Monday, July 21, 2014

Let things go. Live Simply.

Letting go is not a one-step process, as many would believe.

The silent order that orchestrates all things, that is governed by a law of cause and effect, is programmed to return your life to a place of fullness.

It is not only what you let go of, but what you thereafter open yourself up to receive.

Letting go is painful for most people because they fail to realize that by letting go you do not diminish the fullness of your life, you actually increase it.

It is not a coincidence that so many successful people’s trajectories trace back to the point at which they felt they had nothing. Out of the nothingness an idea came to them. It might have been some hard-hitting truth, some realization about their true calling, or some better knowing about their way of life, but that spark would not have come about where the space for it not have been opened up.

By continuing to hold onto things in your life merely so that you do not have to face the pain of parting with them you may be doing yourself an even more serious disservice than you realize.

You may not be able to fathom the wonderful things that could possibly manifest in your life–friendships, romantic relationships, job opportunities, a perfect fitting pair of jeans, a fulfilling hobby–and you are not expected to.

Your job is Simply to be the best person you can be, and to trust that if you serve authenticity by letting go of what isn’t contributing to that cause, all the goodness that exists in the world is capable of finding its way to your doorstep.

Let go with love. And when you do, realize that the space now vacant is not a devastation but an invitation.

In that space where once a friendship existed that now dissolves, where once a blouse hung that now is donated, or where once a career path was imagined that now diverts is not the sorrow of loss and the experience of lack, but all the magic of the new.

Get freed up. Slow down. Live Simply. Breathe.

It’s all on its way to you.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guess what? It’s summer Thursday, come again. So weird how that keeps happening.

Following that fun fact, I offer you 2e Designs. The biz-child of Jessie Touhey, the (ahem) Vancouver design firm (see?) garnered my attention by way of its ability to implant unmistakably coastal, slightly beachy undertones in spaces that, on the surface, manage to feel rooted in the city. Or, not really the city, but, you know, something other than anything overtly covered in sand and decked out in anchors. 

On with the program: 

Kitchen by 2e designs with brass hardware, white island, and dark wood floors.

A kitchen that feels about as fresh as a bunch of asparagus, which is fresh.

Do note the brass hardware, selectively glass-fronted cabinetry, and sublime backsplashery.  

Glass-front cabinet, brass fixtures, and herringbone backsplash.

I hate to have to be the one to say it, but this living room nook is verging on brilliance. Have you ever seen a more clever i.e. unexpected use of striped walls? Oh please, you have not

Such a clever way to add stripes to your walls without overdoing it!

This kitchen isn’t so bad either; utterly refined, even elegant, it’s the kind of kitchen you would look tre editorial-worthy whilst cooking in. Or, you would look like shit, but either way, your presence would stand out against such a sleek backdrop as that. Brush your hair! 

Such an sophisticated kitchen--marble and brass galore. Such an sophisticated kitchen--marble and brass galore. Black exterior brick never looked so good as it does paired with this wood patio set.

Then it’s onto the bedroom, which is calm, collected, and just that right bit plush. 

Bedroom design by 2e Designs. Bedroom by 2e Designs--love the coral bench at the end of the bed!

Now comes the weekly sign-off but don’t despair, there’s plenty more Live Simply where that came from (meaning make sure to get your buns back here come Monday so I can lift your spirits to the highest heights of love and inspiration, only to shame your clutter-habits to no end come Tuesday). Byeee! 

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Given how much I prattle on about acrylic as an organizational material (I do do that, don’t I?)–

[Quick review session: acrylic is much more substantial, sturdy, and lux as compared to its inferior iteration--plastic, while being less fragile than glass. It helps to constantly achieve a clean look and feel, and, is it's nearly invisible, it's ultra cramped-space-friendly.]  

–it’s rather surprising that I haven’t yet divulged to you this earth-shaker: 

It’s possible to get your daily dose of acrylic in the form of shelving.

Check it (don’t wreck it): 

 

Storage can be pretty! Loving the idea of using acrylic shelves to keep things looking streamlined.

Kitchen storage courtesy of acrylic shelves;

Storage can be pretty! Loving the idea of using acrylic shelves in the closet for maximum visibility.

closet-flavored acrylic shelving;

Storage can be pretty! Acrylic shelves in the bathroom--so much better than plastic and so much less fragile than glass. Win-win.

acrylic action in the bath;

Bookshelf styling never looked so good! Loving these examples of acrylic shelving.

office storage and bookshelves of the acrylic variety. 

I’m finding myself quite infatuated with the concept currently.

Because they’re mainly structural due to the lack of color etc., acrylic shelves feel edgy; sleek, and also simultaneously melts away into the wall behind, showcasing whatever items they’re storing.

A few sourced for you convenience: 

Acrylic shelves

1.  Acrylic Shelf 

2. Floor Shelf

3. Now You See It Clear Acrylic Bookcase

4. OKL Exclusive Bow Front Media Console  

5. Clear Acrylic Wall Shelf 

Image credits: 1: Vanessa De Vargas, Photo by Derek Shapton via Dwell; 2. (clockwise from top) Lonny MagazineClos-ette, unknown; 3. photo by Seth Smoot for Joanna GoddardReal Simple; 4. Wisteria, Turquoise LA   Architectural Digest