SoulCollage®: I am the one who is taking a break from making the honey.

  

I am the one who is not in the hive.  I am the one who is taking a break from making the honey.  I am the one who knows there's a lot of bees like me.  I am the one who wants to be out for a while away from the other bees.  I am the one who made it through the winter.  I am the one who makes a perfect shape.  I am the one who makes a hexagon.  I am the who is lost without flowers.  I am loyal.  I am seasonal.  The cold makes me still, the warmth makes me buzz.  I am the one who is busy even when I am still.  I am fuzzy.  I am golden.  I don't want to sting you.

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Color Crushes: Yellow

  

Yellow IS the decorating knife.  It's cuts through the bologna (read: dull and boring spaces) while it simultaneously injects them with life.  

What a contradiction! I love it!  

If your space is feeling dull and needing an update grab something yellow and put it in there.  There's a reason one of the first things Spring presents us with is forsythia and daffodils.  

Remember: If nature does it, you should, too. (wink)

Closets: open or closed?

Since we switched bedrooms with our daughter two days ago, our current closet system spans three rooms and feels a wee bit like this:

Half of our stuff is mixed in with our daughter's things in our old closet and a good portion of the rest is crammed into our new much smaller closet or sorted into piles on the floor.

As you might have guessed, I'm not a huge fan of the over-planned, over-priced, walk-in closets that the media world tries to convince us we need, but my current "system" has me all over the place while I am trying to get dressed.   I am already annoyed and it's only two days in...

Luckily, I have been doing some visual research on closets and have pinned some interesting images. Check out my Pinterest board on closets to see what I have gathered.  I love the idea of having an open closet.  I romantacize that this will keep me honest & tidy.  I have also been impressed by the The 333 Project.  It has inspired me to make a capsule wardrobe and cut away the excess.  Life is just so much simpler this way.   I am curious to see what I come up with as "I live out the answers" (as they say).

What's your closet system like? Are you happy with it? What would you change?

The image of the "floor closet system" is from The Selby.  If you have never visited his site, prepare to lose a couple of hours-- I love to spend time there viewing the world through his camera lens.

SoulCollage®: I am the one who takes your mess and makes it white.

I am the one who is busy.  I am the one who juggles everything, yet somehow I get it done.  Even if it's not on time, I get it done.  I am the one who takes your mess and makes it white.  Fresh start.  I am the one who sits for a moment, but is still thinking.  I am the one who is finding a way to do the old and mundane, so that I can bear to keep doing it.  I will be this way till the day I die. This is my skeleton.

Decorating Therapy: the long & winding road

When I look back at all of the changes i have made in my home, I see it as an expression of my lifestyle and how my life has changed over the years.

Visions of my childhood bedroom and the 5 different decorating styles it under went, my college dorm room, our first apartment, our two-family house turned one family house (while I was pregnant) and all of its changes in between come to mind.  Each space has perfectly reflected who I was and where I was going at the time.  When I look back at all the changes I have made, they tell me I have been living my life and I am always trying my best to move forward.  I am firm believer that art imitates life and my home space is a metaphor for what's going on with me.  

Right now, we are getting ready to make some MAJOR changes in the way that we use our home's space.  

It's really no surprise either!  

We are heading into our second semester with homeschooling, Emma's needs are changing, Erik is exploring a new career paths and I am getting more and more focused with my work.  We need to get Emma settled so we can all feel settled.

So the plan is:

Erik and I are going to swap bedrooms with Emma.  Right now, she has the larger bedroom and it is in the front of the house, closest to the street.  As she's gotten older, it's become apparent the space is too big for her- she likes to be nestled in.  And having the bulk of her toys around her and being close to the street as she tries to rest is too distracting.  We'll be moving a good portion of her toys downstairs and creating a playroom off of the kitchen.  Since Emma prefers to be downstairs while she plays and creates I am hoping this give her the support that she needs.

This is what the rooms look like right now:

Our Room: soon to be Emma's (lucky duck)


Emma's Room: soon to be our room (I'm scared)


Dining Room & Sitting Area: soon to be play area or in Emma's words her "Laboratory"


Stay tuned for the after pictures.


Is there a space in your house that rarely gets used or isn't living up to it's potential? Tell me about it in the comments.

