Time spent with this curly haired munchkin makes me happy all the time. How much do you pay your hairdresser for hair like that?
While I am not a big fan of Halloween, much to the dismay of my daughter when she was younger, I do love the month of October. It is filled with changes and anticipation and somehow seems a bit more relaxed than the previous months of summer. Like all of you, my October was busy and full of big things and little things and these are some of those things that made me particularly happy:
- Working with my old friend, John, on a staging project. He is a dream to work with and someone I personally admire. If you live in the San Diego area and need furniture built, a house painted, light fixtures hung or any of the myriad of small things I ask this very patient and talented man to do, let me know and I will put you two in contact.
- Wednesday night wine with my bestie, Sandy. We pop open a bottle of chardonnay (ok, maybe two) and solve all of the world’s problems in three or four hours. The U.S. Government could sure use us!
- A long weekend in Lake Tahoe. I spent a lot of time there growing up and it was nice to return to smell that fresh air, look at that beautiful lake and see new areas through the generosity of our friends who so willingly showed us around. Not to mention, allow us to spend one of our nights in their beautiful family home that is so warm and inviting. Thanks Mike and Nancy, Ali and sweet Cameron!
- Carving pumpkins with my two little grandsons. I do not get to see them often so it was fun to spend some time with them even though, if truth be told, we did most of the carving while they ate sugary snacks and watched a movie.
- Going to a Saturday matinee of Jersey Boys with my husband. Fun music with my favorite date was the perfect recipe for a fun afternoon.
- Picking up my 2 and 1/2 yr old granddaughter from pre-school. Does anyone ever get tired of seeing a young one run to them and jump into their arms and give them the biggest hug as if she has not seen you in years when, in fact, is has only been a few days?
- Changing leaves. If you look hard enough you will find plenty of colorful leaves on trees scattered throughout San Diego. The glorious shades of red and gold always make me smile as I remember chilly fall days walking to school.
- Great news from my husband’s doctor. This made me happiest of all. We had a bit of a cancer scare and a rough week or so until the results came in but all was clear and we were, obviously, thrilled to hear the news.
- Lunch with girlfriends. There is nothing quite as delightful as a mid-week lunch with an old friend, just catching up, laughing and making plans to get together again soon. I am fortunate that my schedule allows me to enjoy this treat a couple of times a month with various friends and it is something I always look forward to.
- The obvious…trick or treating with the scariest 2 month old pirate and the prettiest Serena the pirate witch I know. While I enjoy holidays, they are always so much more enjoyable through the eyes of a child and it renews my faith in just about everything when I see the world through their eyes.
What made you happy in October of 2014?
Next time you decide to make some changes in your home and get stuck with where to begin, put your five senses to work. What???? you may be asking.
Travel back to 5th grade science where you probably learned all about a human’s five senses–sight, touch, smell, hear and taste. And in design, a sixth sense is also a valuable tool. More on that later but back to our science study:
- Sight–an obvious plus in decorating. Take a good hard look at your space. Maybe even take a photo of it because you will see things in a picture that you might not notice in person. What do you want the room to look like?
- Touch—a mix of textures, metals and other surfaces can turn an ordinary space into a beautiful and tactile wonder. An example would be a room with a glass topped coffee table (smooth) paired with a rustic end table (rough). A fluffy throw tossed over the arm of the chair and a couch piled high with pillows in varying fabrics (leather, embroidery, burlap) adds texture (touch) but is also visually (sight) appealing. A colorful woven rug placed atop a rich wooden floor will satisfy those same senses.
- Smell–we have all experienced an unpleasant smell when we enter someone’s home. You know what I’m talking about–litter boxes, dog beds, cooking smells etc. Even an unscented air cleaner can make a difference but, better yet, find a scent that greets you as you walk in the door. I am not recommending something like Aunt Betty’s overpowering perfume but something subtle, clean and natural that will not hit your guests in the face (nose) as they walk through the front door.
- Hear and taste–these senses will not really play an important part in your overall decorating process but they are important when you are entertaining so keep them in mind next time you are planning a get together, whether it be a large party or a just another couple who come by for pizza and poker. I always light a scented candle in the bathroom and place it in the corner of the bathtub when I have friends over. It not only smells good but adds a little glow that helps guests find the light switch and is very safe in the bathtub next to the tile surround. (be sure to place the candle away from towels and shower curtains)
- And last, but not least, is that all important sixth sense. That feel you get when you walk into a room that something is just not right (“I see bad rooms”) or that same feeling you get when you enter a space that is juuuuust right. Follow your instincts or hire a decorator, who has that sixth sense, to help you achieve that just right feel in your home.
You can utilize all of these senses when you are trying to determine what your rooms need to make it the home of your dreams. How do you want your home to look and feel? The answer could be something as simple as rearranging the furniture or “borrowing” artwork, accessories and small pieces of furniture from other rooms or it could require something bigger like the replacement of an old window with french doors that open the space to the outdoors or an entire kitchen or bath remodel. Whatever the answer, once you have a plan you can begin to move forward with implementing that plan as time and budget allow.
Do you have a sixth sense when it comes to decorating your home?