Sunday, July 15, 2012

My wife and I love chairs, all furniture really, but we have a special thing for chairs.  We are driven and moved by art, gardens and architecture.  Seeking and creating beauty is what makes us tick.  All of that makes up our nature, but we have had very little money to fuel these obsessions. Somewhere we got the idea that we could enjoy and own the material essence of beauty without having to pay for it, at least not very much.  On the end of a shoestring there could be beauty and abundance.  Our vision of decor was never limited by our income.  Though our careers have been multiple and varied, often in flux, our focus on beauty and that quality without a name (C. Alexander) has been unwavering and laser sharp.

What we seem to have is an endless desire for beauty and balance.  What we have lacked is the means to pay a high price for it.  Our dilemma  has been how to bridge high standards with limited means.  How do you allow the full expression of your creativity without undermining your peace of mind?

We managed to bridge this unbridgeable gap through goodwill and the blessings of St Vinny or rather the Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul.  I will write in length, later, about the great works of these organizations, but for now, suffice it to say, that they have made a world of difference in our lives as well as the lives of many of our friends and family.



What we know for sure is we will always find beauty.  It is ours to have and quality is ours to enjoy.  It is all around us.  You just have to know what you are looking for.  Throughout this blog we will try to help you to recognize it and help you to live, "he who seeks finds."

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful post and beautiful photos! So excited for your blog. Beauty flourishes when it is passed around. :)

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  2. Thank you! Thank you! So glad you approve....photos not done by Paul Dudley Photography but did the best we could:)

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  3. I love this, and your philosophy. For much of my life, I have had exactly the same feelings (and dilemma) which you describe. I'd so love to be an interior designer for people who feel the same way! Part of the fun is seeking and finding, not just whipping out a checkbook or wallet and paying top dollar for the first thing one sees, but really treasure-hunting, as well as seeing the potential in something that needs a little TLC or revising. I'm excited to read more here! So glad you started this blog!

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  4. Hey Karen, Thanks for the encouragement! We have endless amounts of material to draw from!!!!

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  5. Good on you! This is a perfect outlet for your writing to take shape. Maybe you could have themes and tie these essays together in a book--with LOTS of pictures :)

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  6. Hey Sean...we miss you! Thank you ... that's our plan, eventually:)

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  7. You two have such a keen sense of style. And I absolutely love that you have found it on a budget. This blog will relate to many - including myself!! Congrats. And, hey, can I come check out your finds sometime? Summer party on the veranda??? xo

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  8. Gorgeous!!!!! You guys will have to photograph our place too as you have furnished it in it's entirety!

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  9. I am so excited to see this blog - great job Eric and Heather!

    Good luck!!!

    Caron

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  10. This is going to be a hit! Love it very inspiring! XOXOXOXXO

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  11. Thanks for sharing your passion for art and beauty. It makes the world a better place! Wendy

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  12. Super happy to start reading your blog. Can't wait to follow my great Bremertonite cousins.

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  13. I love this. Thank you for seeking and making beauty. Very inspiring.

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