October 25, 2014

One of my intentions for this 52 week project was to pay attention to details. All projects start with the best of intentions. The excitement of something new. The promise of change and maybe a life changing outcome. Or at least a positive one. Probably the main reason New Year’s resolutions fail or are forgotten, is the fact that life is busy enough as it is without having a whole slew of big and small habit changes. I wanted to see if this would happen here. And if it did, how long would... Read More



I’ve been thinking of ways to create systems that work around the house and I’m going to write a post on that soon. Since my creative space, or scrap room as I call it, is in need of immediate attention it is probably the best place to start. In any plan to organize , there are questions that need to be answered. Perhaps the same holds true for any problem or complex situation, the key to simplifying or solving the problem would be to ask the following questions.

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11/52- vintage fair treasures

It’s been a little frustrating around here. After meeting with the architect, I thought that things would proceed quickly. I even had hopes of seeing my new kitchen emerging before the Christmas holidays. Three weeks later they have not been able to locate the plans nor have they made an appointment... Read More

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10/52 – stronger

Ten weeks into this 52 week project! So far it’s been a journey of re-discovery. Going back to the things that were a big part of my life thirty years ago. Like exercise. Hands up if you’ve written “Lose weight” as one of your intentions or goals on January 1st. For me it’s... Read More


9/52 ~ working the kitchen

While planning for our kitchen re do, there was a lot of thinking to do. A lot of questions that needed to be asked and answered. The existing kitchen is entirely too small and lacks storage. On two walls there are doors that lead to the wet kitchen and dining room respectively, another wall is fitted... Read More


8/52- space

Every time we go to the apartment , there is a feeling of space. Space around us. And space in my head. It feels like you can do more when you have less. All we have there is a couple of sets of clothes. Stuff to go to the gym. There is no food except cereal and milk, coffee and tea. Each time we... Read More


8/52- Unfinished Projects

This was going to be a post about  function in the home. I was procrastinating the start. The getting down to writing. In the most common way. Smartphone. While procrastinating with my smartphone I came across a post by Jeff Goins. About how our life’s work is always unfinished. This struck... Read More


7/52- Simplifying

I’ve been struggling this week with what to write in this post. While week 6 was a rush of excitement and activity, week 7 was wrought with less than positive thoughts. I asked myself why I was doing this. Why the self imposed challenge to write these posts regularly, to document everything... Read More


6/52 – inside our house

It seemed like a good idea at the time. An editor of an online magazine found my blog. “Would you like  your home to be featured?”

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5/52-still loving Project Life

Part of this 52 week project is to... Read More


5/52 – random monday thoughts

Monday morning blues.

Sometimes fantastic things that happen to you that require more effort and energy than you can muster. There is the valley and the mountain and maybe a rainbow beyond. In the valley it is sometimes dark and muddy, sometimes your shoes get stuck and you have to yank  a... Read More


4/52- details, details

Interior decorator.

Interior stylist.

A perfect occupation for one with OCD tendencies. Someone who leans toward micro management. Maybe someone who sometimes needs to straighten the rug, align it with the sofa. Oh, but now it isn’t at a right angle with the other chair. Now where’s... Read More


3/52- sunday at home

Loving the way the light comes in from the too many windows. Less walls and more windows makes it hard to hang art and place bookshelves but there is a plus side, lots of yummy light drifting in from the courtyards. Love that!

Couldn’t resist the photo op.

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3/52 – bringing in the blue

I wonder how many people have sleepless... Read More


2/52 – let’s move it in, people!

Amidst the Raya traffic, visiting with 19 relatives (really fun), packing and unpacking, reshuffling and other assorted tasks and chores, we managed to ‘move in’. It was with mixed feelings that I laid the carpet down in the empty living room. (Do I see people who are not moved by decorating... Read More



Two Thursdays ago I walked into my dream apartment. It was empty yet filled with possibility. An open space. Empty canvas. Almost like the new day we are given each morning when we wake up. When I first got sick, I thought I was going to die. I would look at the future and see nothing. My kids would... Read More