Breast Cancer Awareness

So my employer challenged all of the employees to really pull together for our annual Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. I’m not one to go door to door asking for help or raffle items, but I did think I could paint something for the silent auction. It will be a good way to gauge how much the art actually ends up selling for too — be it $15 or $150, we will see. I’ll try not to be too affected by a poor showing…it is a moody painting.

My major concern was that I meant to do this pretty, PG piece that would do well with the vibe that we put off for this event…and instead I got something a little bit more raw and emotional. I’m getting feedback that it is a nice change, which I can personally validate as I tend to get numb to the fervor this particular brand instigates…

I have a friend who had breast cancer at a very young age (she’s barely 30). I remember bringing the event up to her, and she was hesitant to go or even discuss too much about her story. I realized suddenly what I should have all along — that people all respond to grief and pain differently, and my friend didn’t want to “Think Pink,” nor for that whole mentality to define her. She wanted to be normal and live her life…something that I think she absolutely deserved after her battle.

I’m not saying our fundraiser or the whole awareness movement are bad things. They’re FANTASTIC things. But there is more than one point of view on this terrible disease and how to cope…and I guess I might be (accidentally) trying to seek out that minority wth my piece. We will see what the masses have to say!


“So will my dog eat this sofa?”

I had an interesting conversation that turned into a mini article featured at work. Figured I’d share it here…

When our customers are shopping, they often ask our designers, “what material is best for dogs?” or “is this going to hold up with pets?”

One of our designers Nicole offers some insight.

“Pets are a number one concern for customers buying furniture,” says Nicole. And for good reason – nails, teeth and fur are hardly sofa-friendly. Some people end up looking for fabric upholstery because leather is more expensive and they don’t want Fido to ruin their investment. Others feel like fabric doesn’t have the durability of leather so they opt to spend more for their piece of mind.

“You’d be amazed how many times people tell me they’re just going to wait until their pets pass on before they buy anything,” Nicole says.

But what is the BEST solution for people wanting new furniture when pets are in the picture?

“I try to direct my clients to performance fabrics. They are thick and leather-like in appearance and texture, so pet nails don’t tear through or pull any fiber threads. And the best part is pet hair sweeps right off! I also recommend something with a distressed or worn appearance already, which many performance fabrics have, that way scratches and rub marks blend right in.”

Bottom line? Nothing is 100% pet proof. But there ARE options available for dog and cat lovers that Nicole and all the designers at Michael Alan are confident will look and feel great for years.

‪#‎protip‬ ‪#‎dogs‬ ‪#‎cats‬ ‪#‎petfriendly‬ ‪#‎quality‬

Love yourself. Go buy a mattress.

Do me a favor and Google ‘sleep.’ It is the craziest, most complex research you will ever do and I would say most of us don’t know the first thing about it. Funny thing is, we all have sleep in common. In fact, sleep is absolutely vital to our survival…more so than Starbucks and cell phones. Gasp!

So there’s good sleep and bad sleep, right? Good sleep is laying down, getting comfortable, and falling asleep for about 8 hours and then waking up every 15 minutes until you’re finally sick of hitting snooze but the sleep was so, SO good and you just want more and more and oh is that just me? feeling refreshed. Bad sleep is laying down, struggling to get comfortable, waking up periodically during the night because you are sweaty or sore and then before you know it the sun is up. Who am I kidding, I don’t need to explain good and bad sleep to you – you know the difference because you do one or the other every night.

But did you know that bad sleep is (dun, dun, dun)…bad for you? It’s not just annoying or disappointing – it is literally bad for you. You recover from the previous day’s exertion during sleep, body AND mind. You detox at night. Sleep affects your memory, your energy, your appearance… It goes on and on. Seriously, Google it – you’ll learn something. And when you’re all caught up and asking yourself, “Why am I sleeping on a shitty mattress?”…then message me. Leave a comment. Ask questions.