Monday, October 14, 2013

Tick Tock Mindfulness

“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."
Robert Louis Stevenson An Inland Voyage



A quiet mind. It is something that I aspire to as I journey toward a calm life. But there will always be something to disturb my peace. I psych myself up and then have a dead iPhone, 72 spelling words, a forgotten lunchbox, a government shutdown as I'm trying to sell my house threaten my great day. So I must find that thing inside me that ticks on regardless of what's happening around me.

Likewise a clock can be a steadying force in a room's design.

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This collection of three cuckoo clocks makes an interesting focal point. By using an odd number and balancing it through size and color, it looks curated and not random.

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In this semi-modern kitchen, the stainless steel frame of the industrial wall clock mixes nicely with the wall oven, cabinet hardware, and light fixture.
 
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This vintage clock works well over the fireplace. Its oversized dimensions are perfect for drawing the eye up toward the cathedral ceilings. 

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A similar style works nicely in this rustic modern dining room.

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For traditional elegance, though, nothing beats a grandfather clock. This is the Arendal by Howard Miller. I love how the rich cherry finish contrasts with the filmy white drapes.

Do you use clocks in your decor? What's your favorite style? How do you get your mind to tick quietly?

This has been day 14 of the 31 Days of ... A Calm Life series.

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