“Your whole life is a rehearsal for the moment you are in now.” –Judith Malina
I am not sure why I like this quote. I want to believe that my past life experiences have shaped the person I have become and I have grown from those experiences. With that said, life has been a rehearsal so far for me up until the last couple of years, and I am in the moment more now instead of wishing for what could have been. Of course, I am human and have to practice or rehearse to get back into the present when I slip up. But, that’s the whole life rehearsal, right?
On a side note, the picture attached is a practice picture, but thought it was a good snapshot of many different textures in a small space. The brick and leaves in the background, and the two different grasses in the front. There is a lot going on, and it seems movement was captured by how the grass are in different directions.
What do you think?
“We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity….” –Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Selecting the appropriate lighting for the house transformation project proved to be a much harder task than anticipated. We thought we would start with the pendant lighting above the island in the kitchen. The couple found some pictures of pendant lighting they liked as a place to start. I am being sarcastic when I say this….there are only a couple of choices 🙂
I realize that a couple of the pictures are different sizes but, in no way does that indicate the homeowners favorites. For some background, there will be 3 pendant lights above their island, and the granite they selected is a show stopper. The granite colors have burgundy, purple, and browns running through it with a gray-ish undertone. None of the pictures we took did it justice.
The homeowners were already leaning towards a bronze finish versus a nickel finish so as you can see there are mostly bronze finishes up above. There also was quite a bit of discussion on how ‘wild’ the pendants lights should be. The granite was supposed to be the main attraction and the pendant lights are to highlight the granite.
Interestingly enough, here are the homeowners thoughts on the Pendant light pictures:
They liked Pendant 5 because of the coloring, but, the biggest drawback was the nickel finish.
Pendant 7 had the bronze finish and was ‘different’.
Pendent 16 had the best different shape, and the coloring of the glass was warm.
Pendant 18 was their favorite.
Pendant 21 was another favorite. Can you see what they are leaning to? Warm colored glass with a bronze finish.
Pendant 23 was a maybe simply because it looked a little different and had more colors.
Do you have a favorite pendant?
“Harvest-inspired colors signify a passage from one season to another and set a warm mood inside the home.” –Cecilie Starin
Fall colors are so warm and inviting which is probably why I lean towards those colors for clothing and decorating the various homes I have had. The reds, burgundies, burnt oranges, yellows and greens against a brilliant blue sky is a gorgeous backdrop. Here again is a sharp contrast causing the fall colors to pop.
The same can be done with your home. If the neutral color is gray, taupe, or chocolate brown, a red or yellow (warm color) pillow paired with a green or blue pillow (cool color) can really stand out against a neutral background. Various pops of warm and cool colors can add contrast for interest in the space you are decorating without being too overpowering. Keep in mind, mixing and matching prints and stripes against solid colors help with adding texture and blending the warm and cool colors.
Do you think this type of contrast exists in the spaces of your home? If it doesn’t, do you think it would improve it to make it a more inviting space?
“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards, our dwellings shape us.” –Winston Churchill