The other day, my daughter shocked me with a compliment. Looking around the living room, she said, “Mom, I really like our home décor.” And she didn’t even want anything.
That’s when the light bulb went on.
As you know, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into redesigning this blog. I stripped the blog of all design elements, leaving just the bare Thesis Theme for WordPress under the hood. Now, some people like this minimal look, but it’s not my thing. I want my mommy blog to reflect my personal style, and to mesh with my other blog on Albany Kid.
On Albany Kid, I looked to our region’s Dutch heritage for design inspiration. A friend happened to have a Delft ceramic figurine of a little girl that I thought perfectly captured the spirit of a blog that is all about “fun and learning in New York with kids.” I took that figurine outside where I photographed it about a zillion times. Later, I edited the best shot, deleting the background, until I had an image that worked well as a logo.
Nothing But Trouble
He isn’t as cute as the Albany Kid girl, but we like Mr. NoBody anyway. Anytime something goes wrong, or a mess suddenly appears in our pristine home, we blame it on him, you know, on “no body.”
Mr. Nobody is a great help around the home, but I don’t see him as the Journey Mom mascot. Who knows what kind of trouble he could get me into online?
In my bedroom, right above the bedside table, I have a hand-carved mahogany mask that I picked up in the Bahamas. When I look at it, I’m reminded of my home in the Virgin Islands, of azure waters and balmy breezes.
Looking at the mask, I feel strong, fierce, capable of anything.
On the Journey Mom blog, however, I think it might scare away my readers.
Peace and Joy
Much less frightening, we have female and male marble Buddhas that we hauled back from Vietnam. I like these sculptures because they bring a measure of peace and harmony to our home. Just a very small measure. They carry no religious significance whatsoever for us, but they do make me smile.
On the Journey Mom, I’m afraid that they might confuse readers into expecting a Zen equanimity from me that is far, far beyond my capabilities. I don’t think they’ll be working their way into this design, but they can still make me smile at home.
Tree of Life
I have always been fascinated by Tree of Life images, but I didn’t realize to what extent until I took a closer look at our artwork.
Our main hallway is dotted with ceramic plates that we picked up on trips to Sicily and Prague. Some have floral designs, but many feature trees, either in a pastoral setting or more often with a tree of life motif.
And there are trees in these metalwork panels, originally carved from Haitian steel drums, that we purchased locally at the Marshall’s outlet.
I’m sensing a pattern here. In my home, I’m surrounded by trees indoors, and out. Aha! Maybe trees will play a role in the Journey Mom blog design. Or maybe ceramic plates. Or perhaps, Mr. NoBody. Stay tuned to find out.