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Is the end near?

By empoweredinteriors | Jan 31, 2019 | 7 Comments

Dear empowered interiors’ supporters, I believe that empowered interiors is coming to an end. What was supposed to be a wonderful change in my life is increasingly falling apart. Even while I made an announcement to the world that I was a shoppe owner going nowhere, repeated my intentions, and increased my optimism in the…

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I am a shoppe owner

By empoweredinteriors | Jan 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

My family and I are in Cozumel, Mexico this week. I haven’t visited Mexico since my husband and I started dating in the mid-90s, when he invited me to meet his family in Moroleon. It was definitely an eye opener on so many different levels. The trip highlighted many of the obstacles we would face…

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I am not going anywhere

By empoweredinteriors | Jan 1, 2019 | 4 Comments

As I sit here on the first day of 2019, I am astonished at how much has changed since the beginning hours of 2018. What started as a vision, an intention, became a vivid reality with the birth of empowered interiors.    Yet, I’ve made major mistakes, ones that I will work through in the…

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why screw the wallpaper!

By empoweredinteriors | May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Before I explain why the name of the blog holds significance for me, I must thank some brilliant woman, Carolyn, Katie, Carrie, Tiffany, Beth, and Liz, for taking the time to brainstorm on a name for this blog. Their intellectual prowess meant a lively conversation. Some of conversation did go off the rails, but soon…

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What I learned from #HPMKT 2018

By empoweredinteriors | Apr 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram, you are very aware of how transformative the High Point Market was for this interior design neophyte. These three days changed how I see myself as a historian and an interior designer. The next few weeks are going to be busy as I work on…

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Thinning out luxury design

By empoweredinteriors | Apr 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

 As a historian, staying apprised of the most current scholarship in your field allows you keep on top of new arguments, paradigm shifts, and up and coming scholars. For interior designers, it is much the same thing, but only prettier. History journals are not the most colorful and switching to interior design has definitely improved…

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Painting a new history

By empoweredinteriors | Apr 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

 When we moved into our new home, I had envisioned myself setting up a quasi paint shop in my garage, filled with loads of goodies found in small antique/junk shops. I planned to be the next big flea market flipper, creating and selling unique pieces that reflected my creative style. Let’s just say painting a…

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Planting spring decor, a Wayfair piece

By empoweredinteriors | Mar 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

 When Tolstoy wrote these words in Anna Karenina, Konstantin Dmitrich Levin, or Levin for short, is admiring his farm and how the change in seasons is stirring new plans for the upcoming Spring months. While many of us do not live on farms like Levin, there was a romantic notion that the projects he envisioned…

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When an interior decorator goes to war

By empoweredinteriors | Mar 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

 Early into my graduate career, I had planned on focusing on the WWII period for both my thesis and then my dissertation. While working on my advanced degrees, I tried on many hats, but I settled on becoming a 20th century historian of medicine, gender, and consumerism. My dissertation focused on the modern pregnancy and…

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Chapter One: The celebrity and the interior designer

By empoweredinteriors | Mar 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

As I peruse through magazines, such as Architectural Design, Home Beautiful, Ella Decor, Town & Country, as well as the seemingly endless numbers of design books, the overall message I find is that celebrity homes are considered the crème de la crème of design. We are invited to be voyeurs as we gawk at each…

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