I recently went with my husband on a business trip to Alabama. He and I always laugh that when we meet people from outside of the midwest and we tell them we are from Iowa and they look back at us with a look of total confusion.
Seriously? Why is it that nobody knows where Iowa is ??? Surely they teach geography in other states?
Or why when they finally wrap their head around the fact that Iowa is one of those fly over states in the middle of the USA do they start head nodding rapidly and smiling like the light bulb just went off? ( went off? came on? ) ????
and then proceed to tell us that of course they know about Iowa. That is where they grow all of those potatoes. ARGH!!!!!! Really?
Nope no potatoes except maybe in a few backyard gardens.
During this same trip someone asked if we had silos and barns. No. No silo. No barn. Nadda. I was sorry I had to repeatedly disappoint them. I'm sure there are some really great farm houses across this state but unfortunately I don't know anyone that lives on a farm. Plus Iowa is really just so much more than that stereotypical image.
Now I know that Iowa is not one of those states like Georgia or Louisiana that is considered synonymous with beautiful homes.
That is not to say we don't have any here. We do. It's just that that probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Iowa. In reality, though, there are some amazing homes here with stunning and inspired spaces.
A number of my friends have homes that leave me swooning - so much so that I often times ask to take photos. Thank you Liz for teaching me to try and always have my camera with me. I thought what better way to share them with the world (or if I'm really honest with just a few extra people) than here on my blog? It would be great to think you left here with maybe a bit more enlightened idea of what Iowa is all about and some of the great design efforts we have to offer up.
I thought I would start working on this semi regular feature this weekend and I will hopefully have finished my first of many Spaces That Inspire post by Sunday night. Right out of the blocks I thought I would share some photos taken at the home of one of the women in my Traveling Door art group. Now you would expect that an artist and designer would have a creative space but nothing could have prepared me for the fun whimsical eye candy that is Sally's house. Check back for some unbelievable originality that will have you copying and pasting into your own idea folders.