High Times

We never know where our journey will lead us.  That's one of the most beautiful things about being open to whatever.  On my journey from fashion to interiors, incorporating coaching along the way, I now find myself helping my husband in his new business venture (as if I am not busy enough).  My gastroenterologist husband is now a certifying medical marijuana physician.  I have been helping him, in as much as I can.  Like  anything new,  I had to educate myself on all of this, or reeducate myself as the case may be, since I am approaching it now from a different perspective.

I am absolutely convinced that within 5 years, this will become so mainstream we'll wonder what all the fuss was  about.  I am not saying there aren't serious questions that arise and need to be investigated.  I cannot predict the future, but I do know once you open Pandora's box, there is no going back.  It is so new to Pennsylvania, we look to other states to see where it is going and how businesses are embracing it.

The relief is real so it would be an obvious choice for the wellness community to embrace it with open arms.  It is being incorporated in all kinds of ways.  Massage therapists incorporate oils and tinctures into a massage.  If you have not heard of the food industry jumping on the bandwagon in a big way, you soon will.  I'm not talking about gummy bears and chocolate brownies either.  High end caterers and chefs are creating recipes that include cannabis as the ingredient du jour.

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Veterinarians have been prescribing cannabis for animals with much success for some time, helping with everything from separation anxiety to joint issues.  Marijuana is moving from the recreational, depending on your state, and medicinal into the spiritual realm.  Yogis are incorporating it into their yoga practice as a means to become more deeply relaxed and enable practitioners to attain enlightenment, the ultimate goal of yoga.

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I am not even necessarily talking about getting high.  There are salves, lotions, drops, oils and who knows what else that helps with our aches and pains.  These products do not have the THC properties.  Again, this is on a state by state basis.  THC is where the high comes from.  CBD is a component of cannabis and does not get you high.  There is however, a mind body property that is a nice component of cannabis that relaxes one without the mind altering effect.

Terpene or terpenoid profiles give cannabis its scent, like an essential oil.   We now need to think outside the box.  So, when you think in terms of aromatherapy oils, and experimenting with scent it opens a whole other way to think about cannibis.   How else can we use it, in what other products?  The home sector is an obvious next step!  I have no idea where this will all lead, but mark my words, whether you agree or disagree, marijuana is becoming mainstream and we have no idea where it will all lead.

It is a sustainable green industry, no pun intended, that continues to become more refined as it grows (I keep doing it, don't I)?

This is like the wild west ~ the future is unknown.  I find that terribly exciting.  Whatever your view, pro or con, business is booming!  Baby boomers are one of the biggest demographics to acknowledge the benefits of medicinal marijuana as we all look for pain relief from the natural ravages of time and illness.  With addiction out of control, the days of overprescribing opioids are coming to an end!  We need alternatives.  This is one and it's  here and here to stay.

Kitchen Dreaming

Bakes and Kropp

I have been dreaming of a new kitchen as of late.  It would definitely include warm wood with a rustic touch, a contemporary, clean lined aesthetic with lots of built in gadgets and mixed metals.

 These are some pictures I am inspired by at this time.  Insert sigh here.

I am wowed by a sculptural statement

and herringbone or chevron patterned floors to bring in an old world yet totally contemporary feel.  This mirrored island is to die for, but the fingerprint situation creates drawbacks.

Anne Louise Due de F√łnss

I am over my beige cabinets.  I want white and bright!  While white kitchens are still trending, warmth is built in by way of layered materials,

Jute Interior Design

Jennifer Asmar

and open to the gorgeousness of a combination of woods.

Marble is a must have for me but quartz is a close second.  Dark countertops are reappearing.  Apparently, as told to me by a realtor, "Nobody wants granite right now."  Hood ranges are becoming an obvious focal point when upper cabinets are omitted.

I love the open shelf concept.  Open shelving is not going anywhere.  It's an obvious place to make a statement.

I am dying for a waterfall countertop, perhaps with a niche

I always wanted a built in coffee maker just because its too cool for school.  Reclaimed wood or anything rustic makes my heart pitter patter.  Pecky cypress bridges the rustic and the refined.

And if it included a Lindsey Adelman light fixture, I'd be forever grateful

Kelly Behun

A WOW  moment is never off trend.
Grey was on everyone's hit list last year, but  blue or blue-grey are making more of an appearance. According to Elle Decor, sage is the color of the season.

Charlotte Lucas

A girl can dream

Photos from Pinterest.  If any of these projects are yours or you know whose they are, let me know so I can give credit where credit is due

The Year in Review

I love a good year in review.  These are the Carrie's Design Musings top posts from 2017 in case you missed them or are interested in seeing them again.  What is most interesting is... many of the most popular posts have something to do with mindfulness.  This is a conversation I have been spending some time talking about this year.  What energy, literally and figuratively, are we dwelling in?  It confirms that my new found interest is resonating with you as well.  I am happy that is the case. Thank you.

A Clean Slate ~ I am thrilled this story's popularity allowed me to republish it because it's a point I could talk about again and again.

 Energetically Speaking  ~ My love of crystals and talk of energy will certainly continue into 2018

Pied-a-Teardown Addendum ~ This story brought with it a lot of attention.  Emmy Rossum has moved on, but her actions will live on in infamy

Incorporating Antiques ~ is always a good idea

An "I Can Do It" Attitude ~ my girlfriend will be quite pleased she made it into the top posts story.  It's a tale as old as time.  We can do anything if we set our mind to it!

Cube Formula ~ This story had legs. I was out and about talking to  a woman I had never met before.  I was telling her I was obsessed with decorative ice cubes.  She said, that's funny, I just read a blog post about that.  Guess who's blog she read?  We screamed in unison.

A Neutra in the Neighborhood ~ I loved that it was a little surprise that I did not even know existed in my hood, Oh I could be so happy here!

The Ibu Movement ~ Shopping for fabulous crafts by talented women from around the world coupled with philanthropy is a win/win always.  Plus, meeting Ali McGraw and hearing her speak passionately about her ambassadorship was thrilling.

The Language of Flowers in Feng Shui ~ this was a blog post and a Facebook Live discussion. People are passionate about their flowers and how to display (or not display) them!

I am eternally grateful for your readership.  May we continue together in 2018!  Good things are