Tuesday, August 24, 2010

From White to Black

I am working on several projects simultaneously and right now none of those things are quite ready for the blog world.  So today, I put together a simple one just to stay in touch.

I picked up this little wall cabinet last Saturday at a yard sale.  I really don't have a place in mind to use it but it was only a $1.  Need I say more?
It is solid and didn't need any repairs.  Gee, how refreshing.

A can of black satin spray paint was something I had, so why not.  The drawers are bin type and I needed to spray the sides too.  I decided to keep the insides white.  I know what it's like to find something in a purse with black lining which is what prompted that decision.

There really was nothing wrong with the glass knobs on this piece but I thought I better change something else about it.  Besides, I already had this cute little clock knob and this seemed like a good place for it.

Then there was a need for two more knobs .  Bless Hobby Lobby for 50% off their knobs and pulls just when I needed them.  (that center knob really wants to pick up the light and reflect so I had a hard time getting a good shot.)

Once I decide where to put this I can accessorize and appreciate impulse buying.

Visit thecsiproject.com I'm linking to the CSI project for Pottery Barn Look alikes.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Home For The Soul

Several years ago I came across a book that talked about discovering symbols of the soul that are personal, that tell your story.  It described various ways to create a mandala of your dwelling using these symbols.  This resonated with me as I'm all about my dwelling and making it an extension of myself.  So, I copied several pages from this book and then returned it to the library or the friend that loaned it to me.  I don't have the title or the author either.  However, some of the pages I copied say A HOME FOR THE SOUL at the top.  There  is one page that has a copyright date of 1997. 

I kept those pages for the longest time without ever creating the mandala.  I recently came across this file and I was propelled to assemble a mandala for my new home even though I don't have that home yet.  Or maybe I should say especially because I don't have that new home yet.

This is the layout and can be created with objects, pictures, or anything meaningful to the creator.  The object is to identify the compartments within the psyche that correspond to the rooms found in almost every dwelling place.
The book is over 200 pages, so obviously I cannot give that kind of depth to this post. 

My objective is to say, "I finally did it!" and it was a good experience.  I may have deviated from the directions a little, but I went through a process that was meaningful to me.

The very center compartment represents your spiritual essence.  I chose this picture to represent creativity which is what puts me in my zone and makes me joyful.  It is my center.

Surrounding this center are eight rooms that express a different thread of soul.

Suggestions for the bedroom are images that depict the mystery of sleep or dream images that have special meaning for you.

The upper right corner, the bathoom, is where the soul's desire to care for the body is made tangible.

Right of center is the closet.  Suggestions for this would be how you want to appear to others or the roles you play in your life.

The dining room is bottom center. This could be about nourishment and fullfillment, a feast of all the best life has to offer.

Bottom left is the office.  This could be about expression of talent or an image that relates to work and/or money.

The gathering room is to the left of center.  These images represent how people join together and the reasons they come together.

The solitude room is about inspiration and wisdom.  It is about moments of insight and ways to enjoy solitude.

The kitchen is located bottom right and depicts daily activites of family life or warming qualities of the hearth.  Somehow a turquoise stove just said it all for me.

NEXT:  The outer ring of the mandala.  The four corners represent the elements of fire, earth, air, and water.

Lifegiving warmth, such as the sun, stars, fireplaces, candles, and stoves.

The beauty and power of water, such as rain, snow, dewdrops, lakes, waterfalls, fountains, baptismal fonts, water lilies, or oceans.

Nourishing abundance, such as flowers, seeds, trees, valleys, stones, and gems.

The inspiration of air, such as clouds, a flute, wind chimes, flags in the wind, or curtains lifted by the breeze.

The remaining boxes on the outer ring represent the months of the year.  The qualities of each month should be represented here.  I will show just a sampling.

JULY (my birth month)

  I believe that the process involved in creating this mandala enabled me to link inner qualities of consiousness to what I love about architecture and interior design.  You might want to assemble your personal story using this structure.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Mingling of Ideas

A couple of ideas floated to the top and merged recently when I happened upon some old boxes at a sale on a city parking lot. 

I had been hoping to find something like these for awhile.  They had been gradually  jockeying for position on that mental shopping list. I knew it wouldn't be long before they appeared.  I picked up six for $2.  The
 price may have been influenced by the 100 degree temperature and close to the same humidity level.  A large amount of "stuff" had been hauled from somewhere onto this lot and someone was going to have to put it all back if it didn't sell.  (Yes, of course, I bought a couple other things too...  later post.)

I had also been scoping out ways to use my left over chalkboard paint.

I had used a tiny bit to paint the writing surface of this desk so I had a lot left over.

I also painted my very old almond colored refrigerator to bring it up to date with the rest of my appliances.  That worked out great.  I only had to paint the doors because it sits in a little closet of it's own and no one sees the sides or the top.  So again....very little paint.

I started to see more and more ways to use this nifty idea.

This is one of my favorites and I saved this ages ago but did not think to copy the link.  Mea culpa, mea culpa.  I love the whole pantry idea here and hope to copy it in my new place soon.

These two are recent discoveries and the full tutorial can be found here.

Another cute idea from another blogger.

Is it obvious I'm practicing setting up my links?  Check this.

No link here because I can't find it again but...not sure how practical this would be for a backsplash over the stove but it looks great in the photo.  Thank you whoever you are for sharing.

Remember the boxes from the beginning?  I didn't forget either.  Some of the writing on the boxes was just too cute.

Way too cute to paint over so....

I painted the sides where there was no writing.  Works for me!

Now I can fill them all sorts of things and change the labels to match.

How many uses can you think of for these charming boxes?

Wouldn't these be cute in that lovely pantry I showed earlier?

  I'm sure these versitile little gems will appear somewhere in a later blog.  Keep an eye out. 

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

You be the Judge

I received a phone call from an out-of-state friend tonight asking me if I had gotten the latest issue of House Beautiful.  This would be the one: Sept. 2010.

She told me the pillow I blogged about some time ago was in this magazine. I had already been through the magazine at least twice and did not have a clue what she was referring to.  I was doubtful she did either but I took my magazine and started paging.  "Near the front, left hand corner of the page", she said.  Still not finding it.  So upstairs she goes to get her copy and give me the page number.
No real page number but probably around page ll.  Telling me it was the Arhaus ad got me there.  Left hand corner...bottom of the page.  I had to admit there is a definite resemblence.

Maybe  not exactly but pretty darn close.

You be the judge.
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