"Fearless . . . "


Still slogging through a busy week here at the office - with the constant threat of Jury duty hanging over me everyday. And I'll be calling this afternoon again, after 4:30, to see if I have to report tomorrow. I'm always happy to serve . . . but it's thrown my work schedule into somewhat of a free-fall, as I can't make clients plans due to my possible need for civic duty . . .

But, this post isn't about duty - it's about fear.

The fear that keeps you from trying something new.

The fear of making a mistake.

The fear of being wrong.

But, embracing that fear can keep you from experiencing a wonderful life.

So . . . .

Be bold.

Be daring.

Paint your rooms amazing colours.

Use dramatic beautiful fabrics.

Eat on the good china.

Use your dining room.

Live with grace and style.

And, if the mood strikes you, eat ice cream after 10pm at night.

"Whatever you do in your decorating philosophy, be brave....never
wish you hadn't taken your vision right to the end. Make a bold statement."

Roger Banks-Pye,
Colefax and Fowler Interior Inspirations

Just in a very good mood,


M said…
Aside from the beautiful pictures, everything you say rings true! Yes, a bit more boldness would work well sometimes, speaking for myself anyway. One becomes so complacent; it's just easier.
Hope you're enjoying your summer (despite jury duty!); it seems somebody I know in the US is always on jury duty!
Take care,
After having a serious afternoon... that made me smile :) ... ~Terri
Magnaverde said…
The other advantage to going bold is that, even though preferences in decorating change over time, striking rooms will always be touchstones for the taste of their own era, a status which timid, take-no-chances rooms of the same period never attain, no matter how well-executed they are. If Valerian Rybar's favored materials had been beige carpeting, pecan veneers, sensible tweed upholstery & woven wood blinds--rather than coral velvet banquettes, polished bronze, diagonal mirrors & chrome blinds--who, today, would remember his rooms?

On the highway, thoughtful, prudent drivers may get better insurance rates than showoffy hotdoggers who take crazy risks, but in the Designer 5OO, Poindexters eat dust. Start your engines!

BTW, Scot, one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons shows an angry judge pounding his gavel & pointing & yelling at the jury: "'Not Guilty'? By God, if there were any justice, all twelve of you would be in jail!"
Love this post Scot! It reminds me of the quote, "life is not a dress rehearsal" - can't remember who said it though. We have to live and feel the moment.

Emily A. Clark said…
Great post! I often wonder why people are so scared to take chances in their decor. . . Is it really going to matter 20 years from now if I put that extra nail hole in the wall or painted my bathroom hot pink? :)
Claudia Juestel said…
Good for you Scot to tell everyone to go for it. Great photos to illustrate too.

Good luck with balancing work and civic duties.


katiedid said…
Hear, hear!
Now...I have to go conquer some of those fears.
Anonymous said…
A wonderful and inspirational introduction to your blog! It's funny, I can be so fearless with my lighting design but so timid with my home. Thank you for the beautiful photos and the fearless boost! Just love Miles Redd too. Lovely.

Marcia Zia-Priven
Tobi Fairley said…
Beautiful post. And so true!!! Thanks for including me in the lovely line-up of photos.

I'm off to be brave while I eat ice cream off the good china after 10pm in the dining room! ;-) (that sounded like Mrs. Peacock in the Conservatory with the candlestick!)

Love this post, just 'cause.
Erika Ward said…
thanks sweetie. this post could not have come at a better time for me. have a wonderful day!
Well this post put me in a very good mood so thanks. I have always embraced the idea of living a gracious life each and every day with cloth napkins for every meal, fresh flowers and beautiful surroundings (whatever beautiful is to you) Thanks again

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