I LOVE decorating. I grew up watching my mom design with a fiery passion, however never quite understood its full consumption until recently. For example, it was completely of the norm to come home from school to a transformed kitchen with new paint and accessories; always an adventure walking through the front door. Self expression was necessary for her because, although she may rebuke me, she was an artist. Fast forward to a day in the life of my kids, the torch has been passed and it is very likely that they will be greeted to at least a few decorative changes at least a few times a week after their school day. I've come to accept that it must be how I express myself as well.
My latest idea came to me after staring at a gallery wall I had assembled, unsure of what to fill the frames with. My silent gaze was interrupted when one of Charlotte's art projects referencing a globe and community sparked a flame. Just like that, I had my concept. AJ and I, along with our growing tribe, have been blessed with the opportunity to see the world. We adore traveling and embracing unfamiliar paths, learning and making friends along the way. Throughout our travels, since the moment AJ and I began dating, I have collected random maps, brochures, ticket stubs, receipts, etc. Unsure of what to do with them and not wanting to toss them out due to their sentimental value, I shoved them into various Ziploc bags and filed them out of sight.
Finally, after years in hiding I have a medium to display these random trinkets. Drum roll please... The end result is more than just some pictures hanging on a wall, it's a visual reminder of where we have been and the experiences we have encountered. From the highlighted route the concierge drew on the map we used in Italy on our honeymoon to the asterix marking our hotel in Paris when Sophia was a wee baby and the resort blueprint from our first family trip to Disney World... The significance of each one is unfounded and a major trip down memory lane!
Bottom line, I LOVE decorating but I adore the loved ones that I get to decorate for even more.