Here they are at last – the professional photos of my beautiful new home in the California desert! We did a relatively small renovation and, as I have mentioned before, furnished and accessorized with vintage finds – we had an absolute blast! Scroll through the gallery below to see the rather dramatic before and after shots.
My sincere thanks to the incomparable Robert Bailey of Robert Bailey Interiors for his masterful talent and loving generosity. I am SO excited to go down to California for the winter season with my beloved Jack Russell Terrier and partake in sunshine, hiking and poolside margaritas…
To enjoy all the photos of my Palm Springs renovation, click here.
I have never been much of a vintage kind of girl. The truth is that while I am very environmentally aware, I love new things and I am an incorrigible consumer…and so it has been rather cathartic and selfishly vindicating to discover the absolute joy, excitement and extreme creativity that comes from furnishing a home, almost in it’s entirety, with used furniture and accessories.
In my ideal world, we would do all we could to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. I realize that I am far from living my own ideal but I have recycling down pat and now I am one step closer by embracing the “Reuse” part of the environmental slogan. I have a long way to go when it comes to “Reducing” but awareness is always the first step toward making meaningful change.
The photo above is of the den in my new home in California and everything in the picture was acquired at local consignment stores. I cherish this incredible collection!
I encourage you, my readers, to give vintage a try…it does not mean that you have to embrace ancient antiques, a cottage-y look or an old-fashioned interior. You can still achieve a modern, contemporary or minimalist look, albeit somewhat eclectic. Oh and if you love art and design, check out www.1stdibs.com where thousands of beautiful used items from centuries past and present are for sale from all over the world. I warn you though…you may well become addicted!
My birthday is always an important event in my life and I think that the reason is that it is a fabulous excuse for a party in celebration of friendship.
My birthday this year has been a 4 day weekend in Palm Springs with a phenomenal group of people whom I adore. Let’s face it, what’s better than 4 days of fun, sun, champagne, laughter, love, understanding and friendship? Friends, old and new, flew in to celebrate with me and I am so grateful for their loyalty, commitment and love!
I picked the quote above in celebration of friends and lovers past and present… I figured I must be doing something right because my first email on my birthday was from my ex-spouse, my first text was from my ex-boyfriend and my first phone call was from my ex-lover! Despite broken hearts and adjusted dreams, we are able to put our egos aside and go forward with love and respect – How cool is that?! Yes, they have all crossed the path of my destiny and left a positive mark forever.
To the incredible friends who joined me this weekend, I say thank you and I love and cherish you all. To my readers I say, take matters into your own hands when your birthday approaches and organize a house party with those who’s company you enjoy – at the very least, provide the venue and the inspiration!
Scroll through the gallery above and enjoy the photos of friendship and fun.
“A friend is one who knows you and loves you all the same!”
~ Elbert Hubbard
Cheers to great friends!
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”
~ Paulo Coelho
Now this – an email that was sent to me in response to “Love Lust and Lunacy”:
“Beyond sad and pathetic. Please get off your self created pedestal. What a sad,empty, trivial and shallow existence…” And it goes on…
YOWZA! I realized that when I put my stories “out there” that I was opening myself up to criticism and indiscriminate judgement so I did plenty of soul-searching and studying on the subject. I have to say that the realization that those who spend their days in judgement of others are merely reflecting how they feel about themselves has been immensely powerful. As Wayne Dyer says, “Judging others does not define them – it defines you.”
I have always worn my life on my sleeve and done it with good humor. Any negative scenarios that arise from living this way have been FAR outweighed by the positive – miraculous “coincidences”, remarkable opportunities and an extraordinary life thus far. And for all, I am extremely grateful.
In my endless studying of great self-development authors and speakers, I have come to the conclusion that absolute nirvana lies in complete self-awareness and self-love. Something that I have to work on daily but I believe that being absolutely self-assured and completely comfortable with who we are inside, leads to a life of freedom. What others say or do no longer affects us. We find the good in all situations and we are able to face life and opportunities without fear. We take full responsibility for our past, present and future.
So go forth into the world dear readers and strive for absolute self awareness and self-love. You will no longer feel the need to judge others. You will no longer feel the need to blame others and you will no longer find endless reasons to be offended.
Your journey will bring happiness and freedom!
Sending love and strength,
P.S. Thanks to my critic for inspiring this week’s posting…