Seeing this . . .

Rows upon rows of fabric swatches . . .

Aisles of shelving filled with carpet samples . . .

More fabric . . .

And even more fabric.

is like like candy for my little eyes (not to mention the wallpaper, tile, wood, laminate, paint, corian, granite, and silestone samples, too!).  So much to touch, see, and experience. I love it!

My first week of school was great.  I found that waking up for 8 am classes (and a 30 minute commute) isn't all that bad when it's a class you love.  Biology at 8 am, on the other hand, is not so much fun!  I found myself double and triple checking my alarm to make sure that it was set for 6 am and not pm, as I have been known to do.  I would be PISSED if I missed one of my classes, and that's a wonderful feeling
White kitchen-diner

The biggest "ah-ha" of the week is that I see that up to this point, I've really taken for granted all of the behind the scenes work that comes along with interior design.  Selecting material and picking out furniture is just the tip of the iceberg, but it's the specifications that really make a project--what's more important than the canvas???  Having the right vendors, knowing the precise measurements, understanding the "hows" and "whys" of products, and having a total game plan are what really make or break great design.  A poorly executed design, no matter how great the concept, will never hit the mark!

Black gloss

So for those of you who have emailed and asked, school is off to a great start, and I'm excited about the different projects I'll be working on this quarter (there are 5 major ones).  I'm a person who loves education (when it's a topic I'm interested in), so I embrace both conventional and unconventional learning.  If you're interested in Interior Design and have been thinking about testing the waters by taking a class, I would encourage you to do so!  A good class (or program) can only help to refine what's already in you!

**Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the custom stamp from Lettergirl.  Your opportunity to win ends Friday, April 9!! 
Natalie Address Stamp (Self-inking)

You know you want it . . . .   :)