Never Be Afraid Of…….

I asked 100 people to complete this sentence,

Never Be Afraid of…….??

It was a tall task to provide an answer as evidenced by people’s replies.  Some people were immediate in their response, while others were quite passionate as indicated by their lengthy replies.

Overall the question definitely hit a chord.

One would have thought that asking 100 people the same question would have resulted in 100 different answers.

Not so.

The responses received were less varied than one might have thought.

Here are the results of my survey.

The most popular response was Never Be Afraid of……CHANGE. 

Not sure if the recent change in the political landscape is the reason for so many people quoting change or if it is more on a personal level.  Either way change can sometimes be totally immobilizing but change can be a good thing for in movement there is life.  If it doesn’t change you then it doesn’t challenge you.Change

Never Be Afraid of……..TOMORROW.  The future.

Unfortunately, life does not come with a crystal ball but as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. 

Besides, tomorrow is another chance to get it right.

Tomorrow

Never Be Afraid of……..TAKING RISKS.  FAILURE.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  As often occurs, failure leads to success.

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts”.

Winston Churchill

Never Be Afraid of………KNOWLEDGE.

Of learning new things.  New opportunities.  Meeting new people.

A very smart man, Albert Einstein, once said, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom.” 

So just get out there and do it.

Nike - Just Do It

Never Be Afraid of………BEING YOURSELF.  Believing in yourself.  What others may think of you.

A well-known fact, an original is always worth more than a copy.

Dr Seuss Youer than You

Never Be Afraid of…….CONFRONTATION.  Adversity. Speaking your truth and being honest.

It’s about meeting life head on.  After all ‘life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain’.

Throw off the shackles that bind.

Dance baby, dance!

Dancing in the Rain

Never Be Afraid of……FEAR.

This one is a biggie as fear can be totally paralyzing.

But wise people say that if you can understand your fear you can own your power.

To quote Mark Twain, “Do the things you fear, and the death of fear is certain”.

Mark Twain

To all those who paused, reflected and shared their inner thoughts – THANK YOU.

 

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Colour Choices – Cars to Kitchens

I had to say goodbye to an old friend.

My car.

It died.

Dead Car

So I bought a new car.

While discussing colour options with the car salesman he made the comment that you were not getting your money’s worth when choosing ‘white’ because “you weren’t getting any colour”.

Interesting statement.

Is white valueless?

Hmmm????

It’s been a long time since I wrote last (many apologies) and much has happened.

During that long sabbatical I renovated my kitchen.

Actually making the decision to renovate took a very long time because I wasn’t sure I could live with a white kitchen.

I knew white was the right colour (experts say it adds $$$ to the sale of a home) but I was trying to envision myself in a white kitchen.

Finally….I envisioned.

I embraced.

I decided that I wanted as much white in my kitchen as possible.

And so I chose,

White cabinetry,

White cabinetry

White (Floratta) granite,  White Floratta Granite

White paint,   White paint

White trim,   White trim

White pendants,   White pendant

White sconces,   White Sconce

White table,   White table

White crockery,    White Crockery

White linens,    White Linens

Even the flowers outside my kitchen window in full bloom are white.  White flowers

Needless to say I jumped in with both feet – in white!  White shoes

I love my new white kitchen and by the way, I did not buy a white car!

 

A Resolution – I Believe in…

A new year is upon us.

Instead of making resolutions (often too negative) ‘I believe‘ in focusing on the positives in life.  Therefore:

  • I believe in being happy. Life should be happy.
  • I believe in keeping things simple.
  • I believe in finding happiness in simple things.
  • I believe in learning something new each day.
  • I believe in always thinking before speaking.
  • I believe in blue skies, spring flowers and trees.
  • I believe in the grass is green on both sides of the fence.
  • I believe in praising others achievements.
  • I believe in the goodness of total strangers.
  • I believe in the benefits of being relaxed.
  • I believe in finding your spiritual self.
  • I believe in the importance of family.
  • I believe in squealing with happiness.
  • I believe in the power of coincidence.
  • I believe in always helping others.
  • I believe everyone looks wonderful with a smile on their face.
  • I believe in a best friend.
  • I believe in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

But above all, I believe in being happy.

