As you may know by now I am most likely on an airplane heading to London while you are reading this, and therefore I guess it does seem strange to be writing about working from home. Please read HERE about this incredible opportunity that has been afforded to me by Modenus.com. Along with 15 other design bloggers from around the globe, I will be sponsored on a week-long junket throughout the city of London during LONDON DESIGN WEEK, and all because I pen Nest by Tamara. It seems many design-related company's value my opinion. It has taken me three years of tireless work (while simultaneously running my design business and a family) to build this blog, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors. Through the Internet, we are able to reach out beyond our communities and touch others from around the world in a way that was never possible before. Because many people are reading my weekly stories about interior design, entertaining, cooking and living a creatively-inspired lifestyle I make a point to write about these topics with a bit of a philosophical bent, so along with the pretty pictures, design ideas and tips, you may note I inject inspiration to help us all live rich (in spirit) lives in our homes.
|The Ford Family's stylish and comfortable beach house sitting area|
|Flawless founder Janine Francolini arriving at the Ford's home |
for a working- retreat between two non-profit organizations,
The Flawless Foundation and
Bent On Learning
So, this brings me to my very next story about a productive partnership between two non-profit organizations. You may already know I am a board member of The Flawless Foundation. Flawless has its hands in a myriad of programs to help children with brain differences. You may have read my stories about Flawless over the past year when I co-chaired their annual Fundraiser in Manhattan at the Otto Khan Burden Mansion. Flawless is changing the world one step at a time and with a determined focus to help children. Janine started this organization out of her home, and now as it flourishes she travels around the country spreading their message of hope.
Jennifer Ford is one of the creators of Bent on Learning, and she has worked her magic from home over this past summer to build an empire while juggling much in her life. Their Mission Statement is to improve the physical fitness and cognitive, social and emotional skills of New York City public school students by providing regular instruction in yoga and meditation.Bent on Learning and The Flawless Foundation are currently collaborating on a program to bring the practices of yoga and mindfulness to the students and teachers of District 88 in New York City. Flawless is providing special training to Bent On Learning-trained yoga teachers in working with "at-risk" teens, through Collaborative Problem Solving workshops. The workshops are based upon Dr. Stuart Ablon's principle: Kids do well if they can.
This August I paid a visit to the Ford family's beautiful beach house overlooking the ocean in Amagansett, Long Island for a working retreat and meeting of the minds between Jennifer and Janine as they mapped out a plan to bring their non-profits together for a worthwhile project. Come take a look at their beautiful home and some images of these moments. My hope is this will inspire and encourage you to find a quiet place in your home to bring the passion of what you love to do...I promise it will improve your feelings about your nest!
Please check back in a few days as I'll be posting from London about all the wonderfully beautiful and inspiring design products I'll come into contact with during the London Design Festival.
Until then Happy Nesting.
|stealing a few moments away in the Ford's guest bedroom, Janine works long hours building the Flawless Foundation. The sea breeze blowing through the open window and the serene chocolate brown and cream striped walls soothe. One of the many programs Janine has put into place is an upcoming workshop in NYC this November with Doctor Stuart Ablon to help parents understand their children. Janine feels strongly that anyone with children could benefit from this workshop.|
Sign up for Dr. Stuart Ablon's Workshop
Thoughts from Jarlath Mellett "Inspired by the Ford's collection of Icelandic art, we created a classic beach house with an emphasis on the ocean and nature. Starting with natural wood planked floors and white walls with glossy trim throughout, we added pops of color, mostly blues, greens and beige, a palette that recalls the subarctic landscape. Overall, our design here is clean and modern, however, we've included many classic elements such as nautical stripes, vintage maps and Venetian glass for a dab of Old World flavor in this contemporary home."
beautiful, ethereal fish light fixture
Stunning -- don't you agree?
Stop back later this week for London musings!