This is the beginning of my bedroom redo.....or re-claim, not sure what to refer to it as but it certainly is NOT a redecorating project...it is much more than that. You see, I've been living in this house for 10 years now and for every year I've been here I've been planning on moving somewhere, somehow, but this was not HOME, it was a temporary place until I found HOME. Every venture into moving or relocating or sharing with others never worked out. Even a 3 month long trip to very far Australia didn't work out, and when I got back I made one more trip thinking that was the ticket out, and that didn't work out either. At that point, I became despondent about it, and didn't know what to do. I've always been the one to make things happen, so I couldn't ''get'' what this stuck place was.
Fast forward to last October, and I had finally decided that this place was home whether I wanted it to be or not, whether it was ideal or not, or my choice or not, it was where I was for 10 years and I decided to ''make it home''.
That is when I started blogging with other blogland ladies and discovered what is happening in blogland...and an amazing thing it is, for it is the best Spirit of Sharing, Companionship, Bonding, Friendship, Giving, Support, Fun, Education, Training, and mostly..... Beauty that I've ever seen on this planet.....leave it to women to make a diabolical creation that the ''internet'' was invented for by a military, to turn it into a Source of Spiritual Nourishment.
And so last year I gave up my quest to move and decided to settle in. I began making this place beautiful, first buying a crystal chandelier to reflect my sparkly nature, and doing many other things to make this house my home.
One thing I have never done is ''decorate''.....I buy things I love and put them in a nice spot and I'm done. Decorating per se was too superficial for me ''going for a certain look'' and such, is not authentic to my mind and not what I like to do. When all is said and done and in place, I look around and then see what it is that is reflecting me, and I liked it that way. And so does everyone else.
However, there have been images that evoke feelings that are truest to me. When in this process of ''settling in to this house and home'' I found that other images kept coming to mind instead of my own. This means I need to re investigate what that is. I did just that and found that my own bedroom was not quite expressing me or giving me the feeling I wanted from a 'room'. I wanted to feel like I was inside a piece of heaven, inside a Mother of Pearl seashell or some other pristine place in Nature....Her Beauty is ineffable and,,, the Eternal Source of Spiritual Nourishment. I need to see ''bright'', ''sparkle'', ''lights'', "whites", "silver" ,"movement", ''prisms'', ''softness'','' flowers''' and ''greenery''. I realized that I wanted to see what evoked feelings of that pristine and heavenly beauty that I know I come from, a place I remember, a place that lives in my heart and is begging to be expressed in front of my eyes.
It means that I need to do some work in my room.
Oh bother! this means I have to decorate?! I didn't like that idea. I already had the things I loved around me, wasn't that enough? No. It wasn't....there was something else that needed to happen.
I realized I had to "decorate" but decided to find a way that didn't feel like I was ''going after a look'' which is superficial to me. I see some ladies do this spectacularly and go for ''this look'' and ''that look'' and are proud and rightly so! they do a glorious job.....but I can not do that, I need to express what is inside. I work from the inside, feelings > out....to manifest physically. So to get to the source of what I wanted, I chose to narrow these feelings inside me down from many evocative images and my responses, to what it is that most expresses.... what causes me to be in awe....from entire books and pictures, to feelings to sentences and after alot of time, I have narrowed my essence down to one word....Ethereal. Defined is: 1 .light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination. 2.extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty. 3.heavenly or celestial: gone to his (her!) ethereal home. 4. of or pertaining to the upper regions of space
also......Highly refined; delicate. 3. a. Of the celestial spheres; heavenly. b. Not of this world; spiritual.
And so there it is.....in a word.
Not surprising for one of the Fae People.
It seems my heart has not seen its proper expression in many years, since I've been born, and I need to see it now. No doubt.
Now I am one to take things seriously at times, and getting the essential feeling I want from On High may be no easy task, but I believe there is always an easy solution to everything. I believe I found it. Simplicity is always the key and the mark of a TRUE Path. I chose simplicity.
