My house is cluttered. It wasn’t always this way, but 1,000 square feet with four kids, one business, one school, one blog, and one family have left it that way. My walls are covered in maps of the world, maps of ancient lands, the alphabet in cursive, the alphabet in print, kids art work, the planets, 5 guitars (three hanging + 2 laying around), a clay diagram of epidermises and dermises, more kid artwork, etc. . . From the ceiling hang a mobile of the planets, a 3D wooden puzzle of a butterfly, a 3D wooden puzzle of an ant, two sequined and pom-pommed flowers, and one T-shirt hanging off our fan–I just noticed it.
I long for order and space and breathing room and peaceful moments.
My day will come, and then I will miss the ruckus and the kids. But right now, I LOVE seeing and enjoying other people’s home decorating. I love many styles. I love seeing how people’s personalities are reflected in their homes.
While attending a trade show in Dallas this summer, I had the privilege of staying in such a home. I had the place mostly to myself as my cousin, Thomas, and his wife Erin, both were out-of-town for business/pleasure trips. Now Erin is a graphic artist, and I loved all the little “moments” that were in her house. By “moments” I mean this. . .
. . .a place where your eye pauses and rests on beauty and composition.
Little moments of color.
Little moments of peace.
Little moments of harmony.
Little moments of humor.
Little moments of balance.
Fun little whimsical moments.
So what makes these little places “moments” instead of clutter?
Let’s looks at them and analyze them.
COLOR: GOD created color. Isn’t it beautiful! And aren’t you glad we have choices in color? Here the colors aren’t al “matchy-matchy”, but all in a family.
BLANACE: Balance basically means both side “weigh” about the same to our eye. Our eyes automatically weigh things. And if our brain tells us that they are balance, then we relax. Balance doesn’t have to mean carbon copies of each other, but the over all effect.
SPACE: First off, please ignore my unmade bed and mess. That has nothing to do with this post. But look at the art above the bed. Our eyes take in both the used space, and the unused space. These works of art are small, therefore, Erin used several. And also since they are small, she didn’t “float” them up three feet above the headboard. They would have looked lost.
PATTERNS: What fun. I love patterns. You can keep them simple or you can combine 100 different patterns and still have your eyes say “peaceful”. It is true. Think of the illustrator Mary Englebreit.
Or the designers of Maisonnette clothing.
Some folks just have a magical touch with patterns. The rest of us should probably not mix too many.
ACCENTS: Any and every and all blogs on decorating always include this sentence (or a variation on this sentence) in the comments section. “I love how there is a pop of color.” It doesn’t have to be the color orange. It can even be navy blue in a predominately white room.
THEME: Erin has a theme going in her house. It is birds. They alight everywhere without seeming like a cluttered flock.
This “moment” is cute because there is a Black Cat Clock looking over these two birds deliciously swinging her tail.
Her plates carry out the “Bird” theme.
And although from different vendors, they all go together.
But her collection isn’t exclusive. It includes the whimsical as well.
WHIMSICAL: Just those fun things that you like just because they are adorable.
Like these salt-n-pepper shakers. Aren’t they fun? And although I don’t consider myself a feminist, I still had to check. . .
Did the male or female have more holes in their head? Whew! They were equal. I could continue to love them both.
THE PERSONAL: I seeing the personal touch in homes. Here is a record that has a musical group called “The Buchanan Brothers”
But let me just stop talking and show you some more “moments.”
Instead of the usual soap dispenser–a glamorous bottle.
Remember, she lives in Texas. Home of the Long Horns.
I thought about Photoshop-ing my arm to be nice and skinny or at least to add a muscle bulge, but I just left it as it actually is.
Garlic in a Mexican cup.
Their home was very welcoming. Here are some photos not zoomed in so close.
Lots of natural light, and no fussy window treatments.
Ignore that big mess on the counter, that is my doing. I was making a gourmet meal of. . .
. . .Wal-Mart chicken strips, fries, avocado. But please notice the smoothie. This glass of whole fruits and vitamins and calcium MORE than counter acted the effects of my plate.
Now I included this photo because my nails are painted. I paint my nails for weddings and now for trade shows. Nail polish lasts a whole 1.3 days on my nails. Dishes, kids, and real life just don’t allow me to keep my nails polished for more than 1.3 days.
Well that’s all for now folks. (Ignore my mess.)
Thanks for listening to my ramblings.
I read this cookbook while at Thomas and Erin’s. My take away was two-fold. 1) There is a lot of Mexican food that isn’t fattening. 2) The author (Rick Bayless) made a point about the fact that all cultures have feasts. Feasts are a part of eating–special occasions. Feasts are a part of fellowship. Healthy people feast.
Mexican Everyday (Recipes Featured on Season 4 of the PBS-TV series “Mexico One Plate at a Time”)