Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Story Behind my Blog

Since starting my blog, I occasionally have been asked- what's the story behind it?  Why is it called "The Peak of Tres Chic", and what keeps me posting every day?  Although my About Me page dabbles in it a bit, please allow me to take you back in time for a brief moment.




By the time I was able to walk, my mom was taking me along to estate sales and antique markets to help her find fun, unique items to replenish her two antique stores with.  She always made me feel important, as if my eye for design mattered, and encouraged me to look to unexpected places when needing inspiration.  

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Meanwhile, at home, I was rearranging my room by age 5.  I was obsessed with creating new layouts and every time my parents would walk in to my tiny bedroom, they'd be surprised to see a new design!  I should've realized earlier on how innate interior design was to me, but unfortunately I was one of those young people who never thought I was very "creative."

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My parents felt it was very important for my brother and I to see new places.  It didn't matter if it was the local zoo or a foreign country, just so long as we kept a curiosity about us and stepped outside our comfort zones.  I am eternally grateful that my parents were willing to make sacrifices so that my brother and I could travel.   I have gained endless inspiration and fresh perspective from seeing how different countries conduct everyday life.  The patterns, colors, and textures of other countries have shaped my design aesthetic, too.


Although I have taken something unique from each place we have visited, one place resonated with me the most.  Paris.  Although Paris may seem clique, there is a reason it is referenced by the art, design, and fashion worlds time and time again.  That "je ne se quois" of Paris strikes me every time I visit.  I leave no less enchanted and changed each time.  Parisians have an innate ability to create more with less.  They always look polished, yet they never look as if they are trying too hard.  Immersed in a culture of such rich history and architecture, of tragedy and triumph, Parisians are (for the most part) remarkably tres chic.

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Over the past few years, I have become increasingly conscious of Parisian effortless style, and have been working to incorporate that in to my own life. The Peak of Tres Chic is chronicling that journey and helping me define my aesthetic, develop my creative thoughts, and share what's inspiring me.




Why do I blog? Because it is therapeutic for me.  Whatever has happened or may happen in my day, ultimately, my blog is mine, and I use it as a canvas to organize my creative energies. Followers and friendships are just added bonuses, but not my motivation.  I am working to make this space a more clear depiction of who I am, and I hope you will follow along on the journey!  

27 comments:

  1. And this is why I love reading your blog., you're so genuine and sweet :-)

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  2. Well said doll, I loved reading this background info on you! Ps im right there with ya on Paris! Xo.

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  3. Love your post- great job with your blog, I love to read it! xo

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  4. I love this Sam, So good to know the layers behind you and your creativity.
    Your biggest fan,
    Nancy
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  5. Blogging is SO therapeutic for me too! Love the story behind your blog! You were destined to be in design!

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  6. I never thought I was very creative as well, which is crazy to realize how long it takes realize who you really are...

    Thanks for always sharing personal stories Sam! XO

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  7. It's great to get to know the lovely person behind this beautiful blog. Good post.

    Have a good day, Sam!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  8. Your blog is one of my faves. I only wish I could comment more often, but I am reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

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  9. and I'm so glad that now you know what you really want to be doing with your life which is even better because you're making it come true!! xo

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  10. love hearing your background :) so great to have such encouraging parents! i feel lucky to have such a creative mom with a crazy cool eye for style who has always encouraged my creativity as well :) so great & so happy to read along your journey :) XO brynn

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  11. Sam, you are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing not only the story and personal accounts behind creating your blog, but also sharing such captivating photos! I have yet to visit Paris, and am so fascinating by the culture's rich history and architecture....and EXACTLY...Parisians seem to always look so polished, well put together....and it looks effortless!!!
    Thanks again for sharing this!

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  12. Love this post and the photos :)

    delia
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  13. Yay, loved learning more about you, Sam!

    And I'm dying to get to Paris. I've only been once and would love to take it all in again.

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  14. Such an inspiration and such a talent!! You will go so so far in your craft bc you are fantastic!!

    So neat and selfless of your parents to want you to experience as much of this world as possible. I sure wish I could travel and see all that this great world has to offer.

    Your blog is one of the few that I fell in love with instantly and I get so excited everytime I see a new post :) Can't wait to keep on going in your little journey.

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  15. This is so great!! I loved rearranging my bedroom too. Parisian style is definitely my favorite look!! Loved learning more about your blog!! xoox Elizabeth

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  16. Loved reading your background! And as always great pics.
    (My parents brought me to countless antique shows when I was younger.. looking back I wish I had appreciated it more.)

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  17. Happy to come along, especially if the journey features pretty pictures.

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  18. Great post! And lovely pictures!!

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  19. So great! My Mom would take me thrifting all the time. She's still my favorite person to thrift/antique with! And my parents were great at exposing me as well. I'm so grateful. I've yet to make it to Paris though, but expect to remedy that this year! Thanks for sharing your story!

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    Kecia

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  20. Love this post, dear. So fun to learn more about you. I was with you there at age 5 and rearranging (or for me, it was more of building floor plans with blocks and barbies would occupy them!) We have found our passion, and that just makes me smile :) Your blog is awesome. So glad we've connected via blogland! xo

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  21. Love this post ... So happy to be following along in your journey!

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  22. So good to read more about you Sam! Happy to be following along ;)

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  23. Love reading the blog, and the pics and links you post! Quick question- especially since you do so much design, would you possibly think about including pics of your own home and design? It'd be really interesting to see what you surround yourself with, especially given your inspiration of belle Paris! :)

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  24. Really enjoyed reading your story. It's so true that a lot of inspiration is gained from travelling and I love the Eiffel Tower picture!
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  25. Lovely post! I blog for the same reasons :) And your family sound incredibly wonderful! So blessed you are!
    Coley
    whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  26. Great post my dear! So nice to see what's behind each blogger! I can relate to
    What you said about rearranging things in your home at an early age. I was obsessed with that and my grandmother was sweet enough to give me my own room to do that....have fun on your trip!

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