Yesterday I found an article on Apartment Therapy posted about retailers now offering “life skills” classes for millennials. There was an example in the article of a Home Depot video that teaches the viewer how to use a tape measure.

Wow. I mean seriously, wow.

Heck, when I was a kid, playing with a tape measure was a form of entertainment. I’d pull the flexible, metal ruler out, bend it into fun shapes, mainly circles, and then I’d press the button, and let it fly back into the housing, trying to keep my fingers out of the way. Now, I make a solid investment in a good tape measure that has ticks in different colors that I would never abuse because let’s face it, a good tape measure can be hard to find.

This article made me think, is the whole notion of DIY dying. And not just DIY home projects, but DIY anything. With the influx of service apps/ providers (think Shipt for groceries or Task Rabbit, now owned by IKEA), is the whole notion of getting the job done yourself fading away?

For the last two weeks, Andy and I have used the HEB curbside service. I shop for my groceries at my computer desk Sunday mornings, chose a time to pick them up, arrive at HEB, park, text my parking spot number, and like magic, my groceries are brought to my car. They even bring you booze and wine if you order it. All of this for just five bucks. Plus we get a cookie. And while we have not tried it, friends and relatives of ours have used food delivery services like Door Dash to bring them their dinner. Not because they are sick. Not because they had a car issue. Simply because they did not want to go out, they’d rather have someone else do it. However, we have tried Hello Fresh, and that gave us the opportunity to avoid coming up with a grocery list, someone else did, and a shipping company delivered the food to our house.

And it doesn’t stop at food. There are so many clothing, shoe, and cosmetics services out there that do the shopping, or product selection on your behalf, and send it to you. I tried Stitch Fix for a couple of months. At first, it was exciting having a brand-new outfit waiting at my front door that was curated “just for me.”  Eventually, the outfits started to suck. Seriously, I’m 35, don’t try to dress me like I am 25. The clothing was expensive and the quality sucked. So, I stopped. I still prefer to do my own clothing and beauty products shopping.

Then there are the home services. Who knew interior decorating could become so affordable and e-based? Thanks to services like Laurel and Wolf or HomePolish, you can pay someone to design your dream space. Even stores like Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware offer these services in-store, often complimentary. When you purchase something for your home from Amazon, there is almost always the option to pay for someone to install or build whatever it is you are buying.

For the people who are design-challenged, super busy, bed-bound or whatever, I get why these services exist. There is totally a market and a need for them. If you are traveling most of the week, why spend your weekend doing lawn work?  But for the people who have no excuse other than “I don’t want too,” are these services creating an even larger problem? I think it is. This is part of the reason why so much of our youth feels entitled. This is why we are ending up with kids who do not know how to use a tape measure.

The remedy? I suppose it would be to get out there and do something for yourself every once and a while. It’s surprising how satisfying doing lawn work or finding an amazing pair of shoes on clearance can be. When you designed a space and everyone tell you it looks beautiful, it feels amazing. When you cook a meal that people rave about, it’s incredibly rewarding. When you stretch a tape measure out 15 feet, hit the retract button, and not a single finger gets cut, you feel like a total boss.

Guest Bath Update

So, finally getting around to posting a photo of my guest bathroom. It’s been 90% completed since August. There are a couple of details I am still missing, but who knows how long it will take me to find them. So without further delay, meet my tiny guest bathroom.


The room is maybe 100 square feet but the neutral graphic wallpaper packs a nice punch. It’s not too overwhelming and it adds nice depth to this tiny space. I also decided to mix metals. I chose a combination of chrome (faucet, bath accessories, and door pulls), brushed brass (lighting), and black (bathroom accessories). I still need to decide on a soap dispenser, extra storage, and art this bathroom. Maybe a Persian rug. Like I said though, who knows how long that will take.

Sources below.

Wallpaper  Vanity Light  Ceiling Light  Mirror   Bath Accessories   Door Pulls  Faucet

Organic Modern Living Room with a Global Twist

I’m at The Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston and the mix of art deco, various forms of modern, and mid-century here is awesome. I hope to snap some photos today and tomorrow for Instagram. Seriously, just look at this restaurant, The Walker Street Kitchen.

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Not only is the food AMAZING (hello Moo-mi sandwich), but the atmosphere is modern, organic, masculine, clean, and calming at the same time. It made me want to switch up my living room from an eclectic space to something more clean, organic, and modern but with my rug, of course.

Organic Modern Living RoomNot quite as masculine as I would like, but I love my Heriz rug way too much to take it out of the living room. So, I kept it a little global with the Danielle Oakey pillows. I mixed brass, black, metal, rustic wood, and bamboo textures/ finishes so that it encompassess many different elements without anything being too harsh (hence the need for the neutral cream sofa).  Andy like the look, in fact, I know if I went the masculine route versus the global, he’d be totally into it as well. But you know, that rug is just too pretty. Not the rug above, my rug, which is similar. Plus, I have those giant pots and other random stuff from Indonesia. So the global needs to stay. But it doesn’t mean I can’t dream of an accent wall in modern plaid wallpaper.



Brewster Home Rockefeller Beige Plaid





Blue Breakfast Nook

Some friends of mine are purchasing their first home and they wanted to pick up a round table for the area. While I was cruising the internet looking for curtains for another friends, I came across this Target table for only $104. A freaking steal of a deal. Then I thought, why not create a breakfast nook design this morning with them in mind? It’s a little farmhouse, a little traditional, a tiny bit bohemian. It’s also super affordable, just about everything is from Target (links included).





Wow, I can not believe it’s been two weeks since my last post. This post will be brief, because there’s still so much panic and uncertainty in the air.

Bottom line, we are fine. Our house is fine. The whole neighborhood is fine. My friends and family have all survived Hurricane Harvey. It’s not over yet though. For the waste industry, and most of Houston, it’s all just really begun.

So, I’m on a hiatus.

Peace out.