Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Tenderness of Wolves

I was in Atlanta this week attending a design conference, and I actually had the chance to do some reading. I finished a book by Stef Penny that was striking. Today, I looked on line for some insights into the book and found a short video. Ms. Penny explained that the wolves symbolized our fears. While I really hate to admit that I am afraid of anything - there are so many areas in my life that are colored by fears, big and small. These places that I/we avoid can become comfortable after we inhabit them for a time. How easy it is to let these fears direct the course of our lives, and, how different our lives might be if we marched boldy into them - in spite of the fright. I read an article years and years ago, perhaps as long as 20 or 25 years, in Guideposts magazine that has stayed with me ever since. The short story portrayed a woman trying to escape a burning building down the fire stairs. Her fear paralized her to the point that she froze and couldn't move. A man behind her screamed at her to move forward and she replied "I can't. I'm scared." And his response has moved me through life over and over ever since. "Do it scared!"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring Break

Lots of things to be excited about. It seems that the A&D (architecture & design) economic prospects are looking up. Several of the showrooms I have visited lately say they have seen increased traffic since the first of the year - what good news! We have several new clients and the telephone has been ringing with inquiries. We have one project under construction that broke ground in January and a brand new remodeling project. I enjoy both kinds! I especially enjoy the transformation process - seeing the "before" condition anticipating new finishes, materials and color and then the unveiling - when everthing is installed, down to the art and accessories; even candy in the candy dishes and fresh flowers. It sparkles!

And for another unveiling - I finally found our project featured online. follow this link and you can see one of our projects in its finished condition. It is a more traditional style. See if you can find the antique coffer panel - from the ceiling of a 16th century Italian monastery - a fabulous and unusual find that we proposed to our savvy client. I just love gazing at it ....