I've been thinking a lot about the types of blog posts I'm writing. As I scroll through by back-log I still like the photos of dreamy places and beautiful things to add to a dream home, but I want this blog to be more than that. I use it as a design notebook, and as a creative outlet when I'm feeling "stuck" so for those reasons it is often "wish list" after shopping list after "dream home" post. Sometimes these shopping lists can be helpful to a few, but I want this blog to be helpful to more than a few.
As I sort out what that looks like, I thought one easy way to shift our attitudes and minds a little more toward practicality, gratitude, and peace of mind is to instate a regular "little things" post. I religiously read a blog called Reading My Tea Leaves. It's about the first tab I open each day, and it's earned this spot because the content and writer are so uplifting. One thing I look forward to is writer Erin Boyle's weekly "five little things that made my week" post. I'm thinking something similar would be a great intro to shifting this blog away from the material shopping lists and a little more toward a "your can do it" mantra. I use this space to remind myself I can do it, and that dreamy things are possible and I want you to get the same confidence and peace from it that I do.
Now, onto our first "little things" ...
1. a $30 rug from a second hand shop, because it really ties the room together.
2. A homemade soap recipe I tried out to use up some of the Dr Broner's I got for Christmas
3. We got an incredibly juicy watermelon at the grocery store this week, so we cubed half for smoothies and juiced half. This dink is 3 oz water melon juice, 2 oz lime juice, 3 oz simple syrup and 2 oz Broker's Gin. It was pleasantly light and I'm thinking of trying it again with some mint from the garden this weekend!
4. my fur babies chose to cuddle together peacefully :: yin & yang
5. Live succulents. I can keep most things alive but have a had time with the "benevolent neglect" thing. These guys are still living 7+ days after they've entered our home: better than others have fared.
This podcast made my heart happy Rebecca Atwood on The American Edit.
I just needed to hear a little affirmation and thought I'd pass it along.
just be you. just be.
These little guys are often forgotten. Sconces are an amazing way to add symmetry and ambiance in one whack. I love them flanking a piece of art above a bar or console, the sparkle flanking a bathroom mirror, and they can be a great space saver operating as bedside lamps.
Here are a few I'm digging hard ::
So, we talked about flush and semi flush mount lighting already. Those are probably the hardest fixtures to tackle, and now that we've got them squared away I'm excited to get to the good stuff! My favorites: statement pendants
I'm not really sure who decided that interesting and neutral are mutually exclusive. I feel that too often clients are inclined to settle for something they've seen before that feels like a "safe" choice instead of flexing their artistic muscle a little. While neutral and simple are some of my favorite adjectives, lighting is a place I often choose to really let loose. (The other place I'll really splurge is textiles, so we'll cover those soon). Even though I love being called to choose new lighting for an entire home, I think we should all take a step outside the box together and consider picking something we love the first time around instead of settling for something neutral only to revisit lighting choices again down the road. Let's stop this madness once and for all. Go with your gut. If you love it, put it up. Consider yourself affirmed!
Now on to some of my favorite "neutral" pendants and chandelieres ...