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About Beth: 7 Fun Things

So now that I’m finally getting to the point where I’m more regular about this blogging thing, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself more thoroughly! You probably came here through my website, or Instagram, or Facebook, but maybe you just stumbled upon this blog, and you’ve been wondering “who is this chick??”

So here are some facts about me, 7 to be precise (because I love the number 7), that are maybe more unexpected, more interesting, or totally unknown!

 
It me!

It me!

 

Where’d you come from anyway?

I was born in Missoula, Montana, and actually spent a majority of my early childhood on an approximately 200 acre ranch in Ovando (about 45 minutes outside of Missoula). It was gorgeous property (just wild land, no farming or animals) on the Blackfoot River — full A River Runs Through It style — and growing up there afforded me a singular opportunity to appreciate nature, wide-open spaces, and living a life outside of a city (as much as you can call Missoula a city).

We moved back to Missoula in time for me to go to elementary school, and I decided to leave when I was 14 to attend prep school in New Hampshire (best decision I ever made). So I’m definitely a Montana girl at heart, even though I haven’t lived there in over 20 years (yikes!). After New Hampshire, I spent a year at Barnard College in NYC before transferring to a small SoCal liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna. Post college I lived in Connecticut, Arizona, Los Angeles, and New York before settling in Seattle!

Woof! That’s a mouthful…

 
My dad and baby me on the ranch in Ovando, MT.

My dad and baby me on the ranch in Ovando, MT.

 
What’s your favorite food?

Tacos. End story.

Ok, so really any Mexican food, but I swear that tacos are probably something I could live on solely if necessary (along with Eloté — classic Mexican street corn). I’m also obsessed anything involving potatoes, except tater tots. I’m not a big fan of them and I can’t exactly explain why — maybe it’s the ratio of fried stuff to actual potato (I’m not the biggest fried food fan in general). Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat them, but I prefer good old fashioned fries over tater tots. Go ahead and get your pitchforks going — I’ve been told that my stance on tater tots is unpopular.

 
Some seriously delicious tacos I made once.

Some seriously delicious tacos I made once.

 
Who’s your favorite puppy in the whole wide world?

Any excuse to bring up Marzipan! Ok, ok, so I’m totally asking these questions myself, but she’s worth the hype. Marz is my 5.5 year old, Chihuahua-Jack Russell Terrier mix mutt who I rescued from a shelter when she was just 3 months old. Some awful person had put the littlest, sweetest, snuggliest pup in a dumpster (seriously, how can people be so cruel??), and I just happened to stop into the shelter/vet that she’d been brought to that night. I was there with a friend who’s cat needed emergency surgery in the middle of the night, and never expected that I’d wind up with a life-long best friend out of it.

I joke that Marz is the official mascot of Quartz & Bone, but she seriously is Executive Pup in Chief. She’s got a bed next to my desk and always reminds me when it’s time to take a break and toss the tennis ball by pawing at my feet while I’m working. In fact, as I write this blog, she’s jumping up into my lap and making it almost impossible to type…

If anyone wants to follow Miss Marzi, her instagram is @marzipup!

 
Marzipan in her natural territory (on something warm and comfy).

Marzipan in her natural territory (on something warm and comfy).

 
What’s your biggest frustration in your OWN design world right now?

Hands down: living in a rental house. It’s so frustrating to only be able to do things on the surface in your space, and living in a rental means that you’re so limited in terms of what you can do. I moved in with my boyfriend on top of that — into a house he’s been renting for three years — so there was also the super fun addition of marrying our stuff while trying not to totally take over aesthetically (whoops, I sort of did…).

I’m so jealous when I go to the homes of girlfriends who own their spaces — it’s rough to imagine what I want to do in my space, while being totally unable to. As a designer, all I want to do is have my own home be a full reflection of my personality and design style (and my boyfriend’s — I’m not a total control freak). But currently, we’re a bit handicapped in that respect until we can find a place to buy, so I’m stuck with surface fixes (and attempting to not spend ALL of my money on a home that’s ultimately just temporary).

 
It’s not everything I want, but it’s home for now.

It’s not everything I want, but it’s home for now.

 
What do you most want to design right now?

I’ve been obsessed for over a year with the idea of designing a cabin, or cabin-like home. I just want to play with woods, antlers, and plaids galore. I think the thing I love most about designing a cabin is playing with textures and patterns. It’s so unlike my normal, everyday style, and I think it would be a really nice way to showcase an alternative design aesthetic.

So… anyone want to buy a cabin and let me design it? Or gift me a cabin. Either way, I’m not picky.

 
That one time I was daydreaming of a cabin and pulling textiles for fun…

That one time I was daydreaming of a cabin and pulling textiles for fun…

 
Who is this boyfriend of yours?

World, let me introduce you to my amazing boyfriend Spencer! I’m sure he wouldn’t appreciate being put on blast, but sorry babe — I like bragging about you. Spencer and I met when I accidentally walked into the men’s room of a bar on a Sunday afternoon. I had come to Seattle to lock down an apartment and a car, and I was flying back to NYC the next day, and since I’d been without wifi for days on end, I was using a local bar, Flatstick, as my home office and watering hole.

His best friend approached me some time afterwards (I’d run away and hid in the women’s room out of embarrassment immediately) and introduced us (more) formally. It’s basically been the two of us ever since. I’m constantly grateful for all of his advice, support, and handiwork. Seriously, he’ll build anything I want and I LOVE it.

 
My super handsome, super handy boyfriend, Spencer.

My super handsome, super handy boyfriend, Spencer.

 
What’s your favorite movie in each of the following genres: Comedy, Drama, Action/Adventure.

Ugh, this is hard. Yeah, I know I wrote my own questions, but I wanted to push myself (now I’m regretting it). I’m really indecisive in my own life (thankfully not when it comes to my clients!) and I hate answering questions like favorite music, movies, etc.

Ok… here goes:

Comedy: Airplane. This one was easy — it’s been one of my favorite movies since I was in 4th grade (seriously, I made my friends watch it at my 9th birthday sleepover… it might have gone over some of their heads). I can quote it almost in it’s entirety.

Drama: This is a toss up between Layer Cake (probably one of the best, most underrated movies of all time IMO) and Gone With the Wind (seriously one of the most EPICALLY gorgeous and breathtaking movies). I know, I know, totally different films, but I think Layer Cake edges out GWTW for me. I’ve seen it a dozen or more times and every time I love it more. Daniel Craig was in his first 007 movie that same year so this went basically unnoticed. But find it, watch it, love it.

Action/Adventure: I love Indiana Jones (the OG 3 films, obvi). I’m THAT nerdy girl, I know. As a kid, every fall, I used to make my parents watch all three Indiana Jones movies, followed by all three Star Wars, followed by the two Ewok movies. Not in one night, clearly, but over the course of a week or two. We did it once and I called it a tradition — I think they probably wanted to kill me, but I loved it. I adore me some George Lucas…

 
Ok, none of the above movies, but another of my favorites. I got to go to a Beetle Juice themed party/screening in NYC. It was great…

Ok, none of the above movies, but another of my favorites. I got to go to a Beetle Juice themed party/screening in NYC. It was great…

 

Ok, so that’s it! 7 random, fun (hopefully?) facts about me.

Want more? Leave your question in the comments and I’ll do this again down the line! A few questions I definitely toyed with:

  1. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

  2. What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Those were clearly terrible questions, so I welcome yours! Thanks for reading and getting to know me a bit better.