2015 Design Trends

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Now that we have adjusted to the design trends that are dwindling away, it’s time to upgrade our spaces with just a few items that will have you feeling fresh. It’s safe to say that our living spaces affect the way we present ourselves and how we live out our daily lives. For those of you that have New Years Resolutions, having a space that you love will help you accomplish who you want to be,…

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Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us by.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and compassionate for things I do not understand.

I want to live everyday as if it is my last.

I want to love unconditionally.

I want to not judge.

I want to be better at what I love.

I want to be a better someone.

I want to help more people just because.

I want to travel to places I have never been.

I want to be less into what I need and more of what others need.

Top 10 Things I want to say:

I want to say I understand and mean it.

I want to say NO more often.

I want to YES more often.

I want to say YES to jumping out of an airplane.

I want to say “i love you” more often.

I want to say “I am proud of you”.

I want to say “i can do that” and do it.

I want to say “really” can you re-phrase that please!

I want to say “be all you can be” to the ones that really need it.

I want to say what I feel all the time…

I think this list of mine is obtainable and I recognize the things I want to be better at and the things I want to say more often. I want to be the person that always says how she feels when she feels it. I want to live an authentic life and be meaningful to the people I love and the ones that love me. We often overlook the good and happy things in our lives and often take it all for granted. If we look at what we have and build on the future with these solid ideals, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything…

Definition of “taking for granted:

to accept without question or objection; assume: Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted. to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner:

To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.

Synonyms:

Trust, rely on, accept, accredit, admit, attach weight to, be certain of, be convinced of, be credulous, be of the opinion, buy, conceive, conclude, consider, count on, credit, deem, fall for, give credence to, have, have faith in, have no doubt, hold, keep the faith, lap up, place confidence in, posit, postulate, presume true, presuppose, reckon on, regard, rest assured, suppose, swallow, swear by, take as gospel, take at one’s word, take for granted, take it, think, trust, understand.

Antonyms:

Abandon, deny, disbelieve, discard, dismiss, dispute, disregard, exclude, forget, ignore, neglect, refuse, reject, distrust.

I wish all of you love, happiness and the best life has to offer in #2015.

Just remember taking people for granted in your life is the one thing that you should recognize and change in 2015.

2015 Design Trends

Now that we have adjusted to the design trends that are dwindling away, it’s time to upgrade our spaces with just a few items that will have you feeling fresh. It’s safe to say that our living spaces affect the way we present ourselves and how we live out our daily lives. For those of you that have New Years Resolutions, having a space that you love will help you accomplish who you want to be, what you want to change, and keep your resolutions in check the entire year.

Simplicity. The first trend you are going to see is simplicity. I do not mean minimalism. I mean using tone-on-tone throughout the space. In the photo below, you can see the simplicity in the design, yet it doesn’t look “sterile.” Just clean, comforting, warm, and inviting. The designer used a palette of grays while mixing in a few different tones and textures to create interest.

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Bold Color and Pattern Mixing. This is almost the opposite of the first trend but still is considered a big trend this year. Designers and clients are not afraid to use color, and not just create an accent wall, but bold color throughout a space. Some colors trends that you are going to see this year are stunning olive greens, bold cobalt blues, and bright turquoise. Personally, I am a fan of cobalt blue throughout a space. Bold color also goes hand-in-hand with bold pattern mixing. Most spaces that you’ve seen throughout 2014 had a neutral color with a couple patterns thrown in. Get ready to get creative and colorful this year, while still achieving a styled, well put together space.

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Juxtaposition. One of my favorite things to do throughout design, is to create juxtaposition in choice of materials and product. Mixing old or classic pieces with new or contemporary pieces create a space that is different. Taking a classic Queen Anne chair and upholstering it with a contemporary fabric or having a contemporary living room with an oil portrait painting, creates an interest that the mind wouldn’t normally pair together. Classic or traditional design styles with a twist of contemporary accents will be a favorite trend of mine this year.

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These were just a few of what 2015 has in store for us. Let me know in the comments below of what you want to hear next! Happy New Year!

Xo,
Jessica Calkins

DIY HOLIDAY GIFTS

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 With Christmas right around the corner, many of you are probably scrambling around trying to find the perfect last minute gifts for your loved ones. You are on the internet, looking at the hottest deals, or running through the mall trying to find the right sizes. It gets very hectic around this time, especially when you feel the pressure of trying to find the most wonderful gift for those who have helped you to have a wonderful year. It makes sense. But why must the most incredible gifts be the most expensive?

