Nothing Is Too Precious
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Corner Gallery's first ever Dinner With the Artists in which I gathered together with locals, creatives, and artists from all across Virginia to discuss life, art, and our own creative pursuits. It was evening filled with beautiful artwork, inspiring creatives, and delicious food but what I loved most about the event was the conversation. During our meal gallery owner Anne Smith went around the table asking the celebrated artists questions about their work, process, and life. One question that came up was "have you ever thrown any pieces away?" Everyone answered in their own way but one answer that stood out to me was by artist Sarah Trundele was that she had. "I've learned to have the mindset that nothing is too precious", she explained. If a piece isn't working out she'll subsequently go over it or throw it out. She doesn't feel the need to hold on. I thought her answer to this question to be so simple and yet profound as it can be applied to so many aspects of life. There is so much freedom in letting go. It's only then after we shed what no longer serves us that we are able to move on and experience something new.
Photographs by Zoe Grant.
Both husband and wife coming from metropolitan backgrounds (Chicago, Norfolk and Northern Virginia) their desired look was Urban Modern with a dash of Scandinavian and Fixer Upper. The spaciousness and contemporary finishes of their home provided us with the perfect launch pad for pulling off this look.
We have some sad but exciting news to share with you today… we are moving! After six years in grad-school my husband is finally wrapping up his PhD and is in the throws of securing a job back up home, in Northern Virginia.
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When shopping for storage containers you want to make sure that they check off three boxes: beauty, functionality, and sustainability.
We are still jumping up and down over here after learning that our home has been featured on Apartment Therapy!
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Have you ever felt blessed by simply being in someone’s presence? That’s exactly how I felt working with the Rivera family on the styling of their home this past winter.
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I am excited and honored to share that Making Room for Peace is featured in the newest issue of ORIGIN Magazine!! A small team of artists working in LA, NY, Dallas, and Paris, it is Origin’s belief that beauty and art can uplift the world.
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While the bones of the room are neutral, we added in pops of color via hanging plants, caned furniture, and the colorful vintage area rug. A sleek mid-century modern table is centered in the room, beckoning for a game of monopoly or for a cocktail, which can be concocted within the discreet bar-set up we made in the pie-safe.
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After reading through my friend’s core family values, listening as they shared their dreams for their home and walking through their space, my heart overflowed with gratitude. I could clearly envision a design for their home that would capture warm hospitable vibe that they were going for; creating a space that would be enjoyed by family, friends and neighbors alike.
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Our homes are supposed to be our refuge but did you know that they could also be making us sick? Asthma, headaches, coughing, and allergies are just a few of the signs that you may need to make some changes to your home. Lucky for you, we've outlined some of the problem areas and what you can do to create a healthier environment for you and your family!
I think that most of us could agree that some of the hardest items to sort through and to let go of are old: photographs, cards and letters. Compared to most of the other items in our homes, these are some of the most sentimental. Sorting through we find accounts of our childhood and adult years, words of encouragement, funny stories, and accounts of daily life.
Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Whether you yourself suffer with mental illness or you have a friend or family member who suffers, we have all been affected in some way by mental illness.
The older we get, the more we tend to value community. However for the longest time it was not a high priority in my life. It wasn’t until I had graduated college, gotten married and moved to a new city that I realized how much I longed for a core group of men and women that I could share life with.
The name "making room for peace" actually came to me during that time of anxiety and questioning. I had had another blog at the time that had experienced some relative success but had started to feel superficial to me. I knew that just as with my spiritual life, I wanted something with more depth, that discussed topics such as decluttering and faith.
Wife, mother of four, and owner of Abundant Life Partner’s, Meghan is one busy woman! I wanted to sit down with her to learn her secrets to having such a positive attitude, energy and how she makes room for peace in her life.
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Whether your a stay-at-home mom or a business-owner operating from your home office, working at home is no easy feat! Its easy to get off track when you don't have a manager monitoring your work flow, so what do you do to stay focused?
Often times when we talk about decluttering we discuss "removing things", "shedding items", or "letting go" but there is so much more to it that than that! When we shed what is no longer serving us we are letting go in one sense but we are also making room for more - more time, energy, space, money…
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