Everyone collects something don't they? Instead of hiding your collections away or letting them become clutter use them in your home decor.
Group your items as small groupings on table tops, shelves or the mantel. Try to keep the number small and interesting. After all your goal is to draw attention to your passion. If you have a large number of items then rotate them throughout the year.
For me, as a photographer and a lover of fine art, photographs and photographic art is something I collect. For me I use the walls for the larger images. The featured photos above are all scenes from Maui taken taken from the same beach on different days. Each is unique in its light and the weather, but location ties them together with a theme.
What do you collect and how do you display it?
Life has a way of happening when you least expect it. And that is exactly what the start of 2017 did to my family and me. Shortly after the beginning of the year we lost my father unexpectedly. As a result I haven't been as focused here as I normally would be.
Slowly life gets back on track and things return to a new normal. I say new because I am moving forward with a deeper and I hope better appreciation of what is truly important. Many of you have been in this place so you understand the adjustment of living in a world where my father no longer resides. There is a tear in the fabric of my life that just can not be repaired.
I hope as we move forward into this year this better appreciation of what is important and how we bring that into our homes will show in my blog and in my photographs.
This photograph of the Broken Tree is a favorite of mine. Even though it eventually broke from time and age it is still a beautiful reminder of what life is all about.
Staying true. Those are powerful words. In this age of instant access, the internet, Pinterest, etc., it is easy to lose your focus and veer off your course.
My home has always been my haven. It is the one place that has always been a reflection of me. So how do I stay true to myself in my home when there is so much instant outside influence?
At the end of the day when you close the door on the outside world, your home should feel like a warm hug.
I decided to start my journey of 2017 The Year of the Home with my bathroom. Does it seem like an odd place to start? Here's my reasoning.
Like everyone I need to live and work within a budget. Since the bathroom is small I will be able to complete this room more quickly. I think that satisfaction of completion of a small task helps when working on a year long project. So I am starting small.
Since I am currently living in a rental I can't paint my walls. So white is my canvas here. I also have a glass door on my tub/shower. Which means no shower curtain for adding color or texture. So these are my limitations and challenges in this room.
I really want to add some color since color has the ability to affect our moods. After much deliberation I have chosen the photograph featured above to hang in the bathroom. Gardens make me feel good. They relax me and take away the worries when I spend time there. I also like the colors so it is a good choice for me.
I can also add color and texture with a choice of towels. I am leaning towards a dark green and a dark mauve color for towels. I enjoy therapeutic baths in the evening and I know those colors will add to my relaxation. So this is where I am starting.
I will update you from time to time with posts as to how this is all playing out.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.