  Some of these blog posts are extremely delayed…but I will get my act together in the new year.  I was also humbled to be a part of  Roc Solid room renovations for a few extremely deserving cancer fighters.  The strength children show when faced with a beast of an illness is remarkable.  I can tell you with certainty that there isn’t an adult in the world that would handle the situation with a positive attitude like these kids do.  They were, hands-down, my most rewarding clients of the year.  Here is a montage of some of the interior design projects!!

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Despite doing absolutely no marketing and continuing to base my business of word-of-mouth, our wedding coordination/design side of the business has continued to grow. Almost all of our wedding clients also hired us to design their event for them this year, which was a change from 2014.  I delved more into the floral design aspect of weddings, and definitely enjoyed it!!  We now offer planning, coordination, floral design, and some graphic design.  Again-taking the business in the direction I always planned, becoming that one-stop wedding design shop! Here are some images from a few of our 2015 weddings.

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Our house is finally getting to a point that I may be running out of projects….just kidding i’ll always have something to change/work on ;)  Our major renovation that left a gaping hole in the center of our house and forced us to share the one tiny functioning bathroom in the guest room is ALMOST DONE!! [ before on the left, after on the right ]  My amazing husband has done 99% of the work and I couldn’t be more proud of my handy-man.  Now we just need to finish this up because cleaning up construction dust daily with a baby is not fun.  I will be sure to do some blog posts once the rooms are done…

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It has truly been an amazing year and I can only hope that 2016 can hold a candle to it.  If you are interested in following us in the day-to-day, our Instagram page is a must [ @style_by_design ]!!  Again, thank you all for your support and I wish each and every one of you a fabulously happy and healthy new year!!

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