Most people know me as a person who appreciates simplicity — in dress, in my home, in life in general. But I also love the unexpected flourish. Found today in a strip-mall Mexican restaurant — a fountain, decorated with flowers of brilliant orange and yellow. It walked the fine line between garish and whimsical, but fell (in my humble opinion) firmly on the side of charming, aided by sun from a skylight and the contrast provided by deep blue Mexican tiles. In Central Asia, drivers of “jingle trucks” decorate ordinary rides with every absurd embellishment imaginable. (Trust me when I say you must Google it.) In central Indiana, this blogger decorated her drab dorm room of off-white cinder block with paper lanterns and fresh lilacs from outside the science building. (Incidentally, the only time I ever visited the science building.) Sometimes ordinary life needs a garnish.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso