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Moms Monday : Special Interview with Annabelle Petriella

This Monday we have a special treat. Annabelle Petriella from Stylish Furniture and Decor agreed to be interviewed for this Moms Monday post!

She is an entrepreneur and a mom, so I know you will enjoy reading about how she juggles it all.

Annabelle Petriella

How did you start your own business?

I worked as a high end residential interior designer in Washington, DC for 10 years and New York City for 2 years.  I was working long hours for a design firm in NYC when I got pregnant and decided to shift gears in my career.  I wanted to be able to work from home and make my own schedule once the baby came.  I also wanted to do something relating to my field
and experience as a designer.

Sourcing has always been one of my favorite parts of my job as a designer. It’s so satisfying to find a fabulous piece that is just perfect for a space I’m designing, or to discover something that I know I can use in many different spaces.  That is what inspired me to launch my retail furniture site.  My goal is to bring a designer-sourced selection of furniture, accessories and lighting to my retail customers.

What challenges or obstacles did you face?

Balancing my baby’s needs and the demands of a new company was a challenge I faced from the start.  While I imagined “working from home” meant working here and there around my baby’s schedule, the reality is much different than the fantasy!  I learned early on that I need to have dedicated times to work on my company and times that I focus exclusively
on my son. Otherwise, both the work and my baby suffer.

How do you balance your work with family?

I work for about 2 hours in the morning during his two naps.  I consider that bonus time and am happy to get a few things checked off my list during those two naps.  Then, I work for 3-4 hours uninterrupted in the afternoon while a babysitter or a family member watches him.  I work at night after his bedtime and on the weekends while my husband has some
father-son time.  What is the most liberating about being your own boss is not working less – in fact, you’ll probably work much more! – but being able to choose when (and where!) you work and when to spend time with your family.

What advice do you have for other moms who want to be their own boss?

I have a few pieces of advice for other moms who are considering starting their own company.  First, choose something that you are passionate and excited about.  I love furniture and design, so I enjoy spending time working on my company.  Second, identify your weaknesses and seek the advice and support of others who can help you in those areas.  Third, once
you start your business, set a schedule so that you’re able to focus on work during set times.

What’s your top pick for moms from Stylish Furniture and Decor?

My top pick for moms is our e-design package!  We recently launched our e-design division, Stylish Design Services(www.stylishdesignservices.com).  Using our unique e-design process, we create fantastic customized room designs for a fraction of the cost of an in-home interior designer.  We feature qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from all over the country with unique and varying styles.  They create a beautiful custom design complete with a
furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else needed to create the room of your dreams!

Thank you, Annabelle! It was fun doing this interview with you!

Everyone, if you haven’t already check out Annabelle’s blog and site. She was kind enough to give wallinspired readers their very own 10% off discount code WALL10! Hurry it expires May 31st!

Stylish Furniture and Decor also offers free shipping on purchases of $500 or more.

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Sunday Funday with a little bit of Saturday Sales

Sorry I missed posting yesterday. Did you miss Saturday Sales?

Well, you’ll still get a chance to see what’s on sale in wallinspired. But first a little Sunday fun. Click the link below to read the cute article on the Etsy blog about pet furniture that stylishly fits with your home’s decor.

Get the Look: Dapper Dogs and Classy Cats | The Etsy Blog.

Do you match your animals’ beds and dishes to the style of your home?

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Now on to what’s on sale.

Can you find the on-sale wallinspired item?

‘March, April, May, June…’ by piecesofelises


Felt Butterfly hair Cl…

$8.00

Big Hand sculpted acorn…

$20.00

CUSTOM Butterfly Mobile…

$98.00

organic yarn – crochete…

$25.00

Light Purple Girl Peony…

$2.00

Ring Sling Baby Carrier…

$60.00

24 Edible Butterflies -…

$9.95

Circles follow squares …

$17.50

CROCHET PATTERN PDF-Lit…

$4.25

ON SALE Kids tree vinyl…

$50.00

Baby pink flowers bouqu…

$20.00

Spring Summer Wedding S…

$33.00

Hippo stuffed animal- b…

$31.50

Baby Felt Flower Headba…

$5.90

Rocket to the moon hand…

$20.00

blue butterfly watercol…

$18.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Dads

This is my follow up post to my post last week on Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Moms

Yeah. Dad’s usually aren’t so into the fashion scene and spring style trends probably sound like a bunch of hoopla to men – but take a look at these cool picks for men. Hey – you won’t have to shop! All the links to these great items are provided so you can zoom right to the one that catches your eye. 🙂

For the Quirky Dad

 I work with a very fun and  quirky lawyer who just had a new baby boy. He wears bow ties to work with a plaid suit and suspenders. Oh and he gave his son the middle name “Stucky”. I made these picks with his taste in mind.

1. Check out this sweet New Dad and Baby Boy Set of 2 Tie Shirts from ChicCoutureBoutique

2. Nifty Sherlock Holmes Cufflinks from BeautySpot

3. 3 snazzy Vintage 1950s Bowties from vntagequeen

4. A playful Ecofriendly Dad Wooden Key Fob from Ireneagh

For the Dapper Dad

This is the kind of dad I have personal experience with. My dad wore dress shoes very often as I recall. He also wore rings and old-fashioned hats. He wore nice suits and ties, and I’m pretty sure he owned tie clips. My step-dad, also quite dapper, has a good collection of suits, ties, shoes, shirts… I’ll have to see if he has tie clips. He’s also a fan of rings and brief cases.

