Sometimes Things Don’t Change

I was flipping through some old photos from my visit to the castle of Versailles with David (by the way, it was amazing!). I noticed this unusual chair from Marie Antoinette’s vacation home on the grounds of Versailles…

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

and the color scheme made me think of this more contemporary seat…

Photo Credit: Eddie Ross

not much similarity but it made me consider how trends that seem so new are so often very old. Hmmm….

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Hands On!

For those of you that don’t know, I am finishing my last semester of school at MTSU studying Interior Design. It has been a long journey and I am so excited to get out into the world and see what I can make of it! This semester I am finishing my final two design classes and our projects are especially involved. In our healthcare design class, we are using plans from an existing pediatric clinic in Middle Tennessee and designing the interiors by way of our own concept. Obviously, this takes a great deal of time and thought, so as you can imagine, I have been searching out relevant material and inspiration where ever I can. My mind is overflowing with concept development and inspiration, so I thought it only appropriate to share with you here. These are a few of the images I have been toying with and the idea behind my work.

Image credit: Hilary Walker

I started with children’s sketches…

Photo via google images

And playful, mod colors…

Photo Credit: Loyal Loot

Photo via google images

Now I’m interested in the idea of an “interactive landscape”…a place that responds to the activities and presence of children…

Photo Credit: Movingcolor.net

Photo Credit: Mcwane.org

Photo Credit: Mcwane.org

Photo Credit: Mcwane.org

The project below is one that I found through Judy and Jane Aldridge of Atlantis Home and Sea of Shoes. It was a charity project inspired by a feature in Australian Vogue Living.

Photo Credit: Atlantishome.typepad.com

Judy and Jane worked with the  Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, TX on a charity project in which the children of the hospital and community could participate. Youthful hands decorated a traditional armchair re-upholstered in a neutral canvas. It was then coated with a clear protective seal. At the end of the day, the beautifully adorned chair was auctioned off to the highest bidder and all proceeds went to the hospital’s Palliative Care Program for children.

Photo Credit: Atlantishome.typepad.com

Photo Credit: Atlantishome.typepad.com

Here is the finished product…beautiful, right? I would love to have this piece in my home. And it was all for a great cause! This is definitely a DIY project worth trying and an inspiration worth keeping.

Photo Credit: Atlantishome.typepad.com

What do you think?

Come On In!

Who wouldn’t want to enter a home with such a simple, elegant foyer like this? Over the weekend, I was browsing through a few of my old Domino magazine issues and I ran into this vignette…

Photo Credit: Domino Mag

I love the old and new styles in combination with a graphic pop of orange. It reminds me of this photo taken by the classic photographer Mark Shaw (And remember these here?)…oh wait, that’s a Mark Shaw piece above the console! How appropriate…enjoy your day!

Finding the Cheer in Rain

I’m trying to keep a positive perspective on our current rainy weather. I know, I know…the importance and blessing of a good, solid rain is significant but really I just want to see a happy, sunny sky…today is an attempt to discover some cheer amidst the rain.

Photo Credit: Ohbrooke.com

 

“I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains.  One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.”  ~Adeline Knapp

This man was incredible! I never cease to be amazed at his talent, skill and charisma. Now, if only we would adopt this same child-like inhibition…

Looking Forward with a Vision

Continuing with yesterday’s theme of vision and an intentioned life, today I am sharing my style vision board for this next season (or year…somtimes it changes). I have plans for a major multi-season wardrobe overhaul (clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.) but before I begin, I need a clear idea of what it is that I want, love, and identify with. My primary motivation: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

 

Image Credit: Hilary Walker

 

 

Image Credit: Hilary Walker

 

 

Image Credit: Hilary Walker

 

 

Image Credit: Hilary Walker

 

Channeling a Vision…

Recently I have been following the amazing Jess and all her contributors at Make Under My Life blog. Besides her beautiful jewelry business, she shares many helpful and motivational messages each day and slowly but surely I am finding the time and means to try them out. One of my favorite ideas (and the central point of Jess’s message) is as simple as an intentioned life: “designing a life with intention”…finding ways to apply intention to the small and large things that we do everyday, instead of passing our time by letting things merely happen to us. One tool that Jess uses is an inspiration or vision board (follow the link to see hers). I was so happy to hear that I’m not the only one that does this! For the past few years I have used a ribbon board to pin-up the random things that I currently find interesting and inspiring. Then I spent a girls-day with my dear, dear friends Emily and Amanda and we created smaller vision collages with scraps from old, discarded magazines. With Spring just around the corner and some significant life changes ahead of me, I thought it was an appropriate time to reflect on my past visions while I consider the next thing ahead of me. Here’s what I have:

 

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

 

 

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

 

 

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

 

This is such a great activity to do at the change of a season or during time with friends…it’s amazing what you can learn about each other and yourself.

 

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

 

Each element of my vision board has a specific importance and I love being able to go back to this page and remember those wishes and inspirations and then channel my intention for the future.

 

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

 

If you find the time (or make the time) to create your own vision board, share what you discover! I’d love to see what you create.

Music and Passion

Today I want to introduce you to an incredible man with an inspiring passion for music and life, Benjamin Zander. He has a strong message and a beautiful way of sharing it. If you have a moment in your hectic day to stop and listen and be inspired, please do! You won’t think of music (or life) in the same way again. (Click on the title or bottom photo to watch the video).

Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion

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