Thursday, April 22, 2010

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace. It is popularly translated as "seize the day". Carpe means "pick, pluck, pluck off, gather", but Horace uses the word to mean "enjoy, make use of."

How often do we seek opportunity only to jolt back in fear when it is within reach? Opportunity comes knocking every day for each one of us, sometimes the knock is harder than other times, regardless: it knocks.

I so deeply encourage each one of you to do something each day out of your comfort zone. It could be something as simple as grabbing lunch alone or trying a new nail polish color that you typically wouldn't choose. Do it, see what happens, and please tell me about it!

I love interior decorating. I have no formal training aside from an online webinar, an eye for design, and enough HGTV under my belt to have a doctorate degree in Home and Garden television. I get a rush conquering a new project and I poor over magazines about fixing up the ol' home front.

For example, receiving the most recent issue of This Old House today was more exciting to me than receiving a pretty package.

I decided to train myself on basic interior design software and use a photo of Bob's grandma's home (She no longer lives there, but gets a kick out of our plans) and show how I would love for us to remodel it. We speak for countless hours daily about the things we would love to do it and here is my first rendering:

I hope this accurately portrays part of what we would like to alter:
  • The flooring, We're thinking a snap in tile.
  • Counters, perhaps a tiled counter or slate (an excellent reclaimable surface)
  • Back splash of beadboard (Oh, how I love beadboard)
  • The cabinets, we essentially want to paint them white, change the hardware, eliminate some of them, remove the rounded edged cabinets, and eliminate several doors to reveal open cabinetry and dishes.
  • The paint color, somethings fresh and light.
  • We would also like to knock down a portion of the wall in the galley kitchen, to create a breakfast bar and open the space up to be unified with the rest of the home.
Well using both this design program and openly discussing these dreams is scary. The task of being a DIYer is daunting, but I like to say, "Nothing in life worth doing is ever easy."

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7


  1. You're right up my alley with decorating girl - can't wait to see lots of ideas - you're enthusiasm is contagious...please stop by, Jennifer jennsthreegraces

  2. Isn't the planning part fun? The work part can have its' moments, but the planning is always a wonderful creative blast!

  3. I love your attitude, Katie. It's so positive, real & refreshing.

    Hey, it looks like the page is loading correctly for me now. I like your signature. :)


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