taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Home Tour: Master Bedroom!


Hi friends! 

I thought I'd share another room tour today. As I've said in the others, we're slowly making this place our home, and we're loving it. This summer is so different from last. Last summer we were just moving in, and this summer we're settled. What a difference it is to not be in transition, no? 

Today I'm sharing our master bedroom. Enjoy the tour!

xxoxo,
Kelly Rae




This room has large ceiling that form a peak - love that! The big metal star has never been happier than in this space. Our bedspread is a patchwork of vintage sari's. We found it in a shop in HI years ago and we fell in love instantly. 

The "hello love" banner was part of my home decor collection a few years ago and I love having it as our makeshift headboard. 



Our tutu wearing manniquin is a master bedroom staple. We loved it in the old house, too. The print on the wall is one of the first pieces of art John and I ever bought as a couple before we were engaged. That was about 17 years ago! 



The letters light up. Love, love, love. 

And the curtains were made by my mom. So grateful! I love how they coordinate with the gray rug. 

The dresser was John's when I met him all of those years ago. Loved his style then, and now. 



Sweet little side table John and I found years and years ago at a little thrift/flea/junk store. We hauled it all the way from Florida to Portland. Love pieces that have good memories associated with them! 



This little bonus nook is adorbs. True climbs into this space each morning after waking us up at 6:30. 





My dear friend Mati painted the birdie painting when we taught at an art retreat in Italy in 2008. I will cherish it always. 



A little peek of my dressing/jewelry nook. 



Having moved to this space from a sweet, but little bungalow, I almost didn't know what to do with all this space. I mean, an entire nook for built-in drawers and vanity space? LOVE! 



The view from the drawer nook :)

I am grateful every stinkin' time I see this view. 



I've been layering vintage style mirrors over the big wall mirrors in the bathrooms and I'm digging the look. Makes it feel more cozy, less modern, and more fun. 

The sign is from Barn Owl Primitives. 



Best part of our bedroom? The soaker tub. This baby gets used. A lot. Love, love, and more. My friend Stephanie made the gorgeous painting as a gift for us after True was born. Here's a post that share the whole thing. So gorgeous! 

Annnnnd that's a wrap! Another room tour coming soon!

XO! 







Friday, August 21, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Family Times, Dressing Up in Joy, and Yard Sale Finds!


I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, August 14

I took a short trip to Manzanita yesterday with a couple of girlfriends. This little town holds so much magic for me. It would be a dream to be able to own a little cabin here someday. The weather was gorgeous and so much peace in my soul. Love you, #manzanita! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1021310411454761888_4682769

NOTICE: You are hereby allowed to be happy, to love yourself, to realize your worth, to believe in great things, and to be treated with love and respect. I've seen this quote floating around the Internet, and I adore it. Good reminder going into the weekend, my friends. Have a great one! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1031236835330443657_4682769

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - Audrey Hepburn A hopeful spirit if there ever was one! Here's to a weekend of celebrating your gifts! This one reads "our impossibility is our greatest gift." Print available from my shop! #kellyraeroberts #celebrate #possibility - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1036307794030709145_4682769
Adore when businesses sneak in messages of love and hope. This was a little tea shop in the woods last week. Love is SO worth it. 100%.

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And then she followed her heart...
And let joy in... Amazing things happen when let joy into our hearts. Hope you have a joy-filled weekend!


Currently in bed with a nasty cold. Hoping to drift off soon. But first I'm diving further into this most interesting biography of Edgar Cayce.

Saturday, August 15


 
Loving this capture of my parents. Aren't they cute? Endlessly grateful for these two. ♥️❤️


These two are exactly four weeks apart in age. They've been great friends since they were babies. I love that they hug each other fiercely, play well, work it out when they are upset, and hold hands while running. Witnessing childhood makes me beam. Also, True told me today that he does NOT think our house is beautiful because he "prefers rainbow colors, but your earrings sure are beautiful, mama!"

Sunday, August 16


We call this room our family fort. It's where we watch movies, rough house, play games, build forts. Anyway, the other day John and I fell in love with this rug from Pottery Barn and we decided to just start layering rugs. Why not? I'm super inspired by The Jungalow right now. Plants. Rugs. I'm so not a minimalist when it comes to decor. I'm a collector and maximalist and loving how our home is coming together, layer by layer. I have a home tour coming up for you guys soon!

Monday, August 17
 
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She was learning to silence the noise,
and reawaken to her own bright bloom.
Here's to reawakening, my friends. Let's make this week a good one.



