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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Design Kiss From God!

         Well, happy summer to you all! 
I am amazed at how unbelievably busy the last two months have been. I'm sorry that I have not had time to post. 
    I want to tell you about a sweet "kiss"  I received from the Lord last week... a kiss designed especially for me. 
     As I have mentioned before, I love to look at decorating books, magazines and even real estate listings to spark inspiration into cozy creativity in my home. They motivate me to clean, organize and decorate. There is something about the visual feast that prods me to action. It's probably because they are usually perfection. Beautiful design, no clutter, dirt or even lamp cords... haha.
    Well, a few weeks ago I was browsing the real estate listings in my area and I came across a home that gave me a hug!
     I have been looking at homes on line for years and it is very rare to have the decor of a home blow me away with it's cozy perfection... Even when looking in the most expensive of markets it's uncommon to see this kind of attention to detail.
     I felt like I had gotten a new decorating book... for free! I loved it so much that I sent the link to my friends for a look. They were equally impressed and enjoyed the viewing.
    A few days went by and I found myself revisiting the site again and again.. Even my honey loved it and he is not easily impressed... I mean the decor alone had to cost as much as the list price!
     I REALLY wanted to know who decorated it! I had to know whether it was just a very talented homeowner or if it had been professionally done. I told my husband..." I really want to meet the person who decorated this house! I just want to thank them for the design hug and tell them how much I enjoyed their work."... He just smiled and listened.
    I fell in love with one of the rooms. It  was a beautiful blue and white palette. It had been done with multiple prints and textures, which I LOVE!  The wall paper  was AMAZING! I searched  for it on line until I found it because I was determined to use it in my home. 
     Before ordering it, I really wanted to see it in person and feel the grass cloth texture. I knew that this brand would only be available to the trade so it was not readily available for me to see.
      This is the room....

              Now on with my story.
   About a week ago, Alberto and I were invited to a book release party for a very dear friend of ours, Jeff Slaughter. You have to read his new book! He is our favorite storyteller, you will love it! ... "It's All True: Walking by Faith in a Funky World". 
     Anyway, as soon as we drove up to the party I knew this was my kind of house! 
     As we walked in, I immediately noticed that the homeowners and I shared a love for blue and white as well as the same taste in decor. In short, I was in bliss. I was walking around enjoying every element of their home. Then I walked through their hallway.... and drum roll please... THERE was the wall paper that I wanted! 
      I was blown away at how the Lord knew I wanted to see it and feel it's texture. I told my honey... "This is such a "kiss" from the Father!"... He knew it was. He had the biggest smile on his face watching me enjoy the whole experience. I was seriously giddy.
     I continued walking around visiting with friends and meeting our hosts. I then remarked to them how much I loved their wallpaper. I said "It's Lee Jofa right?"... they could not believe I knew what it was. So I began to tell them where I had found it and how I had fallen in love with the decor of this house on the MLS...
     Then... to my amazement she (the homeowner/hostess...Ruthann) said "My husband designed that house!"...
     Let me just say, I NEVER get star struck, but in this moment I was completely knocked off my feet by the irony of it all. I felt like a little kid getting to meet a favorite super hero... LOL! I was like, can I come and watch you create? Seriously...
     I realized in that moment that...WOW... not only had God given me the kiss of allowing me to see the wallpaper I wanted... He had gone one step further and given me the desire of my heart to meet the decorator of the home! 
      It never ceases to amaze me how important even the smallest details in our lives are to God! He is so good to us and He knows us SO well. He gives the best treats! I still have a smile on my face telling you about it because you have no idea how big of a deal it was to me!
     Anyway, the name of this fabulous designer is Eric Ross. He is amazingly gifted! So... if anyone is looking for help from a professional with impeccable taste... one who implements perfectionistic detail into every space...He is your guy! Eric and his wife Ruthann are delightful! 

       Here are some more pics of the house he decorated...


and there are many more pics! You have got to see the pool and outdoor spaces as well. Check it out for yourself!
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If you would like to sample more of Eric's magic here is his website....

Thanks for sticking with my cooky story. I know it is not my usual happenings ;-), but it was such a fun experience.
I am looking forward to sharing more of my journey of late in my next post, but now I am busy trying to find my "summer stride". 
It is easy to keep everything clean and in order during the school year, but during the summer with the boys home.. it is a different animal! 
I am trying to figure out how to keep the house together and vacation at the same time ;-).
Many blessings on you all as you begin your summer strides. May your time be full of JOY!

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