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friday finds: simple entryway storage

Ask and you shall receive… so I mentioned wanting a simple storage spot for just a few things – outgoing letters, a pair of sunglasses, a school note, my ear buds (which I left today and now I’m forced to work without NPR in my left ear all day). And then I saw this image: Board by Design IWEAR Rack from West Elm on my Design*Sponge feed for Living Room / Entry storage ideas. The West Elm site has one photo, and not a lot of information, but I looked up the etsy shop for the maker and found many, many more options. Sweet! I may have a winner – now if I can only decide.

Here are a few that I like:

Leaning towards the last one, walnut, nice and simple. 

a little new, a little blue

The majority of the things on these shelves are things that we already owned, or things handed down to us through the years.  There are a couple of new things though, purchased to fill in a few gaps and add a little color.
I wanted some yellow billy balls for the tall vase that I already owned, and I knew they would look good next to the print I purchased and framed several months back.  Julie sent these and I love them. 

Last thanksgiving we stopped in IKEA in Atlanta (an annual visit) and that visit I had a very specific list.  The only impulse buy was this little gray flower pot.  I really liked the color and the size and I thought it would be great to add a little green to the shelves.  I transplanted some ‘Calico Kitty’ cuttings a few weeks back, but they didn’t take.  I think maybe they got too cold in the transport.  Yesterday I stopped to pick up some new plants, and hopefully these will fare a little better.

And now you might laugh because this might sound strange.  I can generally resist the siren song of Target because I don’t shop there too often, and when I go in I always have a list.  But the other night E and I dropped off a friend and then stopped into Target to get some more laundry detergent and a new toothbrush for F.  I spotted a gray cake stand (not pictured) with a red clearance sticker and I put it into the basket.  Apparently that was an invitation to venture down the aisles I rarely ever travel.
So then I found a heavy vase that could double as a bookend.

And this knit pillow on sale that is absolutely perfect for some lazy couch reading action.  I’ve got a slew of little things to do today, but I’ve also got plans for some of that reading today.  I’m waist deep in Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, and I’m having trouble getting out.

Even my book looks good in this space.

john wesley

I’ve never really been the sort of person who hangs posters or prints around the house with pithy phrases on them – at least not much past grade school when I’m sure I had some Scholastic posters taped to my closet doors.  And then one day – quite out of the blue – I purchased this print by Logophilia.  It’s a quote by John Wesley, who is credited for founding the Methodist movement (the church to which we belong), and it’s one that I’ve heard and seen for years now.  

Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can
-John Wesley

I bought it back in October, in the middle of all the political discourse and debates and constant, constant talk.  There was something about it that I appreciated, and I felt like having it in my house, reading it each day, having my children read it and remember it, even when older.

Wesley has many great quotes attributed to him.  Some other good ones:

Think and let think.
We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others. 

And one that always gives me great hope:

What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.
I particularly enjoyed these last fall as the election neared…
I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.
I believe my favorite is “We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.”  It reminds me of being a child and being told to give someone the benefit of the doubt, or to not be quick to judge.
I don’t believe I’ll be plastering the walls with quotes moving forward, but I’m happy to have that daily reminder of doing “all I can” in every way.