Can Joy Be Found In Nautical Throw Pillows Or Jellybean Rugs? YES!

Money might not buy me happiness, but it can buy the perfect pillow to accent my favorite chair in the room that brings me joy.

Joy (joi) noun. A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. I certainly want more joy in my life, and I invite you to come with me to find the simple ways to have more of it.

First stop; COLOR, it can make you joyful, it can also make you happy, sad, relaxed, stressed, energized or lazy. Color can even make you skinny!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well not exactly, but it can help suppress our appetite.

Any weekend decorating warrior knows picking a color for your room can be anything but joyful. There are just too many choices. Most people start with colors they like or colors that are supposed to bring better resale value like the neutrals. Each choice is fine but usually leads to a labyrinth of paint samples and fabric swatches, tears and wall shaking screams. I would like to take a moment and say I am sorry to my neighbors.
How can this be easier? By deciding what you want to feel in each room, warm? Relaxed? Hopeful? Or maybe passionate?

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Calm down, we are on the same page…. we begin with passion. Save money on candles invest in the light purples and pinks. Each of these evoke feelings of nostalgia and passion. They make women feel more feminine and beautiful. Men feel calmer and more hopeful about romance. Some athletic teams paint the opposing team locker room pink to make them more lethargic and get their minds off work.
The color purple is not just a movie starring Oprah, its the color of power and royalty. How is that for an aphrodisiac!!

How can we talk about romance without red the color of hearts and love. The color most people think of as passionate, red makes us feel loved and more sexy. It is also the the color that makes men think about romance the most. I must warn you, red can also overwhelm and over stimulate so it is better as an accent, maybe some pillows or small touches.

When you are finally ready to leave the bedroom you will probably want to relax. What color or colors will help you achieve this? It is smooth sailing ahead.

hand painted mailbox with beach palms

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Painting Mailboxes Brings Me Joy; What About You?

Welcome to Cottage and Cabana’s new weekly blog!  While in the past we have written FYI and DIY articles about hand painted items, mainly hand painted mailboxes, we’ve found that blogging is not only enjoyable, but can be helpful and enlightening to you, as well as us.   With my background in Nursing, Small Business, Teaching, and Arts, there’s a great variety of fun and interesting topics here.  I would like to focus our blogs on the helpful and fun aspects of art and hand painting, home decor, health and well being, and small business ownership.  Why?  Because joy can be found here.   Yes, joy, even in small business ownership.   Read our blogs and along the way, you will see it all unfold before you.  And, I hope you will join us by leaving comments, and as well, please  follow us!

What is joy?

Joy (joi)  a state of happiness or felicity.  This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster.  I see joy as small bites of happiness.  Little building blocks of happy that connect to make a big, more permanent feeling, joy.  This is a life style and a choice.  Happiness ebbs and flows, but joy, once discovered, becomes a part of you.    I want to find these little happiness pieces and make them a part of my everyday.  Wouldn’t you like to do the same?   My aim is to find what gives me joy and learn to focus on that, and not the parts of my life and the world around me that try to destroy joy.  We want to invite you, the reader, on this journey and hopefully find your own joy.

Joy can be found in the little things; some examples are; colors, trinkets, pillows, comfy furniture, flowers, foods, health and maybe even the sounds of typing on an old typewriter.   The secret of joy is less is more.  The best selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, tells us joy can be found by getting rid of things. She teaches that we should look at the things around us and say goodbye to all the things that do not bring joy.  Some of the things we keep around can make us feel guilty or sad.  We keep them because we feel we have to.   We don’t!  Be selective, clutter is the killer of joy.  Invest in yourself, give yourself the best you can of what you discover brings you joy.

Most people think they know what makes them happy and most find themselves dissatisfied when they have it.  Knowing what brings you joy is something people do not spend a lot of time on, but I have said before, I believe this is how you build happiness.  This blog is going to explore the simple and small joys in life and how to identify them.  I am very excited to  begin the search for joy, and I am so excited to share it with you!

hand pianted mailbox with bluebird
Hand Painted Mailbox – Happy Bluebird

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