52 objects – number one

January 3, 2012

I am the kind of decorator who strongly believes that our homes should be a reflection of who we are; they should be a mirror of the personalities of the people who live there. There is so much to one person’s personality and honing in on those details and expressing them in an interior can truly create an amazing space, a space like no other.

Just like all interiors you start with a plan; pick the style, the paint colour or wallpaper, flooring, draperies, furnishings and the accessories etc. It is a complex process that involves many choices and decisions but the real personality maker in a great space is the objects used in a home that speak to the heart. Not the designer or decorator’s heart but the home owner’s heart. They are objects that will be kept forever. They are items that have been collected over time, inherited, coveted and gifted, and these are the pieces that bring life into an interior, they make it one of a kind.

With that being said, today is the first day in a new weekly series on the Living Fresh blog. In this new series I will be sharing with you 52 objects that I hold near and dear to my heart and display with great joy in our home.

The inspiration for this new series comes from Emma Reddington, who authors the blog the Marion House Book. Emma just recently completed her own 52 objects series that I thoroughly enjoyed following.

52 object – number one

"Woman with Butterflies in Her Stomach" - by Sa Boothroyd

This quirky watercolour by Sa Boothrody is the first original piece of artwork I ever purchased. I bought from Sa at the Toronto One of a Kind Show back in 1996 while I was still going to college. I had admired her artwork for so long that the moment I saw ‘Woman with Butterflies in Her Stomach” I knew I had to bring it home with me. Since I was still a student at the time I had to pay Sa in monthly installments for the work of art, we both giggle about this every time we see each other.

After years of hanging in a hallway in our old home she now has a glorious new home on our turquoise blue fireplace.


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