Thursday, April 10, 2014

Energize or Deplete You?

This is a very simple formula that kinda works with every aspect of your life. Does something Energize or Deplete you?

As someone who used to spend a lot of time on the Deplete side of things, I can tell you this makes a big difference. It's really all about energy. When I first really got this and probably the easiest way to test it out is with people. When you are around someone and leave the situation do you feel a bit better or like you need to go have a gin and tonic? If it's the latter, take note. When you do an activity, attend a class, a certain part of your job - we can notice where we feel a little bit lighter.

Saying no is very hard. I have a very common disease as I know many of you do as well - 'the need to please disease.' But what I'm slowing (and when I say slowly, I mean like a turtle) I am finding the more I can say yes to what feels like a 'Hell Ya' and leave the other stuff I am more focused on what really matters, find time for what fulfills me and feel fuller on the inside.

Don't get me wrong, every time I say that dreaded 'NO' word to something I brace myself as if the world may start crumbling. But so far, the world has kept on going (kidding of course on this) and it actually starts to feel like a world of more freedom and choices.

For the next week, let's all try and do the things that energize us and see if it makes a difference. Go with your gut, go with your feelings. If it fills you up, do it more. If it makes you feel a little less, try and do it just a little less.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ready for a Truthbomb?

It's Thursday and I'm holding to my commitment to post on what I'm finding inspiring, helpful and interesting in hopes you may too.

I had a few ideas swirling around and thinking which to start first. I then started watching a branding video and the speaker referred to Danielle LaPorte. There was my sign. Let's start with Danielle LaPorte.

Last year I kept hearing and seeing her name pop up. I was intrigued. I got her book at Christmas time and finished in about 3 days. For me this is a miracle as I was in a book club a few years ago and probably didn't actually finish 1 book (which I still get harassed about!). The book is called Fire Starter Sessions and it is about living by your core desires. Now, that description does not give it any justice, but I want to do a whole other post, or many posts, about all the good nuggets I got from it.

What I wanted to share today is go on to her website and sign up for what she calls her "Truthbombs." It's a daily little bomb of truth that feels like Danielle is talking directly to you. I know that not everyone might read a book, watch the seminars but you can get this which takes 10 seconds to read and I find lots of times what she has to say when I'm reading it usually around 6:30 am holds true to what I need to hear that day.

Here is one of my other favourites. Came to me at the exact right time. Enjoy...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Intention...

I must fess up, I've been feeling very uninspired on the blog front lately. Could be a number of reasons. Sometimes there is a lack of new ideas, loss of motivation, knowing that this blog doesn't directly generate business etc.

I have been having this 'whisper' lately about my forever interest and curiosity about human nature. About how we live on purpose. Becoming our authentic selves. Learning life lessons and most of all growing. I have been on what I now know can be labeled as a spiritual quest for as long as I can remember. I'm not big on small talk and surface level to be honest. I love going deep. Most people in my life know this about me and I was telling one of my dearest friends that I am finally letting out the 'woo-woo' side of me. I have always been the friend that has been there for advice, trying to help as much as I can. This has actually been one of my biggest lessons (future blog post on this one) as I've had to learn to have relationships where I can still be that friend who can give advice but I don't forget about myself in the process.

So this bit of a ramble leads me to my blog. I have two main passions outside of my family life. Design and Spirituality. I probably used to call it Self Help but don't really like that word anymore. I want to combine these passions. When I wrote my Karla Dreyer Design business plan my mission was "to inspire people about their space." This keeps resonating with me and how I can incorporate this into my work? The blog. I am going to still post design/decor things but I also want this to be a place where I hope to inspire. Share books I've read. Articles I love. People that inspire me. Practices and life lessons. This is a vulnerable place to be so be gentle on me!

I will post every Thursday. It might just be a great quote, but my intention is to invite you on this personal journey with me to live your most amazing 'woo-woo' as it may sound :-)

Since this is a long post already, I'll just leave it with the quote above. Everybody is always waiting for the right timing, me included. Guess what - it's never going to be the right time. If you have a burning desire, just take a step in that direction.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Ahh, what to write. Was thinking about a fashion post - I have spring on the brain. Then was thinking of a self help post because that's always on my mind. So why not a little bit of everything...

