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The last half of this year has been all about taking chances, stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing past fears.
I had a mid-summer come-to-Jesus talk with myself and found that I’d been pussy footing around…you know, not really doing the things I need to be doing for some unrealistic & unknown reasons. My end of summer talk at FLOR? I was deathly afraid (I can say that now with confidence) but am soo glad I ponied up and had the experience. There were great takeaways for me too, which is great because I actually love speaking to people and never would’ve learned so much if I hadn’t jumped in with both feet. So….fast forward to September, when I was asked to submit a design concept for the 2013 Cathedral Antiques Inspiration House–you know, the one where Lindsey Coral Harper pulled this BOMB move last year?

Of course my immediate reply was “no”.
Nope, not for me, probably won’t be picked, seems like a lot of pressure, no, no thanks, try again. Then the final tour date came along and I decided to tour the house juuust in case, because you know–it can neeeevvver hurt. And low & behold I found a space I liked and thought, hmmm…maybe I can do this, so I pulled together my concept and submitted my design on the very last day with about 30 minutes to spare. The space I loved was the Telephone Nook, a 45″ wide niche that I thought would be perfect to get my feet wet in the world of show house design. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to convey and how I (as a designer) wanted to come across in the room, and I came up with this:

Vintage Modern. Glam. Sexy. Totally my style. 
I was super happy with my concept (yup, that’s floor to ceiling nailhead trim) so imagine my surprise when I found out that…my design was selected (!!!) and I would officially be one of the 2013 Cathedral Antiques Inspiration House designers (yes, that is my exciting news!). But there was a caveat, and that was that they wanted me to design a different space other than the one I’d submitted for…a larger space (hallway + staircase) that I hadn’t laid eyes on, and I only had a short amount of time to make a decision. I initially wanted to turn it down but after further thought (and in keeping with my new get out of your box, jump-and-the-net-will-appear, Just Do It mantra) YOLO came to mind and I said to myself, “hey, if not now, when??”. So here’s what you should take from this post:
(1) Yes, I am designing a space in the 2013 Cathedral Antiques Inspiration House and I am super geeked. Like, ecstatic.
(2) I’m following my own advice and doing what I told myself I’d do this summer, even though it’s a bit scary. In the past I’d define myself as a “know all of the answers, get your own net and pull it out if it needs to appear” type girl which is MUCH different than my new “leap and the net will appear” self. I’m excited, anxious & slightly scared, but I know that it’s going to be amazing in the end (and I think I’m even going to wow myself).
(3) You’ll get to follow along! Installation is in 6 short weeks, so you know where much of my time will be spent doing going forward. Pics, concepts, etc., I’ll be sharing my process with you and you’ll get to see first hand how I pull it all together. Now that RSA is done, I’m in full-on show house mode and it’s time to get this bitch rockin’. 
Le’ go. 


  1. Dayka
    November 28, 2012 at 9:15 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks, E!

  2. Tiffini
    November 28, 2012 at 9:18 am (5 years ago)

    So excited for you! So many people talk about it but to see you actually moving is such an inspiration! You are truly stepping out on faith so God will move and I’m excited we get to come along for a portion of the ride! Thanks for sharing!

  3. LiveLaughDecorate
    November 28, 2012 at 10:01 am (5 years ago)

    Whoa lady! That is kick-ass! Huge. Major. Well-deserved. You’ll rock it out and we’ll be here to cheer you along. Here’s to jumping head first in the water and building your own nest. Woot Hoot!

  4. Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    November 28, 2012 at 11:04 am (5 years ago)

    Ehhhhhhh Now!

    Watch yoself!

    This good stuff right there. I need to get my butt down to Atlanta…quick!

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

    November 28, 2012 at 11:49 am (5 years ago)

    Me scared too. But…WTH….right!

  6. Wendy Michelle
    November 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Dayka! Awesome news, it’s been awhile since I stopped by but glad I did you never cease to inspire. Wishing you success on your new endeavor!

  7. Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home
    November 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm (5 years ago)

    i know, KNOW, that you will do this thing up right. CONGRATS Dayka! You NEED to do this. this will skyrocket you 🙂 CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Amanda
    November 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm (5 years ago)

    are you freaking kidding me!!!!?? That is sooooo awesome girl!!! You are going to knock it out of the park girl!! So excited for you! woo-hoo *doing a happy dance for ya*

  9. Dayka
    November 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm (5 years ago)

    You peeps know how to make a gal feel special!! Thank you for all your comments and support…I’m truly excited for the challenge and am believing this will open the door to even greater things! In the meantime, add my name to your prayer lists & meditation circles. 🙂

    *waving* Hi Wendy!!!!!!

  10. Donna Benedetto
    November 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm (5 years ago)

    If you don’t take a chance and have faith in yourself you will regret not taking that leap of faith. I remember the first showhouse I did, I was the under dog, least experienced designer in the house…in the end my room and a friend of mine got the most press. Best of luck to you, you go girl it will be fabulous I am sure this will be one of many. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  11. ss
    November 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm (5 years ago)

    congrats friend! that is awesome! can’t wait to see everything

  12. myblackfriendsays
    November 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Congratulations!! I am looking forward to following along (:

  13. Holly
    November 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow!!!! Way to go Dayka!! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to see where you go with this and how fabulous you are going to be. Rock it girl!

  14. Dayka
    November 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Seriously…thank you, thank you, thank you. All of you guys…your support means everything!


  15. Jessica {The Aestate}
    November 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm (5 years ago)

    I am not surprised at all that you were selected and asked to design a larger space. That concept you submitted is sick. You’re going to kill it! I cannot wait to see what you come up with!
    xo Jessica

  16. dressmyroom
    November 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm (5 years ago)

    You are such my inspiration! I couldn’t be happier for you 🙂 I will you blazing success!


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