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AN 8 PAGE SPREAD IN SOUTHERN HOME…FEATURING YOURS TRULY!!

On the list of cool things that have happened to & for me since I started my business 4 years ago, this ranks up there at the very top–definitely a milestone. 
My first bit of press is out for 2015 and it’s a huge deal for me–AN 8 PAGE FEATURE IN A NATIONAL MAGAZINE!!!! And I don’t mean me and someone else on the same page, I mean page after page of yours truly in a story on my home here in Atlanta.

When an editor of Fresh Style magazine and its sister publication, Southern Lady, reached out back in November 2014 to profile me for this piece, my first thought was “no” because like most designers, my house isn’t exactly how I want it to be. Still, I knew I’d be crazy to pass up the opportunity and got busy prepping my place for the team’s arrival from Alabama. I’m used to working with my own photographers (or ones I know well) so it’s rare that I don’t see images before something gets published. In this case I didn’t see anything with exception of the headshot pics they took of me, so I had zero idea of what to expect when it hit newsstands. When I finally found the magazine in the grocery store, I was in awe of how beautiful the photos were….and blown away by the size of the feature!

(pages aren’t in order)

Seriously overjoyed!!

My house, as you can see, is done in a palette mainly consisting of black, white, brown & gold with a few pops of color, texture and pattern throughout. I really do LOVE color, but when I finally started getting around to addressing my home I found myself getting color confused (too many choices as a designer!) or the things I really obsessed over were a bit beyond what I wanted to spend, so I went with the palette of all of the things I most love to wear (which is a great place to start your design, btw!). This strategy also worked well for me because I tend to like spaces that feel warm & enveloping, so I’m a huge fan of darker colors and cozy rooms–and when I pull those blackout drapes closed in the living room, I feel like I’m in a cocoon on a planet far away.
Mission accomplished. 

Most of what you see here is vintage. The sofa & dining table are the only things that I purchased brand new almost 10 years ago…and both of them are hopefully on their way out soon! A few years back I mentioned in a blog post that I wanted the majority of the pieces in my home to be secondhand and fast forward a few years later and it’s safe to say I’m around the 95% mark! The only other piece of furniture that I purchased brand new was my mattress–every other piece in my house is either from a thrift store, estate sale, yard sale or something similar, and it’s all been refinished and reupholstered within an inch of its life! But I wouldn’t change a thing about my choice to go that route. I pretty much love (almost) everything in here and when I DO tire of something, I have no qualms about letting it go on to its next life because my investment hasn’t been outrageous. And more importantly, I know how good it feels to live with things you love. I’m grateful I can say that.

So if this is feature any indication of what 2015 will be for me, I am expecting to constantly have my mind blown this year, both personally and professionally.
And am I’m very much looking forward to every.single.bit of it.
And so it is.

6 Comments on AN 8 PAGE SPREAD IN SOUTHERN HOME…FEATURING YOURS TRULY!!

  1. Denetra
    January 19, 2015 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    CONGRATS!!!! This year is starting off great for you. Your home is absolutely beautiful. Is this magazine at Barnes & Noble? I would like to purchase a copy to keep and have you sign it 😉.

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  2. Darcel
    January 19, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations! Everything looks beautiful. Happy King Day.

    Reply
  3. Tonia Lee
    January 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations! I really love the dining room especially the wallpaper.

    Reply
  4. Niki McNeill
    January 20, 2015 at 3:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Your home is beautiful! And so are you šŸ™‚ Congrats on the feature!

    Reply
  5. Katrina Sullivan
    January 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats Dayka, I’m beyond thrilled for you! I love seeing your home, it feels cozy and inviting, totally digging your personal style!!!! Congrats!!!

    Reply
  6. elvira
    January 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Simply glam and gorgeous!

    Reply

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