Author: gallagher

Buffalo Skin Rugs For My Home

Buffalo Skin Rugs For My Home

I remember a time when I would look through magazines with my mother and envision the perfect house that would fit our style. We would go through different pages and pick and choose which art pieces, furniture, and trinkets that would go into our non-existent home. It wasn’t until recently that I would come to find that the planning and designing of our make-believe homes would be one of the only memories I had of my mother from when she was still healthy.

Nearly two years ago, my mother passed away and left a wall full of signs to me and my sister. Some were gifts, some handmade, and some were diamonds in the rough that she had discovered at the little shops littering downtown Salina. I remember in the days following her passing staring at the wall. There was no distinct color pattern, design, or theme among the little signs, but in some odd way, it all went together. I had grown an odd attachment to the signs, and for some reason could not think of even putting them up in any other house. To me, the signs were a part of my mother; a time capsule remembering a time of when she was still alive. I had been able to keep tears at bay for hours until the signs were placed in boxes and sent back to our home and my buffalo skin rug.

Weeks, months, and even a year had passed since she died, and the signs remained locked away in boxes, collecting dust. The little signs that I had grown fond of had quickly disappeared from my mind until mid-March of 2017. I had been frantically looking for lightbulbs when I came across the box. Wrapped in newspaper and pieces of cloth, the signs were preserved perfectly. I remember the rush of memories and emotion hit me like a freight train, and I couldn’t contain the tears.

I sat on the dusty garage floor, and one by one unwrapped the signs. I remember staring down at them, tears running down my face as I recalled my mother telling me all about the newest addition to her collection. She had asked for my input and help to put them on her wall for every single one of them.

It didn’t take long since the rediscovery of the signs for me to decide to put them back up in our home. Many were scattered about the living room, finding a new place amongst the family portraits and nick knacks.

To anyone visiting, the signs are just a part of the décor; a fashion choice made in a moment. It never really made me think about the other décor scattered about the house until I read this essay. Every single piece of furniture, trinkets, or accessories that go into a home is thought about. It might be a wonderful find at a garage sale or an impulsive buy from a high-end department store, but every piece is what makes a person’s home theirs.

Without photos, rugs, souvenirs, or even signs, a house is just a house. It is just a series of blank walls staring back at you. It takes décor to make it into a home.

Buffalo Skins

Buffalo Skins

The cultural history of man is contained in the woven fabric rugs of the Persian Empire, the woodwork that kept Napoleon alright at St. Helena, and the buffalo skins of the American Midwest. The mirror of King Louis XIV hangs in the Cleveland museum for the multitudes to get a glimpse of the relic of a ghost. The sum knowledge of the Battle of Hastings is recorded upon a tapestry held today on the shores of Normandy. It is through the creation and innovation of these furnishings that unite us to a common past. Would Jefferson have signed the Declaration of Independence without a table to write on?

In Neolithic China, decor could mean protection from evil spirits in the same way that Virginia Woolf, while postulating on the comparative freedoms of men and women, understood the symbolic nature of the door and the desk. To be properly organized, to have and not need for necessities, is to find holiness in living, to find peace in self. Finding the proper furnishings for a home is both a quest for solace and a dance with cultural pasts. Everything has an origin, from the simplest rug to the most ornate Credenza, and to design the interior of a house is to flirt with the ghosts of remembrance. Who does not remember in detail the rugs on the floor of their childhood home? Such a heavy weight is on such seemingly simple objects, but the decor that is chosen to furnish a new house ends up becoming the house itself. It is a truth that was discovered by the people of the Yellow River 6,000 years ago and has become a lifeline to the modern day. Because we have the relics of a bygone time we can remember the network of human life that creates history as we see it today.

Congratulations Cordova High School!

Congratulations Cordova High School!

We’re very excited to congratulate our friends over at Cordova High School.  They recently opened up a new Performing Arts Center and it’s amazing!  They kindly asked us to cater the event for the grand opening party and we had such a blast. There were over 1,500 students, faculty, family, and friends at the event so we sure had our hands full. We did finger foods, which included pizza bites, sliders, fondue, and hummus and veggie plates. The Cordova staff wanted something very simple so we did our best to keep it basic, but delicious.