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Recovering Poufs

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I got these two poufs around a year ago. They are sturdy, comfortable to sit on or put your feet on, and the price wasn't bad ($70 each at a local "global" store). They were also quite orange, which, at the time, was great because our living room/dining room/kitchen also had a lot of orange accents. Plus, being the world traveler I am (covid is seriously putting a damper on that, although my husband and I got away to Alaska in August, so that was awesome), I loved the global vibe of the Indian design.  But then I had to (HAD to) get rid of the orange in the room(s). It was tired, and with autumn coming on - my least favorite season - I needed some softness for the holidays, so everything went pale pink (more on that in a coming post). So with throw pillows going pink on the couch and a few other accessories being traded out, the poufs stood out like two sore orange thumbs. I certainly didn't want to get rid of them, so it was time to recover them. The search was on fo

Natural Elements in the Home - Pebbles, Stones, Rocks, and Shells

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 Does anyone else collect rocks? What about shells? I wonder how many people do it and we don't know. Maybe it's my wishful thinking, but I think it's a creatives thing. I've found that others I do know of who collect them are people who do things - jobs or hobbies - that center around being creative. I often can't seem to help looking for interesting rocks (or shells, if the opportunity exists) whenever I'm somewhere interesting or special. Occasionally I'll look for them around home, but moreso when I travel.  I literally have rocks in every room in my house (except my kids' rooms - I don't force it on them. Although the older one has his own collection).  When I was younger, I used to have a polished rock collection. You know, the ones you can get for $2 a bag at touristy stores? And I remember trading some with friends.  I still get rocks when I'm away being a tourist, but now I don't pay for them because they come from beaches or hikes o

Natural Elements in the Home - Wood

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Bringing the outdoors in is something that's often discussed and recommended in design these days, and while there are many ways to do that (and we'll talk about others in subsequent posts), wood is probably the easiest, since so much of our furniture is made of this material. That doesn't, however, mean we can't get creative with how we use it or introduce it into our homes.  We want natural materials in our homes, because of how they make us feel. We are aware of how so many things affect our moods, emotions, and relationships. We know we should be getting a good night's sleep. We know that what we eat impacts us in numerous ways. We know we should be getting regular exercise. But how much do we think about the natural materials around us? Being near to nature is mentally beneficial, and we can do pretty much anything with wood! It is so versatile. As I mentioned above, so much furniture is made of wood, but the fact that we can manipulate it into rounded staircas

Painting Wood, Brick, or Stone

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What do rocks, wood, and bricks have in common? Look around your room. Is there a piece of wooden furniture? A wall of rock? A brick fireplace?  Many people are afraid to paint these three things, so let me just cut to the chase and tell you right now, it's going to look 100% better. I've painted two of the three - wood and rock - never regretted it and lived to tell.  The first time I took the plunge was in a wood-paneled living room in a house we'd lived in for quite a few years. I didn't know what taking all the panelling off would entail - would we have to re-sheetrock everything? But painting - that was something I wouldn't need to call in an expert for (I am not an expert sheetrocker). There was just so much wood in that house. Not only the living room walls, but the kitchen cabinets and floors (which were gorgeous) that were attached to the living room. (Don't judge my small-children sofas - I was young and thinking, "If they spill on that, no one wi

The Ceremonial Home

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It's been a whirlwind seven months, hasn't it? Like, we've done nothing, right? Nothing but deal with a pandemic. It should be easy and relaxing, staying home and out of harm's way, but it's been anything but.  No matter how it's affected you personally, I'll bet it's a fact for most people that they've learned a lot about their homes in the last seven months. What's working, what's not. Who you want in it, who you don't, and how you want - or need - to accommodate them. Whether you feel relaxed at home, or stressed, and what that's due to.  We've been through two seasons since the pandemic hit the US in March. Spring was barely - if at all - upon us, arrived, and left. Summer took over and led us outside - our family hiked and kayaked a lot, and my husband and I took a wonderful vacation to Alaska. Now, close to the end of October, here in Colorado at least we are looking at snow and highs in the single digits, though thankfully