Monday, October 7, 2013

Some big changes!

As some rather significant changes come near for this website, I find myself thoughtful about Things That Sparkle. A name that when I say out loud, makes me cringe a little bit.

TTS introduced me to interior design as a career option for one very unhappy advertising exec. I never fathomed I could have a job that I loved so deeply, that brought so much happiness into my life, and gave me so much excitement about what the next day might bring. But with all of this came change. My blog became a place of obligation at times. I felt a need to post something fives days a week. "Pre-pinterest" that wasn't much of a challenge. I could share inspirational images and call it a day. But soon Pinterest became the place to hold inspiration, and bloggers were introduced to the idea of "original content". A really important idea. Its how I was able to make my site stand out, feel different from the next, and express myself in a way that felt true to my aesthetic. The only issue is that the original content I love the most, is the stuff I've truly created: the homes of my clients. However, I can't always share that. Either I'm waiting on finishing touches, debating on whether or not to pitch it, etc etc.

So that leads me to today. I'm getting some recently completed projects photographed in the coming weeks which will leave me with some really exciting things to share. I want to make this a place you guys are excited to come to, but maybe even more importantly, a place that I am excited to come to too!

Over the next couple months there will be some changes. Some aesthetic changes but also some more major changes. Identity changes. Things That Sparkle, will be no longer. As of tomorrow morning, this blog will be named AK Studio.  TTS will forward to the new AK Studio site, but please please make sure to update your bloglovin, feedly etc as that won't be quite as easy.

I hope you're excited. I absolutely cannot wait. I am ready for this step forward.

If there's something you would be devastated to loose here please let me know (although I have to assume if you guys love reading, I probably love writing it even more) and if there is stuff you are plain bored of, let me know that too (I'm most likely bored of it as well).  I know this is a huge change, but please trust that I thought a lot about it. TTS is growing up. As my mom said, "if you kept Things That Sparkle, you could have a kid, change it to Things That Tinkle and then as you get older, change it to Things That Wrinkle". That was my cue...

So, cheers, to a new chapter with AK Studio!


  1. Haha! "Things That Wrinkle" So exciting, Alex!!! I love your blog!

  2. Congrats, on to the next step! Will be fabulous

  3. Congrats and wow, your mom is awesome.

  4. Congratulations, and best of luck on the new endeavor.

  5. Yay!! Congrats and cheers to AK Studio! I also seriously laughed out loud at your mom's comment. xo, vmac

  6. I love it! Sometimes your blog has to grow and change just like the blogger behind it. Life is always a work in progress. Congrats and looking forward to the grown up version of Things That Sparkle!

  7. I'm in the middle of the same, re-branding etc. etc. It's hard for me to imagine that we've been at this now for 3 years and how much has changed since the beginning. One thing is for sure, no matter what it's called over here, I'll be an ever faithful reader...can't wait to see what's next at AK Studio. xoxo

  8. omg this is strangely sadddd. remember when i was embarrassed of your twitter name and would never mention it in tweets... back when we actually used to tweet.... so excited for this new chaptaaaaa xx

  9. I am excited that you are growing and changing! I love your blog because of how real you are. It's a dependable style resource and I love hearing about your family. Please just keep doing what you love, and for goodness sake, don't do anything out of obligation! As a student in college studying art education, I am inspired by how much you love your job. I look up to you!

  10. That's exciting! Looking forward to the new AK Studio!


  11. Exciting and totally fitting for your new biz! Can't wait to see;)

  12. So exciting, can't wait to see what's next!

  13. i can't wait to see what's next! as long as you are behind it i know it's going to be lovely. also, i really love the puppy pictures so i hope i still get to see mouse's cute face, even if it's just on instagram.

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