Life By Design. Inside and Out. Second Edition.

This is the Second Edition in a series of creative perspectives about life and the design process from Garden Designer, Heather McLean and myself.  You can read Heather's blog here!

"If your house is not in order, nothing else will be."  A saying of my Mother's that I heard repeatedly throughout my entire life.  She meant this literally and figuratively.  It is a statement that rings in my ear still to this day.  If your mind is cluttered, or your house is cluttered, it is nearly impossible to move positively forward.

So empty those closets, empty those purses every day and for goodness sakes, empty your rooms if you can.  Cleaning up is the first step to creating a beautiful home.

One of the reasons I enjoy working on renovation or additions so much because it forces you to clean out.  And then, the bringing back in of rugs, furniture, accessories becomes a very thoughtful process.  You are able to realign form, function and space.

All the hub-bub about Cleaning Out and Tidying up, brought a little more to the forefront by the recent book "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo has struck a chord with many of us.

The Art of emptying a room, same as a closet, is something I get to help my clients do. Many times my client's find it very hard to imagine their space in a better light because they are looking at their room filled to the brink with things.  Lots of Things. 

Setting the Stage, like I discussed in the First Edition, is a process I love.  Creating a beautiful clean palate that allows for real life to take over, but with a little more respect and thought.  You know how it is ... you are not loving the space so you just continue to pile things in and turn your head in frustration.  

Since we have made it through winter and the impulse to clean up, open our windows, letting the light and fresh air fill our space is a necessity.  As you breathe in that fresh air, look around and see if you can take it one step further and take inventory.  What can you remove, what has outlived it's function, what needs freshening up?  

Spring is a very natural time for us to de-clutter our homes ... which in turn, allows us to free up space for new beginnings, new adventures and living the life we want to live.  

If you cannot commit to doing everything at once or are nervous about starting ... Adopt this attitude from Coco Chanel ... "I always take off at least one piece of jewelry before I leave the house ... to ensure I am not overdoing it."  If you are feeling your home getting out of control, step back and just begin by removing ONE item.  It just might help you make the next step!

Life By Design. 


Laundry Room. Update.

So remember when I told you about my project for January?  Well, I know it is almost March ... and I am still not done.  However, I felt I owed you some proof that I am really am working on it!

This has been one of my favorite images for a long time.  I HATE that I have a "walk through" laundry room.  But it is reality.  So here's what I am trying to create.


Now ... don't laugh ... but this is how inspiration looks.  The above photo from Country Living was my inspiration.  And my reality is STARTING to look, well,  nothing like the above photo!!

Here is the not quite done reality ... I have to get my painted doors hung.  Although I am going to keep the open shelving in the upper cabinets.  I am one of those people that needs to see what I have.  If it is put away I totally forget I have it, and then I might as well pitch it.  Well, that isn't going to happen.

Do you spy my little Kerry Steele piece on the wall.  I got that from Kerry during one of the ORC's for my home office.  I have always loved it and so happy to be able to see it every day! I started painting the cabinets Sherwin Williams Majolica.  I loved it so much ... I just kept going!  What a much happier space!

And then there is the SINK ... it is UGLY.  I was going to just take the faucet out and cover the whole thing up.  But of course, nothing is quite that easy.  There is no shut off for the water so I have called my plumber to see if he can cap it off for me.  While having a sink in the laundry is nice, it is literally around the corner from my kitchen sink ... so I don't think I am really giving up much convenience.

And here is how I have put some lipstick on that Pig!

Still things to tweak and finish ... considering a window treatment on my back door, found some great brushed gold hardware for the cabinets I am keeping, etc.  

There is a chance this might get completed in March!  Thanks for your patience!

Cheers to the weekend my friends!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.