Cannot Stop Learning

Late January, 2020, I decided to register for the Photoshop class at Los Angeles Mission College so I could finally say I know Photoshop. I didn’t know this was going to begin a new creative journey for me.

There is something about learning in a class I find hard to resist. Besides necessary continuing education related to my occupation as an Interior Designer, I am interested in learning about art and design history. As a working professional, I also can’t avoid learning new computer programs. I figured it couldn’t hurt to learn a little Photoshop and perhaps other programs included in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Now, a year later, I am still taking multimedia design classes and loving them. I finally feel like an artist.

Interior Design is my business, not the boundary of my creativity.

Design Consideration Checklist

There are so many aspects to consider when designing a space. Budget, timeline, and style are usually determined first to define the scope of work. Here is a (evergrowing) list of topics to review throughout the design process.

  • Location
  • Orientation
  • Climate
  • History
  • Architecture
  • Neighborhood
  • Circulation
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Building Standards
  • Biophilia
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Lighting
  • Acoustic
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Daylighting
  • Audio/Video
  • Automation
  • Furniture
  • Ergonomic
  • Finishes
  • Equipment
  • Hardware
  • Health and Wellness
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Comfort
  • Special Needs
  • Accessible Design
  • Universal Design
  • Aging in Place
  • Maintenance

2020 Gift Guide

2020 has been a year unlike any other we have been through. Art, Music, & Design is what has been keeping us going. Here are some suggestions on supporting organizations and people who have been keeping arts alive.


Getty Museum Store: 

LACMA Store: 

MOCA Store: 

MOMA Design Store: 

Studio Channel Islands: 

The Huntington Store: 

The Shop at the Broad:  


Ira Meyer Photography: 

  • Photography 

ROBOT by Matt Spangler: 

  • Drawings and Illustrations 


J&S MakeScents: 

  • Hand Poured Soy Wax Candles


  • Home Fragrance, Bath & Body


Angel City Press: 

  • Nonfiction Books

The Last Bookstore Online Shop: 

  • Used and New Books

[Guest Post] How to Get Your Art Noticed

Photo Credit: Eddy Klaus via Unsplash under License

Getting Started

The art business is notoriously tough to break into. Getting your art noticed by art galleries, potential employers and art enthusiasts requires a lot of hard work, the right platforms and persistence. Building up your portfolio, creating a strong social media strategy and online art presence, and making connections are the key steps to gaining recognition for your art.


Harness Social Media

These days, social media is one of the most effective ways to get your name out in the world as an artist. The right social media strategy can make all the difference in how many people view and share your artwork. Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all excellent tools for promoting art.

Think carefully about the content you post. You need to give people a reason to follow you in the first place. Post content that you don’t have on your blog or website, like beginning sketches or the first stages of home sculptures and home paintings. Works in progress are a great way to let fans see your artistic process.

But posting good content isn’t the only part of a good social media strategy. Interaction is key. If you want to gain followers, you need to actually get involved in the online art community. Follow accounts similar to yours, leave comments and ‘likes’, and you may find yourself gaining much more followers. It’s also a good idea to join online communities exclusively devoted to posting art online and connecting with other artists. DeviantArt – the largest online social community for art enthusiasts and artists – is a prominent example.


Build Your Portfolio

Every artist should have a media kit with a portfolio. If you want your artwork noticed by the curators of art galleries, you need to build up a substantial and impressive body of work. Without it, there is not much chance you will be taken seriously.

As most artists know, the art world is very competitive and you must stand out to be noticed. Your media kit should accurately represent who you are as an artist, and should include a portfolio of your artwork, an artist statement, a brief biography, your press releases, published articles, and an artist business card and brochure.

Photo Credit: NeONBRAND via Unsplash under License


Interior Design

Targeting the art gallery market is not the only way to go. There are other ways to sell your art and get exposure. The interior design market is a great example of a massive industry that is always in need of new art. Interior designers are constantly in need for home paintings and home sculptures.

Before approaching designers, do research to make sure their work is in sync with your own, then put together a wide array of pieces for them to choose from. If they find the piece they’re looking for, they won’t mind if you lack experience and training.

Interiorart designers often hang around studio tours, art shows and art galleries – from where you can also gain inspiration. Remember, connection and interaction is essential to getting noticed in the art world. Going out to these places is a great way to meet potential interior designers, employers, art lovers and other artists.


Harper is an Auckland-based freelance writer who loves discussing home and lifestyle topics. She has enjoyed the privilege of writing content for local businesses such as Sea Containers. Harper keeps her home simple by choosing minimalistic décor and design. You can find more of her written work on her Tumblr page: Harper Reid.


[Guest Post] How to Make a New House into a Home and Save Money Doing So

Did you just move into a new home? Moving from one place to another can be pretty exciting, but it can also be unnerving and expensive. Thinking about the maintenance, improvements, and decor you need to complete, you may not know where to start. If you are looking to settle into your home while saving some money, then you need to look through these tips.

Make Home Improvements Budget-Friendly

Moving into a new home usually means investing some time into home improvement and maintenance tasks. However, you shouldn’t have to invest your entire savings too. You can make your house feel more like a home for less, and you don’t even need to clip coupons to do so. Look online for online savings and get cash back for home improvement stores like Lowe’s. If you want even more ways to save, try choosing home improvement projects that are budget-friendly to begin with. You can add a new coat of paint, more storage to your kitchen, or some style to your entryway, and each project will cost you less than $150. If you are a homeowner, you should also think about picking up a basic tool set and taking care of smaller maintenance tasks on your own. If you need to hire a contractor, look online to get your work done for the best price, and always ask about discounts and specials they may be offering.  

Save More Dollars, and Style, with Your Home Decor

You can use some helpful decorating tips to help set the mood in your living room, as well as other areas of your home. Small details, such as adding artwork to your walls or using the right lighting, can make your home feel warm, inviting and relaxing for you, and your guests. Of course, you may want to pick up some new decor to help make your new space feel fresh. Popular stores such as Pier 1 and Bed, Bath, and Beyond often offer coupons that you can use online or in-store. You can also look for ways to save by signing up for email and free rewards accounts. For example, World Market offers new customers who enroll in their Market Rewards program a 15 percent coupon, but other stores have similar rewards programs as well.

Throw a Housewarming Party Without Throwing Off Your Budget

Once you are all unpacked and have your home in order, why not celebrate with a housewarming party? Having friends and family over is a perfect way to feel more at home in your new place. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to host your housewarming on a budget. Set a budget first so you can plan your party accordingly. You can have just a few friends over and get creative with inexpensive (but delicious) drinks, snacks, and desserts. Be sure to check local grocery stores and retailers, as well as apps like Ibotta, for in-store sales and savings before you shop for your party needs. You may need to sign up with your email or phone number if you’ve never used your local grocery store’s discount program before, so take care of that step before you leave the house.  If you want to skip buying food, you can also have friends bring their favorite dishes over for a potluck, or make a main course and have them bring some sides.

Getting comfortable in your new home shouldn’t mean completely draining your savings. With online rebates, promo codes, and in-store sales, however, you can pick up all you need to create a warm atmosphere in your new home. That way, you can spend less time stressing about your budget and more time enjoying your new place with all your family and friends.

Photo Credit: Pexels

Guest Author: Alice Robertson

Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.