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Our Rainbow Sanctuary

Probably one of the things I am looking forward to the most with our moving to a new place is the fun that it will be to decorate our new home.  I can hardly wait!

I gain inspiration from so many sources (friends, nature, fellow artists, art itself) and the most of them I keep neat and tidy HERE in my personal Pinterest collection:

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My favorite of my boards, aptly titled:

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Though I am entirely in anticipation of setting up house in my new . . . well, house, it hasn’t stopped me from moving ahead in changing things up a bit in our current home.  A year ago (yes, it’s been a whole year!) when we put our house up for sale, I had worked hard to streamline and slim down, making my best attempt at making our house look like the “perfect” model house.  However, with the passage of time, it became clear to me that we just couldn’t live nor could we thrive in an environment that just wasn’t living up to the full potential of expressing the family who resided here.  Luckily, our real estate agent was very receptive and agreed.  Now, at every showing, the potential buyers remark on two things: how whimsical and happy our decor is AND the overall feel-good feeling of what appears to be so much more than a house; rather more of a home. As for us, living here, we feel those same effects.

All that we have been through (and myself, personally) in this past year has brought on a new pattern of thinking and understanding.  Such life altering events give you pause to re-evalute things and your outlook on so many things cannot help but be changed.  Between losing my brother, Papa Tabangay taking on a new job and relocating down South, and the periods of absence between all of the traveling back and forth to be together, things shifted and I found myself in a place where nothing but being truly focused on the moment and our happiness, as a family, in the here and now mattered.

In that decisive moment, our house became a space of gratitude,

a fortress of determined happiness . . .

Our Rainbow Sanctuary 

I’ve come to love it so much (and at the bequest of friends) that I have decided to give you all a bit of an inside look.  I will be sharing different spaces and favorite items in the coming days, but here’s a bit to get the tour started.

Our front parlor/living room.  The bright red antique door (like so many of our furniture pieces) was a curbside find. All of the pillows are hand-made and with the exception of the crocheted pillows, are all made from upcycled clothing and purses. The rug was a thrift store find, the lamp a garage sale find and the antique trunk purchased from a friend’s antique store.

 

 

Our bedroom complete with our pallet bed. Some of my favorite little decorative accents: Tibetan flags, a handpainted wall hanging of a wedding ceremony, we acquired on our honeymoon, a photo of our favorite place Kapalua Bay accented by a colorful bracelet made from the buttons of my baby brother’s workshirts.

 

Another of my favorite details in my bedroom is this mirror I repainted in this glorious shade of green.  My mala beads  (made from natural items collected on the beaches and waterways of Maui) hang from the top, imparting their Maui mana upon our space.
Another of my favorite details in my bedroom is this mirror I repainted in this glorious shade of green. My mala beads (made from natural items collected on the beaches and waterways of Maui) hang from the top, imparting their Maui mana upon our space.

 

Our dresser got a recent makeover when I found this fantastic shade of Tiffany blue paint on clearance.  The prayer flags were inspired by the work of Em Falconbridge and are all made from upcycled clothing (two of my daughter's dresses from toddlerhood and an apron that was my gramma's).
Our dresser got a recent makeover when I found this fantastic shade of Tiffany blue paint on clearance. The prayer flags were inspired by the work of Em Falconbridge and are all made from upcycled clothing (two of my daughter’s dresses from toddlerhood and an apron that was my gramma’s) and fabric scraps left over from other projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Livy's room has got to be my favorite space in the whole house. I love her sense of style and freedom of expression.
Livy’s room has got to be my favorite space in the whole house. I adore her sense of style and freedom of expression. This shot has a bit of extra embellishments thanks to her bestie Tiffany who brought her 1D bedding with her on a recent visit.  For a more in depth look at the sheer awesomeness that is Livy’s personal space, check out her room tour vid HERE on YouTube.

 I’ll be back to share more . . .

Until then,

Wishes of Love and Light and Rainbows,

Amber

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