We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot, American born English poet, playwright, critic
My favorite part of my job is that I get to be an explorer…whether I am on the hunt for the perfect home for a client or looking for the right accent for my own…it is exciting to be out searching. It must be a part of my gathering personae and having to think outside the box all my life, but I can see potential everywhere. You never know when “it” is going to appear. For instance, I happened upon this amazing light fixture in a shop while I was taking a break from a conference…exactly what I was envisioning for my living room. A beautiful light to can transform a room and set the stage for creativity. We all are unique, so our spaces should convey our character.
When Vince and I travel, we like to find one special thing from our trip that will adorn our home…our house is full of memories of the places and people we love. The Ironstone bowl we found while in Michigan for my sister’s wedding sits on an old coffee table which used to be a cart in a New England textile mill. The green glass fishing float was found on a Saturday morning at a local shop…we were wandering and it caught our eye. Just the dramatic pop of color for a room with an otherwise subtle color palate.
Exploring is one of those lost arts…in our quick-paced world, who has time to stop and smell the roses let alone take time to see the potential in something? It is much easier to buy new and be on our way. However, when you slow down even once in a while, you might find hidden treasure or something magical that will make the time spent worthwhile.
Where do you explore?