Summer Escape.

As you know, this summer has been about change.  We sold #KMIProjectDownSize and now live in #KMIProjectRental.  We actually love the rental ... size is great, I love having a patio that looks over the trees and the dogs have a wonderful place to roam.  The frustrating part?  I really can't do much.  I did participate in the One Room Challenge where I transformed my #KMIProjectRental Dining Room.  Truly the only room I have done anything with other than paint. And although the landlords really don't care what I do, it seems a bit crazy (which I am) to do more than this.  

I continually remind myself ... it is a rental. it is a rental. it is a rental.  I have to repeat that daily!

In the meantime, this summer has been KMI's busiest ever.  And what I discovered will surprise you.  I found time to do something for "me".  I work 24/7, that is not a complaint, it is just that the majority of my clients work full time and that means nights and weekends for personal meetings and all of the prep and design happens during the work week days.

This year I carved out Wednesday mornings for myself.  A never before imagined possibility.  I joined my Mother In Law, Alice and her friend Jean in a Ladies 9-hole golf league. Not only have I wanted to play the game better, but I also desperately needed time outside, in the sunshine (or the rain, as several Wednesday's treated me with!).  I proudly wore my golf tan legs with my sandals :)

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In the midst of this carving out time for myself, I found I have been more productive in my work zone and my time has been more carefully managed.  

Don and I have also embraced our rental, having a break from daily house and yard maintenance has given us some freedom to reflect where we want to go next, where our dream of living will guide us.  We have taken a few trips to Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME to discover not only the locations, but how we feel in these places.  We have even been found poking around Boston, something that neither of us thought might be an option.  Our rental has this beautiful little outdoor patio overlooking a pasture and trees ... and the most wonderful sunset every evening.  

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We found ourselves sitting here every night that it didn't rain.  This has proven to be a nightly respite from busy days and a place that we have the opportunity to talk with one another about our day, our goals, and our dreams.  I recently verbalized that although we haven't taken any exotic, or even, not so exotic, vacations this summer ... I have had a summer vacation kind of feeling.  Busy, but relaxed.  Productive, but not frantic.  And blessed with a beautiful view to end each and every day.  

And while the Summer has had a little respite, Fall is banking up to be busy, busy!  I hope you will come visit us at The Junior League of Boston Show House opening October 7 (my birthday!!) and also for the Heading Home To Dinner Cocktail Party on October 12.

xokim

Heading Home To Dinner. The Front Porch.

Today's post is a little sentimental and reflective ... all to set the tone of my Instagram takeover I am doing TODAY!!!  Please follow along @headinghometodinner ... and join me in one of my favorite rooms.  The Front Porch!

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As a child I spent summers with my Grandmother "Nanny" in Greenville Alabama. It was hot. HOT. And I began to understand the slow pace of the South during this time.  The heat was sometimes stifling, and I learned to sit.  STILL.  Today my family frequently chats about each of our personalities and who does what best.  I always come out with being a great Visitor.  You know, I like to sit and visit.  Anytime.  And the best visiting?  Is done on the Front Porch.

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After walking with my Pop Pop through his garden where he showed me, with pride, all the summer bounty taking place right in his backyard, we would all retire to the Front Porch. I loved the feeling on that porch.  Sitting in the wicker chairs with cushions worn out from use and so comfortable.  Everyone would start to relax, not saying much at first.  Then it was almost like breathing, thoughts started to be vocalized and meander over topics ... my favorite part was when my Great Aunt came over ... and the gossip started!  All in good fun, and generated smiles and laughter.  I hated for those nights to end.

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This October, Heading Home To Dinner, Boston's first ever dine-by-design event, featuring tables and bar carts created by Boston designers, in support of Heading Home's mission to end homelessness in our local communities, by working to secure permanent housing for families in need.

You guessed it ... my bar cart theme is "The Summer Cart" and it has everything you need to sit and enjoy the slow pace of a hot summer evening on the Front Porch.  The only thing I won't bring is the jug of Vick's vapor Rub that my great aunt used to rub me down with.  In case you didn't know, mosquitos won't come near the stuff.  Neither will anything/anyone else!

Please join us for several fun opportunities ... get your tickets

xokim

2017 Junior League of Boston Designer Show House.

If I didn't go for it now, I might possibly never do it.  That is what I told myself when the call for designers for the 2017 Junior League of Boston Designer ShowHouse went out.  What better time for me?  Since I cannot do anything I want to do in #KMIProjectRental, this is perfect for me ... Right?!

The 1853 William Flagg Homer House 

This is truly a dream job from a Designer's perspective, because you can do anything you want. ANYTHING.  Proposal submitted ... and then ... you WAIT!  I tend to not be very patient!  I have been doing a happy dance ever since the call came in! I am thrilled to have been chosen to design the Butler's Pantry for this beautiful, historical home.  You can bet on lots of color and pattern coming to this little space and I hope you can all come visit!

It is humbling to be among such a talented group of Designers, (see them all Here!)and from the sneak peeks that have been coming out, I promise you will not want to miss this!  Tickets are now on Sale ... get'em while they're HOT! and on sale!

Since its founding in 1906, JL Boston has committed itself to leading programs and initiatives that lift up the Boston community and its most vulnerable citizens. Monies raised at the Designer Show House ensure that JL Boston’s legacy of service will continue to grow.

"Both the Junior League of Boston and the Belmont Woman's Club have a long history of building the potential of women leaders in Greater Boston through community and educational initiatives,” says Pamela Lynch, President, Junior League of Boston. “This partnership is one that will leave a lasting impression. Using the stunning and historically significant 1853 William Flagg Homer House, which has ties to the renowned Winslow Homer, will be very special as Junior League of Boston supports the arts.” 

The Designer Show House is open to the public from Saturday, October 7 through Sunday, November 5. The house will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, including Columbus Day, Monday October 9, with additional special events during this time frame. The Homer House is located at 661 Pleasant Street, Belmont, MA. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 after October 7. 

Thank you for following along my designer dream!  I'll be sharing some of my own sneak peeks over the next few weeks ... and hope to see you there in person!

xokim