My Celebration of Change

As I reviewed 2012, I noticed that it has been a year of changes.  I didn't enter 2012 thinking that I needed to make these changes, but I guess the universe knows best. :)  For one, I cut my hair.  I've always worn my hair short, but grew it out for TV.  We thought that it would make me appear to be more mainstream.  In the end, it really didn't matter.  I wanted to cut it so I did...super short and super chic.  What do you think?

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 If you've tried to contact me and could not or if you noticed that I was missing from social media for long periods of time this year, then you helped to influence change number 2.  After I returned from New York in May, I had the worst luck with my Internet connection!  I just could not get and keep a constant signal.  I tried absolutely every service out there, to no avail. It was the worst!  So in the end, I decided to move to another condo.  As I wrapped my mind around moving down the hall, I  decided to make an even bigger move.  I changed my bi-cities.  Instead of living between Houston and Atlanta, I've decided to live between Oxford and Houston.  I truly heart Atlanta, I do, but I believe that the opportunities outside the city are better for me and my family.  I'll miss my friends and the after work cocktail hours, but I'll be okay.

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Not all of my changes were as major as switching cities.  One small but powerful change that I made was to change my homepage setting from Gmail.  This is the best thing I could have ever done.  I've heard it said that "email is an effective way of managing other people's priorities for your life."  Instead of turning on my computer and getting bombarded with that energy, I get news and business motivation that I can use.  This is, by far, a change that I would recommend to anyone.

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My life is a lot bigger now than it was just a year ago.  The energy around me is fantastic!  My partnerships are stronger, my focus is sharper, and my future is brighter than ever.

 2012 was an amazing time for me and was filled with some pretty cool firsts.  Here are a few things I'd like to raise a glass to and show gratitude for - if you don't mind.
  • My HGTV Episodes of "Design Wars" aired to rave reviews.  If you haven't seen them, you can catch them on repeat.
  • Pinkeggshell was named one of the Top 100 Design Blogs for 2013 by Modenus. 
  • I am leading a delegation of talented designers from the African-American Top 20 to Curacao - 
  • We successfully celebrated the African-American Top 20 Designers at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in New York. {See event photos tabs above}
  • We successfully launched a design blog specifically for men called Blue Satin Male.
  • I gave my very first independent Key Note address at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center
  • I curated a lovely collection for Joss and  that was a huge success.
All of those things are great, but more importantly, I'd like to celebrate meeting you. When I started this blog.  I simply could not have imagined just how much you would come to love it and I'd come to love you. You showed up in record numbers to my speaking engagements and supported all of my events. I love you for that. Thanks for all the love and all the support. It has meant the world to me.
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 I am absolutely ecstatic about life and all it's possibilities.  I care deeply about design and feel personally obligated to further the plight of all of you who are looking to make your mark in this profession.  My personal ambitions pale in comparison to the goals I have for my community.  Even now, as I celebrate a decade of Interior Design Success, I find myself thinking, "What else can I do?  How can I be better?  Where else can I serve?"

Please join me here in 2013 as we delve more into the home and what it means for a healthy happy life.  I'm looking forward to discussing this and much more with you in the new year.
Until then,
Happy New Year and Be Blessed!


  1. I love this post! I do love your haircut too! I could definitely learn alot from you. I have decided that this year come hell or high water I am going to make my mark in this profession because I eat, sleep and breathe it. I have said it many times in the past, but this time something is different because...I can feel that hunger.

    I am at the point where I am trying to surround myself with more positive people that inspire me in my life and get rid of the negativity.

    But most importantly I am working on myself. I am concentrating more on my outer appearance to get my self-esteem back when I am in front of people.

    I have my family and I am in charge of that, but now I want to be in charge of my career.

    Thank you for this post!

  2. Happy New Year lady!
    You've had quite a year. Congrats on all that you've achieved and all the major steps you've taken to ensure your continued success. Looking forward to following along with you.


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