Sorry for the Silence & Home Decorating 101

Oh my! I must say: sorry for the silence! I had a “No – it can’t be!” moment when I looked at my post list – reading that my last post was on October 7. And somehow, October 7 was over 2 weeks ago?! Ah!

And now, the pressure’s on – I mean, if you haven’t posted anything for 2 weeks – you should probably have something epic to write about, right?!  Well, here’s what I got… Over the last three weeks, I have seen the beginning of more projects than ever before in the history of Rardon Design. To say I am stoked & blessed, would be a total understatement. We’re working on several remodels – so it may be a little while until I have beautiful photos to share. My mileage log includes a flooring store, furniture store, granite shop, or lighting stop almost on the daily. So. Many. Pretty. Things.

Here’s a little teaser…






October 14th & 21st I had the privilege of teaching my first special interests course at Northeast Community College. We took two hours both evenings and talked everything – “Home Decorating 101”. You guys, I had the coolest group of people taking this class. We had so much fun. They shared their decorating struggles with me, we laughed about our dilemmas with oak shelves & hunting mounts (you know – dead animals on the wall), and became inspired to decorate our homes in ways we had never thought of before.

**My favorite Home Decorating 101 Story: One of the lovely ladies taking the course literally painted, rearranged, and hung artwork in her basement between the first and second nights of the class – that’s one week! That’s amazing. Her before & afters are epic!


It was so uplifting seeing how the class inspired others. You know when you have those moments when you feel like, “Yes – I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.” This class gave me that feeling.  We’re talking about offering the class again, so stay tuned – I’ll definitely keep you posted if we offer it again!

On the second night of the class, I toted in tons of flooring samples, gorgeous backsplash tile options, and beautiful fabrics. There are so many cool finishes to get excited about – and it was so helpful in explaining them when the products were there for us to see!

I had to take a selfie with my cart. Imagine me grunting to push this heavy thing in the direction I wanted it to go while wearing a dress…



I don’t think you can really appreciate the immense amount of boards from the picture – it filled my car’s trunk to the brim.

And to tease you with some pictures, here are a few more things we talked about in Home Decorating 101:

How Sarah Richardson’s family room space is an awesome example of balance –



Why this is a complementary color scheme –


Not to over think decorating –



How to cut the clutter & display collections –



How to style shelves –



We talked about tons of other things, and really just had a great time.

Now, some upcoming things you won’t want to miss out on. Seriously – put them on your calendar TODAY!

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November 22 & 23

Yuletide Market 2014! Divot’s DeVent Center! Rardon Design will be there – and we want you to be there too!  I’ll be there both days to talk all things design. A few things from my hoard of vintage finds may even show up for sale – perhaps a handmade item or two as well!

December 6

Sacred Heart’s Christmas Tour of Homes! How many other opportunities do you have to walk through multiple people’s houses in one day?! Not to mention – be completely inspired by gorgeous Christmas decor! More details to come – but the most important detail: Rardon Design is helping decorate one of the houses on the tour! This family is adorable, and they are opening nearly EVERY room in their house (well, you know, we have to close the door of a closet or two) for you to see! In 9 days we are starting to decorate the house for Christmas. Seriously, we want it to be amazing for you guys (and for their wonderful family too). I may or may not have already listened to Christmas music while wiring glitteries -don’t hate – I had to get in the Christmas mood!

Now, go write a scrolly “Tour of Homes” on December 6 on your calendars – you won’t want to miss it!

I am currently taking suggestions on the best Christmas sweater to wear the day of the tour! Not joking. Help a sister out.

The cheesier, the better.


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