Today is a big day for us. We've officially launched our new brand The Whiskey Porch, which appropriately coincides with National Simplicity Day. No accident, really. I wanted to set a goal to work towards and force me not to work it to death, in an attempt to achieve perfection, before hitting the 'launch' button.
That's one thing I've come to learn in life -- perfection will never be achieved, and done is better than perfect. And, so, here we are! Happy to be with you and striving full speed ahead to create and share all kinds of ideas and inspiration.
To get us started, I wanted to write just a little bit about two things: What is The Whiskey Porch all about? And, why launch on National Simplicity Day?
so what is 'the whiskey porch'?
perfect balance -- whether it be in a craftsman bungalow, a tiny historic cottage, or somewhere yet to be discovered.
What is a 'Nordic bungalow'
I'm sure you might be wondering: what is a Nordic bungalow anyhow?
I can imagine what might come to mind first, for many of you: spare, minimalist, austere, or modern. And I'm actually not going to say that those concepts are wrong, but they are surely not my design aesthetic.
I am most definitely NOT a minimalist, or particularly modern. My style and personality are evidently not spare in any way (just ask my family!) My homes have never been bare or austere - in fact, visitors and friends have always said how warm and comfortable they felt.
I am actually Swedish, and grew up there as a native speaker. I truly love and appreciate most of the architecture and Scandinavian design - both ancient and modern. And that must be part of what informs my approach.
But truly the definition of a "Nordic bungalow" to me is more of an idea and lifestyle than any particular architecture or design. And it should be imagined and formed in the eye of the owner with those ideas in mind.
I am not even sure that anyone else out there is using the term "Nordic bungalow" - yet. So, we will create a vision of what that is as we go along here at The Whiskey Porch.
I will be sharing lots of ideas and details about my particular flavor of Nordic bungalow here in Prescott, Arizona. Ours is a tiny 1924 craftsman bungalow that happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places. You will find the whole story about Juniper Hill Cottage in a separate blog. I will also be blogging about the Nordic concepts and ideas that are central to this lifestyle & design.
contentment and possibility
Contentment & possibility is equally hard to define.
I'm passionate about small, historic bungalows and the artful design and lifestyle that is imbued in that concept - but crafting it in a modern way with a Nordic aesthetic and ethos.
I believe an inspired life goal should be to find contentment in the simple pleasure of existence and not in seeking wealth or accumulation of 'more'.
I realize that's not very American. The American dream is, or has been, to strive for the highest pinnacle in a career of your choosing so that you can afford an impressive and large new home with plenty of garage and closet space for all your .... stuff. Or at least, that's the version that's most familiar to me and most of my friends and co-workers.
I spent much of my life dutifully following that path. And it never really worked, although I was quite "successful". It just didn't fill me with peace and contentment. Even though I had everything I needed and really wanted, and so did my children.
Here's what I finally came to embrace:
If you are breathless and at your limits every day, then it might be worthwhile to reconsider your priorities.
So -- here it is: Our mission is to share this lifestyle and design concept to foster contentment in a smaller, simpler lifestyle.
(By the way, if you are wondering what's up with all the Dragonfly images, stay tuned... I'll be explaining that in a separate blog post. Consider our RSS feed to stay connected.)
launching on national simplicity day
It's an interesting thing - I didn't even really know there was such a "holiday" until last year. But it was clear to me that this was THE perfect day to launch this new brand into the e-verse.
So, today he would have been 202 years old. But his ideas and words are still meaningful and thought provoking.
He wanted us to seek a simpler life, and consider how to truly live in the moment. Pay less attention to the insignificant things that distract us. And truly, much of what we collect and amass during our lifetimes is temporary and a distraction. Seek peace and true quiet - when you can.
Just to be clear, I am in no way advocating that we should all go live in the woods, alone. But still his principles and life are inspiring.
If you are curious and want to learn more about this man or his book "Walden", here's a link.
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thanks for reading
So, it's a lot of work to build a website - all by yourself! I had envisioned having a few articles done by now, but that's not in the cards.
Hang tight, though, because I'm working on a couple drafts and now that I'm able to focus on content that will be my priority.