I promise, this is the LAST BLOG for Lockwood Interiors

 

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After 5 years of blogging and sending monthly email newsletters
for Lockwood Interiors… I promise, this will be the last.

I know. I can’t believe it either. But it’s time to take a final encore. Ok, so perhaps I am being a bit dramatic, because really, Team Lockwood isn’t going anywhere. We are in the final stretch before our launch of DESIGN VISION STUDIO.

More than a name change, this is about staying current and at the top of our field. Quite frankly, we have simply outgrown Lockwood Interiors.

When I started Lockwood Interiors, it was only me-me-me. But now I have an incredible and talented DESIGN TEAM! I am so proud of Kym Carilo and Sarah Rochford for continuing their design education. They have made it possible to become a different and better type of “ONLY.”

Design Vision Studio will be the ONLY award-winning luxury design firm in the western states comprised of a team of professional interior designers who are ALSO uniquely qualified specialists certified in Design Psychology.

So stay tuned… Next month, we will roll out the carpet for a brand new blog featuring our behind-the-scenes Design Vision Stories. We will debut our new website with loads of new project photos. We will be launching a variety of new design services with big plans to improve how we serve our clients!

This is NOT goodbye and we promise we won’t forget you. You will continue to receive our new and improved newsletter from Design Vision Studio. And best yet, we will NOT be changing our VERY POPULAR email policy.

“Marketing experts say we should send more emails.
We disagree and think ONCE-A-MONTH is enough!

Thank you for all of your business and support.

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SUNNY DAYS AT SUNNYLANDS
Top 10 reasons to visit

Kym and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the iconic Sunnyland Estates in Rancho Mirage last month. The mid-century modern architecture and perfectly preserved interiors offers a glimpse into the history of the incredible lives of the late Walter and Lee Annenberg. We recommend that you visit Sunnylands if you have not done so already!

Here are the TOP TEN highlights & insights from our estate tour:

1) The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands offers free admission to the center and gardens and offers many tours to the public.
Our 90 minute, guided tour of the Historic house was a nail-biter for designers who were not allowed to photograph or touch anything.

2) The estate fills 200 acres and sits behind “peach parfait” walls which was Lee’s signature color.
Like most, we’ve been mistakenly calling the wall “pink” for years.

3) The home has 22 guest rooms spread out among the 20,000-square-foot main house and three cottages-all designed by A. Quincy Jones, the master of Southern California modernism.
The Mayan inspired home features a pyramid roof with an egg crate ceiling.

4) The interiors designed and furnished in Hollywood Regency style by William Haines and Ted Graber are kept in perfect time-capsule condition.
Jealousy peaks! If only we could go back in time and be the design team for this once-in-a-lifetime project.

5) Known as the West Coast Camp David, you can walk in the footsteps of noted Hollywood Celebrities, Politicians, World Leaders, Royal Families and other philanthropists and business leaders.
The Room of Memoires gave us goose bumps and was our favorite on the house tour.

6) Sunnylands has housed presidents from eight administrations, including President Obama. Our tour guide said the master bedroom may only be used by the president of the United States.
Our current President only spent the night once and has opted to stay in Thunderbird Estates at the home of his interior designer, Michael S. Smith.
Fun fact: we are currently working with Michael’s relatives.

7) While most of the Annenbergs’ collections of impressive art and antiques still remain in the house, their private collection of Impressionist paintings was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The home now features digital reproductions impeccably displayed.

8) The official website boasts the “stunning gardens feature 1.25 miles of walking paths that meander through more than 53,000 individual plants and 50 arid-landscape species” designed by Landscape architect James Burnett.
We have now officially deemed the café in the visitor center as being the best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee.

9) The private golf course features 850 olive trees, 11 artificial fishing lakes and a scattering of sculptures.
The children of the Annenbergs’ family were known to have golf cart races on the grounds when it was still a family home.

10) Sunnylands was created to be “A Place to Change the World.”
It only took a 2 hour visit at Sunnylands to change OUR world.

Kym and I left inspired and smiling. How did we miss this design gem for so many years? We want to thank our design peeps John-Patrick and Francie for the invitation to join them for this tour. The day offered so much more than we ever imagined. We plan to go back soon!

More Sunnylands info, photos, history, and mission: http://www.sunnylands.org

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OPRAH gave me a Makeover

 

Think I was leading a glamorous life as a designer? (HA!) Not even close.
Time got away from me and I found myself in a rut.

I failed to pay attention to the details and make upgrades along the way.
Before I knew it – I lost my way and was overwhelmed.

For anyone who can relate,
I hope my makeover journey will be your inspiration.

 

 

Whoever said it’s not the destination.. it’s the journey… lied!

Last year, I was flipping through Oprah Winfrey’s ‘O’ Magazine and came across their section titled “LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.” This is Oprah’s way of encouraging us to do our best all the time and to accept ourselves when we do. This article caused me to have an “ah-ha” moment. I realized that I was NOT in fact living my best life.

I immediately found myself on a quest for a major makeover in the main areas of my life. These included: my home, my body, my image, and my business. I put the plan in motion with my 48th birthday (this month) as my target date to complete my new goals. I invested both time and money along the way and looking back, I have no regrets.

I am celebrating and determined that “48 is not too late” to live my best life.

 

I liked my home but was not “in love” with it. I didn’t feel in sync with the style and architecture despite compliments from friends and family. It was time for a change.

I sold my Floating Home in Portland and my La Quinta home and downsized to a house that’s a better fit. My new house (more photos: Arrow Ranch on Houzz) is fun and a bit quirky. I broke design rules and didnt take the “safe” route. It is DARING and yet comfortable. The process was exhausting and time consuming but now that it is over, I am thrilled with the results.

I now live in a home that nourishes my soul and better represents my style and tastes.

 

As a workaholic, I was so busy running my design business that I was no longer taking care of myself. Long hours of sitting at my desk and eating on the run (topped off with too much soda and coffee) turned me into someone I barely recognized. They say “sitting is the new smoking” and with this analogy I was sitting about two packs a day!

There happened to be a gym (Next Level Fitness) right next door to my office. I signed up for their ‘Fit in 42’ program, and it was the best investment I could have ever made!

I have lost nearly 30 pounds and I am motivated to live a healthier more active lifestyle.

 

I always thought I’d rather walk on fire than be subject to a fashion makeover. But then I had a chance meeting with Cat Slater (The Fashion Alchemist) who has changed my life.

Cat gently told me the hard truth – that I needed to dress like I could afford my own services! She was telling me that my business wardrobe was all wrong. I had 700 black skirts and 900 black tops. Ok, so I like black! (Plus it’s sliming, see “body makeover” above for why that was important!) I knew Cat had the talent and expertise to help me, but when she told me her fee, I tried not to gulp. I took a leap of faith and started the process of upgrading my business image and add color and style to my wardrobe.

Hiring a professional in an area where I lacked skills has been worth every penny!

 

As a creative person in the business of design, I am always striving to improve and reach the top of my field. After 16 years dedicated to Lockwood Interiors and its current business model, I found myself ready for new challenges.

I am excited about adding a new division and brand to Lockwood Interiors called Design Vision Studio. This new division will provide expanded packages for interior design services, while continuing to provide the exceptional customer service that our clients have come to expect.

Stay tuned… Design Vision Studio will be launching soon!

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LOCKWOOD INTERIORS Palm Desert, California.
We create REAL HOMES for REAL LIVING for REAL PEOPLE

 

Patricia Lockwood, Award-Winning Interior Designer & Stager,
Certified Design Psychology Coach, and I.D.S. Professional