I have a very good friend whose home is always about an hour away from being party-ready. Beyond even that her home is magazine-ready. Literally Elle Decor or House Beautiful could come in with one hours’ notice and a bit of tidying up and photograph the whole darn house. It is quite something. No piles of mail hanging around, no piles of laundry ready to be folded, no piles of anything. Everything has a place and everything (pretty much) tends to remain in its place. She has mastered the art of living in her home all the time as others live only when guests come over. She plays music, she lights candles. See is able to do daily what I would like to do. Seeing Home Through a New Lens.
Now I am sure she does not do this every minute of her life. But she does it far more than anyone else I’ve ever met. It really speaks to the concept that we should live our life with a sense of joy, beauty and graciousness. As the French would say, with Joie de Vivre. In many ways the point of this blog for me is to develop a better sense of that concept. I’m captivated with how to capture those concepts and develop the habits to live with that kind of “every day is special” mentality.
It occurred to me as I was taking pictures around the house today (to practice my novice photography skills) that much of what I was trying to photograph certainly wasn’t party-ready. Not because of bad lighting or a lack of things which may be interesting to photograph but because I simply hadn’t taken the time to really see what my home actually looks like. It was the seeing which was the missing piece of the party-ready enigma. It makes sense. When I am going to entertain suddenly I notice the dirty windows (see photo above) or the pile of magazines on the side table making the whole room look cluttered. When I am having a party I suddenly see the house in a fresh way…when I should be taking a look through that party-ready lens daily. Taking photographs for this blog has certainly given me that lens…both figurately and literally. And honestly, I’m not that thrilled at what I see. The dirty windows in the above photo are just one hazy example. I know, I know, it has been a cold long winter…but there have been a few quite warm days of late and I didn’t even think about the windows. Why? I looked but did not see.
Another issue which reared its ugly head was the “I decorated it once long ago and haven’t reevaluated it again since” problem. The above photo is a great example of that. I “styled” the hutch over the desk ages ago. Now I used the word “styled” in the most casual sense of the word. More like stuffed a bunch of things in the hutch. Keep in mind that this happened long ago…so long, in fact, that I have completely changed the colors of the room and in the room (the chase in the first picture is the actual color scheme) and yet…the colors from the long ago master still remain behind those doors. I do think keeping the doors to the hutch shut masks that fact, but I may just be trying to make myself feel better.
And so tomorrow I plan to take care of that hutch and re-take the photos (the windows will have to wait until the temperature is above freezing…alledigely that will be Sunday). If right now I need the camera lens to help train how I see my home…so be it. It will be fun to how this house evolves when mind fully looking at it in a new way. By the way, the wall next to the chase looks yellow and the walls aren’t yellow…are they?