Monday, October 17, 2016

Restores My Soul

I enjoy being outdoors; would prefer to spend the majority of my time outdoors.  However, there are times when it is just not possible due to weather, work, or timing.  One of the things I enjoy about my home is that there are enough windows for me to take in as much sunlight, rain, snow, and color as I want.  Do you think it's an age thing?  I mean, for me, the older I get the more I cherish time spent gazing out a window.  What strikes me as a little odd is that I don't really have to have a nice view; just the ability to look outside and let my mind wander is enough for me.

As I am experiencing an evolution of sorts in my life, which has carried over into my career as an interior designer; I have been focused in my pursuit of seeking ways of creating spaces that give my clients a sense of comfort and solitude.  I am asking the question, "What element, if I could only choose one, would be the most important to me and why?" has to be windows.  Windows bring the outside in.  Windows allow us to experience what is happening just beyond them without being physically affected.  We all love an incredible view, however a thoughtfully framed window can enhance an already beautiful view or place more emphasis on the room in which it is a part of.  Windows are one of the most important architectural elements in a home and can add exponentially to its' allure.

As I look through magazines, websites, and most definitely drive around town, I am always moved more profoundly by homes with great windows.  Whether they are tall, short, wide, or slim...they truly make the difference.  Windows work in concert with all other elements to create a harmonious look and feel.  Whether I am on the outside admiring all that they are or in a room enjoying what they allow restore my soul.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Let's Be Clear

I do not think I'm perfect...far from it.  I wake each morning with an attitude of gratitude knowing my life could in a blink of an eye, be completely different.  I have learned so much, experienced so much; seen enough to know that nothing is as what it seems.  I know that everyone has a story.  I know what it's like to wear a smile and hurt like hell on the inside.  I know what it's like to have no interest in what is being said or done; but know it's too important to someone else not to pay attention and be in the moment.  I also know what it's like to see, what appears, as others excelling and moving forward, while I seemingly stand still.  Do I know what it's like to feel pangs of jealousy, envy, and resentment; of course they all mean the same...sure I do.  I just choose not to live there.

I change the focus and put it where it belongs; where it best benefits me...on me.  I think about the person that I want to be.  The person that will make me happy.  The person that will be the best example to those who know me.  I am learning to spend more quality time with me; to listen to what I have to say, my thoughts, my dreams, my goals.  I am learning to sit still and pay attention; pay attention to everything around me.  I am learning that I am ever changing, ever evolving; and not be afraid of it, but embrace it knowing that it is out of necessity.  It is for the betterment of myself and those whom I love and care deeply for.  Never has there been a time where I've been more Windex, crystal clear on who I am and who I want to be.  

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What Inspires You?

Do you know what inspires you?  Have you given any thought to that at all?  I know...many of us are pushed and pulled in so many different directions until the only thing we are conscious of is what's next?  I know the feeling and when my days get like that I try to just settle myself for five, ten, fifteen minutes to close my eyes, breathe, and daydream.  It is there, during my daydreaming that something; whether big or small, will come to me...that will inspire me.

I cannot remember how I came to write the article yesterday about Authentically You, but I can tell you it was as a result of my sitting still and daydreaming.  I wish I could remember what made me visit the website of McAlpine House, but there recollection; at least not right now.  I will say I came to know of this architecture and interiors firm McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier a few years ago via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine.  Bobby McAlpine is a renowned residential architect who has been partners with the uber-talented interior designer Susan Ferrier.  Their partnership has spanned more than fifteen years and numerous projects that take your breath away.

Gosh, where do I
begin?  I guess I'll start with the new name, McAlpine; which encompasses both architecture and interior design.  They have always been a powerful duo; now it's under one name.  I wandered onto their site and was captured, mesmerized, moved, filled with so much...they emoted so eloquently in the introduction of their website the very essence of what I feel home is and hope to help my clients feel as they cross the threshold.  It is art.  It is poetry.  It was a way of expressing their design philosophy that was so emotionally could I not be inspired?  Yes, McAlpine inspires me.



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