Reboot/Rethink/Rediscover

My self quarantine started 14 days ago when I flew back to NYC from the Netherlands Antilles, better known to most as St Maarten. My sunny sky and turquoise water memories seen like a distant dream already! Usually (nothing seems usual these days) when one returns from vacation within a few days your memories start to fade, you jump right back into your routine (nothing seems routine these days) and life goes on as expected (nothing seems expected these days)…but my return was far from usual, routine or expected, quite frankly it was scary.

I was actually on my original scheduled flight back to JFK one of the last flights out of St Maarten before the flight ban was enforced. I was one of the lucky ones who had a ticket and did not have to wait on standby to try and leave this beautiful island to return to the rumored chaos at JFK customs. Adorned with a face mask (I actually always travel with an emergency one that a friend gave me a year ago when I returned home sick from overseas…which was never used until 14 days ago) and plastic gloves that I picked up in a grocery store in St Maarten! I felt like an alien coming back to my own country! I left 10 days prior to my return and honestly I arrived on what seemed to be another planet!

Fast forward 14 days….where I have been self quarantined 60 miles outside of NYC in our home that I adore! A place usually where family & friends visit and enjoy cookouts, kayaks, beach adventures and more…but this visit was different, it was indefinite and not in a positive way..not in a vacation type of way and not in a “let’s have friends over way”! This was serious as I needed to sequester myself into my own room and bathroom, eat separately and maintain my distance from my husband and son (my daughter is sequestered in Holland due to her studies and could not get home in time before the chaos started) Our lives were not usual, routine or expected anymore!

Looking back during these past 14 days…and looking ahead to when life will return to a more usual, routine and expected way..I realized that I will not return to my usual, routine and expected life…the world has changed and so have I….here’s where the “Reboot, Rethink & Rediscover” awareness comes in…I keep asking myself what can we all learn from this, is this an opportunity to change our thinking…and I believe it is. I know that I feel I can live with less, make food last longer while not wasting any of it. I tried new recipes, read many books and cleaned my home like I never did before! I am teaching myself new computer programs and zooming with our designers all over the country and overseas! We are all nervous with the uncertainty that lies ahead but are up for the challenge of coming back wiser, stronger and more compassionate. I have to BELIEVE that my design team will return to our beautiful design studio in nyc where we can once again collaborate in person and learn from each other…but until that time I am rebooting, rethinking and rediscovering…My new attic office that I created today with items from other rooms in the farmhouse. I dreamt of doing this for years… I am so excited to work in this space tomorrow surrounded by many of my favorite things. This farm table was a find from the Brimfield antique market from 20+ years ago, our antique chair has been in the family for the past 30+ years and recently was reupholstered with my Studio NYC Design fabric and of course our rattan ottoman from Home Nature in Southampton that will serve as another work space for my desktop computer!

Prior to my attic office I was using our guest room as a work space before realizing that this quarantine will last many more weeks and I needed a larger space to work and create!

I do not see a Dead End…I see New Beginnings🙏🏻and I am grateful to the frontline heroes who are helping our country respond to this pandemic, every healthcare worker, EMT, police officer, firefighter, grocer, trucker, store clerk, mail carrier, hospital staff and nurses/doctors and countless others who have stepped up during these uncertain times.

Other imagery:

East Quogue Rainbow Chalk Drawing

Beach Wave Walk By Myself

Brimfield Desk Cleaning

Homemade Goat Cheese, Spinach, Leek and Mushroom Quiche

Social Distancing Seagulls

Remnants Of The Day Sandcastle

Nature Walk By Myself

New Beginnings

All Images Property of Color, Chaos & Creativity.

Wynwood Miami-An Inspirational Artists Paradise

Finally had a moment to explore the streets of Wynwood in Miami and they did not disappoint…if you are a fan of graffiti, updated eateries, craft beer and interesting boutiques, this is your inspirational paradise!

Best to park (download pay by phone) parking app and walk the streets to view as much graffiti as possible. The artwork is truly amazing and is varied in style, scale and medium. Some pieces are 3-D, others are etched techniques, airbrushed and mixed media. Colors run the gamet from neon, primary, earth tones and black&white.

As a designer, the vibe I felt was a celebration of the Arts, a restoration of an industrial area that is now surrounded by colorful love through design! Reminded me of the streets of Soho back in the 1980’s….probably because the same family that helped inspire Soho NYC back in the day had a similar vision for Wynwood in Miami.

In 2009, The Goldman Family had a vision for this area and the Wynwood Walls were born consisting of 6 separate warehouses where the exterior walls serve as giant canvases for the greatest street art collection ever assembled in one place. (@wynwoodwallsofficial http://www.wynwoodwalls.com)

Posting some of my favorites and apologizing in advance if I could not find the artist to give the proper “shout out”to! Best to view on your own and fall in love with this creative town paying homage to culture, design, style and artistic freedom!

@kobrastreetart
WYN Wood Block

Cryptik
Earnest Zacharevic Lithuania


Wynwood Gallery Suggestions:

Art Fusion

Bake house Art Complex

Wynwood Warehouse Project

Wynwood 28

Wynwood Blank Canvas Project

If all this art viewing and innovative shopping motivates your appetite try some of the following innovative restaurant choices in Wynwood:

SuViche Wynwood

Wynwood Kitchen

R House Wynwood

KUSH

Morgan’s Restaurant

Joey’s Italian Cafe

Alter Bar and Restaurant

GK Bistronomie

SUGARCANE raw bar and grill

Made in Italy Gourmet

Baccano

MIAM Cafe

The Lunchbox

Concrete Beach Brewery

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden and Grill

Juicy Lu (Vegetarian)

Bunbury Miami

Wynwood Brewing Company

Pride and Joy BB

Wynwood Shop Suggestions

Nomad Tribe

Special thanks to the Goldman Family for allowing a space like this to exist…but I have been a fan for years as I was married 28 years ago at The Green Street Cafe in Soho NY owned by this trendsetting family!

Neon in the Night-VEGAS STYLE

Well..I will never look at neon lights the same way after my night time tour at The Neon Museum located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd N in Las Vegas.

This 501c (3) organization was established in 1996 to help preserve the history of these tell tale lights. The hour tour is filled with Vegas history including tidbits from the Rat Pack days, Bugsy Siegel and downtown Vegas trivia.

Spend a visual hour learning about the history of neon, the designers that created them, font type specifics and leave with a different understanding about Vegas….lots of color, a little bit of chaos (past history) but mostly the creativity that these lights stood for!

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Creativity Everywhere

 PS 163 Alfred E Smith Public School NYC

First post of 2016 for colorchaosandcreativity and we decided to change it up a bit…still talking about creativity…but through our local community in NYC.

While passing our neighborhood public school we noticed that they were awarded a Neighborhood Grant by the Citizens Committee for NYC.

Over the past few years we have watched teachers, parents and family members of PS 163 work together to create a better learning experience for the students. Nice to see a community working together for positive change, both inside and outside the school!

The Citizens Committee offers micro-grants for your community building projects. The funds come from a combination of corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donations. They take care of raising the money so you can carry out your project.

Please visit their website to see all grant options and spread the word about The Citizens Committee!

For more info go to citizensnyc.org