If you don’t like seeing pictures of my living room…avert your eyes. Pictures of my living room is all you’re going to get today. Whenever I finish a lot of work for other people, whether it’s custom stuff (which I really don’t do anymore) or making a lot of things to sell or writing a lot of tutorials, I get an itch to be creative in my own home.
See, when I’m busy preparing for Lucketts or working on “business” projects, I don’t have a lot of creativity or energy to spare and my own home suffers for it. The dust bunnies multiply and the vignettes get pushed out of the way to make room for photo shoots. I can hardly see my office floor and it’s a struggle just to keep my counters in a presentable condition and stay on top of the laundry.
When things settle down, I start to clean and arrange and rearrange and play and paint in my own spaces. I dream about what I want to do and add to my long wish list. I’m still doing the same thing I just burned out on…painting, decorating, moving furniture, staging photos, but for some reason, it’s restful and rejuvenating. I think because it’s just for me. It’s my hobby and not my business, even though they are really the same…if that makes sense.
I was out shopping a few days ago and I found some feather-filled Ralph Lauren pillows at TJ Maxx. They were a muted grass green…kinda mossy. I rarely go for green. I’m a blue girl through and through and green usually doesn’t catch my eye. I kept squishing these pillows…loving the idea of buying something pre-made. Could the green work anywhere in my house? I just felt like this shade would work with my blue and white. I put them in the cart and took them back out and back in again. “Just get them and you can return them if they don’t work.” That’s me talking to myself. “Well, I can’t return them if one of my boys does a face plant in one after eating chocolate pudding. It’s risky…do I chance it?” This is really the kind of thing I was thinking, but I finally decided to roll the dice and go for it.
When I got home I threw one on the living room couch. It was like life had been injected into the room. I was really surprised at it. It not only worked, but it looked great. So much for the “blue and green should never be seen” rule. Design rules can be silly, anyway. There should only be one design rule – you do not talk about design rules. (Anyone get that?)