In the Mood: September 2017

{Cameron Kimber}

September is a month of transition. The end of summer and the beginning of fall and return to school. For Houston, it is the transition into our Post-Harvey future. It is heartbreaking that the West Side of town is still under water due to the controlled release of some reservoirs (we have two clients affected in that area), but many people in other neighborhoods have begun their efforts to rebuild. Every morning that I have woken up in my own bed since the storm hit, I have felt a strange mix of emotions– deep gratitude and a sense of guilt that we were not affected at our house. We are doing as much as we can to help wherever we can. In our office, we are in the process of helping five clients whose homes flooded to rebuild, which is absolutely heartbreaking. It is difficult, but necessary to rebuild. I have struggled with what to post on my blog and social media over the last ten days. At this point, much of the city is back at work and the Paloma Contreras Design team is back in the office today as well. Our city has to get back to work in order to rebuild– an endeavor that will take years. It is important for us to get back to work and back to the activities we love in order to have a sense of normalcy. Our biggest transition stands before us.

I am incredibly grateful to be able to be back at work, doing what I love, and hopefully, helping our clients to get their houses back in order and to provide an outlet of inspiration and beauty to others. Please know that my return to blogging and carrying on with my business does not mean that I don’t feel for those who have lost their homes in the floods. On the contrary, the aftermath of the storm is very much on my mind and will continue to be a motivator for us to help the city get back on its feet. It is ever-present, but I have to carry on, not only for the sake of my professional obligations, but for my emotional well-being and that of my team. My business supports four employees, our various contractors, and so on, so while a design firm and lifestyle blog may seem frivolous to some, it is critical to others. Thank you to everyone who has left comments or sent notes stating that our last few posts have brightened your day or helped to connect you to various ways to help Houston. With all of that said, this month’s mood is all about various shades of blue from saturated hues of navy and indigo to beautiful shades of pale blue. These colors are not only beautiful and classic, but they are also classic and soothing. It seems blue is universally loved, so a color that brings comfort is certainly welcomed around here these days. It is said that blue is “often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body.” What color could possibly be more fitting today? We have a long road ahead. Pausing to reflect on moments of beauty will help us along the way. 

{Bella Hadid in W Magazine}

{An Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawing}

{Cameron Kimber}

{Chic, Timeless Staples}

{Ellsworth Kelly}

{Steven Gambrel}

{Gucci}

{Ellsworth Kelly}

{Steven Gambrel}

{Minimal Chic via Pinterest}

{Ellsworth Kelly}

{David Kleinberg}

{Dior}

{Ellsworth Kelly}

{Steven Gambrel}

{Chic Navy Outfit via Pinterest}

{Ellsworth Kelly}

{David Kleinberg}

{Giambattista Valli}

{Ellsworth Kelly}


12 thoughts on “In the Mood: September 2017

  1. Here in Dallas… we are trying to help in always possible…. our Church has started a fund as well as most grocery stores….and other retail establishments… I do have friends affected by flooding who are already in the process of cleaning up…. we are here to help as long as it takes… as an interior designer I understand how you feel… you are going to be very busy helping people bring back their homes, their sanctuaries… God bless you and your work… Teresa

  2. Paloma, I follow your blog regularly and can sense you’re struggling with how to deal with posting pictures of beautiful interiors while other people in your home town are struggling with the devastation wrought from Hurricane Harvey. I applaud your efforts to help victims however you can and thank you for continuing to inspire people during this time of crisis, not only by your design sensibilities but by your actions. I, too, have been waking up safe in my bed in Chicago thousands of miles away from Texas and because of this have donated to the Red Cross.

  3. At its heart, I believe America is one of the most truly compassionate nations. Circumstances like these, while tragic, allow the light of that compassion to shine brightly. When we help to restore their homes and provide essential needs to others, we also help to restore their spirits and it reminds us of what is truly important. “Fall seven times, get up eight.” -Japanese Proverb

  4. Keep it up girl. The best thing is helping and worki ng. We r in swfl. Prearing for what u just had. I am helping every simgle petson i can before it hits. But waiting in the gasline i got a bit of respite from chaos ftom your Blog! Thx

  5. Beautiful post. Needed to read it today.

    The last twenty-four have been very stressful as my parents/family were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma. Anguilla, St. Martin, and St. Barths were completely devastated.

    We were told that our parents are safe (there was radio silence for over five hours) but we can’t get in touch with them. Haven’t heard a word since yesterday.

    There are two more hurricanes on the way. Things look rather bleak now but I know Houston and the islands impacted in the Caribbean will rebuild.

    Please keep writing and posting.

    A.

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