I’m still here. Don’t give up on me. I know I’ll be back, too.
It’s just been quite a season for all of us apparently.
I saw the best quote, “Let us love winter for it is the spring of genius.” -Pietro Aretino.
Not assuming genius is sprouting around here anytime soon, but you do need that time to go inward. The stillness. Fires. Reading. Cooking. Watching my new favorite show with Chris, True Detective. Those writers sure had their winter of genius.
(my view from my car during Atlanta’s crazy apocalyptic traffic jam)
This winter I’ve realized how much I’ve missed reading. Books have always been my first love. I’ve stocked up my Kindle, iBooks and our pretty new shelves and doing my best to absorb them one-by-one. I had to buy Donna Tartt, of course, but I have to start her first hit Secret History.
I haven’t fallen at first glance, so maybe she’s a slow burn. I just wanted to give her due respect before I embarked on Goldfinch.
I’ve also been into anything Anne Lamott this winter. I just feel like I’ve met this kindred spirit with her (isn’t that what books are all about?—que Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting when he says that, “Sure, I have friends. I have Nietzsche and Camus….” (I’m sure he quoted other authors than these, I just can’t remember who. But y’all saw the movie. If not, you’ve got to.)
But Ms. Lamott is just everything radical and everything Christian (which are synonymous to me). It is difficult and SO rare to find a Christian writer who inspires me and I connect with. She is about what she is for, not what she is against. She is for love and truth and forgiveness and grace. I really am a misfit toy and she has never quite fit-in, either. I’m a hippie Christ-follower in a suburban sea of FoxNews angry anti-everything “Christians.” I don’t know why in the hell I’m choosing to write so transparently tonight.
What else? On a (hopefully) lighter note (pun intended) I’ve read Wheat Belly. I saw this book peeking out on our very fit empty-nester client’s coffee table a few weeks ago. She’s got some major body going on, so whatever she’s having, I’ll have. Then, my sister texts me a YouTube link of the author’s talk somewhere. These two events, on top of Chris’ desire to eat less wheat because his best friend lost 20 lbs doing so, got my butt and my Armada headed to Whole Foods.
I did have about 48 hours of wheat withdrawal (insane, right?), but haven’t missed it at all since they have stopped. I’ll give you an update in a month or so to see how I’m hanging in there.
In other news, we are still moving in the house. I’m sure it will take a good year or more. How long until you felt really moved in? Our first night here was November 7th.
We had our first party in our new house last Saturday. It was wonderful. We finally had Chris a birthday party with his buddies from elementary school. We had kobe meatballs and chicken satay and lots of wine and craft beer (Chris is a real beer-lover, so his friends gave him new concoctions even he hasn’t heard of.) I stayed up until 3!!! (Haven’t done that in probably 10 years). Chris kept adding logs to the fire and his talented buddy, Rich, played the Beatles on the guitar and I happily (to myself, not others) sang along.
The fireplace is in this room below, the “cozy” room as we call it. It is almost “done”, therefore, I can hopefully move money and energy to the other rooms in the house. Nothing gets you decorating and hanging art like having a party. What is that about? I know I’m not the only one. Do tell.
My sweet Wyatt is modeling it for you. Boy, I sure love my two boys.
I’ve got two vintage chairs at the upholsterer (should have been done yesterday, but I’ll give them grace for the snow and all, and because all I said earlier about Anne Lamott and stuff.) They are some badass chairs I think you will love.
Below this picture you can see the lamp that goes in between the two new-ish chairs:
You can kinda make out the lamp. I know the shot is blown-out. There are now panels & art on this side of the wall, too.
So don’t give up on me! We are working on some cool projects that I know we will get to sharing soon.
We have a bathroom coming out in a magazine in a month or so and I’ll post those pictures. This month or next we are shooting (well, a magazine is shooting) a kitchen we finished last year. We will post all the details and behind-the-scenes.
Anisa and I are working on a beautiful multipurpose family room (the client with the wheat-belly bod) as well as preppy & eclectic bedrooms for girls. Heck, we are even designing a dental office in New York and an historic bathroom renovation in Alexandria, Virginia.
It is so difficult writing so vulnerably in posts! I get to this point and I want to delete it all. But, so far y’all have been quite nice. So I’ll choose publish instead.