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.

When thinking about office decorations…

When thinking about office decorations…

office decorating

I didn’t tend to consider décor all that important three months ago. I’m quite comfortable living in a room whatever the colors and furniture may be as long as it’s comfortable. So I was in for a surprise when I found out how important décor is to my fiancée as we’ve been looking at apartments for when we will be married in a couple months. We got to an apartment that I thought looked nice, it was roomy, had a really nice community, lots of good things about it, and it was right in our budget, and her first question when we saw the bedroom: “Can we paint the walls?” The back wall behind the bed was a dark red color, something I hadn’t even taken into account, and she knows herself quite well and that with really dark walls she would not be able to sleep. Turns out, the wall colors could not be changed, with all the apartments being painted uniformly, so we dropped that complex from our list.

The next place had this beautiful community pool, every apartment had a small patio yard area, and it too was within our budget. The staff was extremely friendly, they included all the utilities as part of the rent, and I thought the apartment looked nice. Yet she, much more wise than me, started to list off our furniture and noticed that the living room had an odd shape that I did not take into account. There would be no way to put both her couch and my desk in that room without blocking the walkway. I had thought it looked roomy, but she was right, it was not structured in a way to easily place décor.

I started to admit that I’m not too good at this and I let her pick the next place. She picked an apartment off our list and we went to the leasing office. The attendant opened the model room, and assured us that the dimensions would be just like the apartment we would get, renting with them. My fiancée stepped in, looked around, and said “Nope, we are going somewhere else.” I felt relieved, having seen the price of the apartment and I knew it was outside what we could afford, yet I had barely started to take in the room, and asked her why she rejected it so fast. “Do I really have to walk you through it?” She took me over to the kitchen, which was visible from the living room. “This counter is too high to be useful, we aren’t bringing bar stools with us. The wall on this side slopes inwards so we won’t be able to put anything against it. The carpet is ugly, and they’ve carpeted the bathroom too,” she said pointing behind us.

I really admire her ability to see things so simply. For me to notice these issues, I’d have to be living in the apartment for several months for me to notice that something becomes annoying. However, when she sees something she likes, she recognizes it as well.

A couple of weeks ago we were reviewing another apartment. She didn’t care too much for the colors of the walls, but the attendant said we can put wall paper and a discount southwestern area rug in if we so desire. We took some photos of the apartment, compared our furniture and I estimated that it all fit well. They have many amenities and good things about the complex, but what she did next really taught me why décor matters.

She took photos of all of the furniture that each of us is bringing to our future home, and pulled up the images of the apartment on the computer. She then pasted copies of all of our furniture into the apartment, adjusting them to approximate the real size. I never even knew you could do something like that so simply digitally. We pulled up some pallets of wallpapers to see some examples, and we found some that combine really well with our furniture. The spacing, the colors, the appearance, everything worked out very well in those two rooms of that little apartment, and we found a design that we both really like. We are still reviewing a few other options, but I think we have really found a place that we will call home in two months when we marry. A place where after our daily studies and work, we can come home and be comfortable, in a well decorated place. Everything is low budget, almost everything we own is second hand, but she has taught me that you can make even a small space really feel like a warm home with the right décor.

We’ve Had A Great Time Catering Christmas Parties

We’ve Had A Great Time Catering Christmas Parties

Christmas Party

We’ve had a blast catering this round of Christmas parties so far.  It’s still relatively new to us, but we’re finding that we are having a great time at office Christmas parties. Weird, I know.  It’s just so fun to see how everyone lets loose and interacts with their co-workers as they celebrate the Christmas season.  Of course, it’s always funny when someone starts celebrating a little too hard and then we get to see how they really feel about their colleagues.

It’s also been really fun to get a little taste into each company’s different cultures.  Some companies are really relaxed, while others are more formal.  A few of our favorite parties so far have been: We catered for an Adcock event. They brought out a bouncy castle for their employees, which was so much fun to see a bunch of adults bouncing around in it.  We also did an event for a young internet company, called Southwestern Rugs Depot.  I had never heard of them but apparently, they sell area rugs, focusing on southwestern style.  Anyway, they brought in a big screen projector and then hooked up a Nintendo 64 and had a tournament for a bunch of classic video games.

We’re obviously not done for the season and still have a few openings if you’d like to have us cater your Christmas party. You can simply email us at [email protected].

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.