Hello E-Trenders! First of all Angela and I want to thank you for all of your EventTrender support! We are getting ready to celebrate our two year ET BLOG anniversary! Thank you for all of your feedback, ideas and inspiration we have met so many new blogger friends and E-Trender followers through our creative blogging journey. We are working on all kinds of inventive lifestyle and entertaining ideas to share! We are launching an online Etsy shop (coming this summer), partnering with some exciting new sponsors and working on our ET Essential Rentals brand!
So many of you ask – how do you find time for creativity? I thought it would be fun to share my personal space for inspiration where I am surrounded by all things I love, thought provoking quotes, favorite books and whimsical artwork. Welcome to my ZEN DEN (actually my sister Karyn officially named the space).
The ZEN DEN was a former third bedroom that was very seldom used and ready for a much needed remodel! Prior to the ZEN DEN I would write, edit photos, blog and create in my family room or kitchen where there always seemed to be some type of distraction. I was craving my own space, a little piece of heaven where I can escape from the world of hustle and enjoy peace, relaxation and some ZEN!
My inspiration for this space was artwork by Kelly Rae Roberts - artist, author, possibiltarian AND also one of my favorites! I love her playful art which I incorporated as a focal point in the ZEN DEN. She has an amazing story about self discovery and finding her passion a little later in life! Check out Kelly's website here to learn more about her talented gift!
I enjoy being surrounded by Kelly's artwork quotes...
"What's Calling You"
As most of you know I am all about a little vintage! What's old is new...like this vintage suitcase I rescued! It's perfect for extra storage and adds vintage authenticity to a modern space.
This Headington Paisley Blue and Brown Loveseat is from Pier 1 Imports. I fell in love with it!
As mentioned earlier in this post, I filled my ZEN DEN with things I love including this life changing book that my sister Karyn introduced to me two years ago "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I always enjoy a spot of tea when reading and added this teacup as functional (and quaint) decor.
Simple Abundance is "A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" which truly gave me a new perspective on life. I would highly recommend this book if you are yearning for an enlighted life outlook.
Here are a few favorite takeaways from this book...
"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want"
"Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful"
"In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us"
This old wooden ladder has been repurposed to display scarfs and blankets. I also reclaimed an old rake with a fresh coat of white paint and it's now perfect for hanging hats!
E-Trenders are you feeling the ZEN yet?
I found this basket at Target and filled it with yards of fabric for crafting.
I added a few old school measuring tools including a yardstick!
This vintage typewritter adds relevance to my ZEN DEN and it actually works!
I found this desk at an estate sale for $20.00 and splurged on the bookcase purchased at my favorite furniture store @home furniture. Everything in the store is handcrafted with TLC and made in the USA. All of the wood used for the furniture is from Michigan and other parts of the country (buy local). Check out @home furniture here.
I filled the bookcase with my collection of cookbooks.
Including some heirloom cookbooks passed down from my Grandmother Rizzo.
I stacked two antique drawers to use as storage. It's also a popular design trend.
Old mason jars are perfect to store pens and markers.
The little cottage blue owl makes me happy!
Simple, adj. 1: without embellishment; 2: clarity of form and thought; 3: fundamental
Abundance, n. 1: an ample quantity, profusion; 2: wealth; 3: plentifulness
1: an inner journey; 2: a spiritual and practical course in creative living; 3: a tapestry of contentment
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