The Beige Queen. That’s what Grant calls me. When it comes to decorating (or most things in life I guess) I love a neutral background. It gives me a blank canvas to add texture, colour and pattern as I wish but my non-creative husband doesn’t see the method in my madness.
It was then as I was watching a home decorating show when they showed 4 swatches of the same shade of beige and said “If you can see a difference between these colours, you have a beige problem”. I then realised they may have well just put my name on the end of the sentence and put my picture up on the screen.
So now that we have been in our new home for 2 years this month, I am ready to get on with the task of decorating for the future with a little more ambition than beige. The first room we did was the office with this fantastic wallpaper which is definitely the star of the room, and the rest has slowly fallen into place. I’m trying to build up the courage to put some art on the wallpaper but its turning out to be a bigger commitment than getting married. Baby steps, friends. Baby steps.
The next room up to be tackled over the next 2 months is our bedroom and I’m a little excited. We’ve been living with ugly silver grey textured walls that I can’t wait to see the back of and I’ve been pouring over back issues of Lonny, House & Garden and Home Beautiful for inspiration. I feel I have a vision of how our home will look once we’ve finished and there seems to be a definite blue, white and green palette that just makes my heart beat slower.
Farewell Beige Queen!
It was within a year of first meeting each other that Craig planned a surprise weekend away on Valentines Day weekend in Karri Valley, Pemberton. After a long drive with Craig giving Honor misleading clues about where they were going, they arrived at the resort and decided to go for a bushwalk. While they were sitting at the lookout over the waterfall, Craig brought out a bottle of champagne from his backpack, knelt onto one knee, popped the cork and produced an engagement ring to Honor.
Apparently no one was surprised when they shared the news with their family and friends because Honor and Craig were meant to be together. Their connection was unbreakable with Craig quitting his job to be able to travel to Europe with Honor just weeks after they had met and upon their return they started buying real estate and planning their future.
It is always an incredible moment to be able to see any of my clients photographs in print and I was delighted to find it published in Bride to Be magazine this month. Be sure to pick up your copy for some amazing real weddings including, the lovely Honor and Craig’s.
Phoebe and I looked at each other with a grin on our faces. Grant’s mother who will often support every single athlete that comes past us with over zealous clapping and a booming “Well done!” had just declared that the teams didn’t need her encouragement. “They’re not ‘real’ triathletes” she said. Not like her son and her grandson who will compete the entire race on their own.
We know she didn’t mean it of course and it wasn’t long before her enthusiasm got the better of her and she continued to encourage every single athlete that came past us on Saturday at the Busselton Half Ironman. We’d wait for hours for Grant to come into sight for us to cheer him on for a few seconds before he’d be gone again.
Watching a triathlon is an incredible testament to the human spirit. I tweeted that I love the finish chute so much and the emotion always gets the better of me. As AC/DC comes blaring through the speakers and the MC’s announce the name of the finisher and calls on the crowd to cheer them on, tears will always fall down my cheeks and my breath will catch. It happens every time, no matter how many triathlons I watch.
As my husband ran down the chute on Saturday finishing his 3rd Busselton Half I knew that despite his swollen ankle and his hamstrings so tight they could snap, he would already be thinking about signing up for next years event.
I didn’t end up taking many photos of the race itself in digital apart from a few on Instagram, so will leave with you a few that I took yesterday morning around our chalet as we prepared to battle the traffic home.