SoulCollage: I am the one who pauses





I am pausing

I wonder why I don't jump in

I hear the ocean

I see the party

I am over here


I pretend  I like it

I feel the disconnect

I touch my heart

I cry when you don't see me

I am camouflaged


I understand you

I say listening noises

I dream you understand me

I try and wait

I hope it's worth it

I am


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I am poem format from How to Make MeCards for Kids by Nancy Weiss

Color Crushes: eggplant + aubergine

Product List

Margot Austin - blog - farrow & ball great outdoors gallery http://www.margotaustin.ca/blog/farrow-ball-great-outdoors-gallery.html

Vintage Flock Wallpaper by Kelly Hoppen - Purple Damask Wall Coverings by Graham & Brown http://www.grahambrown.com/us/product/30-382/vintage-flock

Lt. Amethyst Glass Cameo Intaglio Pendant 1Pc. by artthrobsupplies https://www.etsy.com/listing/198476196/lt-amethyst-glass-cameo-intaglio-pendant?ref=sr_gallery_3&ga_search_query=amethyst+glass&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Ashford Eggplant Leather Sofa - Overstock™ Shopping - Great Deals on Sofas & Loveseats http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Ashford-Eggplant-Leather-Sofa/9762059/product.html?refccid=ZHRMLU7SYRL33ZCBMF357CEGPI&searchidx=2

Amethyst Ceiling Lamp - Overstock™ Shopping - Great Deals on Zuo Chandeliers & Pendants http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Amethyst-Ceiling-Lamp/9625803/product.html?refccid=ZSDYGUXTFHSY4QSC3FLOIYFCLU&searchidx=1

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false images, a red fish + knowing it when you see it


http://instagram.com/p/0DwfnyucBD/

Perfectly clean and perfectly arranged interior spaces are almost like two parallel lines that are destined to never cross.  If these two things ever cross and become one, we call it a perfectly designed and decorated space.  

I was combing through images of interior spaces.  I usually do this to relax.  I think of it as taking my creativity for a walk.  My creative self needs quite a lot of visual input.  But lately, I have been really disappointed in my usual sources for images.  Maybe it's the end of winter wearing on me, but I think I have reached my saturation point.  I used to feel like I would get transported, dazzled and even inspired when I would look through a bunch of magazines and visually "download" them.  Sometimes I would rip pages out and store them in a binder.  Ah, the good ol' days!  The images I am seeing now feel very formulaic to me and I just don't relate.  They don't take me anywhere, they don't make me want to do anything, they don't stir my curiosity.  And they certainly don't inspire me.

They are vanilla.  They are over-curated.  They are stuffy.  

Makes me think of how I worked as a photo stylist for a well known furniture retailer's Photo Studio.  I was basically a glorified housekeeper.  I would pick lint off of furniture for an afternoon, or stuff duvets with extra batting and pins to make the beds look cozy and inviting.  The sunny living room that was portrayed in the their catalog was many times photographed inside a windowless warehouse or industrial space in the middle of the ghetto.  

Creating false images is the devil's work.  

We all know they photoshop super models, but did you know they did it to photos of rooms, too? 

Yikes! is nothing sacred?

Where are the people in these interiors shots?  Where is the heart?  Where is the life?  I want to see people living in these pictures --perhaps, double chinned as they smile, sloppy counters, unmade beds with 3 cups stashed on a  side table- one for tea, one for water and yesterdays herbal brew.   Call me crazy, but I think there is beauty and value in this sort of imagery.

I want to see people that live like me.  I want images without an agenda. I want people with cameras to keep it real. I want to keep it real.  Does anybody else want to keep it real? 

With constant content and the ability to edit the sh*t out of something, the digital world has made the stick we measure ourselves against the thing we end up beating ourselves with.

Take that stick and break it over your knee and toss it in the kindling

It's easy for me to see what's going on, because I have worked behind the scenes.  I know it takes about 6 people to make one of those perfectly curated rooms or ONE very crazy, lonely lady.  I guess the the old adage, "If it looks to good to be true, it probably is" could applied to this type of visual content we are being served.  Please keep this in mind, if you start to feel badly as you Pin your little heart out on Pinterest.  I challenge you to find an image that is raw, genuine & honest on that platform.  Don't get me wrong, I believe Pinterest is an amazing tool and I use it all the time.  I just get a little tuned up when good people start to feel less-than because the standards feel unattainable.  

All I am saying is, there is a time and place for Pinterest -know it!  And sometimes you just gotta get out and see some stuff in real life.

My love for the imperfect and seredipity shopping builds my preference for junk & second hand shops.  The kind  that say on the front "enter in the rear of the building" and when you get around back say "Please Knock" on the door.  I just like digging, scanning and being anonymous while I shop.  Nobody wants my email at these sort of places and they're not following me around trying to sell me something.  

Edit


Yesterday was the first day in a very long time that the sun shone and it was above 45º.  It felt like heaven to have moisture in the air and hear the snow melting.  It was perfect.  The stars had aligned and I had the rare pleasure of 1 1/2 hrs to myself with nothing to do. 

