The problem with writing a post that says something like " Lately I have been uninspired to decorate..." is that you will imediately go home and turn your house upside down reaarranging furniture.
In case you are new to this blog or don't know much about me, here is a little inside tip:
I am a huge nest fluffer.
Space is a big deal to me. How I use it, what it looks like etc.
When I am chewing on a problem or a change in my lilfe you can tell because I start messing with my space.
Rearranging it like a rubix cube. Turning things this way and that, trying to make it all fit just right.
A few months ago we decided that it was time to move forwarded with this little seed of a dream we had to adopt.
And that is when I bought the green couch.
Now we have been to our first meeting and have a stack of paperwork and the wheels are in motion.
So what do I do to work though this phase? Swap the dining room and the living room of course!
See I know that we will have to give up our office/studio space for the girls (whomever they may be, they are already our kids in our hearts and so we now refer to them as "the girls." It is just how it is.)
And (cute as it was) we really never used our dining room for much more than dumping our mail on it and hosting the occasional dinner party. And the table was hard to get around. And really for every day use we eat in the kitchen, and now that the weather is getting nicer, on the back porch.
So my original plan was to to turn the dining room into the craft room. Keep the table,
add craft supply armoires..
But still that table was too big and everyone always bumps into it.
And I knew (especially with the addition of more kids) I really needed 4 "family" areas and I only had 3 rooms to do it in.
I needed the following:
Craft/Making Stuff Area
TV Watching Area for 2-3 persons at a time
And then we went to Otis and Lynns and they had switched their dining room and living room (something I have often thought of trying, but never seriously considered it.)
And there you have it. I just had to try it.
So we did.
Miles putting on old record after old record because it is down at his level now.
More piano playing because it is easier to get to.
Laying on the couch talking to Sweet Man in one room, while the boys practice piano or watch a movie just a few feet away, but in another room.
How close the couch is to the kitchen now.
How cozy the sitting room is.
How we use the space.
I don't love:
How cluttered the living room looks with so much blue and white furniture.
So many white chairs!
I would like colorful patterned cushy chairs for the TV area.
Maybe the red walls in the sitting room? Been debating this one for a while...
No rugs. I feel like the smaller sitting areas need rugs.
If I keep it this way the upside is smaller rugs = less money.
So will it stay this way? I think so.
Do I have lots more work to do on it to make it truly lovely?
She is even more amazing that I could have imagined.
And she lives in my parents hometown.
On her website it says
" Found photographs are the source material for these paintings. Katherine Strause's compositions allow us to bear witness to familiar stories through images of our shared past.By altering and re-arranging the original compositions a provoked subject matter emerges. At times the active witness appears in the paintings; at other times the active witness was the person behind the camera that took the original photograph."
With each of her paintings I feel as if I am looking at a whole book, right there in one painting.
They all feel familiar and slightly distant at the same time.
As if they are the images from stories I have heard but never seen.
I have never spent a good chunk of change on Fine Art, but if I was able to do so, I think I would start with Katherine.
I know I am letting myself get old because this is the type of information I would have known years ago if I was still hip and with it.
But I think my cool factor is slipping. Despite the pink streak in my hair.
So while I will post cute things from time -to- time here from UO and Anthro, I will not be posting any clothing.
Why not? you ask?
I will tell you why not. (Because I know you are curious.)
They do not sell my size online.
They do not sell (except in rare cases) the size XL.
Now, I have no idea about what the size issues are inside the actual stores seeing as we don't have them here, but come on. Really? In 2010 this is still an issue?
And while, yes I would like to lose a few pounds, and while yes that would then place me within their (at the top of) size range, there is part of me - the part of me that was the "chunky" girl all through school, always self-conscious of not being the "right size" - who is completely appalled at their gall to exclude perfectly lovely and beautiful women from purchasing and living in their perfectly and lovely clothes.
Do they think that a 16 sized woman would make their clothes look bad?
Taint their name brand?
Somehow detract from their fab-u-lousness?
Maybe they should do like JCrew and shine the spotlight on us awkwardly and have a Size 16 section.
(That is right. Size 16 gets her own very special, very limited stocked section over at the Crew. Isn't she a lucky girl?)
We have an African-American president, we have Gay Marriage in at least 6 states and fancy smancy stores cannot lower themselves to sell to the average woman???