Things That Make Me Smile

Design tricks that may seem contra:

It may seem redundant to hang a room partition on an already existing wall—they are, after all, created to turn one space into two—but if you have a lot of extra wall space, these partitions, particularly the painted and oriental varieties, can add drama and beauty to any room in your home.

When I moved my in-town studio into my home six years ago I found myself with quite a lot of extra furniture, including two large painted screens.  I had no need to use them as room dividers, as I had done in  my studio, so instead I decided to turn them into wall art.

I hung the smaller of the two screens (7′ x 7.5′) on my living room wall…

and hung the larger of the two (16′ x 7.5′) in the master bedroom, behind the bed.

Instead of being banished to the basement storage area, the screens are now the focal point of the rooms they occupy, creating beautiful backdrops for the furnishings. Perhaps not the way they were intended to be used, but that’s the best part, isn’t it?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend—hope you find countless reasons to smile!

Things That Make Me Smile

Runner’s Brain

This is just so random, but what can I say, that’s just the way my brain works, weaving one transitory thought into another, especially when I’m running which is what I did this morning, which is when I started to smile because I was listening to an old remix of Prince on my iPod from his Purple Rain days, which then got me thinking about the movie Purple Rain (an 80s classic :-)) that I watched in the basement of my childhood home with my mom, sister Joanie, and cousin Annie, which reminded me of Joanie and Annie dancing to Morris Day’s “The Bird”, which then got me thinking about Annie, who is now a Carmelite Nun, which then had me wondering whether she had taught any of her fellow nuns how to do the “The Bird”, which then got me thinking that maybe that was blasphemous, which then had me feeling guilty, which then had me asking God for forgiveness, which then reminded me it was Easter weekend—–and then, just like that, I was home, running up my driveway, all sweaty and happy and grinning from ear to ear, thinking that it was only a moment ago when we were all laughing and dancing and doing “The Bird.”

Wishing you a wonderful weekend—hope you find countless reasons to smile!