I am a firm believer is finding the beauty in life’s simple pleasures. And don’t you find life more inspiring when you are able to delight in the things around you? I love the way Boston artist Marian Dioguardi‘s paintings celebrate ordinary treasures.
I am a nester. I like to be surrounded by lovely things, things that carry meaning for me, objects that are not only functional but inspire me– whether through their color, design or the memories they hold. Our current lifestyle means that we travel relatively light. Most of my favorite things are in storage in Florida. But there are pieces we travel with that make each place feel like home– my turquoise tea kettle, used every day to boil water for coffee, a framed photo from our wedding day, a small painting I did for George of Mt. Rainier.
Whenever we reach a new place, it begins to feel like home once I hang the pictures, place the tea kettle on the stove. Their presence is comforting, reassuring.. they are constants in a life that is ever changing.
One day, we’ll dig our feet in and put down roots. And all my every day treasures will come home with me, filling a new home with the love and beauty and memories they carry. There will also be new treasures, ones that George & I will find together through our travels and one day, they’ll remind us of what an amazing life it has been.
To see more of Marian Dioguardi’s work, please visit her website. What about you? Do you have any cherished every day treasures?
Featured image is Sitting Pretty in Turquoise, oil on cradled panel, 36×24. All images are via the artist’s website.