Dec 30, 2011

Dec-a-Porter 360* - 25 Things You Wish You Didn't Know About Me

It almost seems fitting that today's Dec-a-Porter 360* post be the last of 2011,
and inspired by a fellow blogger, I decided to create a list of


1. I was born in Los Angeles, but in 1990 ended up moving to Australia, Mauritius, London, Israel, back to London, and finally to Portugal in 1994, where I stayed for 14 years, and lastly, I moved to New York in 2008.

2. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers - and everyone in my family lives in a different State or Country.

3. Not a huge fan of closed spaces, or anything constricting or limiting. Really don't like elevators.

4. Have always felt, and been, a very independent soul.

5. I have 3 fabulous kids and enjoy how they make me crazy (just don't tell them I said that!)

6. I speak Portuguese (obviously English) and can have a conversation in Hebrew, Spanish, and once I have had a glass of wine, a little French.

7. I saw every Nightmare on Elm Street as a kid and loved them all, but can't watch scary movies anymore.

8. I have to fall asleep watching Law & Order, The Closer, or Criminal Minds (with a little Mad Men in the middle). Of course, I am always crying when a kid has been kidnapped..why do I torture myself this way?

9. I love Pink..and Blue..and very sunny Yellow .. and I really don't want to be committed to any one color.

10. Love wallpaper - everywhere!

11. My favorite flowers are gardenias - because they smell so pretty .. and honeysuckle..and roses.. (ok I think you get the idea).

12. My grandparents died when I was very young, but the few years I had with them made a huge impact on who I am today.

13. My parents worked (and work) with gem stones. Not the pretty polished ones, but actual rough stones in mines... Emeralds were these funny green rocks we had on our kitchen table when I was a little kid.

14. One day I will run the New York Marathon (so I guess I need to start training).

15. I started playing the piano when I was 5. At my first recital, I sang "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson, white sparkly glove and all.

16. I loved my year at Lee Strasberg, in LA .. it was my own real life version of living on the television show "Fame", and it prepared me for everything I have ever done in my life since.

17. Am I the only person that LOVED boarding school?

18. Graduated high school in Jerusalem from a high school where every religion possible, was present.

19. I love the beach, the ocean, the sea and every type of boat.. but burn like a lobster in the sun.

Chinese Fire Dragon by Alexandra Felgate
20. I am a Chinese "Fire Dragon" - which I am told means
"Watch out!"

21. I love driving, and road trips and simply getting lost. That's the best way to discover new places.

22. I have never had a job I haven't been able to love.. even when I was a waitress while still at school. The owners, on the other hand, might not have loved me breaking their plates all the time.

23. My top 3 goals for 2012:
  1. to create inspirational, in-depth posts covering events, companies and professionals that inspire me on the blog;
  2. have more speaking engagements about the profession of design, networking and creating a visual brand, among other things...
  3. to be able to design a room in a New York show house.
24. My favorite person in the whole world: My Husband. Not only is he an amazingly patient man (key personality trait here people!), he is also an extraordinary professional. And his greatest quality of all - making me feel calm in the stormiest of seas.

via Lynn Byrne of Decor Arts Now
BlogTour London

25. My dream job: exactly what I am doing right now.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better, and the quirky traits that make me, me..
I've enjoyed meeting new friends, and making wonderful new connections through everything that this Blog has brought to me over the past year.

I am humbly grateful to all of you who follow me here, on Facebook, on Twitter and on Pinterest..
and hope to continue to help make a difference in your lives, as you have in mine.

Thank you to Franziska San Pedro - who inspired the 25 things about me post (read up on her 25 things here).

Wishing you all a wonderful New Years, full of inspiration, laughter, love and much success!


  1. Hi Jennifer,

    so awesome! I love your list of 25 random things about you :) I am very pleased my post inspired you.
    Very happy we have met online and I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. It's so beautiful and very inspiring to me. We have quite a lot in common, I like that.

    Now wishing you a fabulous and colorful 2012 and I see you here, on Twitter or on my blog,

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

  2. Loved it! After speaking with you, I am not surprised by a lot of it, seriously, picked up some of it through your voice.

    Great getting to know you Jennifer!


  3. Hello Jennifer, love your list and am enjoying getting to know you. You inspire me. Happy New Year. I too have a hard time picking a flower or a color. I love them all for different reasons! Hope we get to see a lot more of each other in 2012.
    btw Franziska is a very dear friend who I adore.

    Jennifer Duchene
    Speaker, Author, Design Confidante

  4. Wow, I loved reading those things. Super insightful and also really enjoyable :)
    I too saw it on Franziska's site, and it inspired me too. Love the idea of numbering it, so now you have inspired me to go back and number it.
    thanks !!

  5. Oh my gosh - I love this post! Can't wait to meet you Jennifer - hopefully soon!


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