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Updated: 2018-04-04T04:23:22.923-05:00


Searching for Simple


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In this recent time of reordering my life, I find one of my desires is to live more simply. As a family, we have been purging ourselves of possessions and consumer thinking. (We've been doing this slowly, its not always very easy). I'm tired of life being about, "What can I get now?" Ugh, its a never-ending path. You never arrive anywhere, you just keep going and going! Meanwhile, your money does run out and time with loved ones runs out, too. Get me off that road! 
Its strange to ask yourself, "What are the most basic things I want for my life?" For me, two of those things are living more naturally and living more artfully. It seems those two things go hand-in-hand. I found this video today, and it gives a glimpse into what joining those two things might look like. Maybe you've seen it before but I still love it! (Except in my version, there would be a little less facial hair)
Found via "That Kind of Woman"

Inspired By: Federico de Vera


 Sometimes I run across the work of a designer and wonder if we were separated at birth. That's how I feel about Federico de Vera. His embrace of eclectic styles, bold colors, portraits and a few outrageous objects, really connects with me!

I'm inspired to take my love of portraits off of my computer bookmarks and transfer it to my walls. Just go with it, right? Why do we get so caught up on what other people think of our homes? 
Photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Happy Things


Its a bit of a dreary day here in Houston. We haven't had much sunshine and I'm ready for Spring. Luckily, Pinterest must have known I needed a pick-me-up, because I found many treasures there today. These random images make me smile!
  Love these two wonderful bedrooms! 
 My favorite find is the jewelry of Elsa Mora. I saw the one of a kind pendants above and fell in love. I linked over to the jewelers websites and found the image below. A Frida Kahlo inspired necklace made of paper. This makes me so happy, I could cry!!!

 This would make a great wall treatment, inside a home. Love the colors.
My favorite silhouette, right now! I would like to wear a dress like this everyday:)
Images can be found on my Pinterest page.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Don't Be Cool, Ask Stupid Questions


 I don't know about you, but I needed to read this today!
(Via Carolina Eclectc Pinterest)

Pretty Illustrations


Last night I watched my favorite parts of the Grammys again. Oh how I loved Adele. I think a lot of America is inspired by her this week. So, I was tickled when I found this illustration of the songstress. Isn't beautiful?  I have to admit to also being in love with other illustrations from Paper Fashion Shop on Etsy. Here are a few of my other favorites. 

Have a Sweet Valentine's!


Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I will, spending it with my two favorite boys!

Fantasy Outdoor Furniture


 I need this outdoor furniture from Ontwerpduo. Its perfect for conversing with all my little woodland friends:)

Children's Books for Grown-ups to Love


 When I became a mom, I was reintroduced to the world of children's books. When I became a homeschooling mom I was enveloped in it! Most of my reading time is spent on books for kids in one way or another. So, I love when I run across books that are beautiful or entertaining enough for adults, too. All you parents know what I'm talking about.
 I found these delightful books from Planeta Tangerina. This cool publisher is located in Portugal. The books are in Portuguese, but the illustrations are so fabulous, I would love to own a few just to admire. Maybe, it would be an opportunity to pick up some Portuguese, too!

 Check out Planeta Tangerina's blog for fun, daily musings. Love it!

White Wall Inspiration


 Cool or warm, sparse or cozy..white walls offer many things to those who choose to share their home with them.

 There was a day when I hated white walls, but I have changed my mind. White can be a beautiful backdrop to well chosen details. To be done right, white rooms need a little more thought but they can be well worth it!

Photos: 1. lost source. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Do Walls Have to be Flat?


 Apparently, not!! Did anyone watch "Esquire's Bachelor Pad" this past weekend? It was amazing, but  a little too "bachelor" for me. What really intrigued me was the work by POD Design group. They built walls with a serpentine metal feature and a "sexy ghost". (You have to watch it, to know what that means). I decided to check out their website and found some very cool design projects. The treatment for a space deprived loft, really caught my eye.
 An "armature" wall was built as a way to add extra ledges, wine storage, space for a medicine cabinet and even shower! By adding pieces of cut plywood in varying sizes and at varying angles, a plain wall becomes a focal point with a purpose.

I like the photos showing the structural parts of the wall. Above the wall looks like a beautiful honeycomb, below the plywood pieces come together like an origami piece. 

The Rothko Chapel, a Houston Gem.