May 2017 be a wonderful year full of happiness.

 

All images via MODMISSY

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Dining With Design

Recently I was invited to dinner at the home of friends.Dinner invite

Wonderful hosts.  Fabulous food.

As often happens while entertaining around a dining table the conversation eventually turned to the discussion of wine.

Red wine, white wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Italy, France, California.  Expensive vs. cheap and cheerful. etc. etc.   Bottles of Wine

Not being an imbiber of wine and having no knowledge on the subject my interest in the conversation waned.

Instead I started focusing on the surrounding décor.

The hazard of being a home stager/designer is that I start to envision changes.  What would I change in the room?  How would I rearrange furniture?

Not that anything needed changing.

But for me I enjoy imaging.

And if there are wonderful pieces to play with, all the better.

The hosts own an impressive, massive-sized, carved wood gold leaf Venetian-style mirror that they acquired at a Paris flea market while on their honeymoon.

(I have no photos to show as I did not think it fortuitous of me to take out my phone and start snapping away!)

There is a lovely down-filled settee.

A beautiful vintage silk kimono hangs on the wall.

And artwork; great smalls hang in a grouping.

Now if there is one thing one is to understand about me, I have been playing with furniture since I was a child.  These miniature wood toys were mine as a young child and have kept them all these years.  I have no other childhood toys except these; no Barbie dolls, no games, nothing.  Just these cherished pieces. Childhood toys

So there I was in my reverie imaging the décor as I would when I realized the host was watching me ‘audit’ his livingroom.

BUSTED!

We both smiled.

Fortunately for me the hostess at that very moment entered the room carrying the most impressive looking, sky-high tall cake that I have ever seen.

And it was delicious.

Cheers!

Location, Location, Location

I love birds.

Cardinal

And I have written many times about birds on this blog.

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I am mesmerized by how birds fly.

My fascination with flying started about 25 years ago.  This fascination ‘took flight’ while living in our first home where the bedroom was at the top of a long flight of stairs.  Not realizing at the time the importance of furniture placement, the head of the bed was placed next to the bedroom door which was just a few feet away from the top of the stairs.

Bed at top of stairs

It seemed that every night just as I was falling asleep I imagined myself floating out the bedroom door and flying down those stairs.  I was lulled instantly asleep.  Bliss.

But not everyone would find this flying exercise relaxing.  And having the bed in this position in their bedroom could be subliminal hell.

Hence the importance of furniture placement.

Recently while visiting a client she complained that she was not sleeping well in her new home.  The bedroom was situated at the front of the house.  The bed was placed on the window wall with the street just a few feet away.

To me it felt like sleeping on the road! Furniture placement.

We re-positioned the bed away from the windows (and the road),  Furniture placement

The client announced she is now sleeping much better.

One of the main principles of staging a home for real estate sale is furniture placement.  Too much furniture in a room and potential buyers feel crowded.  Furniture placed incorrectly; potential buyers are tripping leaving a lasting impression of a small home.

I always tell my clients that furniture placement is key and location, location, location is the most determining factor in the price of a home!

IKEA – The How-To’s

Recently I had a conversation with a client about IKEA.

They admitted they had never visited an IKEA store; they thought it would be far too overwhelming.

So having written this poem about IKEA and the logistics of navigating this big store I thought I would once again share my tips and suggestions.

IKEA logo

Welcome newcomer,

Your first trip to IKEA has finally arrived.

As a seasoned shopper with valuable tips,

I will explain how I have survived.

 

Navigating the big blue and yellow store,

Initially may seem like no easy feat.

But with a few of my simple tips,

I promise there will be no feeling of defeat.

 

Most important of all,

Is to wear your most comfortable shoes,

Because as I have already mentioned,

IKEA is big and has lots and lots to view.

 

Don’t worry about ever getting lost,

IKEA has this unnerving dilemma sorted out

With big arrows on the floor,

An easy way-finding system avoids any sense of doubt.

 

Before beginning your IKEA journey,

With smaller ones in tow,

You might like to use the Småland childcare service,

It’s free and yours if you choose so.

