Well, what is it? What do you know about me?
♥ I have two teenagers. One won't be a teenager anymore in 18 more days. Yikes! I'm getting up there ;)
♥ I'm married to my high school sweetheart.
♥ We have a yellow lab named Dolly who is supposed to be the kids' dog but I'm the one she follows around the house and stares at me when I'm sitting on the toilet (I thought those days were over when your toddlers grew up)?
♥ I have had a clothing business for many, many years.
♥ I love the flowers in my yard.
♥ My brother Fred died in 2008.
♥ I love the beach.
♥♥ And I REALLY, REALLY love being at home, eclectic home decor, sewing drapes, pillows and pretty little things and just creating beauty within the walls that I live. This is what brings me peace, clarity and makes me happy. I could almost be a hermit.
Now, don't get me wrong. This really has nothing to do with my "actual" house. Although we are blessed to live in a really beautiful area with amazing neighbors and many, many houses more beautiful than mine, it's really what the home represents. I could just as easily live in a little cottage or bungalow in Encinitas a few blocks from the beach with Hollyhocks and Rambling Roses along my sandy sidewalk with my pink beach cruiser leaning on the fence. No I haven't been visualizing that at all ;) A home allows my creativity to shine and a place to surround myself with what I think is beautiful and joyful. It surrounds me in safety, loving comfort and wisdom (my big Ponderosa Pines). A home is cozy fireplace and cup of coffee.
But the last few months my home hasn't been feeling like this. It is time for change! I think a de-cluttering is long over-due and a kitchen upgrade! The kitchen has served us well, but it needs to be lightened up! Stay tuned:) I'm starting on a project today and am repainting my cabinets, goodbye Cherry. I have to admit, this had me thinking, yikes, do I dare? Cherry is beautiful and not cheap. But I don't look at my kitchen joyfully anymore. Time to go!
After one of my best friends and my brother died in 2008, I had a mass clear out of "stuff". I had a need to de-clutter. I realized there was no room in my life for most knick knacks. For the most part, knick knacks are just mass produced junk that we have accumulated to "decorate" our most sacred space. I saved only the things that had meaning and brought me joy. Interesting thing happened. More than a few of the special things I saved that made me happy, broke. Broke. Some not salvageable. This all happened within a month or two of my brother. WEIRD. But I think the message in that was don't ever get attached to objects, even ones that are "special", they are still just things.
So, this brings me to another point of this blog post. Not only is the kitchen getting a makeover but I need to de-clutter again and start fresh. About a year ago I went back to Napa and helped my dad clear out my moms knick knacks from the house. Out of a sense of obligation, I brought home several boxes of "stuff" that I didn't even want. But these had been her collectibles and things that had been in the house since I was little. Now, I have "stuff" sitting out on shelves, "stuff" sitting in my cabinets, "stuff" everywhere. It's stifling! So even though I have a sense of obligation to keep it, I'm going to let it go to someone seeking their own treasures. Mom's knick knacks, Gone!
I'm going back to my principles of home decor for my house.
♥ It must bring me joy to look at it.
♥ I like my decor to have history and very little is new.
♥ It has to be well made and is "real" wood.
♥ I like to bring nature indoors.
♥ I often like things to have a handmade touch.
♥ I LOVE beautiful fabrics.
Now if I could only get my husband to start on the basement....He recently had a dream there was a zoo in our basement and backyard. Umm, hello, what is your sub-conscious telling you??
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