1. Cool engraved Boss Dude Tie Clip from ManoyMetal

2. Handsome Multi Stone Mens Ring from thesilverman

3.  Classic Rockport Mens Wing Tip Oxfords from RetroVintage123

4. Fashionable Briefcase in Dark Navy Leather from jennyndesign

For the Outdoorsman Dad

My older brother has become quite the outdoorsman of his own making (oops I misspelled it on the picture – but you get the point). Just the other day I watched him build a fire on the shore of a lake with branches and dry grasses. It certainly wasn’t a huge feat, but it was something our parents never taught him to do. I made this collection with him in mind.

1. Every man needs a good Flannel Shirt Checked Black/Green from BlackboardLabel

2. A tough pair of Vintage Herman Survivors Mens Boots in Oxblood from RabbitHouseVintage *

3. A casual Brown and Cream Plaid Cotton Fedora from rocksandsalt

4. A sturdy Vintage Oversized Caramel Leather Duffle Bag from claudedonohoshop

*RabbitHouseVintage  created a 10% off coupon just for you wallinspired readers. It’s wallinspired   🙂

For the Chill Dad

This actually is also based on my brother (he’s not a dad but I’ve seen dads with this look). He’s into rock (bands like Coheed and Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, and Sevendust) and I think the other side of his style comes from his love of music. He wears a lot of neutral colors all year round, which isn’t odd for a man (or a woman in my opinion – since I do the same thing). He wears a lot of tee shirts with a sort of Grunge look. He likes aviators (sunglasses) and the ring in the picture reminds me of his wedding ring.

1. A masculine For Him Bracelet Aluminum Wire and Waxed Cotton from Kosmika

2. Edgy My Moon My Man mens t shirt from blackbirdtees

3. Sleek Aviator Sunglasses Black Frames and Yellow Lenses from DontUWantMe

4. A rustic Copper Wood Grain Tree Bark Mens Band from tinahdee

Stay tuned for more look book features next Friday!

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Thursday Food for Thought: Your Earliest Memory

Last week I had a discussion with my mom and brother about what our earliest memories were.

I remembered riding around the neighborhood with my brother in our red toy corvette. I also remembered an old lady that lived down the street from us in a green house. I could also picture that a park that we used to call “Green Hill” had a carousel. It doesn’t anymore. My mom told me, “you were about 2 when all those things happened”. I was surprised I could remember back that far.

What about you? What is your earliest memory? Please share!

Photo credit: Thinking about Love from yardia

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One Word Wednesday

I have to admit I have a weakness for funny you tube videos. I can’t resist sharing them if I think other people will appreciate them.

Cat Portrait from JKphotography

Animal Love from PrettySoul

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Tuesday Newsday: Time-lapsed Memories

Do you have a special photo album chronicling your child’s growth from a newborn on? Those are real keepsakes.

How would you like a time-lapse video showing your child’s growth in motion?

That’s what one dad and filmmaker did in the video below:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/40448182″>Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/franshofmeester”>Frans Hofmeester</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Did you see any interesting news that you’d like to share this Tuesday?

It doesn’t have to be national news, just something important to you.

Share it in the comments area below, we’d love to hear from you!

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Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Moms

This is my follow up post to my post last week on looks for your little guy

There’s been a change in the weather – which probably means it’s time to make a change in your wardrobe. Here’s some of my favorites from Etsy for moms (and women in general)…

For the Artsy Mom

1. Funky Embroidery sandals, beaded ethnic style from realmlistic

2. A cute Blue Denim Tote fromjacquelinrousseau

3. An intricate Pakistani Red, Gold, & Turquoise Beaded Headband from slacktopiancharms

4. A fun Sundress Summer Dress from VividDress

For the Active Mom

1. A cute Cream Stretchy Jersey Twisted Workout Headband from ThreeBirdNest

2. Great Yoga Bloomers from moonseats

3. Wonderful Vintage Shades Germany Boehler Santos Brand from RetroEyewear

4. A beautiful Light blue and green Butterflies Bracelet from sisicata

For the Fashionista

1. A glossy pair of Vintage 1970s Shoes in Snakeskin Print from FabGabs

2. A stylish pink lace cardigan from AndyVeEirn

3. A sassy Mini Ruche Bag in Ruby Red from jennyndesign

4. A handy Mineral Lipstick Gift Set from Blushie

For the Businesswoman Mom

1. A classic Vintage 1960s Mad Men Navy Blue Dress from VijolicaVintage

2. A functional Red pebble leather handbag from artoncrafts

3. Gorgeous Charcoal Smoky Drops Earrings from MADEbyMADA

4. An elegant Silver Quartz Bracelet Watch from XiaoStop

Next week I will be doing a post on Spring Looks for Dads (see Dads I didn’t forget about you) :)!

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Thursday Food for Thought: You in 6 Words

This Thursday I wanted to really make this post interactive. So please if you’re reading this, go ahead and add your answer.

Can you describe your life in a six word sentence?

Here’s my stab at it:

A young creative finding her way.

I know you guys can come up with something much more interesting than my sentence, so please share below!

Photo credit: thinking from Tosya

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One Word Wednesday

The saying goes that a picture says a thousand words.

Below is a family portrait from today’s featured Etsy shop Rita Studio.

In one word, what does this picture say to you? Please feel free to comment.

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Tuesday Newsday: Tax Day Deals

Do you get stressed out during tax season, or do you think it’s just a drag?

The Yahoo! article linked to below shows some places that will be offering deals today:

Tax Day Freebies 2012 – Yahoo! Finance.

The free scoop of Maggie Moo’s frozen yogurt sounds delish!

Photo: Can’t buy me love print from humwithme

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