I am sure you have heard of the Chinese philosophy about the concept of yin-yang used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Well, it has been happening a lot in my world lately.
Last week I was excited – a few very nice things happened to me, I told you about a few, but one that I found out later in the week was that I was chosen as one of 8 finalists in Scotch Brand Most Gifted Giftwrapped Contest. It will be held in NYC in early December. The winner wins $10,000. Ed took this photo of me holding two gifts I wrapped. Happy!
On the opposite end of the spectrum – Sad! Last week my 87 year old dad found out that he has Cancer and it does not look good for him. Ed’s mom had a stroke and was hospitalized. I don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer” as I know this is the yin-yang of life. Both my dad and Ed’s mom are close to 90 and have lived happy fulfilled lives, but it is sad to have to see them struggle to live.
If you look around – you see yin-yang everywhere. It is the natural flow that for me creates a balance in everything I see, do, or feel. It is even happening in my kitchen. I see it in all the decorative kitchen details.
I was so excited to finally get the floor refinished – it looks better than it ever has, but on the opposite end, there are things that still need to be done. Being a home owner there are ups and downs – new things/ old things. Things that never need work/others that seem to always need fixing.
I have the details and accessories back in place, but not the furniture. We were told to wait as long as possible before putting the heavy stuff back on the floor. We can walk and use the kitchen to cook, but the table, desk and hutch will wait until later this week. We can eat in the family room.
I have to repaint the base molding all around the kitchen where the sander and stain from the floor refinishing marred the surface.
Shiny and new/old and pitted. I am still experimenting with paint on the original to the house light fixture that hangs over the island. It has gotten pitted with age and not in a good way. I can’t hurt it to try to change it up a bit with paint.
The banquette and the French door that goes to the dining room have to be painted white. It looks white in the photo, but it is antique white. Old/New – Done/Not Done – yin-yang. Life, I think would be pretty uneventful if everything always went together perfectly.
I cleaned the kitchen and only put my fave things back in. The rest went to the basement and will probably be taken to the local thrift store. I made these fake topiaries a few years ago. They have held up great and made the cut to come back into the room. Fake inside/real outside the window.
My fave colors on the banquette pillows. The striated fabric is a Better Homes & Garden pattern that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics. The green and white damask I bought at an odd lot fabric place. It had no name or company written on the selvage. Pattern/no pattern.
I found these colorful dishtowels at World Market when I attended the Haven blog conference in Atlanta this summer. I don’t have a World Market in my area, so I had fun to finally shop at one. I liked the mix of colors – fall-like – warm mixed with cool turquoise. It fits perfectly in my kitchens color scheme.
I bought 3 of these plates at TJ Maxx. The vinyl grass cloth wallpaper is from Lowes. Smooth/Textured
I have them hanging on the wall the old-fashioned way – with plate hangers.
The kitchen is always the most active room, and on most days it is also the least active room.
When my daughters were growing up, there was a big chalkboard on the island. I decided to move one back to the space and took the one that was hanging on the Grand Central wall in my mudroom. I attached it with Command Brand Picture Hanging strips. Stays the same / frequent change.
Mix of old versus new, white versus color.
All clean now, but it won’t stay this way. Soon it will be dirty again and need to be cleaned. Yin-yang is ongoing.
The Coca-Cola bottle opener has been part of every home Ed and I have ever lived in. It has seen a lot of action. We would miss this simple detail if it were not part of our kitchen.
New versus vintage – shiny/dull. The crock is from Williams Sonoma, the glass spoon holder is old and bought at a flea market. The mix of cool silver and gold metals with the warmth of wood. The contrast makes it look appealing.
So as life moves forward, so will the yin-yang. I will have sad days this week when I take my dad to doctor appointments and for tests to determine what path of treatment he will follow. When I get home – I will do what I love and am passionate about – fix up and create and decorate my house how I envision in my mind – Happy. The mix of the two creates a balance that leads to a well-rounded life. I wish there was less sadness, but the good helps you push through.
How is your yin-yang going this week?