Life has been changing rapidly around here and a whole lot of big things have been happening so I figured that I owed you all an explanation. Disclaimer: This might get a bit wordy.

When I started this blog almost 2 years ago, I thought of it as just a hobby. I loved working on our house and sharing that with whoever cared (or pretended to care) and it was a great way to keep friends and family up-to-date with our projects and our life in general. I’ve treated it as a hobby and sort of my creative outlet ever since, using it as a way to express myself when I felt creatively stifled or felt the urge to share projects that I was particularly proud of. With everything else going on in my life, it has always felt like this one little corner of the internet where I could do whatever the heck I wanted. You see, Interior Design is my true passion and sharing little bits of that with whoever wants to listen is so very rewarding, so for me, it was a no-brainer.

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Kitchen Store Design Rendering by Maggie Smoller

In regards to the aforementioned “everything else going on in my life”, what some of you may not know about me is that I have spent that last few years receiving my formal education in the field of Interior Design. While working full-time in childcare, I’ve slowly but surely earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. In fact, just a few days ago I officially graduated! If you could be inside my head for a moment as I type that sentence, it would sound like the front row of a Hanson concert in the 90’s. (Wait, does that date me? Should I have just said One Direction? Or even The Jonas Brothers for goodness sake?! I just can’t shake the 90’s…)

But anyway, it’s something that I am overwhelmingly excited about and proud of and something that I thought appropriate to share with all of you that have been on this journey with me so far. I knew from a young age that this was what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be and I was lucky enough to have a mother who let me completely design my childhood bedroom and facilitated my desire to be creative within my own space. From that moment on, I was hooked. Thanks, mom.

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Family Shelter Design Rendering by Maggie Smoller

This creative field is a tricky one sometimes. You see, some people make a great living as a decorator and have very successful careers without any formal training at all, which I think is great! A lot of us just naturally have the eye or a knack for design that can’t really be taught, which really is a gift. But for me, for what I wanted, it was important to get that formal education in all aspects of the field (from color theory to construction, and software systems to hand rendering skills, and everything in between) and to one day be able to call myself an Interior Designer. So, that’s exactly what I did.

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Living Room Design Rendering by Maggie Smoller

Now that I enter the professional world of Interior Design, I plan to continue to use this blog as my creative space and as an avenue to share my projects with all of you and also as a sort of interactive portfolio as I dive into the professional world of Interior Design. Which brings me to my next (and final…if you’re still reading, gold star for you!) point, a new adventure that I’m so excited about!

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Restaurant Dining Room Rendering by Maggie Smoller

I’ve been hired as an Interior Designer at Havenly, an amazing company that makes Interior Design accessible to everyone on every budget. With this awesome service, you’ll be matched with professional designers based on your style preferences to create beautifully designed spaces of your own within your budget. It’s such a cool concept and you have to check it out!

So many exciting things are happening around here and I can’t wait to share all of them with you! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for mini updates along the way. I have some projects in the works around our house so stay tuned for those in the next few weeks! As always, I truly appreciate you taking the time out of your day to pay any attention at all to my ramblings and, in the words of the ever so wise Daniel Tosh, for that, I thank you.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!



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