I understand that many people do not have one artistic bone in their bodies. I am one of those people. I recently took up a ceramics class for my last semester of college, and while I do enjoy making bowls and cups, and cute little tea cups, I struggle a lot. I worked my butt off to get a good grade in the class, but my bowls always seemed to have a little TOO MUCH personality, if you know what I mean.

I made a total of five bowls, a teacup, and a abstract box. I brought the bowls home with me and my mother said that they would make wonderful gifts. I wasn’t even thinking about turning them into gifts, but it is such a wonderful idea. I worked my butt off to make those bowls and teacups as beautiful as I could make them. I worked at the wheel for hours until I finally liked one. It took up a lot of my time, but I really enjoyed it, and why not share with others what I enjoy (even if I may be terrible at it)?.

Now, I am not saying go buy a wheel or take a new pottery class, but Do IT Yourself gifts are really the best. Make a photo album, candles, jewelry. Knit some scarves. Bake some cookies. And maybe if you decide to do it, your bank accounts will not hurt as much 😉

For great ideas, check out Pinterest. It has many creative and loving ways to put a smile on your families faces!

…and if all else fails, buy something from Bare and Me;)

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Home for the Holidays

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One of the biggest things I miss about being home is the smell of my house. I am pretty sure my mom has something baking or on the stove at all hours of the day, because that is just who she is. She has a knack for cooking and baking, and someday I hope I am as talented as she is.

My favorite is when I come home and I smell cookies baking in the oven, especially around the holidays.

So for this post, here is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe found on pinterest!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don’t use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)

DIRECTIONS:

To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.

Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.

Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

This is not an original recipe, although I wish it was.

ENJOY

Thought Catalog: On Being Happy

f3fa3f36addbfbef6695c23d1313004bEverybody has their morning agenda, and by that, I mean the things that you do without even realizing it. For instance. Every morning when my eyes open from a long night sleep, I click snooze on my phone exactly three times before I realize that I need to be an actual human being and do actual human being things.

I sit up, let me feet dangle over the bed while I gather my surroundings, because lord knows I am still half asleep from my rough night of studying and writing silly papers for silly college. Once my surroundings are a bit in place, I take that first eager yet still a bit hesitant, step. I make my way to the bathroom, tripping over a couple of shoes on the way, and YOWWW, who put those heels there? Once I make it to the bathroom I examine myself in the mirror and shake my head because I forgot to wash my makeup off from the night before AGAIN! Why do I always do this? Laziness at its finest people. I wipe off the mascara and the eyeliner, brush my teeth for two minutes, gargle some mouthwash, and here is where it gets interesting. I put the water in the facet on the coldest it could possibly get. I wait for it to get to maximum coldness so I put the toilet seat down and sit, and wait, and sit and wait. Once I think the water is as cold as possible, I form my hands into a makeshift bowl and go to town. I think I throw water on my face about ten times before the job of waking up is really done. The makeup is gone, the eyes aren’t puffy, and best of all, the color is back in my cheeks. There she is. There is Haley. Then, I make my way back to my room, turn on my curling iron, and while that is heating up, I make a cup of coffee.

I am very particular about my coffee, as I am sure most everyone is. My mother got me hooked sophomore year of high school, and I have been a goner ever since. And as I sit here writing this, I am thinking to myself, “Why in the hell would you brush your teeth and then drink coffee?” Oh gosh, that just is silly. I really need to rethink my morning rituals.

Like I said, coffee. Drinking coffee. I love Hazelnut creamer, so after the coffee is done brewing I poor the creamer in for exactly three seconds. 1 mississippi 2 mississippi 3 mississippi. And there you have it. A lot of creamer and a little coffee.

I come back upstairs, coffee in hand, and go to my favorite website. Thought Catalog. Oh, how I love this site.

“Launched 1 February 2010, Thought Catalog is a website dedicated to your stories and ideas”

Thought Catalog is a blog site where many different people can put their thoughts into words, and share those words with the world.

It is an amazing idea, and that is why I read it each and every day.

Many of the posts are funny, fun loving, thoughtful, and just downright weird. But many make you think. And that is what I really love.

So today, like many other days, I am skimming through the blogs when I come across a title that stands out to me.

“How to Not Be Terrified of Being Happy”

The author speaks of happiness being this utopia, or this mystical world that  nobody truly understands the concept of. That somehow, some shape or form, we are always trying to do better than we already have. That we cant stop moving or doing more because things will just fall apart, “like a house of cards”.

Instead of being happy for the things that are going well in our lives, many of us worry about when it will be taken from us, like a game of hide and seek.

I have this problem where sometimes I feel like I do not deserve to be happy. That the people around me deserve better. Because of that feeling, I have a lot of anxiety. Anxiety about life, relationships, friendships, family, school. Everything scares me. It doesn’t mean I stop going about my daily routine, but sometimes I think that I don’t take things for what they are. I over think. “Things are amazing now, but that wont last.”

