Over the past week, I had the unique opportunity to stage a home before it went up for sale. I loved every second of the process, and I think that was physically visible as Brian said it was the first time where he could really see my creative fire burning at full force. The theme of this home was simple, comfortable, warm, and inviting. I wanted to create a space that future families looking at the property could envision themselves in without it being over the top empty or too cluttered with unnecessary pieces or personal items. Also, I was pretty proud of that white farm window box frame, it had one of my typewritten pieces inside. I think homes should have some sort of one of a kind piece installed because they are lived by one of a kind families — maybe that's a little too cliché even for me — but that's how I honestly feel about it. Even the frame was something that I repurposed and gave a beautiful distressed white wash for this project, and now I want to make one for my own little home.
I couldn't have done this without my family. Both of my boys were beyond supportive, we even went to Vegas on B's day off so I could search for pieces, which is where I found the large white frame in this image as well as that beautiful clay stoneware crock, and linen pillow cases. Our day trip was a huge success, even with our cute little babe in tow, Ellis was such a little trooper. The first leg of our trip he slept, and then once we arrived we all sat in our car with the air conditioning blasting eating lunch from this little hole in the wall place so I could simultaneously breastfeed. From there I started shopping around for pieces while baby-wearing. I loved that this project showed me the capabilities of acting in my roles as a wife, mother, and artist all at once. And let me repeat, I could not have done this without my family. Brian would come home from working 12 hour days to either watch Ellis while I searched for pieces, or he would volunteer to go shopping with me so I wouldn't have to haul the larger items by myself. Seriously my love grew for this man ten fold!
It is always in a location setting where we learn, we love, we grow, we discover — and of course there is a wide variety of places where that takes place, but not as predominately as we do in the home. I have come to an understanding that home is always different depending on the family. I can't tell you the immense thrill I get from working and exercising my creative muscles, and equally, I feel beyond satisfied and driven by my role as a mother and as a wife. I learned so much during this project and getting to work on not just any space, but a home, to show it's potential, it's capabilities to be a place of learning, love, growing, and discovering for someone else was a real treat in itself.
Thank you to the Fairbourn family for trusting me in this process, allowing me to run with my vision, and help with the creation of home.