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4.10.2017

The 'She-Shed' trend.....my version!

What can I say, I love to design spaces, so much so that I was inspired by Arhaus to design my version of one of the latest trends, the 'she-shed' (don't get me started on that label, I almost hate it as much as the label 'man cave'), I jumped at the chance to do something for fun and design a space I would love to hang out in myself.   Whatever you want to call it (submit your terms in the comments) I like the idea of a space where people get to indulge in what makes them happy and really just relax - we all need more of that in our life, right?

First, my space would be a light-filled white space like the photo in the upper left corner of my mood board.  I would envision the space to be a gathering space for my girlfriends and/or our friends - a place to drink good wine - Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon preferably (thus the need for the big cooler and vintage inspired Smeg, ideally with a kitchen included to prepare delicious food to accompany the vino.  Yes!  Most  definitely a kitchen, to host cooking classes!  I see hosting celebrations in this space - birthdays, anniversaries, graduations etc...Then of course, after all the socializing I will remember that I am an introvert at heart and see this space to be a great place to work and read - or even take a nap!

All the activities mentioned above require comfy furniture - the sofa is from Arhaus and reminds me of a much more expensive style from a store you know as 'RH' but is a fraction of the price.  You can see more from Arhaus HERE.  Many of the other elements are sort of my signatures - vintage rugs layered over natural fiber, art, texture, a bit of vintage .....

Thanks for the opportunity to dream Arhaus!  Now can someone help me make my dreams a reality????

**This is not a sponsored post - I did not receive compensation, all ideas and opinion are my own.


2.16.2017

2017 - the year I maybe never wanted to arrive.....

2017......

It's really here......

Ugh? Yea? Welcome? Go Away? Acceptance? Denial?......

Of course I knew you were coming 2017.  But dang, did you have to arrive so fast?  Time, it has a funny way of speeding up, it seems with each year....But long ago, maybe it was when my Emma (now 18 years old) started kindergarten, that it was mentioned that they would graduate from high school in the year 2017.  It seemed like such a long time away plus, I was consumed by all things elementary school - spelling words, math facts, recess drama......so that date was tucked away somewhere in my foggy mommy brain....until w-h-o-o-s-h....in a blink of eye that sweet class of 2017 kindergartener was graduating from 8th grade and headed to high school.  And well, let's just say, there are only four SHORT years of high school and it's a blur.....and depending on your kid.....could be a blur of many things...For us, and Emma, it was lots of soccer, homework, dances, Christian service retreats, growing up stuff like becoming a licensed driver, getting a job, a debit card, going through some hurts, disappointments and other 'fun' grown-up stuff.  So here we are....graduation is June 4, 2017.  We have nearly arrived at that long ago anticipated date.  I'll be honest, I am a mixture of emotions.  First, I am immensely proud of my daughter who has been a dream of a teen to raise - a great student, strong moral character, hysterically funny, a dedicated athlete.  I know she is ready to go.....I am not so sure I am ready to let her...... I would be 'guilty as charged' if asked to admit if I pitied other women who felt their identities were lost when their kids left the nest.  But dang if I am not feeling a bit of that right now.  Yes, I have another daughter still at home, but THIS first event is the BIG ONE.  It's the one that will change our 'normal', redefine the energy in our home (Emma brings ALOT of energy to everything) and signify the beginning of the end of our everyday parenting days.

And if having a graduating senior isn't enough, I turn the BIG 5-0 in April......THERE, I said it!  Seriously, I have never been bothered by aging, but this birthday has got me all kinds of crazy with angst and dread.  I am doing my best to embrace the age and celebrate it (because I certainly don't like the alternative).  I am perfectly content with where I am in my life - my business is flourishing, my husband and I celebrated 25 years of marriage this last year, we live exactly where I would want to, my girls are thriving.....so it's not about feeling like I am missing anything. Sure, of course I would l love to be 15 pounds lighter and more fit - but that is something I CAN (and will) do.  But like any birthday number that ends in a ZERO, this one brings lots of pondering on 'things' - both big things and little things.......I don't quite know if the fog in my brain is due to not quite being able to grasp the concept that I am turning 50 or just being almost 50 - ha!

My chosen profession forces me to live in the world of 'trends' - both in design and on social media.  Some of these trends I embrace - like mud cloth, statement lighting, mid-century modern.....others I don't, like Instagram stories (never!).  I hesitate to admit, but I can feel my age in this world - often dominated by younger women and wonder if my success or lack of it is affected by my 'older' self - COMPARISON - ah, the thief of joy!  But, I hope that immersing myself in the design and social media worlds will keep my mind challenged and my heart open.  I hope to live a life that makes my daughter's proud (and NOT just for the number of Instagram followers I have).

So why and I sharing?  I don't really know - I guess to give a voice to us momma's, who are launching our precious babies, who are BLESSED to be running the second half of the marathon of life.....figuring out who we are, what it all means and how to do it well, with grace and confidence, who wish to run that second half dressed fashionable but age appropriate too, to see the world with fresh eyes, be open to new adventures and dang it, find that miracle-working eye cream!


Our world is a funny place right now - and perhaps even saying that makes me an old lady - ha!  But I know I am better when I surround myself with friends who are different than me, women of different ages and backgrounds, really good women ...... I hope this post can be an internet olive branch to whoever YOU are reading this right now - I see you, I feel you and I know, no matter where you are you might be feeling a little like me right now.


My launching girl will play soccer in college so February 1st was 'signing day' for her - a big day for all of us.....a step closer to the inevitable.....to her dreams.....to our dreams for her......



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