Yesterday, I spent more than a few hours going over my finances from 2013. Not because I wanted to, but because I was selected AT RANDOM to undergo an excruciating line by line, item by item, IRS audit. Yes, my worst nightmare. Actually, I am being a bit dramatic but still, it is definitely on the list of things you would not wish upon your worst enemy. 2013 was a tough year for me and there is some irony in the fact that I am being forced to re-live it through this very detailed audit. Thankfully, I have a wonderful accountant, named Laura, who is not only smart but also very kind and understanding to help me through this ordeal. After meeting with Laura, I decided that I needed a reward to look forward to as I had several hours of numbers yet to plow through before I was finished for the day.
So, what do I do when I need a reward? I pop into my local bookstore and check out the latest design books. I have a bit of a design book addiction. It is not enough to look at the beautiful images online or even thumb through them in the bookstore. I must hold them, touch them, take them home with me where I can look at them whenever I need a jolt of beauty. I love design books so much that I would rather own a beautiful new book than a piece of jewelry.
Three months after I married Stu, I celebrated a birthday. He asked me what I would like for my birthday (very smart man) and I told him that I would love a new design book. As he knows that I already own a few and can be a bit picky, he asked me to make a list for him of the books that I might like. Great idea! So, I set to work, looking online at what had been recently published and what gaps I had in my collection. A few hours later, I handed him a list of a dozen or so titles that looked interesting.
A few weeks later, I arrived home from work and found flowers, a bottle of wine, a new candle and some chocolate displayed on the table along with two design books. My heart sank when I looked at the titles as they were not among the dozen that I had given him. Moreover, I knew that they stunk because I had already checked them out at the local bookstore! Thanks, I said weakly, trying to hide my disappointment. But I didn't do a good job because when he asked if I liked them, I asked him if they could be returned and exchanged! That was a first for me. I have never been able to say exactly what I am thinking to anyone before I met Stu. He laughed! Off we went to a lovely birthday dinner at our favorite restaurant. When we came home to have cake, he asked me to sit at the table and close my eyes. I was confused because I had already received my gift. What was he up to? Rather than protest, I did as I was told (another first!) and I closed my eyes. Thud. "Okay, open your eyes", Stu commanded. When I opened my eyes, I saw a stack of design books in front of me. It was so high I could barely see over it! My eyes filled with tears. He had bought every single book that was on my list! I was overwhelmed with the generosity of this gift. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get more than one or two books. My heart welled with joy at the thought of reading and savoring each one. More importantly, I felt immense relief knowing that I was understood and that my husband truly gets me!
But I digress. Yesterday I found a book that so speaks to me that I feel like this designer and I are kindred spirits. Her name is Tricia Foley and I have a designer crush on her.
The elegant simplicity of her work is stunning and I share her love of white, old houses and working from home. Here are some photos from this book that inspire me today.
I find it hard to tear myself away from her world. But I have work to do now. Clients are waiting for designs. I reluctantly close the book, but know that Tricia Foley's world awaits anytime I want to return.