I could write an entire thesis on this, on Creating Sacred Sanctuaries which I tried to make a business out of but did not succeed, not to my own lack of effort or talent, but to the lack of people understanding the need for Sanctuary and how important it is....how to understand that Nature nourishes you and you nourish Nature.....that the symbiotic relationship we ARE in should be done with consciousness and with awareness of this relationship that IS......but the people who understand this are few and far between. I believe in Nature as the supreme Nurturer and Source of Love and Beauty and to engage in this symbiosis intentionally is Bliss. And the magical aspect of engaging this Beauty is that it is also very simple.....it only involves true love. Simplicity.
But I know its rewards.
So.....I have taken this endeavor into my heart and will do what is necessary.
One of the first things to manifest the descriptives I have listed for Ethereal is of course, crystals and prisms....sparkle is the ''playing of living light''. So I had to have crystals and lots of them. I have some clear quartz crystals but certainly not nearly enough for what I'd love which is something like this :D ....... almost.....:remember Superman's home, with crystals that embody living beings? Sigh! home!
I saw in my minds eye dripping crystals. I found a perfect source for my ''dripping crystals'' feeling which....
coincidentally!.....has a name of Ethereal Decor and their video here sums up the look and feel I am after. Add a white bed filled with fluffy pillows, beautiful glass accents with silver touches everywhere and some flowers and that sounds about right. And so I have purchased, soon to arrive, ''a number'' of Swarovski crystals to make a beautiful dripping crystal prism of light because nothing but the most sparkliest of crystals will do. This video below expresses what I'm after almost exactly!!:
There are many things to do and paint and I will not bore you with them but I have begun and soon will share the finished Room. Not knowing how it will turn out because once I get my room down to bare walls and floors I will figure out how to get the look on my walls that I'm after....remember being inside a Mother of Pearl seashell?......then I will decide what else I want to see in there, pick it out from what I have and if I don't have it will have to forego it.....and whatever is left will be moved or given away. So how this will look I don't know because my feelings will dictate how my eyes see and what is to be done in the moment, remember I'm not going after a ''look'' but a feeling. I will take pictures of that and post them when I'm all done.
I have begun already and should be completed in about a week.
I will only post 2 pics so you get the idea of its beginning.
The new color for my walls as a base is a very pale grey called ''Moondance'' by Olympic from Lowes'....such a lovely name! I took ''more'' than the usual 4 minutes to choose a paint! I do not like spending lots of time making decision at all, and drove myself nuts fluctuating between choosing whites, palest pink or palest grey! And finally I kept seeing the silver in my mind and that the grey would be the perfect background for the silver and finally chose one.
And here is one thing I want to keep but must be white....I painted it just to get a feel for the look of my choices in color. John my housemate said he'd gift me by buying the paints for me because I had bought him something to help with his cancer. I picked the paints yesterday, lots of spray paint for the little things in White Heirloom because it matched most closely the white I wanted to see whose shade I matched from the Angel in my room. It turns out John who is home on medical leave and has nothing to do before returning to work next week is willing to help paint smaller items outside especially since it has cooled slightly from the 90's to the 80's and it is tolerable to be outside doing small tasks, thank goodness! But I tested one thing with this little Celtic Cross which was gold and is now a shade of ''ivory'' until that can is done....
Nice in white but it needs a little umphf....always I go for the umphf!....lol.
So I added a bit of Martha Stewarts Silver paint so you can see the accents, alot like a rub n buff effect. I learned that for a room to be ''pulled together'' there must be a common ''theme''....and it is white with accents of silver.
and finally, a thing of beauty.
I'm in love love love with white pumpkins as I seem to be with all things in shades of whites. Many years ago I even had an apartment with 2 small closets in the room and that was pefect LOL because I put all my white clothes which I prefer, in one, and the colors in the other.
So here are some roses about to go to sleep with some pumpkins. I did nothing to touch up this beautiful picture but the shading and sepia tones are gorgeous! and I can tell already that someone will pin this and post it somewhere online, which I don't mind as long as it is linked back to this blog..... LOL.... I know its mine....let all enjoy the beauty!
See you in about a week!.
Thank you for reading and have a Beauty Full Day!