Designer Katie Scott on Creativity & Faith

I am thrilled to introduce another creative guru today, my dear friend Katie Scott. Katie’s playground crosses many mediums — interior design, jewelry and writing — and I feel she truly embodies the creative life. She finds inspiration deep within her heart, and her book is about the spiritual journey that awakened her soul several years ago. Clearly, the fruits of that journey are spilling out into her creative efforts, and I admire the honesty and passion of her faith. Savor Katie’s beautiful, divinely inspired designs and enjoy her take on living a creative life. XOXO, Elaine

Kennon1736 ET: Can you describe your daily creative process? Are you disciplined about it and follow daily routines or are you instinctual about it and just let it happen?

KS: My daily creative process begins with prayer and meditation. I recognize my ability to design as a God-given gift, so I believe it must be nurtured by a higher power. Not only do I seek creativity, but first and foremost peace, love and divine direction. When this is at your core, everything else begins to fall into place and the universe begins to work for you. Inspiration can be found everywhere. No doubt, my creativity has grown tremendously through this vehicle.

I require routine during the work week because you must be scheduled, disciplined and organized in order to manage time efficiently. That being said, I remain open and flexible to the unexpected changes that may be required. My day starts at 5:00 a.m. to center myself in peace through prayer and meditation. I am dressed and out of the door by 7:00 a.m. to drop kids off at school, and my meetings start by 8:00 a.m.

ET: How do you recover from a creative block? Are there any practices you engage in to get you out of a rut?

KS: A creative block is essentially mental exhaustion. When this happens, I literally step away from everything and clear out the clutter that has accumulated in my mind. Nature is my cure – whether it’s escaping to the beach or something as simple as a walk in the park or through my neighborhood. It carries my soul back to just being, letting go of acquired “thoughts” so I can be open to receive inspiration and develop new ideas. I breathe out what was, and breathe in “today,” this very moment of simplicity and life in itself, circling back to purpose and accomplishing what has been placed on my heart.

Once I have cleared my mind, I recharge by getting back into my element, and my environment is very influential – I adjust the lighting, I light a candle, I turn on my favorite music. I ask God to infuse me with knowledge, wisdom and new ideas. I take a deep breath and I grasp what comes naturally to me, using my senses to guide my inspiration – looking at color, touching and feeling fabrics and metals, turning to the past and reinterpreting the inspiration through a modern eye with a fresh perspective.

ET: What are your feelings about your career being connected to your creativity? Do you struggle with this? Or is it natural for you?

KS: Being creative is what comes naturally to me, it’s all I know. Everything I do has been “self” taught, and practiced over time. I am definitely a student of life.

ET: Do you have other outlets of creativity that you engage in that fill your soul other than interior and jewelry design? If so, what? And how does that enhance your creative process if at all? Read More

It’s Time for Summer Reading!

Hi Friends-

If you are yearning to read more about creativity this month, I’ve got some suggestions for your summer reading list. These books are some of my favorites. I know you’ll enjoy them.

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1. Big Magic by Liz Gilbert

2. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

3. The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

4. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

5. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

If you’ve got feedback on these or some suggestions to add to my list, I’d love to hear it. Feel free to share in the comments below.


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You Must Read The Crossroads of Should and Must

imagesHi My Friends-
Ok, so, I  had to share.

I’m obsessed with this new book I fell upon called The Crossroads of Should and Must – Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna. The message has definitely been said before, but Elle says it in such a new, refreshing way.

Elle presents her ideas in a fun, artsy, sketchbook format. It’s visual eye candy and so easy to read. It’s like you are getting a pep talk from your very best friend! LOVE.

I gave this book to my entire design team and then I realized, “Oh crap, they might read this and quit once they figure out working for me is not that true MUST!” I hesitated for a minute but then realized, “Oh well, if they don’t want to work here then maybe that’s okay. I definitely don’t want to hold anyone captive in a should that they need to move past.” Good news — everyone is still sitting at their desks — no one has walked out yet, YIPPEE! Read More