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Photo by Amy Treasure on Unsplash Shortly after Easter this year I got a very bad concussion that left me on full bed rest for three weeks and semi bed rest for another 3 weeks. For the first three weeks after the diagnosis I was not allowed to use a computer or a phone. I could not even watch TV. I was only allowed to sleep or take a walk if I felt good. The first couple of weeks were hard. The following weeks were better as I learned how to pace myself. I realized that my body was quite adept at letting me know when it had had enough. And so I listened to me and surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself.  For the first time in my life I was able to rest without guilt and it was wonderful. I unplugged and reconnected with nature and it made me incredibly happy. This enabled me to see ME for the first time in what seemed like forever and I started to understand what was missing in my life, what I needed and what I no longer needed.  For a very long time I have equated

Reclaimed Barnwood and Rope Home

I first saw this home on Desire to Inspire and had to investigate Bates Masi Architects immediately thereafter. The beauty of the renovation combined with the natural materials used to finish the interiors was right up my alley. On the outside I just love the way this home melts into it's surroundings. The trees stand like sentinels along one side and the pool shines like a mirror to the sky. On the inside of the home the ceiling was finished with rope woven between the wooden joists. According to the info on the Bates Masi Architects site this is because the rope acts as an acoustic baffle which promotes sound from the overhead speakers while muffling the background noise (I learn something new every day!). Also, many of the interior walls, the kitchen island and bathroom were constructed using reclaimed barnwood. Beautiful and eco-friendly, my favorite kind of d├ęcor!


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