Happy New Year!

January 8, 2015

I’m not big on New Years’s Resolutions – although ‘blog more’ might be a good one for this year, this space is practically covered in cobwebs!  This year I had an idea that my kids and I could have some fun with, and the first of January was the perfect time to kick it off.  First, a little background on the why, before we get to the what; I have a fascination with trying to bring elements into our home that my kids will appreciate.  I think it comes from being nostalgic about my childhood home; there are quirks in my parents’ house that are intrinsically linked to childhood memories.  Because I’m picky about the way things look in our house – a byproduct of my chosen profession – I look for opportunities to create ‘quirk’s that my kids will appreciate, that maybe they will someday reminisce about.

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Last year my daughters and I read R.J. Palacio’s fantastic book ‘Wonder’, and we all absolutely loved it – seriously, I can’t recommend it highly enough for any age.  One character in the book, Mr. Browne the English teacher, introduces the concept of precepts – or as he defines them, “words to live by”.  Palacio wrote a companion book to ‘Wonder’ called ‘365 Days of Wonder – Mr. Browne’s book of Precepts’, which my girls got at Christmas this year, and I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this…

The book starts with the first precept for January 1, so I decided we would start there too.  Many, many design blogs have extolled the virtues of chalkboard paint, and I decided that would be my weapon of choice here too.  We had a wall in the kitchen that I designated, and we are filling it up each day with a new precept from Mr. Browne, as well as a few doodles here and there that my kids are adding.  Maybe this is the way I will fill my kids heads with the wise words of Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, John Lennon and Paul McCartney (or Popeye the Sailor man, as January 5th provided us), or maybe someday my kids will remember our graffiti wall in the kitchen with fondness; who knows?  But if nothing else, I hope its a quirk that makes their home feel more like their home – after all, defining your space that way you want is what design is all about!

-S

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