Thank you all for the really nice comments about our house! It was fun to share with you, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed it.
I am definitely not an interior designer, but have gathered experience over the years by helping friends and family with their homes, not to mention experimenting in my own home(s). My friend Tricia has challenged me to learn more and broaden my horizons, as well as given me her own, very talented and artistic perspective. We have often been delighted in collaborating our unique visions into one finished product that exceeds our own separate ideas.
I've always loved art as well, but found the best fit for me when I found myself in need of artwork for some of my decorating projects. That is usually my best inspiration for art. When it's not a space that inspires me, it's a person (or combination of both). I love to create a piece of art for a specific person. Just thinking about them and praying for them ends up inspiring the whole piece. Since being in Montana, I have also found great inspiration in nature, but I still seem to need the human element to complete the vision. I believe that art (like home decor) is very much about people. I love trying to see life and beauty through another's eyes! The two pieces of art in my home were ones that were solely inspired by the need to be creative. With no other parameters to go on, I ended up creating something that I loved for my own home (which is not something that I can say about every other piece I've created). So that's my art/home decor history in a nutshell. I hope it helps to answer any questions that you may have...
As always, thank you all for your love and support. Thank you for sticking with us through the pain and sadness and for delighting with us in our joy... and for being there when the tears come back again. So many ups and downs. Thank you for staying on the roller coaster ride!