Hello and happy Friday to you dear friends! I hope that you have enjoyed your week visiting decor8 as I’ve been busy traveling and blogging from the road although some of my posts I wrote a little in advance so I also cheated a bit. :) I started off in Belgium on Monday, ended up in Amsterdam on Tuesday and Wednesday and wrapped up in London and now I’m home — there is no place like home!
It was a whirlwind week but I’m happy to report that all of the homes for the book project I’m working on have been shot so I no longer have to hop on planes and trains — which is one part sad and another part great since traveling so often can be a bit difficult when you are trying to run your own business, can’t it? But I’ve managed to do it all with the help of my husband and friends, so now I can spend more time on decor8 again, my first love, as I finish up some of the text in the book and it gets sent on it’s merry little way to the powers that be who are in charge of designing it and making it sparkle.
So! I’m home now after my journey — my shoes have been kicked off, I’ve unpacked, and I’m chillin’ and happy to be here. I missed my husband quite a lot but being away with time to think at night is often a good thing as I have had a lot in my mind to sort out and often that sorting is best to do alone with lots of quiet time. As a result, I arrived home last night feeling like I had a very good sense of direction and that my compass had been reset a tiny bit which is a good thing as I was starting to veer off course in a few personal areas in my life. It’s nice to feel back on track emotionally. And how about you? Are you well? I will be back in a moment to share a lovely space with you from another blogger so stay tuned…
In the meantime, you may read about Jennifer Causey over at Real Simple today — where these two lovely photos came from above.
(images: jennifer causey)
How many shades of happy does this sofa and arrangement of things in general, make you? It makes my insides and my outsides tingle and smile and feel complete and utter bliss! The Dutch SO rock!
It’s the right marriage of old and new, isn’t it? It is truly an art to be able to mix periods and make it work – and it is not always as easy as one might think. You can learn it in design school but when it comes to having an eye for arranging things it really comes down to letting your instinct guide you and constant practice. When merging modern with vintage, you should start by looking for pieces that do not have competing shapes or patterns. This is good for beginners to remember, as you advance you can start to look for items that give tension but at first, keep it simple. For instance, if this sofa were very ornate with carved curvy legs, it would not sit quite as perfectly next to that shapely side table. If the side table were very plain though, it would still work but may be a bit boring. Decorating is totally subjective though, isn’t it? I mean, it’s 1/3 science but the rest is all art and how you see and interpret the world around you.
What do you think? Is decorating an art or science to you? Or both? It’s definitely both to me but I believe more on the art side when I decorate because often I’ll break rules simply to have what I want!