That end-of-summer angst that my educator friends described is now hitting. Sshh- please don’t tell my students, but I’m a procrastinator. I thought I was somewhat prepared until I realized that school starts a week from this Wednesday. And what am I doing? Blogging.
At least I’m consciously spending every day looking for art and beauty rather than letting this stress consume me. One thing that allows me to express my own (very under-developed), artistic side is the decor with which I surround myself. Once again, mom inspired me with a wonderful quote from a man named William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or beautiful.”
It is entirely possible I was the only one that did not know about Mr. Morris, but in case others haven’t heard of him, he was a 19th century English architect, designer, artist, writer and political figure. Very impressive. Here are some examples of his work:
I love the detail, warm colors and elegance that characterize Morris’s work. I hope that Morris would approve of my own little apartment. I cannot take credit for the soothing, pastel-blue walls, but was certainly ecstatic to find them on move-in day. I will however, take credit for the antique plates, vintage family photos and gilt-framed mirrors that adorn said walls. Of course, my apartment isn’t finished just yet. I need multiple pieces of furniture, additional kitchen supplies and the perfect decor for the wall I see every time I look up from the keyboard. But like my lesson plans (and like me), it’s a work in progress.