An introduction to me…I hate to be the first one (after the original three)…I started (and finished) this last night then forced myself to wait until this morning to post, not wanting to be first. But I better just get it up or it’s going to drive me crazy all day! ;)
About myself – I’m 32, turning 33 in December. I’m an only child so I guess in some ways that defines who I am. I’m a non-conforming perfectionist. Yes, I made that term up. Basically I like things the way I like them. I like things perfect when I want them perfect and I want them (neatly) messed up when I deem it appropriate to be so!
Define Home – Over the course of nearly 13 years of marriage we have moved eleven times. Home, for me, must always be where my family is. A house is a building with four walls and though I try to make it comfortable and homey, without the five of us together, all the stuff between the walls wouldn’t be worth anything.
Favorite Color – You know, I used to be a pink girl through and through. But right now? I like to say I’m ‘between colors’. I don’t have a definite color of choice. I lean towards a sage-ish green, but I can’t say it’s my favorite.
Decorating Elements – Simplicity. I don’t like clutter. I don’t like to feel pushed in, surrounded or held back by things. I love the look of French country though and one day when we finally settle in for the long haul, I would love to have whites, soft greens, understated blues and yellows surrounding me.
Creative Outlets – Photography is number one. I also like to sew. I have no idea what I’m doing but it sure is fun to sit at the kitchen table and whir away at any given project that has caught my eye! I also like to write. A lot actually. But the perfectionist in me sometimes makes writing difficult. I find it hard to get my thoughts out ‘just so’ and that frustrates me into quitting before I’m finished. I am obsessed with the number three. Within my decorating I rarely work without working in threes. I have three kids. I have three cousins. My wedding ring’s diamonds are clustered in groups of three. I need things to be in threes. I feel off balance otherwise. Wonder what that means?
A recipe we indulge in – Oh there are so many! I drive my mom crazy with all the food my family consumes. She’s not a big eater but I grew to love food. I love to cook it and smell it and eat it! A favorite that I like to share is Frog Eye Salad. It’s just. so. good.
A household tip – Pick up after yourself! I refuse refuse refuse to pick up after my kids. If you want me sane, pick up after yourself.
Where do I find inspiration – Everywhere. Anywhere. Sometimes in the most unlikely of places. Cryptic? Yes. I can’t really define a place that has given me specific inspiration but when it hits I rarely have the patience to wait and do it later. It must be done now. Idea struck at one ‘o clock in the morning? Doesn’t matter. Must be done.
Favorite spots around my home - Right now? In our current home? It makes me a little sad to say I don’t really have a favorite spot. When we moved here, I wasn’t the one who chose the home. (Luckily we won’t be here long) I don’t feel like this is the one I would have chosen if I’d been able to. However, in other homes I’d have to say that the front window has always been my favorite place to spend time with a good book.
I love to crack it and feel the breeze, hearing people as they come and go on the sidewalks. Watching people as they go about their day from the comfort of my home makes me feel a part of something bigger than me.
These pictures are from two of our previous homes:
I like order. Simple. Clean lines. But softness too. Some may call me a minimalist but to me minimalism implies cold hard surfaces of granite and steel. I like it to feel like home – but without all the foo foo that comes with the term homey.
Clean, crisp easy to maintain & splashes of color. Suits me perfectly.
I love stripes. They conform to my desire for neatness. Though I am a neat freak, I am not a clean freak. There is dust. There are some things that remain disorderly. But those things remain hidden from the untrained eye *wink*
Even our yard (which is still ours but are renting out) conveyed my desire for clean lines and orderly neatness.
So, I suppose that is Me in a nutshell. Have any questions? Feel free to ask, you know where to find me!