a force of nature

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good morning and happy wednesday! how’s your september so far? it’s still summer so hopefully you’re enjoying friends, family and making the season last as long as possible.  today i wanted to continue to explore the women who have been inspiring me and introduce you to one of the ladies from the EmbraceParis trip. please get to know Jennifer Brouwer.


she’s the sister you never had. the girl who at first is intimidatingly beautiful and turns out to be the most down to earth girl you’ve ever met.  the very first dinner we when we sat next to each other at hit it off straight away.


besides not being able to take my eyes off of her, the conversation was mesmerizing and i could have chatted with her for hours. she’s thoughtful, thought provoking, positive and ahead of her time. throughout the trip,  during the the late nights we hung out and dished and i learned so much from her. she’s become one of my personal heroes and i hope you get to know her now too!


besides being a mother, wife and friend, jen is a high end interior designer with exquisite taste and a penchant for perfection. check out her website here: jenniferbrouwerdesign.com

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we were at a social media conference so of course we shared ideas and tactics but i had no idea how deep she had gone till i started researching her last week. if you’re interested in using social media, check out how jen has worked it. she is using pinterest in a really unusual and creative way:

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she made her own videos and shared them on you tube:

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how she finds time i’ll never know…she’s like a superwoman, a force of nature who not only works for herself but finds time to help anyone else who needs it too. here she is working with home depot and decor mentor to promote her work, paint and skills!


take a moment to visit her blog for random inspiration and jen’s take on life and musings about her creative process at: jenniferbrouwerdesign.com/blog/2014/08/give-get-share-empower-flourish



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meanwhile she works with her dear friend and another guest on the trip, lisa ferguson of Decor Mentor (i’ll get to her story next). they’re a dream team and help each other bounce ideas around and turn talk into reality. jen is her model and muse, lisa is her rock, you’ll love their friendship!



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we worked together with lisa to find our strengths. these were jen’s. i’ll show you mine next…maybe you are interested in finding yours, it’s a really interesting project they’re involved with.



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i guess i could go on and on as jen has become yet another woman with no limit. these inspirational quotes are all on her site and her sense of humor is maybe what pulled me to her most. jen, i can’t wait to see you again dear friend and thank you for all the inspiration you have given me since the day we met!  i hope you get to enjoy a bit of her world too. have a great day out there and let me know how your social media presence is going!



September 4, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis. 4 comments.

this just in – the perfect paris apartment


bonjour et bon weekend! it’s only mid-august so i hope you’re still enjoying summer even if some kids have already gone back to school. seems like it always started in september for us…i’m not sure when that changed but it doesn’t mean summer is over! anyway, it’s been a whirlwind around here with lots of travel and good times and even though it feels like i just got back from paris i’m scheduled to head over again in a couple weeks. that said, i’ll be going to the maison et objet and shopping the markets with clients. let me know if you’ll be there in september too and want to meet for a cafe au lait!


as i was making plans, i started talking with one of my colleagues (and friend), madelyn at paris perfect luxury rentals and she told me about an incredible opportunity. this gorgeous apartment is available for a full three months! what a dream it would be to get some friends together and travel all fall. i wish i could make it happen and we could all come and go! well, even if i can’t wing it, maybe you’re interested in renting it. if so, contact madelyn here for more information: reservations@parisperfect.com.


Here’s what Paris Perfect says: Have you ever wanted to wake up each morning and step out onto the balcony to see the soft colors of morning across the rooftops as the City of Light wakes up?  Not having to feel rushed to see and experience everything as the days of a holiday–which never seem to be enough–pass by too quickly? Having the time to try the baguettes at all your localboulangeries until you find the one that is absolute perfection for you? Strolling leisurely along the Seine or popping in and out of boutiques without a hurry…falling in love with a garden and watching the seasons change. These are the moments where Paris really captures your heart and you can savor them again and again.

If you are considering spending more time in Paris, then we know just the place for you. How about a gorgeous and beautifully decorated two bedroom apartment with a picture perfect Eiffel Tower view? We know just the one that is available for rentals of 3 months or longer.

Go ahead … dreams really do come true!

see more about it here on the blog: www.parisperfect.com/blog/2014/07/paris-long-term-rental


anyway i wish it could be us…but if it’s you do it let me know!

August 23, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect Apartments. 14 comments.

elements she loves

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good morning and happy monday! i hope your summer is jam packed with all the fun that only the blazing sun and vitamin d can bring. today i’d like to introduce a new friend i met on the trip to paris.


please meet the wonderful Brooke Crowle from Australia. her business is called elements i love and she’s working on every facet of it, like polishing a beautiful gem. she and i were sort of mutt and jeff, (she’s a tall gorgeous blonde) and hit it off right away.

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we’re both importers and had similar (sometimes tragic )! stories of bringing containers and products into the US. she’s taken it as far as importing from india and morocco so i was really eager to listen to and learn from her.


we have a similar aesthetic and her shop in surrey hills, australia makes me pine a little for a warehouse/workshop when i see the displays and projects she’s working on. LauraBaxter.elementsilove

she has her own special finishes and imports stunning linens and curtains. she doesn’t mind getting dirty with paint and stain but is also surround by such pretty things…maybe a trip to australia is in order!

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in the meantime, we have her many social media outlets to get a fix of her pretty pics


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vignettes she creates


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ways to keep up with what’s new

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and play behind the scenes in her workshop


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these are some of the ombre curtains she designed and had made in india


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and the linens on the beds in her shop…yum!

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brooke’s photos are still rocking my world. love her perspective, edits and vision.

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if you’re in the mood for a little visual soul food, then i hope you get a chance to say hi to brooke. she’s  a really open and available source of knowledge with a great global vision. i know she’d love to hear from you and connect to what you’re doing too! and now i’m off to edit some pics of my own and get back to work. have a fantastic week!

ps: wanted to let peggy braswell know she is the winner of the book in the previous post. congrats!  :)

August 18, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis, France, Friends, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 9 comments.

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