Current Obsessions

So, my current obsessions have everything to do with shape and form.  I am not sure whether it is a trend or if my eye just gravitates to these forms.  My first obsession is horizontal stripes…I love the look on the walls and for curtain panels.  It is even on my list of things to make for the house (more to come on that project).  For now…the source of my obsession:

Horizontal Window Panels

One would think that these curtain panels are easy to locate….not so much.  So, I will make my own.  For now, just some inspiration…

Going Horizontal

And, now for the second obsession…the quarterfoil.  According to wikipedia, “the quatrefoil enjoyed its peak popularity during the Gothic Revival and Renaissance, but can still be seen on countless churches and cathedrals today. It is most commonly found as tracery, mainly in Gothic architecture, where a quatrefoil can often be seen at the top of a Gothic arch, sometimes with stained glass on the interior.”

Quarterfoil in Architecture

I am not really sure when I started to notice this shape or from.  But, once you see it and know you like it…you tend to see it everywhere and in everything.  Maybe it is a trend or maybe it is just me.  I think it’s strong presence in architecture and the structured look of a flower is what intrigues me.  But, who really cares.  I just like it.

Quarterfoils Everywhere

My personal favorite right now, is the quarterfoil wallcovering in this pantry…this seems like the most unlikely place, but is really so lovely.  I might just have to do this.

Pantry Quarterfoil

Really…isn’t that great!

You can find all of these images on my pinterest board “for the Home” and the corresponding links.


Full Circle

Not until you have to think about how to inspire other people do you really think about what inspired you along the way.  You know that kind of raw inspiration that makes you want to run out and do that “thing” right now.  That kind of inspiration that creates a bit of fear….fear that you won’t be around long enough to see it through or to get enough of whatever it is.  I know I am inspired when I don’t want to waste my hours simply sleeping…when I want to stay up all night and just push towards that one thing.

This week, I had the amazing opportunity of sharing my story and experiences in my professional career to a group of amazing women.  I planned to go there and inspire them.  In the end, they inspired me.  They sat before me so attentive and wide eyed….so full of possibility.  It was one of those moments where I questioned whether I was even qualified to even provide any sort of advice to all of these extremely capable ladies.  What I could I possibly say that could influence them?  And, then I realized, they are just me.  That I sat in their seats not so long ago and imagined my future.  My imagination has always played a big part of where I end up.  I usually have it vividly laid out in my head and before I know it, I am headed in that direction.  Sometimes, there are some significant detours, but it never stopped me from envisioning what it would end up.  My imagination was never really about the title.  It was more about how I would feel inside and what it would look like when I got to wherever it was I had cooked up.  I imagined it, pointed myself in the right direction and pushed forward.  There were things like working in a high rise, a pin striped business suit and a briefcase…those were things I dreamed about when I was 10.  I didn’t even know what that meant, but I wanted it.  And then as I reached that high rise office with a window, I loved it for a bit and found the next thing that would stoke my inner fire for a few years.

Early on in my career, I imagined what it would be like to come back to my 20 year old self and tell her all she needed to know to get through the next 10 years in her career.  Little did I know…there was a lot to know.  And, there would be a lot of potholes, detours and narrow roads.  The reality is that you never really get to your destination.  At least, I don’t really want to or I would lose interest.  I am grateful for the opportunity I had this week.  I intended to leave a group of women and inspired.  In the end, it was I who was inspired by them.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.Everything else is secondary.” Such an inspiring quote from the late Steve Jobs