I’ve learned a lot about myself through this blogging venture.
One thing being how important it is for me to do creative work. I feel very tied to what I do in this world, in that if even in the tiniest ways, I want to do things that are both fulfilling to me and inspiring to others. It might sound silly, but I never really understood that about myself until I left a job that was sucking me dry and started down this path. I had been making concessions that I think many of us have at one time or another (Cool company, good money, work is work, blah to the blah!), and eventually, I just couldn’t do that anymore. I have always believed in the notion that “fortune favors the bold”, and I do indeed feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunities that I do as a result of taking that chance.
Now that I work from home, it’s also come to my attention how affected I am by my space. I have always loved to decorate, and if you’ve ever been to one of my apartments, you know that I am into neutral colors (Weird, considering how colorful this blog is, I know.), cleanliness and organization, and filling little corners with things like fresh flowers, travel photos, and trinkets that I’ve collected along the way. I think that where you live should be a reflection of who you are. I felt out of sorts when I was renting in Florida this past winter (I wrote a bit more about that here.), because those elements were missing.
The condo I was in was lovely, for sure. My favorite part being the large balcony that overlooked a pond, set on a golf course; it was the place I went to every morning to capture all of those dreamy rosy sunrise shots. The kitchen was large and updated, and the furniture was nice and comfortable. But – obviously – none of it was mine, or very “me” at that. I was so excited then when the sweet people at Minted reached out about helping me incorporate some artwork into my temporary space.
I opted for pieces on the smaller side – both so that I could slide them in here and there without having to put additional holes in the walls, and knowing that I would eventually be transporting them back in my car. I went for imagery that had a Floridian vibe (Examples: oversized flamingo feathers, crystal-clear swimming pools, and more of those swirly pink skies), but would still have their place gallery-wall style, in my office, in New York. I surprised myself in going for such vivid hues, but ultimately dug how all of the art coordinated, and punched up the grey paint. One strange thing that I discovered as I was taking these photos is how much some of the patterns resembled the patterns in my clothes! Maybe I do like to live in color, after all? : )
I added a few finishing touches in the form of pretty toiletries, roses and tulips, and seashells amassed from a stellar beach day. I did my best to stock the refrigerator with simple-to-make food and drinks, like the fresh strawberry tea you see here (Method in this Instagram post!) – and just like that the condo started to feel like my home away from home!
PS – If you are interested in doing some shopping of your own this weekend, Minted is offering 15% off sitewide (excluding fine art prints and home decor) through Monday 4/25, using code SPRING16!
Pieces shown in this post: Foliage Trails 2 | Pink Agave | Going For a Swim | Cliffs at Sundown | Warm is Winning | Flamingo