My Slow Luxe Life, Unplugged and Recharged

I just spent a week unplugged.  Not wireless, but totally unplugged.  Off the grid.  As in no iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iPod or other devices.

First, my husband and I spent a few days in Texas with my parents and my 99 year-old Grandma Lola.  Fortunately, there was not enough time for a Scrabble game because she still beats me every time.  It must be all that practice doing the New York Times crossword puzzle….

After that, we headed to my parents’ cabin in Ruidoso, in the mountains of southern New Mexico.  We loved being in the cabin and in the pine forest, hanging out on the porch with my folks and starting the day together with a long hike.

The deer and elk, by the way, live on the river facing their cabin and they come right up to the house every morning.
As always, I was inspired by my mother’s design sense.  While my parents’ home in Texas is edited and sophisticated and the cabin in Ruidoso is full of unusual collections and it’s a bit intentionally rough around the edges, both homes have a distinctive narrative.  They tell the stories of their city life and their country life, their family and friends and they tell the stories of artisans and craftsmen who have contributed to them.

The cabin is full of art done by local artists (friends of my parents), books, family photos, quirky collections like my mother’s paint-by-numbers, embroidered testers, Western bronzes, bears in trees and the menus she collected when we lived in Paris.  In anyone else’s hands, it would be a horrifying hodge podge, but Phyllis May’s curatorial eye organizes all this into something so wonderful you don’t ever want to leave.

Moving on, we spent the last few days of our vacation in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with my brother and sister-in-law and our cute, cute nieces, Tessa and Samantha.  Hiking through the mountains in the morning is awe-inspiring.  It reminded me of something I was told years ago and try to remember:

All of your design problems are solved in nature.

What do you think of that?  Is Mother Nature ever “off”?  How are you inspired by nature in your own design?

Happy to be back and feeling quite energized by my technology break!  Have a great week…..

Going to the Flea! Day #28: Have Fun

Credited to Life on Michigan Avenue

29 Ways to Stay Creative

Today is Day #28: Have Fun. So, well, I guess you could say I’m just following orders. I’m heading up to the flea market to do a bit of hunting and gathering–which is, like, I don’t know, in my top five things in the world to do. I love love love it.

Usually, I go with someone–my friend, Kerry, for example, who I met while she was working at our former Waterworks showroom; she has a fantastic eye and loves a hunt. Or my friend Emily, a graphic designer who also has a great eye but looks nervous when I ask her if she wants to go to the Flea with me (after I dragged her all over Paris hunting and gathering last year, she knows how seriously I take this stuff.)

But, today I’m on my own and I’m on a mission.
I’ll give you a full report tomorrow, but for now, I’m off to Have Fun. Gotta do it. It’s Day 28, folks.