I thought I would start out the new year with a new post. To try and revitalize this blog I started and intermittently posted on WAY back. My last post was not the happiest of posts and frankly, I found it kind of hard to post after that for a variety of reasons. I am going to try to change that for 2016. I think enough time (ahem, 2+ years) since I last wrote is enough time, don't you? A. and I bought a house in the fall of 2014 and we have been (slowly) renovating it ever since. I guess I should be applying my mantra, "slow and steady wins the race," to this process, but there are times I do get impatient. While I already know in my head what this little house is going to look like, A. is busy working meticulously on all of the details that actually need to happen. So yes, there is a very strong likelihood that I will be sharing our process on this blog--yes, another blog about someone's home renovation--but I will try not to overload it. Just a little update here and there. Maybe the sharing of a little DIY here and there... My goal for this blog is to try to have some level of consistent postings about design--whether it be textiles, interiors, fashion, etc., or other things that make life a little more beautiful. Happy New Year to you and yours...and here's to a clean slate...
This past Tuesday, August 13, 2013, we had to say goodbye to my Cleo. If you ever stop by this blog you may realize that I do not really talk about personal things here. However, in this case I would like to share.
I found my Cleo outside of the Philadelphia Museum on Art (where I worked at the time) on a rainy St. Patrick's Day morning in 2000. I did not know much about dogs at the time, but over the past 13-1/2 years she taught me so much.
She taught me the meaning of what unconditional love and friendship truly is. She taught me that no matter what the stresses of the day bring, she would be there to comfort me -- to not sweat the small stuff. She taught me that the bond between owner and dog runs deep. For us, it truly did.
From the day I found her I wanted nothing more than to give her the best life and a good home. With that came responsibility and I was happy every day to provide for her, to walk and feed her, to love and care for her. She was the very best girl in the world.
We now feel a hole in our family. I cry often and want to reach out and hug her. As I mourn I think of all of the fond memories I have of Cleo over the years and will hold on to them. Although she is no longer with me physically, I feel her spirit.
I love the sea glass beaded accessory below that was shown in an issue of Southern Living a few issues ago. They may be hard to see, but they are there on the coffee table. What a great way to add a bit of texture, accessorize and add a bit of a coastal feel to your decor. Every once and a while I see this little detail show up in shelter magazines and each time I think "love that!" and where can I find these?
The search is over...Resource: Bliss Home and Design. Available in small, medium and large and in various shades of aqua to teal sea glass. If sea glass does not fit your decor, there are other options available as well.
I know, I know...it has been a while. Some things were going on at home, but I do not want to bore you with. What I can say is that things are looking good and it involves my dog, Cleo. She is on the mend and we are thrilled. To recalibrate I thought I would connect this post to the last post highlighting Oscar de la Renta's Shibori gown by sharing this wallpaper that I am totally obsessed with. OBSESSED: Elitis' Geisha. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. It looks like Arashi, a shibori technique which I love. Shibori is a traditional Japanese dye resist technique that involves binding, pleating, stitching, etc. Arashi is a form of Shibori where fabric is wrapped and twisted around a pole and then submerged in dye. Only the areas of fabric that are exposed to the dye take on the color while the other areas remain the original color of the fabric (usually white or natural). It looks like water and is so beautiful.
I am dying to use it somewhere, but I am thinking more along the lines of the indigo color. I think it would be awesome in a powder room or a walk-in closet. A swatch of it has a prominent place on the bulletin board in my studio.