I am definitely shifting from unpacking mode to living mode. Hubby still has a lot of unpacking to do – tools to organize and downsize, “office” to set up, and clothes/ shoes to sort, organize and reduce. But progress has been made. The living space is now “box-free”! We have artwork hung on the walls! Yes, we hung over 60 pieces of artwork, over about 3 days of contemplation of where things would “fit”.
Besides artwork hanging, here are some of the things happening now in my new retirement lifestyle “living mode”:
- We are about to experience our first hurricane/tropical storm (actually being here, on the water). Yes, I am the newbie trying to balance panic mode and the stupidity of doing nothing.
- I’m having fun with “Coastal Florida Gardening 101”. A friend joined me on a day of garden exploration where we went to 5 garden centers around town. I learned a lot, bought a bunch of things to plant, and now will see if I can keep the plants alive. (I am known for my black thumb.) I also joined the Garden Club of St Petersburg, which is actually more than just getting together to drink and gossip – they have speakers on various gardening topics. I’m excited to learn more.
- Someone mentioned Maximalist Design to me (Leanne from Cresting the Hill) and I’ve spent some time exploring it. Most current design focus is more minimalist, with a huge push towards de-cluttering. De-clutter is the current big trend! Minimalist design is muted, neutral color palettes with fewer furnishings and accessories. It is a less-is-more construct and can come across as stark. Maximalist design is the opposite. It’s bold and vibrant color, layered textures, art gallery walls, and curated collections. Yes, there is a fine line between maximalist design and clutter, but learning about this design style has made me feel more comfortable with my collections of shells on display, our art gallery walls, full bookshelves, and my love of throws, pillows, & baskets. Maximalists appreciate their collections and know that each item has a story, often reflecting a lifetime of experiences. The barely controlled chaos that is our interior design I’m now calling Coastal Maximalism.
This week had beach walks, beach yoga, peaches from The Peach Truck, lots of reading, lunch out with a good friend, distant friend connections, and lots of gardening. It was a good balance of connecting with people and being active – a good start to summer.
How has your summer started? (If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere of course.)
Picture Credit: Me… on one of my beach walks