You may get your heart broken.

People may not like you.

You might not get your dream job.

You might upset your loved ones.

But that will pass, and you will once again, be happy.

“Avoiding happiness just so you can avoid the sting of eventually losing it will ruin you.”

Periods of Joy

Periods of Difficulty

Periods of Love

Periods of Heartbreak

I do not think I have ever read something that has hit so close to home for me. You can learn so much from a 500 word blog. I hope that one day I can meet the writer and thank them for opening my eyes to a world that can be full of happiness and love.

So. Morning rituals can be robotic, and boring, and annoying, but this particular morning, it was a great one.

Making life prettier…

Making life prettier…

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I believe in classic timeless design. This vision can be obtained in different and all interiors. Classic designs are forever…

Modern and timeless interiors captured by harmonizing period pieces, traditional and transitional furniture, raw wood, organic shapes and tropical touches to create spaces that feel unencumbered and relaxed. Glamour that is disarmingly functional and practical.

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Making life prettier…

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http://www.pamelalovett.com

I believe in classic timeless design. This vision can be obtained in different and all interiors. Classic designs are forever…

Modern and timeless interiors captured by harmonizing period pieces, traditional and transitional furniture, raw wood, organic shapes and tropical touches to create spaces that feel unencumbered and relaxed. Glamour that is disarmingly functional and practical.

My philosophy, bringing the outdoors in through natural elements, mixed with modern, traditional, and the unexpected create a serene home that stands the test of time and good taste.

Well, let me introduce you to my best friend since the second grade…

WE have been through just about everything together in the last 40 years. The heartbreak of loss, life’s joys and  struggles but most importantly, standing beside each other through everything. I can not express the gratitude I feel just knowing her. Her love of beauty, creativity and sense of style just astounds me.

This is the type of relationship that stands the test of time. You know, the kind where you don’t see each other for a long while and once you are together you don’t miss a beat. The fate type of relationship, SISTERHOOD.

We spent our “Thanksgiving” together like we have done for countless years. Our children also have friendships that will last forever. Her first three are the same ages as mine and have spent countless hours with each other over the period of 24 years.

While she was here in Maryland, she made my new house a home with her glorious floral arrangement. It’s hard to achieve this when you are newly moved into a home with the “Holidays” in your face but she with a few clicks of her branch cutter, floral ideas and most importantly her quick paced mind, she put these together like a whirl wind of magic…

I love this about her 20 things going on in this pretty little mind but makes each and every decision with guided intuition, love of beauty but most importantly with “mad” creativity…

Her designs just want to make you stare in glorious delight…

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The Giving Season is coming….

The art of giving…

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe

The Giving SeasonWell, we wanted to let all of you know some exciting news…

Here at Bare and Me we are lovers of the “Holiday Season” and we want to be the givers…

Here is how it will go and we are truly excited about this. We want to give-a-way something (gift cards, jewelry, little things we love) for SEVEN DAYS, December 1-7th.

We wanted to do something wonderful for all of you who read and share our blog. Make sure to pass this along to loved ones because the winners will be the people who truly love what we do… IF you love our jewels, then say it. IF you love what we say, then say it. If you think we are AWESOME, then say it…

SHARE YOUR FAVORITE PIECES OF JEWELRY FROM WWW.BAREANDME.ETSY.COM

YOUR FAVORITE BLOG POSTS WWW.BAREANDME.COM

Our links:

Twitter-@bareandme

Instagram-@bare_and_me

Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bare-and-Me

We will be watching… WE will also be posting some of the give-a-ways to peek your interests… They WILL BE AWESOME, just like us…

We are truly honored here at Bare and Me…



:::Thank You Etsy and Racked:::

How do you say “thank you” to a company that recognizes what you do and tells the world- We love them?  il_340x270.548792321_rif1 il_340x270.634278474_6qow il_340x270.546508318_cakz il_340x270-1.549958345_gye1Well, you shout it to the world.

https://www.etsy.com/pages/weddings2015/bridesmaids?ref=pg_index_12

Not only did they feature one of our necklaces in the 2015 Etsy Wedding Look-Book,  they featured four. How awesome is that!!!  We are one of three jewelry designer chosen out of hundreds of thousands designers on the handmade website Etsy…

We are honored and truly thankful for this opportunity to represent our lovely jewelry…

WE would also like to recognize and thank Racked for publishing all of these beautiful finds on their website. Truly it is an honor and we are so very thankful:)

Check out all of the other wonderful handmade finds here:

https://www.etsy.com/pages/weddings2015