 I'm so exited about this post, and I can't believe it took me so long to write it! A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend and mentioned the Rothko Chapel. She had never seen it. I suddenly realized that most people I mention the chapel to, have never seen it. So, I'm hoping to do something about that!  I lived in Houston for years, before discovering the chapel, too. It impacted me in a way, I will never forget! The Chapel was the brain-child of John and Dominique de Menil. Houston art lovers are familiar with the de Menil's and their amazing contributions to Houston's culture. They were responsible for bringing modern art and architecture to Texas. It was the de Menil's idea to commission a space where God, art, and people of all faiths could come together...WOW!!! The idea seems so extravagant, but it was made a reality in a beautifully minimalist manner. Thanks to the majestic yet sober panels that fill the small sanctuary. I haven't found any photos that show just how amazing this art is. Its as if their beauty can't be captured. They just have to be experienced in person. I will admit to sitting on those plain wooden benches and weeping. Ha, that makes sound a little bit crazy! Later, I learned that Rothko was quoted as saying, "The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions..the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religous experience I had when painting them". Even before walking into the building, I was struck by a sense of serenity. There is a large reflection pond and in the center is the Broken Obelisk sculpture by Barnett Newman. Quite amazing!I don't think I'll go on and on, because plenty of people have written about the Chapel and in more depth than I can go into. But, I will say that any one who sees this post and can get to the Rothko Chapel...go as soon as you can!!Photos via:1. Lost the source, sorry2. Heimsath Architects3. Yelp. 4. Heimsath Architects[...]

Forward and Backward


It is a new year and I'm drawn into reflection and pushed toward expectation. I look back at the last couple of tumultuous years and I find myself in an unforeseen place. I'm such a dramatically different person, that its difficult to put into words. 
Two years ago, this month, I lost my father. We had a very special bond and I believed that from him, I inherited my creativity. When he was gone, You could say that my life went into a sort of tailspin. It seemed a large vacuum opened up and sucked away the meaning behind much of my life. I mean, most of my habits, interests, and routines were left without significance or purpose. I kept saying, "What does this mean, anyway?" "Why am I doing the things I do, what's the point?" I was struck with how short and precious life is. I was forced to question the little life I had made for myself. Was I using it wisely? Could I use it for more? If I decided to live to the absolute best of my ability, what would that look like? Where would I wind up? Although, confusing; I decided to veer off my comfortable route and start down "the path less traveled".
There's no way I could explain all that I have experienced in this one post, because lets face it...who would read all that? I'm bringing this up now, because I feel I'm at a place where I understand myself more. I sort of found myself again, but I'm different. It seems time to share what I've learned. I haven't blogged much during these two years, because design and interiors no longer have the same meaning to me. I've struggled with how to talk about deeper things on a "design blog". I still don't have an answer. I think I just have to make a sort of break. I will explain myself better in future posts.  Don't get me wrong, I still plan on writing about design, but with the perspective that interiors should have a deeper purpose and not just be nice to look at. My goal is just to live life more authentically and with more creativity. I'm anxious to use this blog as a means of exploration!
So, for those of you who stuck with me this long, I say thanks and I hope we have a great new year of blessings and learning!
Photo via This Great and Lonely Space

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!


I'm out until next week!
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! 
Feliz Navidad!
Photo here

Unconventional Christmas Wrapping


Christmas is almost here, and once again I'm writing about how to celebrate it unconventionally. Why be normal, right? This year I have been collecting cool wrapping ideas. Thanks to my new Pinterest site, I have a handy spot to gather my thoughts! Be sure and check it out here. Anyway, hope you are inspired. Recently, I learned about Furoshiki and LOVE it! Furoshiki is an ancient Japanese tradition of wrapping and carrying items in fabric. Stop and imagine the possibilities of that!! There is no end to fabric patterns and folding techniques. I also love that the fabrics are reusable and can be a gift in themselves. These decorated clothespins are so adorable!!My favorite idea for wrapping is using origami inspired folding. It feeds my obsession with origami and the small details make a gift so special. Personally, I've spent quite a bit of time learning folding techniques. Not sure what Mark must think about all the tiny boxes around our apartment. But, I'm determined to have an origami Christmas!!If you are looking for more beautiful ideas, check out Essimar's Fickr site for more amazing photos! Sometimes, only a bag will do. Here is a cool DIY bag, made from newspapers.Finally, we can't forget our four-legged friends. Check out the "doggie bag" gift with another decorated clothespin! Fantastic!! [...]

Fantastic wall!


