m21 had planned to spend new years in palm springs with a group of his nearest and dearest. even had plans for more palm springs blog posts while there. but when it came time to load up the car and hit the road, m21 just couldn't muster up the energy. so instead of indulging in frolic and frivolity as planned on new years eve, maison21 instead spent the evening reflecting on the year that was, and planning for the year to come. those palm springs posts will have to wait...
now don't go feeling sorry for maison21- he spent the evening with his 2 most favorite people (that aren't people), mona and richard, and he ordered in the best chinese food in los angeles, from the delicious mandarette.
while m21 enjoyed the yummy food and the furry companionship in front of a roaring fire, he thought about the year that had just passed: 2007 got off to supremely rotten start (we're not going to go into it- it's both boring and a downer), yet somehow the year finished with a positive vibe. yeah, maison21 is a little worn out from the build up to the holidays (it is the busiest time of the year for us business-wise) but outside of that, 2007 ended on a high note and 2008 is looking pretty exciting as well!
this blog, though started very late in 2007, certainly turned into one of the bright spots of the year. the amount of satisfaction i've received from it, and the speed at which it's readership has grown, have been real surprises. the fact that the blogging world has so quickly embraced me and made me feel at home, has truly touched me, and the regular comments that i receive, as well as the mentions i've received on blogs i admire (habitually chic, desire to inspire, all things bright and beautiful and things that inspire), are things i couldn't have anticipated, nor could i have predicted how good they've made me feel. even when i post an embarrassing picture from my past, you guys go and compliment me on it- all this blog love is going to give maison21 a swell head!
2007 didn't set any records for maison21 (the business), but with the housing market tanking, the u.s. economy as whole being not so hot, and the ripples from the writers strike affecting almost all businesses here in los angeles (my local sales are waayyy down), things certainly could have been worse, so i'm very grateful for just an average year. and once again, the year ended on a surprising up-note, as there are some exciting professional prospects on the horizon for 2008 (one, a direct result of this blog). i don't want to invest too much in these prospects just yet, as nothing may ever come of them, but they are fun to think about, and believe me, if they come to fruition, you'll definitely be hearing of them on these pages!
on the personal side, i was thrilled to reestablish a couple of friendships during the last few months of the year. the love and support of my friends, family and pets are the most important things to me, so to have these people back in my life means a lot.
i also spent a portion of new years eve reading a book recommended by a fellow design blogger, the talented patricia gray, called "write it down, make it happen". i figure based on the picture of patricia's own recent lovely kitchen renovation alone (below), that the book must work, so maison21 is definitely going to give it a shot!
in the spirit of "write it down, make it happen" and honoring new year's tradition, maison21 is posting his 2008 resolutions for all to see- let's see if writing them out for you (and the universe) will strengthen my resolve and "make them happen"!
maison21's 2008 resolutions:
1. maison21 vows to be a little more social in 2008. just a little bit, though- don't want to go overboard with this resolution and end up in rehab or anything, but i have to admit, i did get a little reclusive in 2007, so that trend must stop.
2. i will use my passport! i dream of spending my next birthday in paris, but if the dollar keeps sliding, that may become too expensive (it really already is), but i will go somewhere that results in a stamp added!
3. maison21 will finish painting his kitchen in 2008! preparations to paint started two years ago, but after painting most of the rest of the house, m21 was way over it by the time he reached the kitchen, so he's been living with color test patches on the wall and windows with partially stripped trim. hiring out the job is not an option- maison21 can be a bit perfectionist when it comes to the work of others- every time he looks at a sloppily painted edge, or opens a stuck cupboard, m21 would resent having written that check and curse the poor painter something serious, but if he does the job himself, m21 is a very forgiving boss, i.e. "damn, i worked sooooo hard- f*ck it if that line ain't straight"! m21 already has the paint- the same perfect, happy blue-green as his adjacent dining room, pratt & lambert's "angelic blue" (above) with their blinding "designer white" for the trim and cabinets, so no excuses on this one!
4. m21 will finally put his book in order, instead of having to sort through a box o' stuff every time he wants to show something! i haven't updated my book since the first project i worked on was published way back in 2005 (above). and when i say "book", i mean "portfolio", not a glossy coffee table compendium of maison21's work, unfortunately. i can't take credit for the overall look of the beautiful room shown- my former employer, the incredibly talented and chic vance burke, was largely responsible for that- but i was directly involved in the design of the major upholstered pieces, as well as the chandelier, bolection mantle and accompanying surround for the dubuffet painting (as you can see from my sketches). btw, i am for reals hoping vance doesn't read my blog- he is far, far, too tastefully refined to be associated with maison21 and his bedazzled zebra statues...
5. i vow to finish my business plan to take maison21 (the business) to the next level. the eventual goal is a brick and mortar store showcasing my vintage finds as well as a complimentary line of maison21 originals, based on a classic 20th century design vocabulary. the store might not happen in calendar 2008, but the business plan WILL! "write it down, make it happen"!
6. and last, since all the other resolutions are "me, me, me", i figure i need to do something to benefit the planet, even if it's a small thing, so i vow to stop using plastic bags completely. i probably use 4-5 a day when i take mona out, so i'm guilty of asking for "plastic" every time i go to any store (yes, she poops a lot- it's her high fiber, low calorie dog food). i vow keep canvas bags in my car, and to actually use them, even if i have to go back outside to my car every freakin' time i'm about to hit the checkout line and realize i've forgotten them (and please, no slams for using the car for trips to the grocery store. much as i would love to take a bus or ride a bike, it's los angeles, so that's just not an option). as for the poo problem, i just ordered biodegradable bags online here, and i pray they are sturdy enough to shield my hands during the actual "pick-up". yuck.
assuming some of you made it to the end of this super-lengthy post before the start of 2009, maison21 would love to know what your new year's resolutions are for 2008?
it's going to be a kick-ass year, i swear!