It's a dressed up in jpy day over here. Also, so happy to have little piggies while I await a hair cut. It's the little things, no? This week is a biggie: filming a new video for my upcoming new website, making new art, working on the backyard, and more.


Tuesday, August 18


So good.
Regram from Sabrina Ward Harrison.


Based on the extreme cheekiness that's happening in this photo, it's safe to say we're having a good time. Susan Roderick is here filming a new video for me, ya'll, and she is so fun.

Wednesday, August 19
 

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Dear Child.
I promise to come alive with joy when you enter the room (I want you to feel loved and celebrated). I promise to encourage you to dream big and reach toward possibility with faith and courage along the way.
I promise to create, play, dance, and sing with you (joyful creative abandon will be valued). I promise to teach you about how to be brave in sadness and brave in love.
There will be pain, fear, joy and love.
I will be with you, side by side, to guide you through all of it.
I promise to practice gratitude with you so we can feel joy and abundance in all things.
I promise to provide a safe, nurturing home where you have full permission to be who you are.
May you always know how deeply you are loved, how your life shines brightly and how your heart is never alone.


Paint on hands is always a good thing.

Thursday, August 20
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She was on a journey back to her wings...


Did you guys know we have small gift books out in the world? Big thanks to @jasituphandstamped for posting this beautiful look at one the gift books! This page reads "May you hold fiercely to what matters most." For those who might be interested, these are available at the online retailer Garden Gallery


Scored this beauty at a yard sale last week.


That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

XO,
Kelly Rae



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Introducing True® by Kelly Rae Roberts!


It is with so much excitement that I'd like to announce a new brand/collection that I've been working on for what seems like forever. Soon after True was born (almost five years ago!), I was inspired to create a new collection of work that captures all the sweetness and tenderness of being in a family. 

All these moons later, it's finally here......

True® by Kelly Rae Roberts communicates the essence of togetherness– the small moments, the big loves, the nuanced beauty of everyday living with those we love. True love, true connection, true living– this is the heart of the messages, the imagery, and the intention behind this brand.

I want these pieces to find their way into living spaces where stories and connection are shared, where imperfect living is celebrated, and where honest, real, true love is nurtured. I believe in surrounding ourselves, always, in beauty and truth. And I hope these pieces inspire you to do the same.

I wanted to share some peeks from the lookbook. Please enjoy..............



ALWAYS & FOREVER TRUE

For those of you interested, these prints are available in my print shop.

Ultimately, my hope is that this growing collection find its way into homes where love and togetherness are celebrated– in family rooms, kid rooms, living rooms– anywhere families come together. I envision everything from large statement wall art pieces, to small gift sized products, to stationery and photo albums, to soft goods, to home decor. The options are endless and I seek to partner with a company that shares my values– one that celebrates creativity, love, connection, and ultimately, all things True.

Big love,
Kelly Rae



Sunday, August 16, 2015

My evening ritual/practice



In the last couple of years, I've been trying to integrate some everyday soul work practices into my life. These practices include simple but deeply soul filling things like The Wear Your Joy Project, giving myself eons of permission to create alone time, going to bed early, getting regular massages, working with healers, morning green smoothies, commuting with my bike - things like that. It took me a long time to realize that these simple daily rituals were indeed part of my practice of staying true to who I am, and awakening who I want to become.

One of my favorite practices I've been doing for a couple of years involves a nightly ritual. It's been transformative for me, and I'm feeling called to share it with you.

Here's what I do. When I fall in bed, I close my eyes. After doing a quick meditation, I count on one hand all the things I'm grateful for from that day. Usually it's things like "watching True light up during his dancing" , "receiving a kind note from so and so" , "witnessing the sunset" , and so on. I love this gratitude practice. Although I'm not journaling the gratitude, I'm conscious of taking in each gratitude, one by one, breath by breath, until I've counted out five. Sometimes I get to five easily and sometimes, on those harder days, it take me awhile. Either way, I am conscious of receiving it all in my body, in my bones.

Then, with the other hand, I count out five things I've done well that day. This is harder than it sounds. I started this particular practice because I was noticing how hard I can be on myself despite feeing a sense of accomplishment, peace, and joy. I wanted to fall asleep not just grateful, but knowing I tried to be my best self - everyday. I don't allow myself to list accomplishments, but rather things that took some intention and consciousness. Things like "asking for what I needed despite the urge to soldier through" , "saying I'm sorry to John, showing up for that moment" , "choosing to not fight a certain battle with my 4 yr old and instead connecting with him" , "being fully present with my family and not multitasking."

