I don’t know about you but for me, this has been a crazy week full up extreme ups and extreme downs. Life seems to roll that way sometimes, doesn’t it?
I’ve struggled with a thankful attitude but have found that when I force myself to search for gratefulness, the uglier details of life seem to soften a little…or a lot.
You can’t have the sweet without the bitter.
Without the bitter, the sweet wouldn’t be nearly as sweet.
The first bloom of the season in my garden
Or as Brett Michaels would say, “Every rose has it’s thorn” Sorry, I couldn’t resist..ha!
This week I’m thankful for new beginnings and the faithful knowledge that something new is always around the corner.
Hard times don’t last forever and it’s important to learn from them while they’re here. It’s also a time to draw closer to the people you love and who love you enough to let you cry on their shoulder. It magnifies the depth of our relationships and there is truly value to be found in that.
So here’s to a better week ahead and to the grateful understanding that our depths are necessary for our growth and understanding in life, love and happiness.
I was so excited to have a reader by the name of Kathleen ask me to help her with a redesign project she was struggling with. She has a large great room with extensive wall space that has an open loft upstairs, so the ceilings are extremely high. She also has a large fireplace with niche’s on either side that she would eventually like to have built In’s installed but for now, just needs something to create a focal point.
She and her family are fairly conservative when it comes to color. They love neutrals and are concerned about painting the walls anything too dramatic. The perfect solution for this is art, and in this case, the bigger the better.
Here’s what I suggested:
Part of what she asked for was a sense of the outdoors. Being outdoor people, they love organic elements but didn’t want the room to feel so casual that the room would lose it’s sense of elegance.
The large mirror is a giant leaning mirror that would help maximise the light they desperately need and the three Moroccan mirrors would lead up the staircase, almost mimicking windows.
The art brings in a splash of color as do the pillows. The rug, coffee table and willow trees for either side of the fireplace add an organic/outdoorsy element.
The sofa and chairs remain neutral , which takes that fear of commitment out of the equation and the cowhide rug just adds some additional texture and personality to the space.
Because the space is so large, I suggested two of the curved sectionals facing each other with the chairs off to the side, flanking the sideboard which could be brought over to the conversation area when needed. This keeps the lines clean and the flow balanced.
So there we have it!
Thanks, Kathleen for writing to me and we can’t wait to see the finished product!
If you are interested in an E-Design consultation, drop me an email. For the remaining month of March I am offering this service for FREE! As of April 1st, I’ll be offering it for a nominal fee. Take advantage now!