A few of my favorite things: Imedagoze
When Holly invited me to share some of my fave things on decor8, I was surprised and thrilled. I’ve been out of touch with my fellow bloggers for quite a while now, so it’s nice for Holly to remember me. Thanks, Holly! So! Hello everyone. I’m Imelda. I run Imedagoze, a design blog, and koultura ), a newly-launched art blog. My home is a four-bedroom apartment in Singapore, where I live with my husband and two young daughters, 4 and 6.5 yr olds. Nothing big, nothing fancy, only plenty of colors.
The entrance hall is one of my favorite sections of the house. It is where I feel welcomed by seeing things I adore once I get home. On the wall is a painting by Jose Tence Ruiz, a social-realist painter from Philippines. I waited for almost a year to finally find the right piece for me. I love his works, he’s one amazing artist. And on the right side of the hall is my husband’s recently-bought bicycle, which explains why it’s being kept there.
The lounge seat seen in this picture is part of our L-shaped sofa, placed just right next to the balcony. A nice spot for me to enjoy the city and greenery view, or to snuggle with my daughters.
This corner of the study room is where I run my blogs from. So obviously, this has to be my favorite spot too. The study room probably has the most clutters in the house, mainly because I keep some leftover stock and product samples from my past business here. And that’s a screenprint by Shepard Fairey on the wall, bought from a gallery in New York. Oh yes, I’m a fan.
Amongst the walls in our home, this is the happiest of all. My daughters love doing art, and both of them proudly paste their works all over the house. And this wall has the most artwork displayed. There are occasionally one or two in the other rooms, but I usually take them down after two weeks and keep them in the children’s drawer. This picture says everything about my daughters. They love playing pretend and dress up (see the shoes, sunglasses, and handbag). And yes, they looooove stickers (on their room door and everywhere else in the house), and colors (just like their mom). ;-)
I have stacks of textile collection from a fancy tablecloth, handkerchiefs, tea towels to fabric scraps. Mostly are from Scandinavian countries. In the picture, you can see some of my most loved metered fabrics. I’m so fortunate to have a husband who could live with many(!) of my obsessions.
Other favorite things…Speaking of obsessions, I have to admit that everything started from blogland. Finding one exciting thing in blogland had led me to more exciting things, and made my fascination of art and design grow. I became more attentive to culture, stories, details and originality of every art/design object I see. Next, appreciation came along. And now, I can say that I love everything that is “rich” and well-presented. A photograph of beautiful unnecessary object(s) that has plenty of stories to tell. Movies/performances armed with good picture/screenplay, or great costumes, or great animation, or great humor. Trips to museums, galleries, and design stores. Courage and determination of admirable ordinary people that made them creators, innovators, and leaders in my own eyes. Or, just a simple hand-written/hand-drawn birthday greeting.
There has been some good advise that I’ve heard and read over the years, but the only advise that has made a significant change in my life would be the advise from my dad, given years ago during my baby blues period of being a new mother. When I shared some of my frustrations with him, he just blurted out a short message to me. He said, “It’s just part of life”. Short it is, but I thought of it deeply. It somehow made me realize that happiness and hardships are merely the positive and negative “illusions”, created by human thoughts and senses. So when I lifted the negative illusion slightly toward the positive one, things didn’t feel as hard anymore. It became… just a part of life. Since then on, everything feels much lighter. And I value more the simple moments and things in life, whether they are good or bad. Anyway, a treasured life needs both, good and bad – right?
Well, I hope everyone enjoys my share of favorite things, as much as I enjoy reading other visiting bloggers’ favorite things here. Thank you all for reading, and thanks again to Holly for inviting me to visit decor8 while you are moving to Germany. Hope everything goes smoothly there and that you will be back blogging on decor8 soon, Holly! –Imelda