With the Wedding over, my youngest in college and nothing else to plan I have decided to re-evaluate where I am in my life and what I want. As for my writing, that is on going. With two novels completed, one self-published, I am waiting to be represented by an agent and have several that I am hoping to hear from. In the meantime my third novel is 3/4 done. I hope to someday have a publishing house represent me and take on my novels so that I can find them in every bookstore in America. Writing has always been such a part of my life and will always be, but I need something to challenge me, occupy my hours in the day and give me something to do that I love. I am a teacher but do not want to go back to teaching. At 49 I want to do something for myself that is fun and exciting and I won't have piles of papers to grade on my bed every night. For those of you who are teachers you will understand.
Recently my daughter-in-law and I have talked about doing something creative. (So weird saying that, hee hee) We have decided to open up a store. As we look for a space ideal for our store we are working hard to develop our style and look. As I was brainstorming I thought about influences and inspirations that would have much to do with the way I put things together and create a lovely place.
First off, my daughter in law/partner of our new company Lidd & Lee LLC. I'll let you all know the name of our store soon. Have to make sure it's ours first.
Liddy is a freelance graphic designer. She is a artist and creator of her Made by Liddy line and is an incredible creative person who is an inspiration to me. Not just because I adore her but she is a true artist. She loves working with recycled & reclaimed items and loves all that is organic and unique. Her designs are truly inspiring.
Carolyne Roehm has been an inspiration for me for a long time. From the first time I opened up her book At Home With Caroylne Roehm and studied her seasonal notebooks I was hooked. I have had the pleasure of meeting her personally and touring her home two times. She is a remarkable designer, gardener, and stylist and her photography and books have given me so much guidance in planning my own garden and lay out for my home.
Mary Carol Garrity is an entrepeneur, store owner, stylist, designer, and an incredible lady. I have been blessed with her mentorship and through the years we have become friends. She is such an influence in my life and a joy to know. Her kindness is as inspiring as her talent. She taught me that with a little imagination an old piece combined with a new piece and a few treasured items can make an ordinary spot truly magnificent. It's all about combining and making a statement.
Above two more of my influences and inspirations. One of my best friends KC, a designer, artist and amazing woman. She has taught me so much and taken me out of a very dark tacky designing stage. I don't know what I would have done without her guidance.
Next to her, Susan Taylor. She is not only a designer, stylist and gifted woman with so much charisma but I too can call her a friend. So much of my home is filled with her personal items and I truly treasure the fact that with her help I have created not just a beautiful house but a comforting home.
She is truly brilliant and an incredible dresser who is not afraid to take risks in her designing and own style. Her store Black Eyed Susan is a treasure.
Last but not least, my dear friend Catherine. I have learned so much about simple elegance through her design style and taste. Catherine is an incredible, writer, stylist and contributing editor for Country Living magazine. She has a perfect eye and is a true visionary when it comes to seeing a blank canvas in a room and putting it all together. Her love for white and simplicity and antiques have taught me so much and I not only learned so much from her, she is one of my best friends and I truly consider her one of my inspirations.
So where do I go from here. . . Well I take everything that I have learned from these truly inspiring and phenomenal women, add a little faith and alot of hope and attempt to make something uniquely beautiful that will bring inspiration to others. Thank you to all these women, I am blessed to have each of them in my life.
The store will be filled with things that will make a house a home. All of the things Liddy and I treasure and love and consider truly a necessity to make a home beautiful.
A few things I love:
Vintage & Antique mirrors
Organic and natural blankets and throws
garden statues & structures used indoors
architectural pieces and finds
recycled & creative treasures
and so much more. . .
Below a sweet mirror I bought this weekend visiting my son in Tennessee.
As much as I live to decorate for Christmas, I respect and honor Thanksgiving and respectfully wait until the holiday is over before I begin the transformation from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
But I could not resist places a few of my favorite boxwood wreaths.
Here's a look.
In the next few weeks I will post photos of a room makeover, (my married son's room) and the Christmas transformation. Can't wait to share with you. In the meantime, I am getting ready for my son's homecoming and Thanksgiving. So to all of my dear blogging friends out there, Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.