So you know what I did?  I headed out on one of my favorite shopping trails.  Some people do pub crawls, I do store crawls... but fast.  And before you knew it I was heading around back knocking on that door.

There's something comforting about a tried and true shopping trail.  I hit 5 shops within that 1 1/2 hrs, sent a client some pics of pieces I spied for them, let my creative self wander and turned over a couple of stones.  This sort of thing is essential for my creative projects that need to get done; a time to for my process to breath and be distracted by somewhat useless things that seem all of a sudden relevant, like a giant red platter made of pottery in the shape of a stylized fish.  yeah, I'm still thinking about that fish.  And yeah, it was overpriced, but I know it when I see it.  

I saw it and I'm going back for a second look.

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Life is a shit sandwich.  Sometimes you just have to take a bite & chew

When I had had enough of trying, this is the guy who said to me, "Life is a shit sandwich.  Sometimes you just have to take a bite & chew".  He is the one I can call in the middle of the night because he doesn't go to bed until 3 am.  He also has a machete in case he needs to cut down "bananas".  You just never know...

Today is his birthday.  He is a Pisces.  If you're not familiar with the shorthand of astrology, being a Pisces means he:

  • likes to daydream & stare out the window
  • likes to escape & has a "rich" inner world
  • prefers to go bed late and get up late
  • moves & speaks when he feels inspired to
  • is well-informed
  • reads anything that is in front of him-- milk carton included
  • is a true friend to the underdog
  • will accept you warts and all

A word to the wise: Don't try and be slick around him or hide behind schmaltz and pretense.  He can smell bullshit from a mile away.

So long as you're yourself you can hang.  And if you haven't figured it out yet,  it's worth it.

This guy is my Dad, his name is Kevin.  He had a strong hand in shaping who I am, especially my humor and understanding of the human condition.  Despite life handing him well over his share of shit sandwiches, he has managed to not wear it on his sleeve or take his life's bad dealings and shove it in your face.  As a matter of fact, you'd probably be surprised by what he has survived.  He takes his life's experiences and makes them useful; if they're not useful he gets rid of them.  He says smart things like, "An event is just a piece of information.  You can decide what to do with it".

It's no secret.  I lucked out in the Parent Department .

Dad, Thanks for always continuing to move forward and never forgetting what it's like to be my age.

Happy Birthday! -XO Amy

Color Crushes: Orange

When I was younger, I used to say Orange was my favorite color because I felt sorry for it.  It's still my favorite, but now I see Orange as one of the symbols for nonconformity & irreverence.  Cool people like orange.  It's as simple as that.  When I meet someone who is rockin' something vibrant orange, I know that they know the unspoken language of orange.  Orange takes nerve and anyone willing to make a style statement with orange is OK in my book.

Lockers: a must for eclectic decorating

I love eclectic decorating.  I always have.  And I have a house to prove it!  The thing I find so endearing about ecclectic decorating is how it tells a story.  Quirky pieces used in unique ways double the fun and the good conversation.  I have a locker in my kitchen right next to my fridge and pretty much everyone who sees it makes a comment about it. Everytime I open it to grab my Kitchen Aid or cookie sheet I am reminded of my locker in school.  The first thing I ever really had a lock on! There's something about the clang of the metal door that just sends me back.  Not to mention it's an excellent place to display my sticker & magnet collection.

Check out my Pinterest Board on Lockers and get one in your house soon!

 

Check out this little darling I stumbled upon at Homegoods:

 

Color Crushes : Teal & Turquoise


Product List

contemporary teal wallpaper - Google Search
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DENY Designs Ingrid Padilla Turquoise Area Rug & Reviews | Wayfair
http://www.wayfair.com/DENY-Designs-Ingrid-Padilla-Turquoise-Area-Rug-NDY8932.html

Chalkboard Globe - anthropologie.com
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-room/33661133.jsp

Maxi Teal SW 6769 - Blue Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6769-maxi-teal/

Aquarium SW 6767 - Blue Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6767-aquarium/

Muslin SW 6133 - White Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6133-muslin/

Tantalizing Teal SW 6937 - Blue Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6937-tantalizing-teal/

Simmered Glass Knob - anthropologie.com
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-hardware-knobs/28858280.jsp

Wildon Home ® Austen 30" H Table Lamp with Drum Shade & Reviews | Wayfair
http://www.wayfair.com/Wildon-Home-%C2%AE-Austen-30-H-Table-Lamp-with-Drum-Shade-LO6145.html

ikea turquoise shelf - Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?q=ikea+turquoise+shelf&biw=1024&bih=708&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=BdvtVJyNCsKkgwSJ4IDQDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg