Simple and Beautiful.






When I invited you along on this journey to Awesomeville I only told you it was about simplicity. I never said anything about beauty.

But as I sat down last night and jotted down a list of what I wanted to accomplish as I move toward a more simple home I realized that a fresh coat of paint and better use of the beautiful things that I already own would be transformational as well.

I think we all take on possessions because we find them lovely in some way. A bird's nest, a yard or two of gorgeous fabric, a thrift store piece of furniture. Potential. Potential is a bugger.

But what are those things doing? Are they clutter? Are they useful? Are they art? Are they simply languishing in your "awaiting inspiration" basement stash?

I love the idea of breathing life into the things we already have. On this journey I will be sending bags and boxes down the road, but a few things I will pull out, hold in my hands, and offer a yes. A Get Out of Jail Free card as it were. A purpose.

I'm all for that. Creating beauty is a reminder, I suppose, of who I truly am. It tells me that while in my imperfections I may create this:


With a bit of focus and inspiration (and sandpaper) I can also create this:


(And this branch rack languished in the "potential" heap for six years before I picked it up and asked myself: "Stay or go?" I chose stay, and I finished the project that very week.)

Yes, I choose to use my amazing powers for good, not evil. We all create. So let's create calm. Let's create simplicity. Let's create order. And let's also create beauty.

6 thoughts on “Simple and Beautiful.

  1. KC says:

    Well said. I was thinking recently about redecorating and realized as renters we don’t really have that many beautiful things. We’ve lived in 4 places in the last 7 years. But what Ive decided is that what ever new things we bring into the house need to be beautiful and meaningful. We used to shop at IKEA a lot because we had no money, but now I want furniture in my house that has warmth and love in it. Even if it means I have to take 6 months to find what it is I need or learn how to make it. It seems like wood working is inevitably in my future.

  2. Shirley says:

    I’m just surfing the internet looking for a nifty way to jazz up doors. I found your twig caught my attention because I found another version I thought of trying out yesterday. Your twig rack is easier to make so it wins! I’m a stylist and I will use it for my capes and aprons in the shop.

  3. Rachel Wolf says:

    Thanks, Shirley. Id love to have you drop me an email with a photo when you finish. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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