Friday’s Photo: Gratitude, friends and a tiara

Since being diagnosed with Cancer I have felt gratitude every day. I am grateful for good medical care, access to healthy food and a supportive family. Most of all though I am grateful for friends.

I am grateful for all the emails, cards, gifts, and inspirational FB postings. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t wake up to either an email, text or FB message just checking in asking how I am doing. I read and re-read them on days I am feeling down and they lift my spirits.  I am grateful for Facebook friends who have gone through chemo and have shared remedies and tips for coping with the unpleasant side effects.

I honestly believe it is all this support that is helping me get through this without too much difficulty.

Lastly, I am beyond grateful for these lovely ladies. Not only did they willingly give up their Saturday to come and help me shave my head (before it fell out in clumps) but they arrived with a bucket of champagne, food, party hats and my very own tiara. They turned what would have been a traumatic experience into a day of fun.

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I don’t think there is anyone on the planet that has more to be grateful more than me.

Have a great weekend everyone and take time to be grateful!

 

Friday’s Photo: DIY wall art

Here is a clever DIY wall art idea that I saw while at Spring market. A collection of vintage National Geographic magazines used not only as the art work but for added color in this otherwise neutral room.

Magazines as artwork

Magazines as artwork

Wouldn’t this be perfect for a basement where there are often long expanses of windowless walls?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Chemo week one: So many of you have been so incredibly kind to reach out and inquire how I am handling the chemo and wondering how I am feeling. Here is a quick summary of week one for those who are interested. I had four good days, two days of feeling like crap and one day that felt like I went to the most awesome party of my life (that I have no memory of) drank 2-3 bottles of champagne, danced non-stop all night, at some point fell out of a second story window, then for some reason went to bed with a ball of tinfoil in my mouth. Obviously I am joking but let me just say day three of chemo is not for wimps! 

Luckily, my team will tweak my meds so that I can skip this “morning after party” next time around. One week down, eleven to go!

 

Friday’s Photo: A moment in time

With all that has gone on in my life over the past month with being diagnosed with breast Cancer and trying to clear my plate as much as possible for what is to (has) come, my blog has sadly taken somewhat of a back seat.  I do intend at the very least to continue to share a design, color or just pretty image for my weekly Friday Photo. Today I thought I would share a peaceful meditative spot from our vacation in New Hampshire a couple weeks ago.

Franconia New Hampshire

Franconia New Hampshire

Nature for me is clearly what grounds me and fills my soul with joy. Just looking at this image my blood pressure lowers and I feel renewed.

Breath in the fresh air and have a great weekend everyone!

Friday’s Photo: Metallic trend

Next week I will be continuing my High Point trend series and next up will be metallics.  Today’s Friday’s Photo is one of my favorite pieces from High Point Spring Market and is a beautiful example of this trend.

Kelly Werstler for E.J. Victor

Kelly Wearstler for E.J. Victor

This piece is from Kelly Wearstler’s new line for E.J. Victor. I loved her whole line and think Wearstler hit it out of the park with this latest collection. You can see more of her pieces in my previous post on trends in wood furniture HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check back on Tuesday for my full trend report on metallics.

Friday’s Photo: Turquoise and yellow dining room

Who says dining rooms have to be boring? I’m still thinking about this gorgeous turquoise and yellow dining room from the Lillian August show room at High Point Market.

Lillian August

Lillian August

So fresh and inviting don’t you think?

Have a great weekend everyone.

You may have noticed that I have been a bit remiss with my regular Tuesday posts but please bare with me as I am juggling one too many balls and my blog has had to take a back seat for the moment. I plan to be back on schedule very soon.

Friday’s Photo: Decorating with books

Looking for a simple DIY project to do over this long weekend to add some color or pattern to a room? I thought this was a very cleaver idea since many of us have stacks of old paper back books laying around ( if not, they can be purchased at almost any yard sale for pennies).

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Simply turn the spines around and paint the pages in an assortment of colors and patterns. Instant colorful art!

Have a great long weekend everyone and even though it does not feel like Summer here in New England at least we know it’s coming soon!

 

 

Friday’s Photo: RL breaking the rules

In both photography and design school I was told “first you have to learn the rules in order to successfully break the rules”. This image below taken at the Ralph Lauren High Point Showroom is definitely a rule breaker. A giant mirror is oversize for the console table (a mirror should be no more than 1/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is over), a teeny tiny lamp looks way too small for the table (the size of a lamp should be balanced with the size of the table)  and a large framed photo overlaps the mirror (never obstruct a mirror).

Ralph Lauren Show room

Ralph Lauren Show room High Point

Does it work? Absolutely. Every single element is placed perfectly so that the overall vignette is balanced and cohesive. What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

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