If You Can't Be In The Place You Love, Love The Place You're In

Hello to all of you, and I hope that you had a wonderful holiday, with even more fun to come as we ring in 2016!

I just got back from a fantastic vacation in Punta Cana with my husband. I love the warm weather, and warm water to swim in. (Some people tan. I swim. Tanning has not worked so well for me.) Punta Cana delivered both, and I spent my days there swimming for literally hours. Plus, the view was spectacular.

View from my beach recliner. Ahhhh.....

Now I am back in New England. While I love my home, my family, and my friends here, I am that person who, when making small talk about the weather, always mentions that she does not understand why she lives here in the Northeast when she hates cold and gray weather as much as she does. (I put that in third person so I don't sound quite so awful.)

During the plane ride home, I had a minor epiphany when I realized that I made my home an experiment in wish fulfillment. I finished redecorating my living room last May. You may have seen photos elsewhere on this site. If you have, then you may have noticed before I did that I was subconsciously creating an ocean in my living room.

Seriously, I don't know how I didn't notice this before.

The color palette is strikingly similar to the palm tree photo above, and I even put a sun in the corner of the room in order to drive the point home! My living room is my favorite room in the house, and it's the room I actively use the most. So it makes sense in retrospect that I would want the space to resemble the water setting I feel most at peace in.

Coastal-themed decorating is a very popular style here. However, instead of going with the whitewashed look (which is very lovely and a lot of fun), I feel that this room is more about being in the ocean rather than being near it so that I can feel like I'm still spending my days swimming. 

Where is your favorite place to be? What would you be doing there that makes you happiest? Leave me a comment or send me an email and maybe we can make your home feel like the faraway place of your dreams.

xo, dk

(Title Reference: "Love the One You're With" by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. You'd think that would date me, but in actuality I first heard the song on an episode of The Simpsons. No, I won't say which one.)

Just to prove I was there.....

Just to prove I was there.....