Taunnie gives to us a description about her:
“ I am an interior design student. I am not in college for the first time, that was twenty years ago. I returned to school because I have come to the realization that I can’t not decorate. I have also come to the realization that even though I am on my fourth project house with plenty of pit stops along the way for family and friends homes, I want and need to learn more.
I have loved decorating since I was a little girl. I have very fond memories of helping my Mom pick paint colors, wallpaper and carpet when she got the urge to redecorate. Now my daughter likes to help me when I get the urge to redecorate, which is all the time. My family doesn’t even blink anymore when they come home and find some of the living room furniture in the family room, some of the dinning room furniture in my bedroom. Or find something repainted. I have changed the paint in the family room so many times, even I have lost track. I have painted furniture, cabinets, light fixtures, and counter-tops, you name it. Nothing is safe. I also love to shop for fabric and make pillows, drapes, and slip covers.
I wanted to start this blog to share some tips I’ve learned in the last twenty years. Mostly I would like to share ideas and projects with people whose eyes don’t roll or glaze over when I start talking design.
So, why «Mingle Elements»? I have eclectic tastes. I have always had others hand-me-downs and I love to shop for new stuff. I shop consignment shops antique shops, garage sales, Target, Ikea, Home Goods my Mom’s basement, anywhere I think I can uncover my next treasure . I think when it comes to decorating anything goes, old with new, shiny with rough, kitschy with elegant.
My feeling is when you surround yourself with things you love and that make you happy then that’s what makes your home your favorite place to be.”
Thank you Taunnie.!
Olioboards by Taunnie:
Paula is married to Adam and have one daughter, Emily who is nearly 16!They live in a beautiful village, close to the River Severn in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire – which is in England. Paula worked in local government for the past 15 years and before that was a legal secretary.
She says: «I never really knew – when I was young – what I wanted to do when I grew up!!
I have always been interested in design and decor and remember, when I was about 11/12 years old, that I used to look through my mum’s used Grattan catalogues and make lists of furniture items and things which I liked and then cut out the pictures to put into a scrapbook! I liked art too but could never draw people or animals, and only really liked playing with color and textures. At home I often move furniture around to try and re-invent the space and am always looking for new projects! If you know me well then you’d know that I’m quite impatient! If I have an idea, then I want to get straight to work on it! It’s even been known for my husband to pop out for the day and come home later to a re-painted room with all of the furniture in different places!!”
In 2007 Paula enrolled on a course with The National Design Academy which allowed her to continue working full time and to study. In the summer of 2008 was awarded with Diplomas and Certifcates in Professional Art and Interior Design. She definitely recommend distance learning/e-learning to anyone who doesn’t have the time to attend college/university due to other committments, as this type of study can be done to suit yourself and help is always on hand by email or telephone if needed.n 2011 she carried out her first interior design job (which was for the Local Authority where she worked!). By using her skills and knowledge it was a way of the Council saving money whilst also giving her some first hand experience and showcasing her talents! We can see photos from this on Paula’s web site. Also her mother involved in the project and commissioned her to paint a couple of canvasses!!
About design Paula said: “Design is my passion, so after finishing the work at The Crematorium it made me realise that this was what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up’!!! I then decided to set up my own business and spent ages researching,business planning, designing a web site and business cards etc. I then discovered other business tools like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and, of course, Olioboard!!”
About olioboard: “Olioboard has been an extremely valuable tool for my business. In fact I have used a moodboard designed on Oliobard for my Facebook Page, Twitter Account, Web site and even my business cards. It is so useful to be able to create virtual moodboards for clients, using Olioboard, rather than using the old method of cutting out ideas and sticking them to a board (or in a scrapbook, as an 11 year old girl might do!). I have also met lots of wonderful, like-minded people in the Olioboard Community (Konstadina!) and can even enter competitions just for fun! I am inspired by many things such as colour, texture and shape. I love art, photography and different cultures and am very drawn to Italy and France. I don’t know if I’d say I have a ‘style’ as such, because I like all types of design. I suppose I just look at something and decide there and then – if I like it, if I don’t like it, or even if I could make it better, you know – work with it somehow!!”
Olioboards by Paula
At the present: “I do still work for Local Government too, in my capacity as a Business Improvement Officer, but have decided that 2013 is the year to really launch my business so that I will then be able to make the move once and for all to concentrate fully on Casa Interiors!
One day, when I’m well and truly ‘grown up’ I should like to be living somewhere in rural Italy or France!!”
***I wish to you dear Paula from my heart.!!!
Mary is an Interior Decorator, Home Stylist and Remodeling Consultant. She lives in Virginia Beach , VA. Her goal is simple. To help people create homes that reflect who they are, how they live and what they love. In addition to helping others have great spaces, she is remodeling her own home one room at a time. She describes her personal style as traditional/eclectic. She is currently enrolled in the Interior Design Institute to get additional training.
Mary is the recent winner of the Color Trends 2013 contest sponsored by Tobi Fairley and Benjamin Moore with this olioboard: