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  • Today was both the ending and beginning of meaningful chapters. This afternoon I drove to Georgine’s house to watch her cat Nemo drive home with his new person, Rita ♥️. And I drove home with a gift from Georgine’s daughter- a plant that was the last remaining cactus from the collection we helped Georgine move inside a few months ago. Together we all packed up Nemo’s toys and food and all his favorite things and I’m so hopeful that he will love his new home and new friend. I drove home behind Rita and Nemo for a few minutes and I found myself crying and smiling, hoping that somewhere Georgine could see her beloved cat starting a new chapter in a safe and loving new home. We are all starting new chapters all the time, but as we hung this plant above our kitchen table it felt like a very clear marker of this time and change. I’d watered and watched this plant on Georgine’s porch and in her sunroom so many times that seeing it hang in our home made it all feel very final and real. Sad, but also hopeful. Here’s hoping both of Georgine’s babies (fur and plant) live long healthy lives in their new homes ♥️
  • When people ask me if I ever miss working in an office or co-working space, I just think of this. Getting to look over and see these two (and Hope and Turk) next to me while I work all day -or at least close by- is the greatest perk of working from home ♥️
  • Over the holiday break Julia and I made our annual vision boards for the year ahead. I sat back and felt a bit of worry looking at mine. Over the years my boards have gotten simpler and simpler with more and more white space. As someone who has dealt with a lot of self doubt (and a bit of depression) over the past few years, seeing all that white space made me nervous. It felt ominous in its unfinished state. Even though the phrase “unfinished but not unworthy” was literally ON the board, I still felt haunted by what I saw as an emptiness. I resisted the urge to “finish it” but it still felt like a tiny hand tapping on my shoulder whispering, “But WHY is there so much empty space?” Then my mother in law came over and asked to see our boards. When she saw the white space she said, “I see it as room to breathe. Room for possibility.” I forgot that that could be an option, too. When fear creeps in, one of the biggest costs is the loss of hope and possibility. But I’m grateful for her reminder (and ever present hopefulness and vision) that sometimes blank space is the possibility of something new and unimagined, rather than the lack thereof. Did anyone else make vision boards this year? I’d love to know what you all saw in yours. Im sharing my old boards up in my stories today ♥️ #visionboard (Also thanks to the awesome team at @deathsexmoney for sharing my board on their feed this week as part of their series on people encountering big changes in their work life)
  • This stair runner by @trishandersenart reminds me of so much of the textile work I first saw back in 2004 when I was just getting started with Design*Sponge. Free form, wildly colorful and massively textured. I LOVE this sort of work. As much as I love symmetry and neatness, there’s something about this type of work that makes me want to do something with my own two hands. It also makes me want to see more of this artist’s amazing home, pronto. If this is the stairway, can you imagine how amazing the rest must me? (that question is basically what inspired our entire Sneak Peek Column at DS- just wanting to know if someone’s work was reflected in their interior as well) ♥️
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