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Friday, October 10, 2014

fall house tour



This fall has been a definite season of change for me.  Emotionally, I have been learning and adapting to new situations rapidly.  As my mindset alters, so does my view on our apartment d├ęcor.  With the temperatures dropping, slowly but surely, and the windows finally opening up after many long months of air conditioning, I felt the need to change our apartment.

Fall is without a doubt my favorite time of year.  Mr. F will tell you my favorite time Christmas.  And while I do daydream of Christmas trees and egg nog all year long, autumn has always held something magical for me.  The crisp winds, crunchy leaves, earthy tones, and lots of cider bring unceremonious joy to my heart.  I wanted our home to reflect the coziness of the season, despite the warm temperatures lingering outside.  I wanted to curate a space that reflected Mr. F and I as a family, me as an artist, and still retain the necessary functionality constantly hiding in small living quarters.  It was time to put away with the glass vases and bring out the earthenware pots.


  Up first on my agenda was functionality.  This began a massive, ongoing purge, of…everything.  Sifting through art supplies, clothing, food cupboards, bookshelves.  You name it, I went through it.  Every item in our apartment needs to serve a purpose.  Baskets hide art supplies, shoes,  and drills.  Boxes on top of shelves hold extra dishes and family heirlooms.  Our kitchen table also serves as a kitchen counter, studio space, and on very rare occasions, eating surface.  I moved baskets around, cleaned some out, and compacting our essentials.  In the kitchen (which I can never seem to photograph properly because of horrible lighting), our cupboards were streamlined as I took stock of what we have, use, and want to keep.  In the living room, I rearranged furniture and storage pieces for a better flow and more open space.  In our bedroom, well, that’s a room I’m still working on.  But artwork was shuffled about.  The entire surface area under our bed serves as a storage facility for luggage and miscellany items that don’t have a home anywhere else.  That is one area I am still dreading the purge, but am relishing the idea of clean starts.


The autumnal touches to the apartment were subtle.  Pottery pitchers lined up above my kitchen sink rather than my pretty china tea cups.  A wooden bowl filled with pine cones and dwarf pumpkins.  Prints from my shop.  Dried gourds from various farmer’s markets, and even a curbside drawer turned coffee table tray.  The only items I purchased were the fresh gourds and some mums for outside of our door.  The rest were elements I had on hand that just needed better staging to give them new life.

With the apartment in better order, I find myself more productive than I have been in ages.  I savor time at home creating and packaging items for the shop.  Applesauce, pumpkin bread, and stewed cranberries fill our home with delightful aromas.  Our home is feeling more like us and is working better than ever.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.




Sources:

Bedroom:
silver urn - garage sale
rope lamp - target lamp wrapped in rope (similar DIY)
"llama" figurine - Target
white dresser - garage sale
twig wreath - Royal Oak Farmer's Market in Michigan
copper kettle - family heirloom


Living room:
stacked baskets - Ross
Grecian key pillow - TJ Maxx
brass lamp and shade - Goodwill
feed sack - dumpster dive find
wooden tray - drawer found on side of the road
don quixote print - thrifted
twig pumpkin - Target  (Smith & Hawken)
throw pillows - DIY
stripe art - DIY on cardboard
halloween bunting - Target (dollar bin)


Dining:

cabinet - thrifted (see DIY here)
gourds - farmer's markets
white pumpkin - Dollar Tree (DIY)
hanging basket - Cyprus
table - hand me down
bench - Ikea
Octobers print - from my shop
live gourds - Trader Joe's
magnolia leaf wreath - DIY

Monday, October 06, 2014

durham

Mr. F has been studying for the GMAT, the entrance exam for MBA programs since February. His dedication and determination never ceases to amaze me, especially as I struggle to shower every day.  This whole journey has been the fulfillment of dreams for my husband and a matter of contention to me.  Going to grad school means imminent moves, again, and more uncertainty in the future.  A lot of it.  While my husband has been seeing the world as his oyster, I have been craving stability and emotionally begging to stay put in Atlanta.
 Over this past weekend, we drove to Durham, North Carolina for Mr. F to interview at and tour the business school.  He spent all day Friday on campus, interviewing and in panels while I hung out with one of my dearest friends.  He came home that night beaming.  The school had exceeded his expectations and daydreams were becoming realities.

I was grumpy.  Not an emotionally mature response, I admit.  I have been so jealous of the GMAT and the school applications because they have taken so much of my husband's attention.  I've felt emotionally strung out through this process and like I've been blindly following along.  Seeing my husband so thrilled kind of broke me.  It meant grad school was really going to happen.  Moving in less than a year is a reality to deal with.  To me, it meant even less time with my husband.
Why am I telling you all of this and not just telling you about how beautiful North Carolina is?  Well, because, this is how I experienced the trip.  My grumpy, lonely, petulant self wanted to emotionally sabotage the trip so that I would have a reason to say to my husband, "Nope, we can't go."  Do I want him to go to school? Absolutely!  It would be so contrary to my understanding of him to restrict his academic pursuits.  I just don't want to go now.  I keep wanting to live somewhere longer than two years.  Heck, even a year and half!  But that's just not what is happening.

 On Saturday I went to Duke with Mr. F.  I wandered the idyllic campus on my own while he sat in more panels before attending one of my own.  I saw my husband interacting with fellow potential students and saw his joy.  As I wandered, I pictured him studying on benches and preparing projects.  I also saw myself with him.  For the first time, it really felt like I could fit in the dream with him.

During the drive home on Sunday, we talked endlessly.  And very little of our conversation was about Duke.  Or MBAs, or GMAT study schedules.  We just talked.  I felt myself relax and ease back into a relationship I've been missing with my husband because of my own stubbornness.  

This weekend was such a good learning experience for me.  I found myself again and felt peace about things that have been bothering me for no reason.  Change is coming, as it always has been want to do, but I feel far more prepared to handle it. 



Monday, September 22, 2014

harvest bounty

Fall is unabashedly my favorite season.  Sweaters, cider, pumpkins, crunchy leaves.  I can't get enough of it.  Here in Atlanta, I am eagerly awaiting the cooler temperatures, but my house and shop are dressed to the nines in seasonal spirit!  

Up in the shop are a slew of wonderful prints.  Pumpkins, ghosts, produce, and the sweetest nativity you ever did see.  The best part?  Some of the prints start at just $5

 There are also a handful of new notecards, including the nativity, a charming pine bough assorted pack, and a new birthday card!  Use the pine boughs for those last minute gifts and thank you notes!  


Speaking of gifts, it's that time of year for parties galore!  Stock up on this lovely for all of your hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!  Guys, the 2015 calendar is here!
 I'm not going to lie.  I nearly cried with excitement when I picked up the calendar.  The colors are so beautiful and each month there's some more luscious and delicious looking than the last!   For $15, it's the gift that keeps on giving.   I can't wait to frame mine.  If you're impatient for the new year (like me) or want the goodness of those vegetables to last even longer, there are 8x10 and my first ever 11x14 prints available! 


To kick off all the hay rides and cider drinking merriment, enjoy 20% off your orders through Friday!  Use the code: FALL20 

 Happy Shopping, friends!