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welcome 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Yes, it is the THIRD week of January and I’m just getting around to my first entry of the new year.  So far it has been somewhat of an uncomfortable start to 2015.  Like many, I am looking ahead, setting goals, and developing strategies for success.  But in order to grow, I’m also taking an honest look back to see how I can learn from 2014.  It’s a bit of a weird space I’m in, and one I’m not sure how to describe.  In any case, here are some thoughts to celebrate and inspire the potential of a new beginning.




I canfaith

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so this is Christmas…

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday! <3



another solid summer

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Months have passed since my last post.  I could have backdated this entry and no one would have been the wiser, but my guilt has got the best of me.

June came and went with bittersweet swiftness.  Aside from the customary hiking, kayaking, and household chores, June included an idyllic honeymoon vacation, out-of-state family visitors, and a reunion of monumental proportions (152 relatives, color coded by family - of course).  Sadly, June also marked the sudden passing of a dear friend and mentor.  ”We were but stones…. his light made us stars.”

July, as it so happens, seems to have passed with a unique velocity all it’s own.  It should come as no surprise that mourning a friend, working two jobs, and the brilliant blessing of a new puppy all equate to a month of blurred memories.

And so we find ourselves in August – but it’s not time to throw in the towel just yet.  Despite the early arrival of cooler temperatures, there is still time left to enjoy summer.

carpe diem


so long, farewell…

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

For the last 4 1/2 years, I have been part of something wonderful.  Company C is a colorful home furnishings retailer based out of Concord, NH (believe it or not).  With a strong web presence and distributors across the country, they specialize in unique area rugs, textiles, furniture, and more.

To supplement my design business in it’s infancy, I have been working part-time at Company C’s flagship store.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to mature in confidence, refine my customer service skills, and foster an expertise in furniture and various textiles.  Overall I am grateful to Company C for the chance to develop my talent as a designer, as well as create several extraordinary friendships.

But alas, all good things must come to an end.

As of last week, I have moved on from Company C.  I am now the newest member of the  Cedar Mill Group, Inc., a local design/build/remodeling company I have come to know quite well over the years.

As their in house design consultant, I will be involved in CAD drawing, contributing to design details and space planning, as well as working with clients to select materials, finishes, and fixtures.   Clearly this is an exciting and exceptional opportunity for me to grow as a designer regarding the various facets of construction and remodeling.

Aside from this (the big changes I had eluded to last time), not much has changed for Lavender & Lotus.  I am still active with clients in updating/improving their homes and offices, and look forward to the new design opportunities yet to be discovered.

Until next time my peeps – Peace :)


Friday, February 14th, 2014

L’amour fait tourner le monde…  (It’s love that makes the world go around).

There is something especially sweet about your first Valentine’s Day as a married couple…   Life is wonderfully wonderful for me lately.  Lots of changes are on the horizon – I will be sure to update you in the very near future. :)

In the meantime, wishing you all a magical day of love.


happy, happy, happy

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

2013 was a year of love and celebration for me as I marked two major life accomplishments – getting married and buying my first house.  Day 2 of 2014, I already feel that there is something different about this year.  I’m not quite sure if it’s a new sense of determination, the evolution of my own self-awareness, or simply a matter of being another year older/wiser.  Whatever the case may be, I greet this day and year with optimism, enthusiasm, and purpose.

Wishing you all a very happy new year!


merry little Christmas

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

As the name implies, Thanksgiving brings a collective experience of gratitude. This Christmas I am overwhelmed with a powerful sense of love…

Wishing you all a joyous holiday! ~ Aimee


attitude of gratitude

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

(Holy cow, is it really Thanksgiving already?!)

What an incredible year it has been.  Today I am thankful for …

… my patient and clever husband…  my hilarious, beloved family…  for the courage to run my own business…  for awesome clients and supportive business partners who keep me in business…  for the ability to laugh at myself…  for the power of choice…  for sweet cats with big personalities…  for an appetite to learn and grow…  for a creative mind…  for beautiful things… for flavored coffee…  crockpot meals…  chocolate anything…  for Masterpiece Theater (PBS is amazing!), New Girl, SYTYCD, and Duck Dynasty…  for Paul Simon, Ani Difranco, Mumford & Sons, and Bonnie Raitt…  for my adorable, work-in-progress house…  and for caffeinated bursts of productivity…

Wishing you all a very happy day!



Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy Halloween everyone :)

wedding gratitude

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

As a small business owner, it was important for me to support other small businesses as vendors for my wedding.  And I have to say, they ROCKED IT.  With a humble and grateful heart, I’d like to thank those who helped make our wedding day happen.

PhotographyChristine Tilley Photography.  Meeting Christine was a homerun and a half.  Not only is she sweet, fun, and easy to be around, but unbelievably talented as well.  This lady has an amazing career ahead of her – you better book her now!

Venue:  Forster’s Wedding & Events.  Aside from the spectacular location, Forster’s offers a package deal to simplify everything for anxious brides.  Tent, tables, chairs, linens, catering, bathrooms – it’s all included.  Of all the wonderful characteristics unique to Forster’s, it is the expertise of their wedding planner Jill Morrow that I found so invaluable. 

FloristSorella Floral Design.  I loved working with and getting to know the Ashton sisters.   These ladies create beautiful, unique, and clever floral designs.  I feel very fortunate to have had such gorgeous arrangements in my price range. 

Wedding Cake:  Cindy Mitchell, The Flour Shop.  What can I say – our carrot cake was DELICIOUS!!!

Bartender:  Brian Stevens, owner of Tandy’s Bar.  Personable and professional.  Brian was also nice enough to bring some extras just in case we ran out.  Thanks again Brian!

Invitations:  friend, Tiffany Williams.  A self-proclaimed whiz with typography, Tiffany is no joke.  She did an amazing job with the invites, and was super patient with me through all my fine-tuning. 

Hair/MakeupSalon Lavena.  Big thanks to Sybil for a beautiful cut and color before the big day.  Even BIGGER thanks to Bianca for her patience, talent, humor, and kindness.  My hair looked a-mazing and the makeup was, in a word, flawless.

Wedding Dress:  via Modern Bride.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to Odessa for helping me find the perfect dress!  She and the staff at Modern Bride always made me feel welcome, and seemed to share in my excitement for the big day.  The alterations were impeccable too. 

Groom’s Suit:  via George’s Apparel.  We found a very handsome suit at a very reasonable price at George’s.   The staff were always eager to help and the alterations came out beautifully. 

Rings:  via Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers.  When it comes to customer service, Capitol Craftsman might take the cake.  It took me MONTHS to find the right wedding band, but the staff never once showed the slightest sign of frustration with me.  They are simply wonderful to work with.

What a magical day it was…  I can’t thank you all enough!  <3 Aimee

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