Am charmed by the Jen's blog little birdie. Here's how Jen describes it:
It's about simple living - we're a family of three and we like growing our own food, vegetarian cooking, baking, camping, folk music, nature, Scandi interiors, colourful spaces and vintage style.
This blog was born as an orderly place to keep the home photos I found that were not all "matchy matchy" (as I call it), formally decorated homes. I was born in the States but have a feeling Europe could just as easily have been my birthplace given my fondness for non-American homes and styles.
This Parisian home of Madeleine Ably is an excellent example. I am fond of the mix of colors used as well as the vibe the home gives off that a family lives there. Well done.
After a long day of work and running errands and then attempting to replace a headlight on my car for the first time (had to get help with that one!), coming home to these photos was inspiration enough for me to clear some surfaces and add colorful details to the couch and coffee table before curling up with a mocha and a book under a warm blanket. Quite ready for this cooler weather. Welcome, Autumn!
intentional living for me = taking time to read
intentional living for me = getting enough sleep
intentional living for me = preparing for a day the night before - including picking out an outfit
all images via pinterest
Until tonight, I hadn't realized how intentionally and deliberately I'd set up boundaries in my life. The purpose of designing my life like this over the past 10 years was to limit my commitments and activities so that I can listen to what my body, mind and soul need. I read the Bible, and it says to "Love your neighbor as yourself." You cannot love others until you love and take care of yourself. Once you have your needs (not wants!) met, you can then reach out to others and love them and be there for them. Sounds simple to me but ohhhh we as women have a difficult time with this.
After hearing from various friends how stressed they are with too many things to do and too many people to do them for, I found a new appreciation for my own schedule. I have busy weeks filled with work, family commitments, volunteer work at church, and meetings to attend, along with the myriad of details it takes to organize a home and personal life! So I set up boundaries that help me, and no one's objected so far. There's nothing new here but I'm intentional about following them which has allowed much stress to leave my life in the last 10 years.
I read the following blogs which have helped me tremendously in setting priorities and goals and in letting things go from my slightly cluttered, need-to-come-up-with-an-organization-system apartment.
edited: Wanted to add that I learned this year to not be intimidated at the gym or in pricey shops or let advertising get to me.
At the gym, we are all on our own workout program, and in fact, we don't know if the person next to us recently gained 20 pounds, lost 50 pounds, or has stayed the same size for 20 years! I won't let them look down their nose at me as I work out the best that I can and leave the gym feeling satisfied with how I feel.
Similarly, advertisers don't know my personal story. A dozen commercials may air that insist I buy products to sleep better, drive more quickly and accurately, feel better, and have a safer place for my money, but really and truly, "they" don't know me or my story but they are doing their jobs. I could have ten million dollars in the bank or fifty cents in my purse. I'm the only one who knows my story and what my budget, life and priorities can handle. "Just say no." Yeah - I just went there.
Isabelle of Dos Family designed an apartment for a living exhibition in Stockholm and focused on personalizing a rental apartment. I was happily surprised that the books on the bookshelf were actually brightly colored wallpaper!
I live in a rental apartment and wonder if my landlord would approve of gymnastics rings in the living room, book wallpaper and a pink bedroom!
Photos by Isabelle McAllister
My office is very grey and white and in need of some bursts of color. These workspaces are just the thing to provide color inspiration! Perhaps a cheerful pink rug or some delightfully mismatched patterned papers would wake things up! :)
One of my most favorite Design Star winners - Emily - got an organization makeover of her home office from IKEA. Pretty dramatic before/after photos. I love how personalized her office is now..not to mention super cute and so organized.
Emily states, "When i was little i used to 'clean' by shoving things under the sofa, in the oven, behind the toilet. Its a really adorable habit that i haven't really grown out of. I don't like too much visible clutter, but i don't really put things away properly - i just shove things inside of other things.
When we moved into our new house I was super excited to have an dedicated office where i can put all the annoying and ugly 'officey' things, but unfortunately it had very little storage and what it did have was unattractive....I spend 4-10 hours a day in my office - it needs to look and feel good and be functional."
Emily seems happy with the results:
"I KNOW WHERE THINGS ARE NOW.
Checkbooks? no big deal, i got you. Receipts from 2012? 3rd shelf from the bottom in the bin called '2012 receipts', naturally...Everyday tools, magazines, spraypaint, ribbon and fabric. Check, check, check, check and check. I know where EVERYTHING is. And i get excited to put things away."
Favorites from these home offices include the string lights, storage boxes in cubbies (bookcases for those of you older than eight. I have never outgrown using "cubbies"), and inspiration boards. Nothing new in decorating, of course, but these photos show such pretty workspaces!
This white + pink living area looks refreshing.
I may just have to pick up a few pink pillows this week!
Grateful for a break in the heat that was nonstop for two weeks.
Now if it would only rain....
photos via high house then radio
Good morning! My favorite category on Eva Black's blog is Spaces...and the most recent space does not disappoint! It's an organized, personaliaed, pretty workspace that apparently is a work in progress.
It's Sunday. How is your weekend so far? It is to be stormy here today, so after church, I have home projects to work on. Some friends have promised to help me get rid of extra items at home, and I think they'll be tough on me, so I'm doing some prep-paring-down of my belongings on my own first!
I was inspired to get rid of even more things after taking this minimalist apartment tour.
Meanwhile, back to the workspace featured on Spaces...
click each image to view the source...or visit Eva's blog.
photo via IKEA Photographer: Patric Johansson
Happy Monday! Did you have a great weekend with your mom on Mother's Day?
I had a blissful family weekend - spending loads of quality time with a niece and nephews who will be moving shortly to a new home across the country and spent a sunny afternoon at the ballpark!
Now...a new week! What will it hold?!