Your Daily Dose of Beautiful Simplicity...

It is really easy to think that creating beauty is hard. That's what keeps us from even trying most of the time, I think. 

I love all the sunlight, the clean off-white trim, the soft grey walls in the photo above.  This is the "maid's hall," a previously forgotten area of my clients' cottage I have been working on in Maine. This area was always meant to be plain and utilitarian, and I feel proud that the new paint colors we chose for the space have highlighted and enhanced all that beautiful simplicity. 

I feel like it just glows. 

What simplicity can you embrace and highlight in your home this week?

Think of things that are easy to do and will put a smile on your face right away (i.e. add a vase of flowers in your entryway, take down a picture you've never really liked, put five things away in a room of your choice, put a gorgeous bowl of seasonal fruit on the kitchen table, etc...) And then do them.

Believe me, you deserve a dose of beautiful simplicity each day. :)

 

p.s. By the way, have you seen the video tour we did of this house last summer? I have to say, I was shocked last week when my son informed me that we have now surpassed over 75,000 views for this on YouTube.

WHAT?!? 

75,000? Sheesh. I am not sure why, but I am glad. :)

If you haven't seen it yet, take a look!

A Quick BEFORE & AFTER

I love it when something with character and history can be saved & restored, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when my client found a pair of charming vintage chairs that perfectly fit the space we were working on in her beautiful foyer. 

Just because they looked like this at the time didn't deter us at all!

I got busy finding some fabrics to compliment the look we wanted for the space...

And soon enough they were back from the upholsterer's. We put them in place with the complimenting table and fun, funky accessories... 

With the large lantern making a statement at the top of this dramatic entry hall, and this quaint pair of antique chairs anchoring the space, the foyer of this historic home is coming together and feels more and more welcoming and inviting. :) 

It finally happened on Monday...

HOORAY! Finally it is here. Monday it was official! Even with all of the weird warm weather a few weeks ago, the fact that Monday was the first day of spring still makes me giddy. :)

With last week's snow,  I am willing to bet that most of the time you have spent on your front step or porch lately has been time spent shoveling....ugh and ICK.

Enough of that already.

It is time for an entirely different experience....

And it is time for a quick House Whisperer assignment aimed at helping you love your house a little more in 15 minutes or less!!!

Grab your timer, your broom, and your best tune to whistle. I'll meet you outside!

  1. Set Your Timer--Just 15 Minutes: Once the timer starts, grab anything and everything that is still on the front porch that says "winter" (practically a dirty word at this point). No lingering pine cones, dead evergreens, decorations with snowflakes (what were we thinking?!?)--and for goodness sake, grab the snow shovel that is still propped there.  Put all of these things away wherever they go--either in the trash, storage or in your car to donate.
  2. Sweep, Sweep, Sweep!!: Lift up the mat, pull out the porch furniture, get behind the pots... and sweep, sweep, sweep all of those old dead leaves and drab winter grit right out of there! YAY!
  3. Hope You Are Whistling...it is required.
  4. Just Before The Timer Goes Off-- straighten chairs, and put things back in place. Be sure to step back and admire your work!

Congratulations! You have just created a more welcoming entry for visitors, and most importantly for YOU & your family.  What a way to welcome SPRING! :)

FOR EXTRA CREDIT: Stop at your local garden center and treat yourself to a happy little six pack of pansies. Plop them in your planters or in the ground near your front door. They don't mind the cold, and will greet you with cheer and color from now until summer....

This House Whisperer assignment is supposed to be fun not overwhelming! Set your timer, and have fun. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

I hope that this month's assignment puts a smile on your face, as well as a song in your heart--whistling while cleaning is one of my favorites! :) Hope you will stop by my page on Facebook and comment about your sweeping adventure. Happy Spring!

Is this your cat?

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One of the greatest joys of what I do is not only that I get to spend time with you as my client, but I also get to spend time with the furry creatures that inhabit your homes and your hearts--it's the best. :)

As an animal lover AND House Whisperer, I know that pets bring both Mother Nature and comforting companionship to our houses--two amazingly important elements of HOME.

When I flip through pictures of past projects, I have to smile when I come across pictures of your pets and mine....SO, I thought it might make you smile to see these too. :)

(maybe you will spot YOUR favorite furball in the pictures below....take a look! )

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”-Jean Cocteau

What do dogs do on their day off? Can't lie around – that's their job.” – George Carlin

(on MY days off, I volunteer at the Providence Animal Center as a Dog Trotter. Couldn't resist sharing some of my favorite running partners here :) )

Hope your home is filled with much love, comfort, and wet noses, too.