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July 2015

Don't Fear Change...Embrace It!

Many things have happened in my life over the course of the last year and as a result, I took some time away from The Diva Design Diaries to reflect and renew. THANK YOU to everyone who continued to visit and share the site during this period. It is MUCH APPRECIATED!! </p>

During this time, I resigned from my job of 9 years to step out on faith and take my career in a new direction. Still an Engineer, just working in a completely new industry. I also moved from my beloved home to a new state, downsized my living space, and began the task of rebuilding my life in a new area. Whew!!! A lot of change in a short span of time. <span style="font-size: large;">☺

Change is one thing that I have always been comfortable with. Whether its small changes like deciding to ditch my relaxer and go natural or a big change like putting myself back into the job market during the Great Recession, I have always viewed change as a necessary evolution and not a cause for panic. During my Freshman Year at Tuskegee University, our Freshman Week Theme was "Don't fear change, embrace it!" I was inspired by that message then and have continued to carry it as my mantra ever since.</p> <p>
During this interval of change, I have learned many things about myself, grown as a person, and now feel comfortable sharing this expansion with you. With this in mind, great changes are coming to The Diva Design Diaries. In addition to operating on a new platform and having a new look, the offerings of the site will now include themed sections such as: Career & Entrepreneurship, Inspirational Motivation, Lifestyle & Travel, and as always DIY & Interior Design. Additionally, a new shopping site, Cristi Alyse Designs, will be launching where you can shop both my products and curated products from other talented designers. Stay Tuned!!!</p> <p>Time is filled with swift transitions…Change is inevitable and always exciting! 

Until Next Time…

Ready, Set, Change!!!

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DIY Craft Projects

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A Home for My Books...the Hunt for a Fabulous & Functional Bookcase

Bookworm One piece of furniture that I’m in desperate need of is a bookcase. I’m not talking about your grandpa’s bookcase that is clunky, antique, and unsightly. I’m thinking about one that is contemporary, stylish, sturdy, and overall, simply Functional and Fabulous!! My quest for such a bookcase has led me to many showrooms, furniture warehouses, and scouring the internet.

During my internet search, I stumbled across a few bookcases that embody all of the items on my wish list:

Montego 4 - Shelf Bookcase ~ $129 Reflections Bookcase ~ $399 Knot Bookcase ~ $279 Hangchu Display Shelf Bookcase ~ $749

I love how open, functional, and stylish these bookcases are.  The contemporary design is stunning, yet still allows plenty of room to showcase your books.  Also, if you have a lot of books like I do, and require more than one, these bookcases will look fabulous next to each other or adjacent in a room.

Check out this buying guide from Stylelist Home on finding the perfect bookcase for more tips to help you along your journey.


Until next time...Ready, Set, Design!!!

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