"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." ~ Rumi
Popularly known in the U.S. just as 'Rumi,' Muhammad alal ad Din is a 13th century Persian poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic. He has been greatly appreciated spiritually by Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia in the past seven centuries.
Rumi's importance has transcended national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats.
In 2007 Rumi was described as the "most popular poet in America".
"There are few things in this world that are unique to this country. "The Western genre as a whole and the cowboy in particular go hand in hand as symbols that represent everything that is American. The cowboy that rode across the American West helped to settle this country. He braved Indian attack, wild horses, stampedes, drowning and every other form of horrible death imaginable. The cowboy’s time came and went, but it was glorious while it lasted. While it was a period of danger and death, it was also one of loyalty and honor." ~ Matthew Pizzolato American Western Art is highly-valuable, collectible art, and moreover, it's entirely in rhythm with the heartbeat of America.
Pantone Home + Interiors has introduced a number of style, substance and color major trends and directions for 2014, this one is entitled MODA. Red dahlia interacts with Blackberry Cordial and Wood Violet all accented by Amber Green. Corsican Blue meets with Magenta Haze and an expressive Linden Green, while Rich Gold waits in the wings for the appropriate moment to add a glimmering finale to any of the combinations. At left we see Blackberry Cordial and Rich Gold.
Below right, check out the visa versa doors both in color and design detail, left one is Red Dahlia, right door is Blackberry Cordial.
Found this list on apartmenttherapy.com and was inspired! Hopefully it will inspire you too!
1. Make your bed.
The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.
2. Bring every room back to “ready.”
I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)
3. Display sentimental items around your home.
One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material
things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories.
"Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know." ~ J. Keats
John Keats is a wonder of the world and I love to learn about wonderful, beautiful things.
John Keats (1795 - 1821) was an English Romantic poet, one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death.
Not well received by critics during his life, his poems' reputation grew after his death; by the end of the 19th century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He had a significant influence on a diverse range of poets and writers. Jorge Luis Borges stated that his first encounter with Keats was the most significant literary experience of his life. (Wow!)
The poetry of Keats is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and most analysed in English literature.
In my current SB Journal entry "Decorating A Dreamhouse" - - I'm imagining that I'm living in a three-story cottage house like the one at left, in the charmingly, colorful City Of Basel, Switzerland
The City of Basel Switzerland is beyond a doubt absolutely like no other!
Basel has a beautiful medieval old town center housing its historic City Hall here daily markets are held, making for a lively inner city and romantic old town. These street cafés, patisseries, sweet shops and traditional neighbourhood restaurants all provide unique opportunities to really become acquainted with the Swiss lifestyle.
Basel is a German speaking area, and being an American ex-Pat, non-German speaking, I was pleased to learn that both English and French are spoken enough so that many people are able to communicate 'comfortably' in everyday interactions . . . and will gladly work to understand you. Ahhhh! My sincere gratitude!
My dreamhouse location requires a roomy beach bag, a straw topper and a major tan; my whimsical place will be on the beautiful Island of Mallorca!
My notes for this Dreamhouse state create a design scheme consisting of white walls with much natural materials and color. This is the journey of adorning the interiors of my imaginary seaside abode.
Bit of Background:
Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain, with a population of 869,067 covering 1,405 square miles.
People choose the Island of Mallorca (as we call it; the Spaniards call it Majorca) to find their own oasis of calmness, to escape from their otherwise hum-drum of everyday life.
But one must understand, it is with the native people of Mallorca where the real magic resides, the native people's unchanging, traditional values. Oh to be able to fit that lil' piece of sanity into a world gone crazy. If you're an expat in Mallorca, you've chosen to exchange a hectic, pressurized life for a free, alternatively-happy one in the Mediterranean.
Now, Full Steam Ahead, Join Me As I Go About Decorating My Dreamhouse On Mallorca Island
Click here to continue this article including Tuna Apple Mini Melts Recipe.
Darling, Please Put Up The Tibetan Tent The Tibetan Tent And Mount Everest - Sandy Hill has been climbing since she was a teenager, and with her Everest ascent she became only the second American woman to have climbed the Seven Summits.
Sandy Hill is a former cable television executive, contributing editor at Vogue, and uses her Tibetan tent located on her Connecticut home property to unwind and work. For more info on her climbing accomplishments, click here.