What a mess

Life is unpredictable. If I could tell my old self seven years ago, when I was leaving a twenty year old marriage, that life was going to be all I imagined, I would not believe.  If I could have used some words of comfort and explained to myself that I was going to work on…

Learning to see again

  Some jobs we choose and some jobs are given to us. Got home after a trip and she looked at me sideways, not knowing exactly was she was looking at. We hugged, we talked, we stared at each other without words. Something was different this time, there was no jumping or dancing around the kitchen floor….

Recycling

I walked into the thrift shop and there were two ladies sitting at the front desk, daughter and mom. Mom was sipping on a cup of soup and wearing full Winter gear indoors. I know Spring days in Ohio may feel like a day at the tundras, so I understand it is better to just…

Breakfast with the dogs

Kevinhhhhh!!!! Dexterrrrr!!!! Screamed the neighbor to her two dogs, telling them it was time to come inside. Kevin and Dexter have been witnesses to my outdoor photography more than any human has been. Those two come close to their fenced yard and watch with curious eyes every move I make. All the food I bring…

Baby Nursery makeover

There’s that excitement in the air when you know your baby will be here soon. You can almost smell that baby in every piece of little outfit you already have. Then you walk into the nursery and realize with frustration that you were not able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together yet, either…

What is home?

What is home for you?  Is it the silence you seek when your mind is busy and tired? The softness of the bed when your body needs repose? The emotions and excitement when you bring people in? Or the peaceful place to hide when you need a break from the world? A place to experiment and create? A place…

Autumn

I wrote this whole post using “WE” then I went back and changed to “I” because I realized that I might be the minority who loves Summer above all seasons? And it feels very hard to let go of the Summer sensations that my body craves. The burning sun on my shoulders, eating outdoors everyday if I…

The farmhouse kitchen

Imagine a country home tucked away in the middle of a pretty landscape and a pond sitting in the back yard. Lots of flowers by the entrance and a cat and a dog to great you at the door. This was it! This was a kitchen remodel that brought great satisfaction to me when, at the end, I…

Farmhouse style

 Where raw materials as unfinished wood, rusted metal and vintage pieces come together reminding us that home can be elegant and relaxed at the same time. It’s a feeling of comfort when surrounded by textures like brick, quilts, handmade stuff. It’s being close to simplicity by choosing items that talk about the past. Reclaimed wood and aged metals…

Transitioning… Again!

My home is my lab where I experiment ideas and it is constantly changing. I imagine every person addicted to decor is like that too, correct? But then I also imagined everyone on their 15’s were home reading Freud, Prost, Sartre, Nietzsche, etc… Learning about philosophy and psychology, which I found out 30 years later they were not. *sigh* (Insert a…

How I redesigned my kitchen

BEFORE PICTURES What prompted me to write this post was a simple question someone asked me one day:  “Simony, being a designer, your house must be beautiful?!!”   My answer was: “Well, let me tell you, I did my best with what I had!” Two years ago I bought this house in the right neighborhood…

Art and gratitude

I don’t know where this idea comes from but in my mind everything I do needs to look beautiful. I place art in everything I touch and I believe from the bottom of my heart that making art and sharing its beauty it’s my way of expressing love and gratitude. And that also goes for…