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Take What You Need And Leave The Rest

Take what you need and leave the rest. Let’s discuss. I like this expression because in an effort to live a bit more simply, some of us work extra hard to tame our wild shopping ways. It’s a challenge to purchase only what we love, what we need and what matters (and not something because it is trendy or on sale). Take What You Need And Leave The Rest. Words to live by, not just a casual expression but also a dreamy painting by artist Lizzy Janssen as you can see below. The colors captivate me and the message is inspiring.

Lizzy Janssen

More and more, I’m learning that the best shopping days are ones where I allowed myself to buy one or maybe two of my favorite things and to leave the rest, no matter how much “the rest” had been marked down or how I imagined I may use “the rest” someday. I buy only what I love now, even when it comes to mundane things like a veggie peeler. I buy the veggie peeler that is the best quality but also within my budget and that matches my kitchen so when I open my drawer and see it there, it looks nice resting next to the other things in the drawer because hey, why shouldn’t your veggie peeler look decent? As a result of buying the best, which also means buying less, I am shopping smarter and with more confidence and joy. Funny how upping your standards changes how you feel and how you live, all for the better.

Lizzy Janssen

What do you think about Lizzy’s work? I’ve shared here some gorgeous paintings — I see watercolor-y prints and patterns everywhere these days, from graphic design to fashion, art, housewares, it’s all so lovely don’t you think? And what do you have to say on the subject of buying what you need and leaving the rest? Do you believe in this? Or are you a bit of a shopaholic unable to really put on the brakes? What are some ways you have learned to shop smarter?

(images: lizzy janssen)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 19, 2010

Home Is Where The Heart Is

A print I’m liking right now… Which leads me to ask, can you define what home means to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. What makes a house a home? I always find it so fascinating when I hear thoughts from a global audience on this topic because it seems no matter where we live, we all want and desire the same things at home. I guess the answers you leave in this post will prove whether this is true or not! :)

Jenny Theisen

This print is by Jenny Theisen and available to purchase online for $20. Enjoy!

(image: jenny theisen)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 27, 2010

St. Jude’s Prints

I wrote about St. Jude’s Prints today over at Real Simple thanks to my current partner-in-crime Jo Copestick who is writing Decorate with me. She went to their gallery in Norfolk, England a few weeks ago and told me all about her visit so I had to learn more…

St. Jude's Prints

Here’s a link to the post on Real Simple, enjoy!

(images: st jude’s prints)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 23, 2010

Artist Sarah Ogren

Today I’m loving the vibe coming off of the work created by artist Sarah Ogren

sarah ogren

Well okay, I guess I was also feeling it yesterday to when I wrote about her here on Real Simple. :) Love her eye and the meaning behind her work… super intriguing to see a counselor translate her work into art.

(image: sarah ogren)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on July 22, 2010

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