Hope

Have you ever allowed your circumstances to dictate your feelings? I believe this is exactly what happened to Jacob after he thought he had lost his son Joseph. He was discouraged and hopeless, bitter and had lost all hope. (Genesis 45:25-28)
What he didn’t know is that Joseph was very much alive and once the truth broke into his heart scripture says, “his heart was revived.”  Proverbs 13:12 says “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” That is exactly what was happening to Jacob and it happens to me and you all the time!  As we travel along our path, it is vital to fix our eyes on Him and allow Him to strengthen our heart as you journey. Even when things look bleak, there is always Hope in Jesus! 
“Things are never as they appear. Hope, therefore, cannot be based on circumstances and people but in the Living God. Iva May


 “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say on the LORD!” (Psalm 27:13-14).
Creating as I read through the Bible, chronologically #3.

Colors and Emotions

31DDAF5E-E994-4561-A2BC-38749ED11926Recently, I began to study colors and the emotions that correspond to each one. I was somewhat surprised in that my dominant color and my accent color say so much about me. For example, my accent color is all the orange hues. I am drawn to that color. I also, at times, lack courage and confidence… hmmm.. just being real! My dominant colors are blue/ navy….Tranquility and security make me feel safe and taken care of. Which also fits so well with my enneagram type-7. I mean..🤓

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As we decorate our homes and choose colors it is so important that we choose what we love, what appeals to us. What makes someone else happy, may not have the same affect on you! 🙂 BE YOU!

Taking it one step further I thought about hospitality. I love opening up my home. My Mom modeled it for me and my sister as far back as I can remember. She did it all with such ease and grace. She could put a meal together in no time flat and somehow pull off a great night, most often on a moments notice.  Our homes do not have to be perfect for us to be hospitable. We just need to be willing!! Something special happens around the table, something that touches the heart.

Adding the elements of color to brighten and enhance your space is just another way to love on your guest. Color speaks.. at least thats what I have been learning.

Art is an extension of you. Buy what you love.. something that speaks to your heart. Bonus- ART DOES NOT NEED TO PERFECTLY MATCH YOUR SPACE!  It enhances..

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Heres my top three decorating/art tips.. I do not claim to have all the answers but through trial and error these three have worked for me.

1- start with a  neutral pallet.. if your not sure white is good. (Color and texture is added with pillows, rugs, art, etc.)

2-Never start with a piece of art. Purchase art to compliment a space. Use art to tie a space together or bring an unexpected element. Sometimes this may introduce a new color that is not in your original plan. This is good! Just a touch.. 🙂

3. Purchase art that evokes an emotion/feeling. This could be a painting of a place, a favorite or memory. Abstracts are most certainly a conversation starter… they bring color as well as emotion.. Buy with your eyes..and your heart.

 

So interesting!!! I cant wait to hear what you think! Here is what I have learned..

Ps/every room needs a touch of black.. (sophistication)

Blue- tranquility, security, integrity, peace, loyalty, trust.

Turquoise- healing, protection, sophisticated

Green- fresh, new, healing, earth

Yellow- sunny, bright, energetic, happy, perky, joy.

Orange- courage, confidence, friendliness, success

Red- love, passion, energy, power, strength

Tan- dependable, flexible, conservative

Brown- friendly, conservative, longevity

Purple- royalty, luxury, ambition, wealth

Pink- healthy, happy, feminine, sweet, playful

Silver- glamorous, sleek, graceful

Gold- wisdom, prosperity, valuable

Gray- security, reliable, solid

White- goodness, purity, fresh, clean, innocence

Black- protection, elegance, classy, formal, sophistication

Bring a tired bedroom back to life..

062C2DE3-045D-48ED-9711-2072307DC884Recently, I wanted to freshen up my bedroom without spending too much. Call it Spring Fever.. just needed a fresh look.

If you know me at all, then you know I love finding a good deal and I pride myself on the whole “look for less” thing.

first- Revere Pewter for walls! WIN

I wanted to keep my off white coverlet but change pillows and accessories. Changing pillows is HUGE…

I ended up finding three Euro pillows at Homegoods as well as two gray lumbar pillows. These were perfect and gave me the “clean” look I was going for.  The euro pillows were $24.99 each and the lumbars were 12.99. I added a gray throw at the foot of the bed to complete it.

Lamps came from Hobby Lobby 50% off and they are my very favorite! I love the metal base. Both lamps $80.. 🙌🏻

They went perfectly with a piece of art I was working on.. I wanted to keep it somewhat neutral and simple. When choosing art for a master bedroom I have three tips..

1-The bedroom is a retreat, a place for relaxation and the artwork should reflect that.

2-The best walls for art in the bedroom are directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed. Large scale pieces are best and should be hung at eye level. Look for abstract pieces with soothing colors or tones.

3- Remember its his room too.. fight the urge to be girly.. save that for your wardrobe. THIS is why I love and chose abstract art for our wall. Makes a statement without challenging his man card. 😉21DC048D-C3B9-4D80-AFB2-CC28C91323EC

BD1C9365-C528-45F3-AC18-58AE487BD259Enjoy your day!

kris