Mary Oliver – famous American Poet gave instructions for living a life.
PAY ATTENTION . BE ASTONISHED . TELL ABOUT IT. It’s good advice. There is beauty even in the mundane. The things we take for granted, the snow that we lament as it piles up – looking past the flakes, all startlingly intricate in their icy formations, all worthy of our attention. A blade of grass, an artisans technique, commitment and belief. A meal savored rather than devoured, a kind gesture given or received. A smile, a tear, laughter. Inspiration is all around – even in the sawdust, I am beginning to see gold.
This year I didn’t buy anything or sell anything. What the heck? I am a buyer and a seller. I feel empowered by the frantic energy that is expelled in the activity, and this holding pattern that I am sitting in – doesn’t sit well. Still is is giving me an opportunity to see things not only as a whole, but for the rather amazing sum of their parts.
I discovered that my commitment wouldn’t wane regardless of this year spent without spending. I learned a few new tricks. I remembered a few that I had forgotten. I became acquainted with several designers for whom I have great admiration including; India Mahdavi who designed Ladurée in LA and Sketch in London – regarder – Ils sont fantastic. Sandrine Place a stylist and interior designer who collaborated with Baptiste Legue on the design of a Pied a Terre above the Owner’s retail store – Chez Marie Sixtine. Oh lordy, do I ever want to hide away in the perfect pink and gray little home, and write myself silly.
I began work on my biggest project yet – the Manse. I traveled to Dallas, I would be remiss in my round-up if I didn’t make mention of my fondest state-side house of interior inspiration – Blue Print. I visited Nashville, Nantucket, New Hampshire, New York City, and Nauset. DC and Paris where i saw the single best exhibit of my existence, but even that did not top the very best thing I did in 2017…fall in love.
I feel blessed. I am amazed, and I am telling you all about it.
Happy New Year.