…new interior design project

So, it’s about time that I let you in on a little secret of mine, I am designing a new home on a lake and it happens to ours. I say this with all the modesty in the world because I’m scared of all negative judgement. All I can say is that God has always taken care me. I don’t know why and I don’t always know how, but He continues move aside the storm clouds and shine down on our family. And what’s more, I feel like He continually is proud of me for letting my own light shine and not hide it under a bushel – this means everything. No more shame, no more hiding – just living my life as bravely as I can.

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I want you to know about it because I am getting slowly emotionally invested in the home and it’s occupying my headspace. This process has really made me think about where I spend my time, how I want to live the next half of my life (I’m almost 40) and on a much lighter note – design trends.

I have to say that when I set out on this Blue Egg Brown Nest journey there were, what felt like, only a handful of other painters and dealers out there that were doing what I was doing and had made a name for themselves. You can see for yourself that the painted furniture and rustic look are much more main-stream. I think it is great in one regard because it is now so accessible to people where it was not when I was starting out. I remember hunting for some tall topiaries and it was near impossible to find them. Now, I can rattle of at least four major retail shops that I could order them online today!

Again, trends shifting is not a bad thing, but just to tell you a bit more about my personality, I like to be a tad different and unexpected. I want to be a little ahead of the curve in my home and in my clothes and in my earrings and in my recipes, etc. Trends change and I think that’s what keeps me excited because it is always fresh. This new project of mine is allowing me to explore some other avenues of design, while still incorporating my own taste.

I will talk more about trends this week, but I think in order for a creative person to continue to create, they have to continue to move forward. It sounds really basic, but to stay sedentary is not a good thing for this gal. I’m a very curious person and I like trying out new things.

I’m excited to have you come along with me in this next pursuit and I think you will be interested because it’s very similar to where I was when we built our current home and had no budget for furniture or decor. Here I am again challenged with a clean slate and ever so excited about it.

I’d love for you to join me.

 

…ollie, owen and the bird

If you know me and Blue Egg, you know Ollie and Owen aka my orange tabbies that are total photo-bombers. They just can’t help themselves. Take a look:

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You get the point. They can’t help themselves. So, yesterday I had to run an errand and because it was an absolutely gorgeous day I left a veranda door open because they were enjoying it so much. I even took a picture because they looked like old grandpas just lounging, living the life.

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When I walked in the front door about 20 minutes later I was starteled to find feathers spread all over my kitchen. I had to blink a few times to realize what they were and when I crept around the island, I was so distraught to find this. Brace yourselves, Friends.

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I know! It’s too horrible! I screamed into the phone, as I was on with Dear Heather, while I figured out what to do. I gently wraped him in a bag, dug a shallow grave in the front garden and said a prayer. God bless this little bird. 🙁

I have no idea how Ollie and Owen even accomplished it because they have never properly been outdoors. They somehow managed to snatch this bird off the railing or even in thin air and brought him into my kitchen. I know it’s a “gift” when a dead bird comes from a cat, but I haven’t quite forgiven them and am def. giving the silent treatment. Needless to say, when I searched for them after the funeral, this is what I found.

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Clearly not remorseful.

…oscar egg blue

There is so little to get excited about in late February that when it’s Sunday night and the Oscars are on, I cannot help but get into the spirit. I turn the TV on about 4:00 to catch the full 3 hours of “Live from the Red Carpet”. For those of you that do not live in the US, this is a basically our chance to judge all the celebrities’ clothes and it is quite entertaining.

I love movies. I love movies so much – maybe not as much as books – but I love getting swept away in a story in time that I will probably never experience. I get so into a movie that it lingers with me for days until I am able to shake it off. Don’t get me started on how long it took to decompress from “Room.”

So, when one of my favorite actors chooses to wear a dress that looks like a fairy tale I love it. Cate Blanchett. She never disappoints. Hello, she was Queen Elizabeth.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Cate Blanchett attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Magic.

And a magical color. Let’s look at what Pinterest has to offer in this amazing color.

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Blue egg. Seaglass. Dreamy. Fairy. Queen. Bliss. Fresh. Quiet. Water.