March 2012 Archive

Making Things (And Brands!) Happen

So many times over the past few weeks, I’ve been caught feeling like things aren’t where they should be. And so many times I’ve felt myself feeling a sense of frustration that 2012 hasn’t yet been everything I thought it would be. Isn’t it funny how a seemingly random point in the year is given such weight for new and fresh beginnings? Why don’t we decide to be great, and new, and courageous, and smarter, healthier, thinner, or nicer say in March or September, or every month, week and day of the year? I feel like my priorities have changed a bit over the past couple months and while that’s a good thing and certainly something that I’ll value and appreciate much more with time (hindsight’s 20/20 right?), change can be a bit trying at first.

Does anyone remember Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford? I was reading about this today in the Restoration Hardware catalogue (which weighs more than a small child might I add). In his speech he said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by Dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” And as Gary Friedman explains, most importantly, Steve Jobs stated, “Have the courage to follow you heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” Whoa whoa whoah.

It’s interesting how my love for home furnishings, that I’ll never be able to afford somehow lead to this catalogue being placed first in my mailbox and then in my hands when I came home today. In a long winded way what I wanted to explain here, is I recently made a decision that’s going to fulfill a dream of mine, one I’ve had since I started my business. Following your heart is such a good thing. A great big beautiful scary rewarding good kind of thing that for me, involves Making Brands Happen.

A year ago today I did want to get started. I’d hate to feel that way again a year from now. Bring it on MBH!


Happy Anniversary, Natalie and Ben!

Has it really been a year already? It feels like just yesterday I was at the Beau Jolie, putting finishing touches on your tablescapes, anxiously awaiting your arrival to the venue! Natalie, you made such a classically beautiful bride that day and you simply glowed with admiration for your new husband. And Ben, you were so handsome and overjoyed to be marrying the woman of your dreams. To you both, I couldn’t have been more honoured to have played a part in one of the biggest days of your lives. Enjoy your anniversary, you lovebirds, and soak up those last few weeks before baby Garcia makes his debut appearance! My heart is so full for you both and Brandon as you prepare for the next chapter in your journey. Hugs, Rhi

Photo by Eric Lipe. To see more from Natalie and Ben’s wedding hop over to this post here!

Published {Mag Rouge}

Happy Wednesday, sweet readers. Today I am so excited to let you all in on two very big tidbits of news. The first is that my work is featured in the fantastically gorgeous online magazine, Mag Rouge. Kate, the mastermind behind the publication and the talent behind Ruby and Willow, reached out to me a while ago asking if I’d like to contribute a written piece stemming from this blog post here. Of course I was elated! With two journalism degrees collecting dust back in Canada, I have to say it feels marvelous to combine my two passions into one. I’m also completely honoured and tickled pink to be featured in an issue showcasing one of the biggest talents in the industry, Jose Villa. I just love him and everything he photographs (Hi, Jose!)

Secondly, I’ve been asked by the Mag Rouge team to be a regular contributor for future issues of Mag Rouge. I’ve been given my own column in the magazine where I’ll be sharing my advice and opinions on wedding planning and styling as a profession, along with my experiences in the industry. I feel completely blessed to be supported by such an incredible group of people and hope all of the Mag Rouge readers will connect with and ultimately love, everything I have to say in my little space.

Thanks sweet Kate for everything. And thank you to all my readers and supporters for your loyalty and love. xoxo

Now go check out the incredible 200 page creation. You’ll be absolutely blown away by the creativity that went into this.