Joy Wall

My most precious belongings are photographs.  When you’ve lived as many places as we have and acquired as many special relationships, you cherish those photos that make everyone feel as though they are right here.

As we are now on the fourth straight day of school snow day/delayed start/early dismissal, I put the extra indoor time into a project I’m terming “Joy Wall.”  It’s basically a gallery wall of some of our most joyous memories, framed.

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This project dovetailed well with our current anti-clutter mode. Streamlining all the random and disparate photo frames onto this wall has given me real pleasure.

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A dear friend in Seattle blazed this trail, her “Joy Wall” displays their once annual professional photography sessions of their 4 children through the years.  My husband joked he wanted to sneak a George Costanza like photo of himself (you know the one with George posing on the couch?) on their wall and see how long it would take before they figured it out. Ha!

Anyhoo, she tipped me off on what kinds of frames to use. The frames are Ribba from IKEA, they are $3.99 a pop, a great deal and come with mats. Thanks K.D.

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The reasonable price is key as I can’t lie, a broke a few experimenting with the arrangement and foolishly hammered while stuff was still hanging (don’t do this.)  My technique is a work in progress.  Probably the best way is to measure before doing any hammering.

Photographs can be some of your best decor.  Clustered in a same frame color, enlarged, black and white, truly they work on any design budget.

Your “Joy Wall” will bring back memories, remind you of those special times and folks and make your home uniquely yours.

 

White Delight

I live in a red house, which I love, but isn’t there something about an all white house that is just so stunning?

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To Still Leather or Not?

My transition from urbanity to surbaninity (not a word, but I like it better than “suburbanite”) has been a layered one. From less frequent  trips to coffee shops, to fewer sirens heard to additions to and subtractions from the wardrobe.

But I got to thinking about the wardrobe transition and was triggered by a neighbor’s comment:

“When I saw you with those leather pants on, I said to myself, yea I give that a year…”

Well, here I am a year later.  Still sporting the leather.

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And really the additions to and subtractions from the wardrobe have been more weather-related.  (Think more flannel, less rubber wellies and more fur trimmed, everything)

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Some say there is the age factor.  I have one pair of leather pants that are over a decade and a half old, and if anything have improved with age. Proud to say I can still zip (most of the time)them.

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So I say as long as the shoe…or pants or dress fit, then why not?  A few other looks, and sorry for being a terrible selfie taker, those folks with real true fashion blogs have photographers do their snaps.

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I actually have worn this for grocery-getting at the Village Market *p.s. these are the original pants from my early 20’s.  I’m grateful they are well-made and the seams are still in tact:)

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I have worn this outfit above to work.  And the one below is just for fun.  Full disclosure: since hurting my ankle years back I don’t wear these shoes outside the house, but oh how I love them.  leather7

Soooo, rock your leather on; young or old (it’s just a state of mind anyways! Keith Richards will tell you, he lives in a neighboring town), suburban or urban!

Weekend Reset

Last weekend we took a little adventure and headed north to Newfane, Vermont to stay in a cabin in the woods called Snow Farm.

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It turns out it was aptly named.  We stayed in an original 1940’s log cabin.

cabinMornings were begun with maple syrup

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Of course there had to be a tire swingcabin9technology and devices are suddenly not front of mind.

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Simplicity reigns

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cabin6Staying warm and dry is a just a little bit strategic.

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as we throw it way back and listen to the Patriots game by radio as there is no TV reception.

cabin7Imagination is really turned on as the kid’s see things like the Eiffel Tower in the frost.  Do you see it?

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Simple. Winter. Serenity.

It was a great weekend reset.  Hope yours was restorative too.

First Week Back

Good job, it’s Friday and we’ve almost made it.  First week down in the books.

person-731280_960_720 I’m jumping for joy as just completed a 3 day super strict cleanse, like the one prior to Thanksgiving.  Though living it, is pretty much misery (no coffee, which I LOVE, dairy, meat, sugar-duh, etc.–it’s basically plants and seeds for 3 days)…coming out the other side feels marvelous though.  Clarity and energy beyond.  Why we (being me) poison ourselves with food and drink is a mystery.  Let’s see if I can keep it up.

Congrats all on enduring the first week back at it!

Happy Weekend.

 

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