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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Daffodil Principle

Not long ago, we were working on a project in our living room.

This wall in our living had been painted with a contemporary feel in mind.  I used gray as a neutral and stenciled an old pattern on it to still maintain some antiquity to our old house.  I knew I also wanted to have our grandchildren's portraits in this area.  While watching an episode of Canidce Olson's Divine Design, I saw a treatment that she used to bring an element of coziness to a space for her client.  I fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect to add texture and warmth to our living room space.
This was her installation.
I set out to research the purchasing guide and sent for a sample of this beautiful stone.

This was the stone I chose.  It is white quartz stacked stone by Norstone.
Then I set out to find the stainless wall mount fireplace for the space.  I researched both electric and an ethanol burning fireplace.

I went with this electric model.  I'm glad I did because our little grandchildren went right to it and wanted to touch it's front face.  I was very glad for it's safety factor as well as it's esthetic look.
I waited for the fireplace since February 3 as it was on back order.  Then I ordered the stone and it arrived very quickly.
Last weekend Dennis finished it all but the mantel piece that we are waiting to find.

This is our almost finished project.

I'm thinking I would like to find an old piece of wood in which to sand, stain and varnish to add as a mantel.
I love the juxtapostion of contemporary things mixed with old elements.
This project has added warm happiness to this wall and it's a great place to sit and regain a touch of the 60's time frame that I enjoyed growing up.  The white brick on the wall reminds me a little of a white brick wall that my Aunt Rose had as her living room fireplace as well as a back drop for her beautiful bed in her bedroom.  As I remember it also had a touch of that classic 60's aqua.  I'm also loving the cheerful yellow.
I painted this room a strong bright yellow because I thought my husband Dennis would like the color.  He loves all bright colors.  He should, the brights just look great on him as well as other members of his family such as his sister, Anita.  I continued with yellows in the rest of the house.  My latest being the kitchen/dining area this past weekend.  This color is a medium yellow called Homey Cream from Loew's.  I love it with the white wood work and spring green dishes in the hutch.

I love to decorate with birds and nature.  Daffodils were in bloom this past weekend and I love them for the happy flower they are.
It grows in grass and field and bower
The cheerful yellow flower
The daffodil

The daffodil
comes after snow
At end of winter's drear
And spreads it's yellow cheer.

The blooms of summer coming
Is still a far-off thought
When springs
the daffodil.

The daffodil is seldom single
It's happiness most strong
growing in a throng.

My life grows full and intertwined
When all around I find.
Friendship like
The daffodils.

by Niel
I came across a sweet story called the daffodil principle and I wanted to share it with you.
It reminds me that no matter what you set out to do, go about it in small steps with patience and diligence for one day when you step back and look at it, it will be something wonderful and worth working for.  Please watch this sweet video to see what I mean.

Daffodils growing around the neighborhood.
With the goodness of spring's beautiful flowers and nature's song in the returning robin, think of feathering your nest with beauty to bring tranquility to your life.  Remember to safely go about your day to enable such activities.
The Daffodil Principle in written form.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post Kris. I love the fireplace!

The Daffodil Principle is beautiful!

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