Did you miss me last week? I spent the week on a family vacation. Remember those – long road trips with the family, trapped in a vehicle with six other people, arguing about seat space, music choices, window seats, who’s touching whom, and all the other pleasures of family time? And it becomes even more entertaining when you are dealing with four generations in the same vehicle – nobody can agree on anything. Ah, yes, it’s good to be home.
I did get something out of the trip though, by observing the place we stayed and some of the attractions we visited. I learned that we can find decorating and renovation ideas anywhere, just by looking around. Perhaps you see landscaping ideas that never occurred to you, or a great paint color, or an interesting piece of furniture that would be perfect in that space you couldn’t figure out what to do with. My point is, inspiration is all around you. All you have to do is open your eyes, and your mind, and look for it.
So, while I probably won’t be planning any long extended family vacations anytime in the near future, I am thankful that I got the opportunity to spend time with my parents, nieces, and grand-nephew, even if it meant sharing a room with an 11 year old for a week. And I’m glad I was able to get a new perspective on design. Who knows, maybe I’ll use one of the ideas I came up with, if not for our current home, perhaps for the weekend place we’re still searching for.
Keep your eyes open wherever you go – trips, visiting friends, just driving around the neighborhood. You never know what might give you inspiration. And, when you find it, don’t forget to call your contractor for the complicated projects!