As any of my friends and family might tell you, I’m not a chef, nor do I have the desire to be one. With that said, I wholeheartedly love Thanksgiving. I love the warmth that comes with the holiday, and the spirit behind spending the day together. I love pulling out my favorite china and indulging in a lengthy meal. I love creating a space for my family to come together and enjoy the blessings we have. While I might only bring a cheese ball to the table, I bring a lot to the atmosphere.
With so much noise and chaos this year, I wanted to keep the atmosphere crisp and simple. Black, white and gold with fresh touches of green and orange define the space with a Hollywood Regency flair. I also wanted the space to be interactive and playful, so I set out a chalkboard runner and place cards for taking note of our thanks.
As much as I love design for the aesthetic appeal, I truly believe that design plays a role in our lives and can speak a message that you might not have the words for. After mulling over this year’s holiday inspiration, I’ve come to realize my heart is seeking to simplify my life and let the people around me add color. We so often take moments with our loved ones for granted, especially the small moments. My son is going off to college next year and while I’ve joked about wanting to push him out of the nest, the truth is, these moments together are fleeting. The week night conversations about school, the group of 30 kids staggered across my lawn taking homecoming pictures, the lacrosse games- they all seem to be moving at lightning speed. I wish I could bottle these moments like lightening bugs and keep them on my shelf to pull down whenever I want- but I can’t. Time will continue to pass and my son’s graduation will approach without so much as a warning. So, this year I’m thankful for moments of mindfulness. Humble moments and monumental moments- I’m thankful for them all.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite poems, from John O’Donohue:
Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own
Have joy and peace in the temple of your
Receive encouragement when new frontiers
Respond to the call of your gift and the
courage to follow it’s path.
Let the flame of anger free you of all falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame.
May anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignty of soul.
Take time to celebrate the quiete miracles
that seek not attention.
Be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift
around the heart of wonder.