A great day

I had a great Saturday, and I hope you did too! It started with some hang time with a long lost friend followed by a an epic, creatively fulfilling moment.

I recently re-connected with a college friend. We both share a passion for interior design. Last week, we had a friend lunch date at a place called BurgerHaus – delish! And then this week, we were able to attend a National Kitchen & Bath Association panel event hosted at the Indiana Design Center by Amy Kreutz, Janice Pattee, and Adam Gibson.

Amy started off talking about getting organized for a kitchen or bath (or any) project that includes a 10-tabbed binder. That sounds like organizational heaven to me! She also talked about using Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz to find inspiration and/or what you don’t like – which can be really helpful!

Then Janice presented four lifestyle trends she is seeing:

  • Open floor plans
    • Our lifestyles have changed to where open floor plans are very desired – but don’t line all furniture up on the walls! Float furniture and create individual, functional spaces within larger rooms.
  • Storage solutions
    • With these open floor plans, storage must be considered, whether its a coffee table or kitchen island with additional, concealed storage.
  • Connecting to the outdoors
    • Indoor/outdoor living is wanted by homeowners even in places like Indiana, where we have a cold winter!
  • Designing for a multi-generational family / aging in place
    • There are considerations you can make now to make things easier later, including zero threshold showers or even larger door frames that can accommodate a wider door later.

Adam Gibson wrapped up with discussing what to look for in a general contractor and a designer. A former home inspector in the audience asked about permitting, and Adam pointed out that a consumer should always ask the general contractor to pull permits – This makes the GC responsible for the work.

Overall, this was a great session, and I am glad I attended! Ashley and I took a walk through Ferguson after the session. It was a shiny fixture dreamland. It was fun to not only drool over the light fixtures, but also check out the hardware, hidden fridges, and counter-top materials.

Ashley and I parted ways, and I headed over to my new part-time job. On my way there, I continued my week long binge of Young House Love Has A Podcast. More on this later, but I AM OBSESSED.


My design assistant gig is still pretty new, but I am learning so much! On Saturday, I was able to pick upholstery fabrics for a project. I was thrilled when my boss said her client would like one of the options I chose! This may seem like NBD, but I’m taking note from John & Sherry of YHLHAP Episode 14 – This is fun and creatively fulfilling!


After I wrapped up at work, I went home for a glorious night of leftover pizza and TV shows with my husband and puppy – my ideal Saturday! How was your day? Any fun and/or creatively fulfilling moments?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mallory says:

    This is SO awesome!! That does sound like a great day! There’s no feeling quite like creative fulfillment!! It’s so inspiring! …Not quite the same day as yours, but I made my Mom’s chili recipe for the first time by myself yesterday and mac ‘n cheese and both turned out!! Different kind of fulfillment but very satisfying! 🙂

    1. jlwillits says:

      Both of those sound awesome! Congrats to you, girrrl! Looking forward to our next Skype sesh 🙂

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