Fall Home Decor Picks

Fall 2014 home decor - top picks from interior designer Lesley Myrick. Zigzag lamp, starburst mirror, geode knobs, reclaimed wood coffee table, faux fur stool, white and gold serpent bowl, and more. Click for sources! #decor #trends #homedecor #fall2014
Happy first day of fall! Hands up if fall is your favorite season. I love decorating for fall because it means it's time for lots of layers, lush textures, stronger patterns, and rich metallics. Which is kind of my jam. 

Oh, and fall is also awesome because of pumpkin spice lattes. Naturally.

Happy autumn!

Note: this is not a sponsored post. I just really like all of this stuff and think you will too.

HUGE Giveaway from Lesley Myrick Art + Design!

HUGE giveaway from Lesley Myrick Art + Design worth over $650! 3 lucky readers will win. Click though to join the email list and get in on the action! #giveaway
I'm about to give away something HUGE to 3 lucky readers.

Like, each prize is worth over $650 huge.

I'm not going to tell you what it is - but if you want a hint, you might find a clue here. I've been working hard to laser-focus my blog and business on what I'm passionate about, what I do best, and the value that Lesley Myrick Art + Design can bring to you. I believe that beauty and inspiration just make life better. So let's just say that this giveaway will spread a little beauty to the winners.

I'm only opening this giveaway to email subscribers, so if you want in, sign up for email updates by visiting the blog and entering your email address at the top of the page.

You've got until 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, September 28 to join the email list. I'll be sending out an email on Monday September 29 with all the details about what the prizes are and how you can win.

**Update: The giveaway is open worldwide! So even if you're not in the US, you can win. Hurrah!**

Eek! I can't wait to share more.

Happy Monday!

To Achieve Great Things

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein. #inspiring #quote #inspiringquote #productivity
Happy Friday! I hope you achieve great things this weekend.

Looking for more motivation? Check out the Inspiring Words archives.

Lovely Web Links: Issue 106

Lovely Web Links by Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Link roundup featuring Canva, career tips for smart women, a free printable, Seth Rogen's thoughts on marriage, how to create the perfect cat eye, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary's #veryworstdietbet, and a huge giveaway!
+ Need to make a graphic for a social media site (like a Facebook banner)? Canva is the place to do it.

+ Completely fascinating for bloggers, designers, and, well, everyone. The Absolute Essentials of Color Psychology. (My blog is definitely a spring, but my personal style is much more winter.)

+ I printed this to hang above me desk. AMEN.

+ My absolute favorite new Tumblr. If you have kids (or are even thinking of having kids) you need to check this out.

+ Looooove Seth Rogen's take on marriage. I consider myself lucky that this is how Nate and I feel too.

+ Bianca's Dear So-and-So letters are adorable.

+ How to create the perfect cat eye. Gotta work on this (to go with my new shoes - ha!).

+ You guys. I signed up for this DietBet! Join me?

+ I've been working away at some small-but-big changes on the blog. If you're viewing this in a reader, hop on over to lesleymyrick.com and check out the updated header and navbar, as well as totally revamped About and Hire Me! pages. I'm really excited about the work I've been doing to develop my brand and business, and I hope that these little changes communicate exactly what it is I do, and what I can do for you. Feedback welcome!

+ Also...pssst...I'm about to give away something HUGE to 3 readers. This giveaway will only be open to subscribers, so if you haven't joined my email list yet, do it now! Visit the site and enter your email address at the top of the page.

As always, find more lovely web links here.

Happy Thursday!

Image: photo of my workspace by Erica Marr Films

You, You Work

“When something you make doesn’t work, it didn’t work, not you. You, you work. You keep trying.” – Zach Klein via Lesley Myrick Art and Design. #quote #inspiration #inspiringwords
If you've been a reader of Lesley Myrick Art + Design for a  while (hi there, thank you!) then you'll know that perfectionism is something that I struggle with. I've written about it herehereherehere, and here. Oh, and also here. I've always equated what I do with who I am, with my value. And that's a dangerous thing to do. My fear of failure has often prevented me from even starting creative projects because I feel so overwhelmed by not having the solution already figured out, and also by the possibility that I might not be successful.

Intellectually, I know that failure is not the worst thing that can happen - although sometimes it sure feels like it. And spiritually, I know that my worth is in Christ and that He has great plans for me. But I've never been able to shift my mindset and truly believe these things.

So imagine my surprise when I came across a quote a couple of weeks ago on Creative Something that really, truly, stopped me in my tracks:

“When something you make doesn’t work, it didn’t work, not you. You, you work. You keep trying.” – Zach Klein

I've been on a quest lately to overcome perfectionism. Reading Brene Brown (love her!). Soaking in the wisdom of bloggers and creatives. Getting outside and just starting art projects (that's always the hardest part for me). And between all of these outlets and internalizing the quote above, I finally feel a shift.

It feels. So. Good.

Gonna go kick some ass now. And I hope you do the same. Because you, you work.

Have a wonderful week!

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