About me

My name is Rania Peet. I am a wife, mother, designer & decorator. I love to create. I love to inspire and be inspired. I am an extrovert by nature and find beauty in everything i see. I am a multitasking, big dreaming, project creating, over-sized prop building, design lover. 
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I am also a snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, off-roading, Jeep girl [o|||||||o] who loves Electronic Dance Music and dancing with my headphones on. I am a proud atheist/agnostic/ pantheist and I collect wine corks, animal skulls, old chairs and ashtrays. Staring at the stars makes me happy, as does driving my jeep on the beach in Cape Hatteras North Carolina. I am happiest when I am in my workshop building who knows what. It doesn't matter. As long as I am building something.
My love of creating interesting spaces and props started at a young age. From foam cities and 5' knights of amour made of tin foil at the age of 9 to my own personal Barbie world - it was all really the beginning for a career path i had no idea i was embarked on. 

Somehow my brain took to design. Where does it come from? Is it embedded in us? I ask myself this question, as i have no formal design training. But there is something about visual arts   that i connect with on a deeper level. 

Dj Booth Decor Installation
Mosaic Mirror Objects @ Dc Rave

In the early part of my career I found myself decorating rave parties, fashion shows and corporate events with hand made stage props, stretchy fabric installations and 10 foot mosaic mirrored ceiling objects. Over an 8 year period i managed to make a living doing some of the most exciting projects at legendary nightclubs like Buzz in Washington DC and with great artists like Pawn Lasers, SuperCal and Adam Christoph {www.symbioticcreations.net} - all in sync with world class musicians. It was a rock ass life. I had a blast travelling from Washington D.C. to an array of musical venues and special events along the east coast, with press following in Washington City Paper, Nightclub and Bar Magazine and more.

Eventually the entertainment industry took its toll on me and i switched gears when i saw a job opening for real estate staging designers. I spent 6 years as a creative director, home staging expert, marketing director, graphic designer & photographer. I never realized how creative real estate could be. Granted, i worked with a very creative team. It has been one of the best jobs anyone could have the pleasure of doing. I worked full time with the company for almost 6 years, but then I became a mother. Working with a small child and a 2 hour commute took its toll. 

I was consumed with the daily ritual. Wake up. Do a million and one tasks to get the child to daycare and get to work. Work like a crazy maniac all day (that is real estate) and commute home in horrible traffic. Weekends consisted of laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and other horrible things. I found myself being negative, pissed and losing touch with the positive side of life. I simply forgot to stop and eat the roses. Yes I know it is supposed to say smell. That's the point silly!

And that brought me to yet another life change. I still work with the real estate team on the side, but recently I packed my family up and moved to the middle of the countryside in West Virginia. I am taking some time for myself to explore my creative side and see where life takes me.

So i started this blog project as a way for me to share my creations & designs, my amazing new home, my glorious and ridiculous chickens, my unconventional and drunken cooking, & my newest obsession and adventure into photography, haunted house design, EDM festivals, art installations and the world of videography.

I hope you enjoy. At the end of the day, this is about me sharing with whoever wants to see. And with any luck, provide a little inspiration for you too; To never forget to stop and eat the roses.


15 comments :

  1. Can you use SW Birdseye Maple in a kitchen? My cabinets are white, light wood flooring, medium green counters. I wanted to paint the Birdseye above the white beadboard. I have one window in my kitchen. Is this color very bright? Wanted something warm and muted. Thank you

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  2. I think it would look great actually!

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  3. Would you consider it a warm yellow or gold? I don't want anything too bright or screaming yellow. Thank you

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  4. it is definitely warm. No screaming going on. it is the perfect yellow/gold tone in my opinion. muted just perfectly :) sorry for the delayed response!

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  5. How do you feel about the Haunted Garden being shutdown this year? Are you going to try to continue the tradition in a different location?

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    1. I feel sick to my stomach about it! I am going to see what happens in court on Tuesday and if we lose, then yes, I will be looking for a new location.

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  7. You are amazing! Keep up the great work. I don't understand why anyone would want to sabotage your work. It's sad to see that people actually came together to stop your Halloween Garden. They are awful. Just awful!!

    It's only 5 days out of the year that would consists of a small portion of traffic in that small community. That's really petty. I'm glad you guys were granted two days to keep the Garden open. I look forward to coming by and checking it out. It just goes to show you that there are so many petty, unreasonable, awful people in the world. WOW

    Keep Up The Great Work!!!

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  8. Please stop spreading evil.

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  9. May I ask were you are located? I'm on a committee for a Haunted Forest to raise money for a local non-profit. I LOVE your stuff. If you are close, our committee would like to come see your Haunted Garden. We are all volunteers and could use all the ideas and help we can get.

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  10. Hi Carol! I am located in the panhandle of West Virginia, near Maryland.

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  11. Rania,
    Great article about color...I am struggling with a North Facing Room with low light, Chocolate/Dark Furnishings and an open-concept floor plan...I am bout ready to throw in the brush (and towel). I never knew color could be so difficult to pin down and so wide-span...Frustration Building...Any Thoughts or Suggestions for a desperate not so decorative inclined, apt dweller with not clue what color to paint my home...Regards, Marijo

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    1. Hi Marijo. I suggest a neutral cream color for that space to keep it bright. Then add color with small accents in your decor.

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  12. Hi, You are greatly fabulous! I am wondering if you sell any of your things? I just love the little pink glitter marshmallow tables or jelly rolls. If you do sell what would you charge for them?
    Thanks,
    Barbara Yeager

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