Photo by Diedra Cole
So my recent lack in posting was definitely unintentional – senior year of college has been kicking my butt. Since launching the blog, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, as the long nights of watching ‘how to build a website’ tutorials on YouTube and hassling my boyfriend to add complicated coding is finally over (he’s the best). Oddly though, an unforeseen feeling of stagnation and fear of failure began to settle in. Thoughts of ‘what if only two people read regularly?’ and ‘what if no one finds the Pinksofa concept interesting?’ blocked my eagerness to promote and post. I’ve read that these are common follow-up thoughts after publishing a blog (or stepping outside of your comfort zone in general). I was surprised and grateful to have received so much support and feedback from people who I don’t even know, you guys. That realization alone lifted me out of that short-lived negative space and motivated me to do what I love – design.
That’s right, my hiatus hasn’t been completely unproductive. Outside of school and interning, I took on a new project I call “Fiery and Chic”. Its a clean, small, and personal women’s self-defense studio, DYC Martial Arts. The owner and instructor, also my mom, earned her black belt at just 16! Needless to say, this space is a dream come true for her – and I’m so honored that she’s put its style and decorative energy in my hands.
Still in the very early stages, the “Fiery and Chic” series will unravel the chosen design ideas and updates. So far, the paint color of choice is the first thing checked off the list. The options were either chalkboard black or fiery red. Upon viewing the colors in Home Depot, it only took a second before I naturally gravitated to the brightest of reds.
I figured sense I was only going to be painting a small portion of one wall, the shade of red named ‘100 Mph’ would make the proper statement. It summed up vital components of the studio – strength, boldness, and a fiery spirit.
I chose the Semi-Gloss Enamel Interior paint by Behr. After pouring it onto the tray, the color was even more (bright) than I expected.
It was the exact ‘100 Mph’ I had envisioned. It offsets the surrounding crisp white in a way that makes the accent wall the only necessary pop of color.
My mom’s workout equipment and accessories match the color to a T (more on that soon). At DYC Martial Arts, women will learn self-defense while surrounded by peaceful elements perfect for personal one-on-one training and focus.
‘100 Mph’ is about as bold as the studio is going to get. From here on, details added will be minimal and chic. I’ll be on the search for an elegant desk, chair, rug, mirrors, and small accents, so please let me know of any great, affordable websites to check out.