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I read somewhere awhile back…maybe in House Beautiful magazine?…. that most people never finish the last 10% of a room.  The last 10% is the final details, the little ribbons and bows, the perfect colored vase, the right picture frame. I must admit I am truly guilty of this.  Guilty of “finishing” before I’m really finished.  It’s somehow easier to select paint for a room, arrange furniture, decide on colors, etc. than sticking to the discipline of all those final details. But what I’m learning is that the final details are so much FUN, which is why I persisted through sweat and tears, canceled travel plans, power outages, and online digital glitches to complete our Little Miss’s space this week. And we’re pretty tickled about it, she and I. Her walls were already turquoise (BM Gulf Stream), but with our recent love of orange and yellow, we wanted to incorporate those colors into her space. I think we managed…

The last couple weeks I’ve enjoyed the simple pleasure of spending more time in our home.  Sitting for long spells over coffee, stacking dominos on the floor with my precious kids, wiping down the base boards in my boys’ rooms (long overdue!), actually lounging on my sofas instead of analyzing what throw pillows they still need, and thoughtfully contemplating the arrangement and necessity of what makes this house a home. I find myself doing a lot of purging. Part of the reason is where I am in life.  Recognizing that so many things I used to value greatly pale in comparison to the things that do. Another reason is a growing awareness of how abundantly overwhelmed we are with all the little things we think we need, yet how little we really do. Lastly, from a design perspective, I’m recently appreciating how powerfully one item or accessory can speak when given the chance…

On Saturday I planned ahead and “scheduled” a day of creativity.  Somehow, writing CREATE on my calendar granted me permission to do those things around my house that might otherwise be considered fluff. Let’s face it: A girl needs fluff on a regular basis. Among the little things I’ve been adding to my creative to-do list was to go back into the rooms I’d somewhat finished and add personalized details.  I read a quote in a design magazine the other day that said, “God is in the details.” I recognize that I often stop short in the accessorizing department (a fundamentally all-too-common error, one of my favorite designers Suzanne Kasler says).  It seems like by the time I’ve painted walls & furniture, selected fabrics, and arranged everything, I’m ready to move on.  It’s also because I still feel like such a baby in this area!  You’d laugh if you knew how long it took me…

Call it spring.Call it resolutely feminine.Whatever it is, this week finds me crazy about pretty plates.  I remember seeing a picture of Bunny Williams’ dishes pantry in her wonderful book, “An Affair with a House.”  I think her description said something like, “…and I love dishes, so I had a separate pantry created to hold my collection.  Each shelf is lit so I can more readily see what I have…”You would not believe how large and extensive Ms. Williams’ collection is.  My first thought upon seeing her pantry was this: I don’t understand wanting (needing?) that many dishes.  I really did not understand.  I wondered, am I missing something here?But this week, I think I’m beginning to understand.In 2001, my beloved grandma–my dad’s mom–passed away.  Having just had my second baby, I was unable to attend her funeral, something I deeply regret.  However, I am thrilled that I was able…