Ever since the turn of the New Year I feel like I’ve been approaching every day as a new challenge, lesson or task to tackle. I don’t know if it’s the fresh start, being a bit older or just having a second chance to re-imagine my business, but I have so enjoyed having this time to dive back into my work life with the sense of excitement and curiosity I had 10 years ago when I started D*S. So I decided to take that feeling and use it to look back and imagine what I would have told myself all those years ago. What would I have wanted to know? What advice should I have taken or not taken? I tend to learn the most – and most effectively – from mistakes I make, so I decided to turn those into a radio show this week: The 12 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started My Business. And because I think two heads are usually better than one, Julia joined me on-air to share her experiences as well. She is infinitely more patient and understanding than I am, so I was very thankful to have her advice and tips because they represent an important end of the spectrum that I tend to have less experience in (things like: Saying No, The Importance of a Thank You and How to Find and Keep a Mentor). A big thank you for Julia for joining me on the show- I hope you all enjoy the advice, stories and feedback we both have learned from a decade in the home and food worlds. xo, grace [Portrait above by Lauren Gerrie]
Best of the Web This Week:
- Lena Dunham’s thoughts on women in media is fantastic. I cannot recommend watching this full interview more highly. Please do. Also, Bill Simmons is a really great interviewer.
- The Jealous Curator finds real-life art for movie idol Amelie…and she NAILS IT.
- Claire Diaz Ortiz, Twitter’s head of social innovation, set a goal of reading 100 books each year. Amy is bookmarking her reading list for my readers for next year.
- 100 Years of Olympic Posters: 1956’s poster is my jam. Such good pink.
- How JCrew picks its colors: Somehow we missed this when it came out this fall, but it’s worth a watch if you missed it, too.
- Design critic Alexandra Lange describes criticism as love for Valentine’s Day. While I don’t quite agree with all of it, it’s an interesting and thought-provoking read.
- Old Loves: Thanks to Lena Dunham, I now have a new website to look at when I want to avoid working and find out who dated who.
- Regis Larrocque favorites at Desire to Inspire: a seriously gorgeous exploration of beautiful but minimal interiors.
Best of D*S This Week:
- Must Reads: Less Is More: 45 Stunning Spaces Where Simplicity Reigns Supreme, 10 Second Tour: Fishs Eddy, A Day In The Life of Carson Ellis
- In the Kitchen With: Adrian Miller’s Catfish Curry
- Biz Ladies: Anna Brockway of Chairish, Sales Tax 101 for Crafty Entrepreneurs
- City Guide: 24 Hours in Athens, GA with Hugh Acheson
- Before and After: A Tiny Closet Becomes A Charming Home Office
- D*S Gem Handbook: Citrine, Smoky Quartz
- Sneak Peeks: Eclectic in New Orleans, In London, Revisiting a Childhood Home
- DIY Projects: Fabric Pyramid Bookends, Pipe + Leather Wine Rack, DIY Bracelet
- Misc.: 15 Modern Trivets, 10 Cozy Reading Nooks, 13 Creative + Clever Home Offices
- D*S Newsletter: Prepping for Spring + creativeLIVE Free Photoshop Class + D*S Classic – Best of DIY Cards & Stationery
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