I can't tell you how HARD this practice started out for me, how difficult it was to come up with five things each evening. But as I made my way through it, it's helped me honor just how much intention I try and live each day. That's something to acknowledge, celebrate, and hold up to all the gremlins that come through each day. I encourage you to try it! And let me know how it goes.

XO,
Kelly Rae



Ps: Registration is in full swing for my new, upcoming e-course, and I'm thrilled with the enthusiastic response! I can't thank you enough! Early bird, introductory price of $99 is still available. And class doesn't start until October 5th. I'd love it if you joined us. All the details are here. XXoo








Friday, August 14, 2015

My Instagram Weekly Round Up – Unplugged on Traveling Journeys...


I'm obsessed with Instagram – it's my favorite online home! Here's a recap from the last week, and for those of you who aren't on Instagram, come and join me! And you can click here to see all the Instagram updates right here on my blog!

Friday, August 7

I took a short trip to Manzanita yesterday with a couple of girlfriends. This little town holds so much magic for me. It would be a dream to be able to own a little cabin here someday. The weather was gorgeous and so much peace in my soul. Love you, #manzanita! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1021310411454761888_4682769

NOTICE: You are hereby allowed to be happy, to love yourself, to realize your worth, to believe in great things, and to be treated with love and respect. I've seen this quote floating around the Internet, and I adore it. Good reminder going into the weekend, my friends. Have a great one! - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1031236835330443657_4682769

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - Audrey Hepburn A hopeful spirit if there ever was one! Here's to a weekend of celebrating your gifts! This one reads "our impossibility is our greatest gift." Print available from my shop! #kellyraeroberts #celebrate #possibility - See more at: http://iconosquare.com/viewer.php#/detail/1036307794030709145_4682769
May we always be connected in our traveling journeys....


Sunday, August 9


And we all had such a sweet time together. We live in a gorgeous world, friends. And I am grateful to the people who hold the space, create beauty, and encourage us all to find and express our gold. ��

Monday, August 10
 
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"Happiness is the experience of living every moment with love, grace, and gratitude." – Denis Waitley

Moment to moment....



Really happy to be back to work this week in non camping clothes but rather dressed up in joy clothes. The Wear Your Joy Project continues! Over 1k of you have signed up to do this project with me! So grateful for all the inspiration that has flowed in and out of this project as we make what's in our hearts visible and wearable!


C'mon little bud, you can do it, put a little power to it! ��


Goodnight sweet studio. It was lovely to be back in your colorful world today! Ahhhhhh


Lounging a bit here in the backyard for a bit, watching the sunset and a robin eat the worms in our grass. My heart has been sensitive lately, getting its feelings hurt a bit. Never a comfortable feeling, especially when it has to do with belonging. Sitting with it, feeling it all, and trusting in my journey. It all matters.

Tuesday, August 11


One of my favorites from last weekend in the woods.

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Dear You,
Now is the time to follow your heart's deepest calling.
Sincerely, Faith


John just brought this dahlia in from the backyard. 

Wednesday, August 12
 


I have a love/hate relationship with being unplugged. But anything that allows more presence wins in my book. I loved this sign that was up in the woods last weekend. So perfect, no?


This morning during 630am snuggles, he investigated my nostrils. "Mama, looks like you're all clear except for the fur. But that's okay because the fur keeps the dust from getting in."


Thursday, August 13
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Become a Possibilitarian... Throughout the years, this word, "possibilitarian," has stuck with me. It is a motivator, a grounder, a reminder of who I want to be. I have so much gratitude that this word found me somehow, and continues to be a guiding light.
 

Best bowl in Portland from my favorite lunch spot. Kale, tempeh, hazelnuts, quinoa, beans, advocado, Buddha sauce.

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My biz mgr Betsy has an amazing blog with all sorts of invaluable information for artists. Had to repost her latest IG post as I get this question a lot. Head to her feed and link in profile for more info. Also, need creative biz consultation? Betsy is your gal.
#Repost @february13creative ・・・
Wondering if that image you’re inspired by is in the public domain, free for your outright use or creative interpretation? Today on the blog, we start short a series to help you navigate this rich public resource. 


Today. Today was waking up to a sore throat, a little one with a fever. Today was so much gratitude to the response to my new painting course (starts in 6 weeks!). Today was writing a new blog post and catching up with office mates and a delish lunch. It was sleeping in and dreaming about our next family adventure. It was filming a fun couch chat with another friend and sneaking in a little Green Bay Packer watching. A good day. Totally digging this day. And these flowers. Whoa.


That's it for this week! Check back here next week for another update, or join us over on Instagram for daily photos and thoughts!

XO,
Kelly Rae




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