My teacher is always reminding me to ‘master the ordinary’, which I tend to avoid because it’s often so boring. 🙂 I really have to be in a certain mood to do it. I know, I know.
Mastering the ordinary is about having everything in place so that things run smoothly and there is space for the Good Stuff/Extraordinary to happen. It applies to everything, from your morning routine to where you keep things to how you set up your laundry system or your food buying system for example. We create our lives moment by moment; if you can love what you’re doing right now (and it is possible to find a way to love washing up!), and ‘now’ and ‘now’… every moment following becomes another moment you love. And that all adds up to a happy life! (I think this is how it works. I still have L plates on.)
I have got most things in place now I think (I’ve been mastering the ordinary for months now); sometimes things come up and I realise I haven’t yet worked out how they make most sense for me.
Anyway, here are some details that give me pleasure in my home, and are a (more fun) part of mastering my ordinary.
Scented sticks from The White Company, bowls front to back: bought at an open house, made by me, bought in Spain
Top painting from a shop on Etsy, second one from the Isles of Scilly, boat from a friend
Shells in printers tray by me, antique shawl from London, pinecones expertly created by Mother Nature 🙂
my beautiful Indian cupboard, found in Iris in Brighton,
and the starting point for my living room scheme
cushions back to front: two from Ikea and one by Lara Sparks, fake fur blanket by Habitat,
crochet throw…er… blue lambswool blanket (just seen) by Brora
Cushions back to front: Ikea, Roddy and Ginger, Karen Lewis of Blueberry Park,
yellow sheet used as throw – vintage from Ebay
Buddha from Evolution in Brighton (I really love him)
Buddha from a shop in East London, lamp base possibly John Lewis,
lampshade from a charity shop, tin from The Bucket Tree
Card from a friend, vase from a craft fair, candle from the Lavender Room in Brighton,
large butterfly stone by Karin Eriksson, small butterfly stone, a shop in St Ives
heart shaped stones courtesy of the beach, driftwood shelf made to order by Second Seed in Hove
‘Wish’ blocks from an eco fair, scented sticks by Neom Organics,
ammonite from Morocco, stones from the beach
Goodness, that’s more than enough! I like to make these little arrangements and change them around from time to time. Play is very important! 😉
Thank you all for the redecoration love ~ I’d love to see a tour of your home if you feel like sharing! 🙂
You have the most beautiful home! I would love a coffee table book of those pictures – they make me happy!
I, too, am trying to live in the moment. It all came about after watching Kung Fu Panda (I was going to blog about this!), when that wise turtle said that the past is history, the future a mystery and the present is a gift. I just loved that. Much the same vein as this! And it so works xxx
Beautiful! Beautiful! Thank you for the tour, the show!
Oh. My. Goodness. I loooove your details. You've inspired me! Thanks for sharing.