Friday, 22 November 2013

So what if I'm late to the party?

Browsing through blogs at breakfast (alliteration for the win!) I came across a new to me website, Grandin Road. So, I have been busily devouring it's contents. I love finding a new resource for different things, home decor or otherwise. That's always been one of my weaknesses. It's one of the reasons that I tend to enjoy styles that aren't necessarily popular. I like having something different. I collect Chalet glass for example:

I don't know that I'm a style icon (not yet, but soon!), but I do know that so many different styles appeal to me. I think that's part of the exercise (exorcise?) intended in this blog. I want to find my style, voice, and self.

OK, so that might have fallen a bit heavy for entry two here. I'll keep the rest for later when I go into excruciating detail of how my father never took me to the circus, and my imaginary friends laughed at me.

So, back to Grandin Road. This Chloe Tall Chest has just the right everything to fit into my stupidly sized "master" (ha!) bedroom. The Crosby Wall Clock has beautifully over-sized dimensions and a skeleton style that I'm finding more and more appealing. It's as much functional as sculptural.The Union Square Office Chair is just something I want to work in, write in, admire. It's got such classic lines that I cannot imagine falling out of love with it, ever. I... I think I need it.

That's just quickly a few things I want from there! I am going to go and dig through the Christmas decorations next, and may  not come up for air for some time. Before you nay-say looking at Christmas decorations in November, I have to point out I am Canadian, and Thanksgiving was over a month ago. Bring on the fat man! No, I don't mean my uncle Stuart. I mean... nevermind.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Ahhhh...the smell of a fresh blog.

So, here is a good question that I hope to answer, even for myself. Who are you? What are you doing here? Who gave you this number? All very good questions, and some I might even be able to answer.

I'm an underemployed man who has always wanted to be a designer. As life hasn't yet managed to toss me that way, I thought I should start wading through the metaphorical waters in that general direction. Maybe I was meant to find my way to a dream through some struggles? Who knows. However, I hope that this blog will lead me that direction and eventually become something more people than just my mother reads. Maybe a reader will find me funny. Maybe someone will be inspired to try something; to do something he or she saw here. Maybe eventually this space will be what I want it to be- inspirational and aspirational to someone else.

Men like to craft too, or at least I do. I can speak for myself only. I like to make spaces beautiful. I like to create home. I hope to stay inspired; to take risks; to face my fears.

I've had this blog brewing in the back of my brain for a few months now. I'm afraid I won't post anything of interest. I am afraid I will find my own writing juvenile. It's the blog of the wonderful and talented Daniel at Manhattan Nest that made me start writing here. I've been devouring his blog as of late, admiring his clean and mid-century graced style. I can across an entry where he advised facing fears and slaying the metaphorical dragon. How else can I do it but to start?

So here I am.