January was an interesting start in my household. A sick one. I was the only one who held strong while my hubs and kids have had about 6 colds, 4 flus and a case of double pink eye. Good times. Throughout this fun period of time I have had some highlights. I have been working on a couple fun projects. I am re-branding and super stoked about the new look for my biz and I have some exciting news soon about a national publication my work may be appearing in!

I have also been meeting with some very inspiration women. It's part of my 2014 Year of Inspiration. I want to sit down with people who inspire me and to sound corny just get inspired from what they do. I've met a couple fabulous ladies lately who are in creative fields and managing/juggling both kidlets, following their dreams and making it happen. It's helping me to learn and grow.

And on a lighter note...I'm daydreaming of spring. I hear the birds, the days are a bit longer - it's coming (well, one day?). I've started putting together something very important. Looks I love. Petty as it is, it makes me happy.

So there you have it. A little reflection, a little fashion and maybe next time a little decor! Enjoy...

via: Pepa by Alexandra

via Fashion Style Century

Via Harpers Bazaar
Via Harpers Bazaar

I'm obsessed with this hair!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Toughest Client Yet!

That's right, you heard it. I got 2 new clients last week. One of those clients is very difficult. She's demanding, opinionated and has kick ass taste! Yes, it's my 5 year old daughter Isabella.

While working on a couple design boards last week she started telling me that she wanted her room decorated. This was one of those moments where I could have just said, ya...ya and kinda swept it under the rug but instead I decided to dig deeper. We went on Pinterest and flipped through a few magazines while she showed my her signature 'style.'

Nothing was too much of surprise. She is quite girly, she loves pink and she is a collector of many things so wants/needs unique spots for all her little treasures. If I had my ways I probably would have went a bit of a different decorating direction but I aim to please my clients.:-)

So, I've set us a challenge of $100 and using what we've already started, what is lurking in the basement and using some creative energy to see what we put together.

Here are the pics she decided for inspiration. Enjoy...

This one is her complete inspiration. She just likes everything. A pretty good start. I kinda want to girl it down a bit and luckily her other inspiration shots do this...

This one she picked for the treasures. As mentioned, she has treasures and wants them displayed. 

This one was picked for that fox on the wall. Pretty cute actually.  

This one was a love of the rug. I told you...the girl has kick-ass taste! 

Again, a place for the treasures. Love the idea of using old crates. 

The gold, the treasures, the pink, the flamingo...she likey. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lovin Some Large Art

One of the trends for 2014 is large art. I love it. That being said, I have just completed a couple gallery walls for clients and I still love this look and feel that it will always be timeless. But...back to the trend. What I love about it is the impact and I think it works really well in a small space as it's unexpected.

This is a trend I want to embrace in my home this year. I currently have a black ornate mirror above my couch and as much as I still love it I find the style of my home going a little less ornate, more sculptural, more simple, little hints of industrial and vintage.

Here are some images inspiring me lately. I love the work of Massimo Vitali. This would be my dream art/photography but probably isn't in the budget plan so I will keep my eyes open for where inspiration strikes.


Via: Apartment Therapy

Via: Coco and Kelley

Via: Desire to Inspire

Via: Elle Decor

Via: Elle Decor

Via: Style at Home

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Some Fun, Fresh Playroom E-Design

I want to "spruce-up" the playroom in my basement. For some reason when I'm doing something for myself it's much harder than for a client. There is a certain pressure where I can't have the ugliest playroom on the block! Right now it's a mix of what we didn't use upstairs and what fits into this small space. Yes, I think it is the ugliest playroom on the block.

I want it to be fun (duh!), eclectic (over-used word I know), cozy and a space that inspires creativity with my girls.

Here are a few E-Designs of playrooms that I've done recently and some Pinterest images that I have me thinking lately. As a fan of a pure white house, I do love colour, texture and energy for rooms with kids.  Enjoy!

Karla Dreyer Design

Karla Dreyer Design

Karla Dreyer Design

Like that this has adult furniture with a kid twist. Via: Anthology Magazine

Low shelf for books, wood toys, chalkboard wall - all must haves Via: thebooandtheboy

White with pops of colour Via: modern mommy blog

Bright fun art, craft area Via: Petit Tresors

I like these soft ikea baskets for toy storage

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014 - What I'm Feelin...

