The Eclectic Designer | Noelle Mena

In 2007, I began working online. I took a typepad blog and turned it into a Digital Magazine with over 45 Women writing and contributing to it. Putting together training that each one would go through so they could add their content themselves. Mercy. I’d never seen a blog nor for sure ever been behind the scenes of creating one. One look was all it took & I was hooked. I am my dad’s daughter. Computer Engineer. Taking that Typepad blog and customizing the back end to do exactly what I wanted it to do, it all just came so naturally to me. After a couple of years I sold the publishing company and went head first into my second company online.  Selling it in January of 2013 I made the decision to design websites full time.

Connecting so widely online the past 7 years, it was actually simple to stay busy designing. Loving every new project keeping my creative juices flowing. Everyone has different tastes. I love helping them find that in a personal way as well as how to relate that through a business.

It bothered me some a year in as I looked around and found designers that their portfolio was so dang pretty! Like they were all created through the same filter. Which can be awesome. You go to a designer because you like their style. I get it. But I want to bring out YOUR style. Your audiences style. What speaks to you both??

Design is endless! I will not put you in a box and I don’t even have a box to put you in! I will never be put in a box. We, our ideas, they are so much bigger than any box could contain.

I am a creative both online and off so I have a unique perspective & gift to offer you as your go to designer and business adviser/consultant. I see from both ends. I can get you over that tech line you have been so hesitant to cross, alone, because you are no longer going it alone. Let’s go together. 

I am an Artist

Like I said, I design online and off. Being a Mixed Media Artist and Interior Designer, I decided to open a new Division to my offerings here. It is a branch specifically for Creatives. Artists of all kinds. You can learn more over at Designing for The Creative. If you are an artist and the project you want to work on would fall into the artists categories (art; any medium, photography, jewelry, pottery, textile,…) than you for sure want to connect with me over there in that division. It is still all me! It’s different working with artists, so we approach a little differently there with your own art integrated.

Instagram, my favorite…

 When Winter greets Spring. Woke up to snow today & of course went hiking. Then sat next to Keith Urban & his girls while refueling w/a green smoothie my girlie prepared. Kinda funny as I've been watching Big Little Lies w/Nicole. I love the privacy it always feels like people give the famous people here. They are just people and need their space too.  #nashvilletn #nashvilleartist #nashvillecreatives #percywarner #hike #hikenashville #wintermeetsspring  Every since my friend Eunice came to stay with me, I've had the bug to change this entire room around. I do so love this space. I'm sitting on my section of the sectional & trying to convince myself to behave. The bug is to switch the studio side with the living room side. Oh my oh my. Why so many projects??? #nashpad #nashvilletn #nashvilleartist #nashvillecreatives #interiordesign #relaxdontdoit #apartmenttherapy #apartmentliving #apartmentdecor  When you love the marks off the canvas more than the work on the canvas. Dang I love these. It's also canvas verses paper. I do soooooo prefer paper. Plaster on canvas board next time. #createaftermidnight #nashvillecreatives #markmaking #nashvilletn #nashvilleartist #mixedmedia #wildawakening #nashpadartroom #arttherapy
 Ok so I had posted while at a women's conference tonight w/1000 women that I realized I was like the only one w/her hair up. It's a messy bun in the back/top. I can't help it. I just can't get comfy w/it down right now & I am dang well not cutting it short again for a long time. I'm not out of style!!! Bleh!!! I do my own thing. I'm 50. I've earned it. Be who you are. PS note how I match with the lamp... that's style right there. Crack me up. I do need to get out more... (this was good lighting too, guess cause the light showed me favor cause I matched... #workit  #nashvilletn #nashvilleartist #nashvillecreatives #50yearsold #updo #whatever  So dang contemplative this weekend. Actually always. 🤔But more so the past couple of weeks. When people take it upon themselves to tell YOUR story but from their version. I read things that they have no idea I see & think, who. are. you. ??? It's bad enough they say it, write it, think it, but they spread it like poison. They destroyed more then they will ever know. It's that fine line of letting it go (as I have done) or allowing it all to be stirred up as I deal with it head on. How can people believe such lies about you when it all couldn't be further from the truth?? It's heart wrenching. Gut wrenching. So many will always believe the version they tell. I feel so sorry for them. Cause I am pretty dang amazing and would have done (did do over & over again) anything for them. I choose my peace, my health, my view & the path God has ahead. I'd rather be there for people who do not suck the life out of me. Did I say I'm so glad it's a 3 day weekend??? Ha! #beingboss Nashville sunset blazing the ridge out back at the #NashPad #nashvilletn #nashvillecreatives #nashvilleartist #nashvillesunset #mystory  my palette. my path. my walk. Love the neutrality of these colors that surround us as we hike. Constantly stopping & taking them in. #winterwalk #nashvilletn #nashvillecreatives #hike #mypalette #explore615
 Free my mind, and the rest will follow.  Wanted to test my new papers I made by throwing them down and then, who can stop there? I mean, you gotta take it some where. Sometimes you just need a quickie. I like it. Feeling line work coming on... & dang I always love the black edgy borders around. I've gone gray in the #NashPad but it was always black for years. #createaftermidnight #nashpadartroom #nashvilleartist #nashvilleartstudio #nashvilletn #nashvillecreatives #mixedmedia #homemadepaper #arttherapy #collage #markmaking  Daffodils in February beautifully set between the winter branches. An owl in full flight that settled on my hikes path. Lingered along with me. I feel nurtured.  #hike #nashvilletn #inthewoods #friendsofwarnerparks #explore615 #nashvillecreatives #naturehippys  Then she emerged. I was so drawn to the muted below & it just kept getting darker. The scrapes on her skin & etched from her dress. Dang, caught me off guard as usual. Like lashes to the back. Then the dove showed up & the pain was released. Peace. A beautiful thing. #arttherapy it's powerful. 36x24 #nashpadartroom #createaftermidnight #nashvilleartist #nashvillecreatives #mixedmedia #creativesoul #nashvilletn #inprogress #wildawakening
 My palette is very cool mixed in with age. (a bit like me ) Somehow the warmth always finds it's way in through vintage papers. I've been making my own papers & tonight my #wip from several posts back, she seems to be feeling at home in her current layer stage next to them. (I'm liking her more too) I'm so very not saturated, that this throws me a bit when it shows up. But it keeps showing up. So I will too. That's what it is really all about. Choose to show up. #createaftermidnight #nashpadartroom #nashvilleartist #nashvilleartstudio #nashvilletn #nashvillecreatives #mixedmedia #homemadepaper #vintagepaper #ledgerpaper #ecodye #arttherapy  wip. I'm so far from what I see. Or what I want to see. Trying to give myself some grace as I've had so limited time in my studio. I will have fun finishing her tomorrow. She's out on the veranda letting the fixative dry. 70 degrees here at the #NashPad crazy. Windows open, can hear the train on the tracks. Never. Gets. Old. #createaftermidnight #nashpadartroom #nashvilleartist #nashvillecreatives #nashvilletn #arttherapy #mixedmedia  Saturday Night. I need more time to play. And more space. Fixing to sell the sectional & spread right on into the living area. 🤔 #nashpadartroom #createaftermidnight #nashvilleartist #36x24 #nashvillecreatives #mixedmedia #creativesoul #nashvilletn #inprogress #arttherapy #wildawakening

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