I know it's a good thing that our kids are capable, self-directed and motivated to get all their unschooling work done, but it means less computer time for me, which means I'm not posting as often. In case you didn't catch that, yes, we share the family computer. Oh, and while I'm thinking of it, how much do I love listening in on Olivia and Adam's homework discussions? Lots, that's how much. I'm realizing that we're moving into new territory, here, when they begin debating how to solve for x or they drop geometry terms into their conversations. Lately the topics at the breakfast table range from molecular biology to the environmental impact of coal mining to civil rights. Have I mentioned how much I love unschooling, not to mention these fabulous and amazing young people whom I get to share my life with? Lots and lots and lots.
Meanwhile, Alex and I are making progress on refreshing spaces and nesting. I'm a chronic room re-arranger and I can feel the energy in our home stagnating and I won't always know where the problem lies, until I start moving things or dealing with projects that were put off for too long. So we move a dresser downstairs and move the pew upstairs and hang some art, edit, purge and suddenly, it's like a window has been opened and the air is cleared. Ahhh. One of my tests for a succesful room re-arrangement is if suddenly you find space and solutions for problems, and things fall into place like puzzle pieces. The old Eastlake dresser now makes room for cards, games and puzzles, and there's even room in the top drawer for the kids to stash their homework. Some of the art I wasn't sure worked any longer, works. And a space that has always challenged me with it's unclear purpose and focus, suddenly feels homey, cozy and practical. The energy is good, invigorating and renews in us an urge to get creative.
The other thing that I continue to realize, is that as much as I like the spare lines of modern pieces, and I'll continue to incorporate them into our spaces, I'm eclectic at heart. I like color, I gravitate toward a layered, sometimes salon look, and above all, it must be warm, welcoming and a bit whimsical. Thus, our dining room looks like this, refreshed and renewed.
I'm eager to see how you might be refreshing your spaces this autumn,dear reader and just as soon as I can wedge in a bit of computer time for myself, I'll do just that.