My blog is focused on what I saw, heard about, or encountered during my day. I ZOOM IN on things I find particularly interesting, beautiful, or humorous. My interests overlap and mesh in the fields of interior design, rehab, photography, architecture, color, and anything painted. Throw in salvage, bargain hunting, recycling and that summarizes what you are likely to find on this page.
One day while working in my studio I became aware of a rosy glow surrounding me. This was not a common occurrence, I might add. I looked out the window and noticed this beautiful color was tinting everything outside as well. As I walked outside, I looked up into the most beautiful vibrant blue and rose colored sky. It was rapidly changing as I watched so I grabbed my camera and raced upstairs to the top deck to shoot a few pictures before the sun set. Gorgeous sunsets may be daily fare for some of you, but not where I live. I would love to think I could enjoy this view from my deck on a regular basis.
To me this is always the point of relief. The decision to make a change can be reversed, but once you reach this stage there is no turning back. No more "should I?" or "shouldn't I?" Now I have to make this happen.
This was a major exterior project that turned out to be a great addition to the living space off the kitchen. Many family events spilled into this added space. It is still a lovely place to browse through the latest shelter magazine, hold a yard sale, or chat with a friend over a cup of tea. (A previous post shows you the next stage of completion.)
In honor of my 64th birthday, I am creating a blog. Why now? Because I'm beginning a very new phase of life and I'm interested in documenting that process.
I have decided to sell my beautiful three story home with it's delightful detached studio and buy a building where I can create a living space for myself on the 2nd story. Plans are still sketchy but ideallyI would have space on the first floor for a studio.
Thirty years of memories were created here. More on that later. I lived many places before moving into this home but only as a renter. It was a very liberating experience to own a home. It became my canvas and unleased a creative spark that only got stronger as the years passed. I was often teased as I continued to decorate, redecorate, and then redecorate again. There was always a new idea, a fabric too beautiful to pass up, a different period of furniture I wanted to live with a while.
This is what my garage looked like 30 years ago when I bought my home. It had it's problems; a roof that leaked no matter how much I spent on repairs, huge manual doors that swept half the driveway as I pushed them open one at a time, and a few rotten boards to boot.
A few years ago I replaced the garage with this terrific studio complete with HVAC and bathroom facilities. Ohhh, the light from the windows...what a joy. It was truly the best thing I have ever done for myself. I spent many hours working and playing here and those hours flew by as they do when we are in our zone.