When it comes to keeping my house plants alive and well I'm trying to turn over a new leaf (both literally and figuratively). This orchid loves living in my office and I love that I haven't caused it any harm.
Happy 2011 everyone! Here's a shot of my current inspiration board:
So, did I tell you that for the past year my office/studio has been in our front sunroom? Mark suggested that I relocate to this space and I love it! I was so worried that I would have to move back into the dining room for the Winter because for the past two years we've sealed off this space. It was so drafty! First, I would shut the french doors separating it from the living room and then I'd stuff and squeeze wool fabric (dark brown to match the woodwork thank you) into the cracks to stop the whoosh of frigid air. But not this year. No siree. I took the advice of a few friends and spent an entire evening (nine windows worth) using the window film and voila! Mark and I could hardly believe the difference. It is so pleasant and I get to use my office 365 days a year. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Counter clockwise (more or less) from top: keep calm poster, CB2 lamp, arts + crafts writing desk, Penguin's 70th anniversary set, Martha Stewart magazines, miniature chair under glass, glass pedestal dish with autumn leaf, old Pottery Barn chest of drawers, 1 c. scoop.
When it comes to decorating my house there is one constant -- change. I love to rearrange rooms or at least re-imagine them. I don't change the things that I feel I've gotten right like paint color (usually) or big ticket items like furniture. But when it comes to accessories (an ever increasing category in my case) I swap them around like pieces on a chess board -- always hoping to make the right move. When I get it right, I'm like a little kid. Oh, the joy! I love it. I'll walk by the arrangement over and over just to admire the perfectness of the thing.
In addition to constant imagining, editing, arranging and book/blog/magazine browsing that I do there are two things that I find are absolutely necessary to this process. What, you ask, are these magic tools? Inspiration (do what you love and love what you do no matter how big or small) ) and my trusty measuring tape, of course!
+ a cake from my favorite bakery (a surprise from Mark) + a shiny new table (seen in second photo. another surprise from Mark) + spending time with good friends + delicious cupcakes (not pictured) + flowers from a friend's garden (pictured below)
Mark has discovered a new favorite morning (a relative term in our house) coffee drink. The cortado. He tells me that technically our glasses are a little large (they are only 7 oz.), but I like my morning dose of caffeine to be on the generous side so they're perfect for me. You may recognize the spot where this photo was taken from this post, or perhaps this one. That speckled surface under the cup is the corner of my desk which is currently situated in our front sun room. The room is surrounded on three sides by windows and is a lovely place to work in all but the coldest of Winter months. (You can sort of see how it's laid out in this photo.) My desk, an old library table, was an estate sale find. The top is stained and the finish is cracking in places and I love it all the more for it's lack of preciousness.