Found this via Tumblr today! Its the Taiwan Noodle House via the Contemporist. I was astonished by the dark walls, intricately covered with noodle bowls. Isn't it fantastic?

P.S. I decided to spiffy up the look of this blog, but I may still change a few things. Consider it my virtual remodeling. You know, its like a new coat of paint and rearranging of the furniture.  

Happy Things


Hello all! I'm so glad to be back, I've been sick for over two weeks and I'm fed up with it!! Of course, the bug hit Liam and Mark, too. Overall, it hasn't been much fun around my little home. Luckily, I've discovered a few things that have brought a smile to my face and I wanted to share them. They are not related in any way; I just enjoy them. 
First, these freshly colored pillows by Leah Duncan. I can picture many rooms where these pillows would fit right in. They are so lively!
Next, I've been pouring over Anthology Magazine. Its so beautiful! In the last year, I've become disillusioned with so many design mags, but this one gets it just right. What is it about being able to thumb through a beautiful periodical? Online photos just aren't the same.

Finally, (remember I said these things didn't relate to one another) I'm in love with this flash mob video! I admit a fan of the flash mob....even if it is overdone. This one is in a Mumbai train station and is too much fun. The music is addictive and fun everyone is having is contagious. Hope you enjoy it! 
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So Inspired


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Hello everyone. I hope everyone hear in America had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did, and I'm thankful for the time spent with family and friends. Admittedly, I am still in holiday mode, so I am not in the mood to be rushed. This video of artist Etsuko Ichikawa's work is both inspiring and soothing at the same time. Hope you enjoy it!

There Goes a Narwhal!


 Recently, I rediscovered "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's (it appeals to my ridiculous sense of humor). Anyway, one of my favorite parts is the lyric, "There goes a narwhal!" For the longest time I didn't even know what a narwhal was! Well, I was thumbing through an Anthropologie magazine, and what do I see? A narwhal Christmas ornament!! Ha ha, I must have one. I'm also loving the funny little guy below.
(P.S. If you've never heard "Rock Lobster" check it out. It will make you smile today)

I Want This House!!!!


 This weekend, I had one of those OMG moments. I was reading through a fabulous blog called, Miss Moss and found this incredible home. I think my heart skipped a beat! It was featured in Life Magazine in 1958. The house was designed by Donald E. Hustad as his own residence. 

 Imagine the fabulous cocktail parties that could go on here!
Ahh, so wonderful! Find more images at Miss Moss.

Feeling Vintage


 I think I'm having some sort of withdrawal symptoms. I need a vintage fix. The more worn and rusty the better, please. These lunch boxes remind me of my childhood. Maybe the metal boxes started my love of rusty things?
These old springs make amazing decorative objects.

Thoughts on Halloween


 Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has fun today. If you are still wondering what costume to wear, I thought I would throw out some ideas. As I was looking through my Tumblr site, I noticed several photos that would make great costumes. The top photo is what I would like to wear, but my husband hated it! What could he possibly object to?

 Helena Bonham her! 
Well, what do you think? 

Traveling Small


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Last week was my birthday, why didn't ask for this as a gift?!!!

Inspiring Walls


Presenting the most awesome wall I've seen in a while! When I ran across it, I had to do a double take. Fantastic!! Personally, I sort of feel that the montage wall has been done to death on the internet, but this collection jumps off the screen.
Actually, these photos are from an Etsy site called, That Funky Boutique. They hand-make these cool ruffle pillows. I especially love the grey and black ones. Their texture is amazing! So, while looking at the beautiful background wall, stop to check out the awesome pillows too:)

Favorite Art: Beth Hoeckel


I believe art enriches our lives. I also believe surrounding ourselves with art changes the way we observe the world around us-a different perspective. By training your eye to see beauty and meaning in even in the simplest things, our environments change, simply because we perceive them differently. Having said that, I decided to post more art on this blog. Its a passion of mine and I want to share it. (P.S. my taste in art is as eclectic as my taste in interiors)This is the work of Beth Hoeckel. Her work is somewhat new to me, but I was so excited about it, I had to post it! Hoeckel's work consists of collage, painting, photopraphy, etc. I love the vivid colors and amazing patterns. Love the ink on fabric. It feels so free-form. [...]

Love Loans + Linen


Happy Friday:)
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I thought sharing a visual treat might start the weekend on the right foot. I just discovered Love Loans + Linens, a beautiful Australian boutique. Wish I could hop on over to experience this well curated shop. Everything on their online store, is calling my name!