Since last week, I’ve been skimming through design books and looking around at what the natural world has to offer me for inspiration. I was walking home today from downtown and found the perfect small branch of leaves. I brought it home, sketched it, and am debating about the color it should be, although I suppose that depends on the package en route. What I’d like to do is balance out the opposite side of a poem or quote with its mirror image.


For this design scheme, I am debating between a quote from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and something from Pablo Neruda.

Frost’s third and fourth stanzas are particularly meaningful to me because it is representative of the traveler within me. It goes:

“And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”


As for Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda… well, I have a few favorite quotes of his:

“Every day you play with the light of the universe.”


“To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.”


“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

While this last quote is quite long, the love that shines through each word would be read and remembered and I can imagine seeing that each day in my home. I have to measure the amount of space that we actually have for a quote in the foyer, but even if we cut the quote short, perhaps up through “… in which there is no I or you…” it would accomplish the design and intimacy component that I want to capture.


The other two designs are equally as nice, and I can definitely envision something short and sweet between the feathers. Perhaps an idea will strike when I least expect it, or perhaps I’ll write a small thing myself that captures a simple truth of life. After all, that’s what I can see myself detailing on, and reading from, the wall. I want to see an honest truth, something simple, yet meaningful. It is so important to surround yourself and create your home space with meaningful, tactful design and inspiration. Let’s see where the next week brings us!