Month: May 2013

Mason Jar Chic

Dear Inexpensive Mason Jar from Walmart, I am staging a vacant house for sale and need bookshelf filler for a gazillion shelves.  I need to do it on the cheap. Sincerely, Jen   Dear Jen, Do this:   Sincerely,   Inexpensive Mason Jar from Walmart

Wanted: Full Orchestra and Composer

Sitting on the computer listening to the “French Cafe” channel on Pandora it dawned on me what I need, a full orchestra and a composer.  Here’s why.  I would always know what to do, be motivated to do it, and I think it would be funny. You see the news has been sickening.  And crazy as this is going to sound I do NOT live in a Disney Princess movie, meaning, well, there is not a fairy godmother zippity do dahing all over the place over here.  The positive spin is not always so easy to do.  However, I could achieve this positive spin ever so much easier if I had a full orchestra narrating my day.  When you watch a movie the soundtrack is the backbone of what you are suppose to feel.  Think Chariots of Fire. That music is so uplifting I could even run fast and far.  Commonplace activities could somehow become epic.  Mission Impossible?  Oh yes I can make that deadline.  Mad dash out the door? No problem here, I’ve got snare drum …

White Space

  Let’s talk about the first meaning.  I haven’t checked in with y’all (I live in Virginia so I can say “y’all” ) in what feels like a mighty long time.  Two weeks I believe.  I would like to say I’ve been vacationing in the South of France on a yacht and just haven’t found the time but that’s not true.  Well, part of it is–I haven’t found the time.  In fact, that is all I’ve been trying to do is find time.  My calendar looks crazy. Here…look: Ok this really isn’t my calendar, but it looks exactly like my calendar.  Exactly. I want white space.  I do.  That’s the space in your day when nothing is scheduled, needs to be done, should be done, didn’t get done, is about to be done, or isn’t screaming at you why isn’t it done?  I’m done.  Stick a fork in me I’m so done! While on the subject of done, and white space (see title of post).  I worked on a great project with lots of white …

Styling Bookshelves for Normal People Part 2

  Traditional Family Room by Rockville Centre Interior Designer HarLoe Interiors So this is Bookshelves 201.  If you are here and haven’t taken Bookshelves 101 that is fine.  I really think next semester these two courses should be combined.  I’m going to go over some important points to consider that are pertinent to 101 so you should be just fine.  Just in case, here is the syllabus for 101, Styling Bookshelves for Normal People Part 1. Important Points to Consider when Arranging Bookshelves/Built-Ins: 1.  WHERE is it located?  IMPORTANT.  If it someplace you stare at all the time i.e. next to your TV, do not fill it with everything you own. Just because you have it does not mean it needs to be displayed. Just because it cost a lot of money does not mean you need to display it or keep it. Just because it was a gift does not mean you need to display it and stare and it constantly (especially if you don’t like it.) Just because you don’t know what to …

Soulful Sunday

In the spirit of creating more joy I liked today’s sermon. Joy is perspective that comes from God; not something we manufacture.  Joy is a reshaping of our perspective. Happy Brand New Week everyone.

1979 Kentucky Derby

I think I went on a family vacation to Kentucky in 1979.  I was 7 years old.  I could have the year all wrong.  I’m writing this on a whim and my parents are not available for comment/confirmation so this story is unconfirmed.  (I would be a lousy reporter.)  Anyway, this is significant to me for today is the Kentucky Derby. I think it is crazy how we remember so little about our childhood except for random details.  This is one of the details I remember.  It was summertime and hot.  We went to a horse race at Churchill Downs and bet on a horse.  I don’t remember if we won.  I watched a horse get its horse shoes put on.  We bought a horse shoe full of dried mud and it hung on my pink wall in my bedroom for years.  My biggest joy that day was picking up all the ticket stubs off the ground…betting stubs?  They were all sorts of colors–purples, oranges, yellows and speckled.  I kept those things for years.  To …

How to Style a Bookshelf for Normal People. Part 1

You actually did get more birthday presents than this Elaine, but they didn’t match the shelving unit so I had them destroyed.     (CatalogLiving.net September 25, 2012) (Source: potterybarn.com) This is a tough one.  I struggle with this too.  How do you make built ins, shelves, bookcases look artfully arranged without looking “arranged”.  It’s like that scenario where you spend 4 hours trying to look really good and when you arrive at said destination– “Oh this old thing?  I just threw it on.” It’s the unwritten rule that unless it is for a grade, interview, etc…no one wants to look like they tried too hard. So when I look at magazine pictures of bookshelves they all look so amazing and haphazard all at once. Like this: But really?  Who has bins of…are those parchments?…lying around and books that all happen to match? Hence the title of this post—How to Style a Bookshelf for Normal People. You need to remember a few rules.  Let’s keep it basic.  Simple.  When we have it mastered we will move …