The problem about having a blog is you can't help but be a blog world people pleaser. Should I post some thoughts on my 2014 goals etc or is that totally boring and narcissistic. I wasn't sure and then one of my favourite blogs Oh Joy, popped up with a new post on some resolutions and I thought this is a sign. I love reading what other people are up to so why not?

I've always been a big goal person but this year is different. Instead of goals I'm on a quest to form my activities of 2014 around how I want to feel. I read a fantastic book over the holidays - Fire Starter by Danielle LaPorte. The concept is if we can find out what our core desired feelings are and then do more things in our life to feel that way.

I want this to be my year of Inspiration and carry that through all aspects. Along with Inspired, my other core feelings are: Connected, Strong and Free.

So here's how that looks for 2014:

Inspired: I want to feel inspired in my work. I flippin love design and want to incorporate it more in my life. I want to surround myself with inspiring people. Authentic, happy, complicated people that are making it happen. I want to attend events, plan my weekends and find activities that are inspiring for me and my family.

Connected: My family. Want to be more present with my girls. Put down the phone and give committed time. I used to feel that to be a good mom I had to spend all my time with my kids. What I now know to be true for me is having time where it's present and connected goes way further in my household. It's about the quality of that time. I also want to have more date nights with my hubby and make sure we remember those 10 plus years we were together before babies. I want to be with friends who make me smile and I feel more whole when I walk away from our visits.

Strong: This one is 2 fold. Firstly, I want to feel literally strong - in the muscle sense. I want to work on my weight training and yoga to feel physically strong. I also want to feel mentally strong and able to handle situations with a strong mind-set.

Free: Ahh, love this one. I just added this a couple days ago but means a lot. I used to feel trapped to please everyone and everything without even knowing what I wanted. Freedom means having the choices to live what is authentic. I saw a great quote over the holidays "I'd rather be someones shot of whiskey, than everyone's cup of tea."

So there we go. There are some other specific things like eating better, flossing know!

Cheers to 2014!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

E-Design for 2014

I have been waiting on this post and maybe it's getting up at 4 am this morning or the fact that I've consumed 3 coffees and about 5 chocolates that I want to send it out now! I have some new pics of two condos to share in the New Year and I'm so flipping excited to be working with an amazing designer and shop owner on a new look for Karla Dreyer Design. As I said in yesterday's post, I'm wanting to make this blog on what inspires me for 2014 and share that.

The past year I have been working on In House Design services which I love. In this service I give the client a Design Board to show them how the room will look and feel. For 2014, I am going to be doing E-Design. This is where you send me photos of your space, we discuss your needs and I provide you with a customized design plan and links to where to get all the items so you can start building your room!

Here are some examples of Design Boards. Excited for this new part of my biz. Happy Holidays!

Living Room

Living Room


Living Room


Master Bedroom

Family Room

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


This word keeps popping up for me. When thinking of how I want to feel at home, work, relationships the word inspired comes to mind. I search it out. I feel on a bit of a quest to surround myself with things, experiences and people that make me feel, yes...inspired.

I am going to try and focus this blog for 2014 on what I find interesting and I hope through that it will give you a little inspiration too.

So first up, here's what is inspiring me on the home front. Back in September, the amazing Kelly Deck, spoke at the IDS West show and explained how she started a sort of vision board of how she wanted her home to feel. This wasn't a picture of a certain kitchen or light fixture but a feeling. I was very inspired by this and started "pinning" my own vision board. I have tried not to think too much about it and what's interesting is a really notice a pattern. I am drawn to a neutral palette, texture, simplicity. And I notice myself removing things from my home and replacing with this feel more.

Here is my vision board. I hope you Enjoy...

via: The Little Corner

Via: Laura Thomas Linens

via Domino

Via: This is paper

Via: Manhattan Nest

Via: Heather Ross Natural Eclectic

Via: Amber Interior Design

Via: Emma's Blog

Via: Glitter Inc

Via: Etsy

Via: Etsy

Via: Heather Ross Natural Eclectic

Via: Emma's Blog

Via: Domino