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Save it for a rainy day

I find myself saving more & more things lately.  I have convinced myself at this point that I don’t have a problem, but that remains to be seen.  As the weather warms up I have been spending more time out doors with my 18 month old son, and as we are exploring this new world together I have been gathering stones, lumber & nuts.   I don’t really have any idea what I want to do with these items, or whether I will even use them, but I set them aside just in case new perspectives & experiences bring inspiration for creativity.

Old lamps, hardware, & miscellaneous components, that by themselves have no charm, can be disassembled and paired with organic elements like stone or wood to create new décor that have hints of a past life.  Some of the most attractive elements inside or outside the home can be the right pairing of seemingly simple and common items.

If It looks like it has potential why not save it and revisit it in a few months.  Who knows, you may be surprised.IMG_0749


Art, reminding us of what we already know

IMG_6288When the Declaration of Independence was written, it re-postured a timeless truth in a way that was easily understood against the background and context of that time period. Truths such as men being “created equal” and being “endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights.”  The document in and of itself did not have the power to endow these truths; it just reminded the world of what it inherently knew.  Art, in a similar fashion, can perform this same function. (more…)


One in a million…if not, customize it!

DSC04793Do the products in your living space add to its uniqueness?  Maybe a better way to define that question is to ask it this way, do the products that fill your living space have part numbers? If they do, it is very likely that many other people have the exact same items.  One of the benefits of large-scale manufacturing is that it can supply good product to the masses at a reasonable cost.  One of the down sides to manufacturing, when working to personalizing a living space, is that it supplies good products to the masses.  Can an individual personalize their living space full of common items?  Absolutely, customize them!

While main-stream manufacturing processes may make it slightly more difficult to individualize a living space, hand-made sculptures and accent pieces are a great way to help in the effort.  Using recycled materials to create sculpture pieces to accent standard picture frames, cabinets, hand-rails, entry-ways, light post, fences, virtually anything, is a guaranteed way to  transform the common into something uncommon.  (more…)