Monday, October 29, 2012

When in Doubt, Keep Moving Forward

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"The more concerned we become over the things we can't control, the less we will do with the things we can control." Coach J. Wooden on surviving the tough times

As I have mentioned before, I love quotes that keep my mind focused on the positive and headed in the right direction.  As often happens in the Fall, our busy lives seem to move into an ultra fast gear and many of us just try to hold on and keep the pace until after the holidays when we see a bit of relief in schedule!  Add to that a big election year and a super sized hurricane and you get a bit more stress than most would want!  (Don't worry this isn't going to be a political ad, I promise!)

My Mom always says when there is too much on your plate than seems managable, try to break down your tasks into smaller segments.  Mom always has great advise!  Instead of taking it one day at a time I sometimes find it helpful to take it 1 hour or even 5 minutes at a time.  In other words, bite off only what you can chew!

Try to give yourself what we all need more of, a little compassion.  Remember to live in the moment as much as possible, and of course...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tailgating, classy not "kitschy" tips

Continuing our "Classy not Kitschy" tailgating party, here are a few easy elements to bring your party to the next level. To make your entertainment space feel fresh mix patterns in offset tones of your team's colors with natural elements and neutral pops. Also the best thing about creating a chic space is that you can represent your team all year long! 
1. Dishware that represent your mascot are a subtle and chic way to pay homage to your team without being over the top!

2. Using colored or patterned glassware is a great way to start bringing in pattern!

3. Pillows are an easy and flexible way to bring in team spirit!

4. By bringing in fresh flowers and fruit, your space will feel as lively as your cheers! The oranges are a nod to the University of Florida and the sunshine state!

5 & 6 Bringing in floor cushions instead of extra chairs allows you to bring in more people and keeps the space from feeling too planned or stiff!

7. If the game is at night or you are partying outside, lanterns are a great way to add party lighting. 

8. Patterned place-mats and napkins help to make guest feel special while once again including your theme without being kitchy! Plus using cloth place-mats and napkins are a lot less wasteful than other collegiate gear! 

9. Pairing a special table runner with a neutral table provides a balance that is a lot less visually overwhelming than a full tablecloth. 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Classy not "Kitschy" Orange and Blue Decor

Represent your team all year round! Instead of cartoon mascots and color blocks, get inspired by using patterns, textures, and variations of your team colors. Let your enthusiasm shine by creating classy not "kitchy" entertainment spaces to tailgate! Since we are from Gainesville, we are representing the gator nation through orange and blue!
Unique floor pillows paired with the low lamp create a fun flexible environment to watch the game!

Mixing and matching patterns creates a lively environment that pairs well with loud cheers!

You can bring in team colors through abstracted forms or natural materials to really create dynamic space!

Take your color scheme from the wall to artwork to the furniture to the floor.

Paired with neutral materials, the orange and blue really pop!

Bringing the team colors in through different elements creates a vibrant and classy way to root on the team!

Using unconventional tones of orange and blue create a unique space that subtlety shows off your school spirit!