 

Head directly up to the 2nd floor,

For this is where you will see,

Room settings that will truly inspire,

Designed with IKEA furniture and accessories.

 

Now you might need to understand,

While you are on your shopping mission,

That IKEA’s roots and origin,

Hail from the country of Sweden.

 

So be prepared to be introduced,

To POÄNG, KLIPPAN, LACK and LIATORP

HEMNES, OPPDAL, MALM,

ASPELUND, RYKENE, PAX, and EKTORP!

 

Now that you are more fluent in Swedish,

Head to the 1st floor and grab a shopping cart,

For on this level you will begin to discover,

All the kitchenware, bedding, lighting, carpets and art.

 

Now keep following those arrows,

And very soon you will see,

The place that has made IKEA globally known,

A warehouse full of flat-pack and self-assembly.

 

And don’t forget to take some time,

To nosh on a variety of IKEA treats,

For there is lots of fabulous food,

Eat-in or take-away that just can’t be beat.

 

You have now successfully made it to the end,

With the check-out clearly in view.

You never got confused or lost,

And had a wonderful shopping experience too!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Another new year is upon us – welcome 2016.  2016 Modmissy

So…..any resolutions for this year?

I resolve to ignore resolutions and live life with balance.

EAT MORE CAKE!

‘Cake’ being code for what makes you happy.

Life should be happy!

Find more love,  LOVE sign

Spend time with your BFF’s,   Les Chuchoteuses by Rose-Aimee Belanger

Let pent up emotions go.  Chill out.        Frustration in Stone

Find beauty in simple things,  Dandelion

Take time to reflect,  Glass architecture

And definitely take time to eat cake! Chocolate cake

All images created and photographed by MODMISSY

First Day of Winter

December 1st marks the start of winter for me.

Black ice and whiteouts, White Out

Snowed in and digging out,  Snowed InAnd ice storms,  Ice Storm

The hazards of winter.  Get ready.  Be prepared.

But fortunately December also marks the month of celebration – Christmas!

When ‘whiteouts’ are beautifully decorated white Christmas trees with ornaments,  White Christmas Tree

‘Snowed in’ is a birch bark inspired decoration for the fireplace mantle.  PC Home Holiday Birch Bark Cabin

And ‘ice’ is only found in a bold black ice bucket or whiskey glasses.  PC Home Holiday Black Bold Ice Bucket

The first 3 photos are my snaps taken over the last few winters and the celebration photos were taken this past summer when I attended the PC Home Holiday Preview.

Yup…..Christmas in July!  (Actually it was August)

I could not and would not mention Christmas in sweltering August to you but today I officially can.

And next time you are in your local Loblaw’s or Real Canadian Superstore® check out the stunning holiday products that will have you jingling all the way home.

And this year enjoy your HO-HO-HOsting and entertaining!

Cheers

All images photographed by MODMISSY

 

FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

We have a candidate sign for the upcoming Federal Election on the front lawn of our home.

My son wanted to make a political statement so it was his doing.

Bravo I say, be involved.

Of course not everyone will agree with the ‘colour’ of our sign.Colour of Canadian Political Parties

Different political party, different colour.

Unfortunately, someone in our neighbourhood disagreed with our choice and hung a bag of dog poop on our political sign.

I say…..Freedom of choice has gone to the dogs!

Imagine if we all chose the same colour whether it was for our political party or the colour of our homes décor.

Where would the individuality be?

Given the choice my recent clients have all chosen grey sofas for their living rooms.

Beautiful I say.

But my living room sofa is not grey; in fact nothing in my home’s décor is grey.

However that did not make me want to place dog poop on my clients’ heads.

dog poop on head

When working with my clients we choose what makes them happy! Jonathan Adler sofa

Jonathan Adler Peacock sofa

 Jonathan Adler orange sofa

Jonathan Adler Yellow sofa

Jonathan Adler Purple sofa

Jonathan Adler blue sofa

So on Voting Day get out there and vote.  Choose your color and make your choice!

Images via MODMISSY       Sofas by http://www.jonathanadler.com