My son recently told me this story about his paternal grandfather, who was returning home to England after a short trip.

Seems the elderly gentleman had a bag of pomegranates in hand when he passed through Security at London’s Heathrow Airport.

“You can’t bring fruit into the country” he was told.

He couldn’t bear the thought of having to part with his beloved fruit, but knew he didn’t have a choice. He felt defeated.

Then suddenly he had an idea.

“I want to eat them”, he said, “Is there a place where I could sit?”

The security officer directed him to a chair. The grandfather sat down and proceeded to eat the pomegranates.

This struck me as particularly funny because he had a total of 20 pomegranates!

Plus, he is a man of very slight build, who gives the impression that a gust of wind might blow him over.

Yet, he sat there and ate the pomegranates.

All twenty of them.

I had to admire his tenacity.

It seems that when faced with adversity there are two basic personality types. There are those that simply give up and throw in the towel.

Then there are those who get creative.


Working with a Designer

You may have wondered:  what is the benefit, to you, of hiring a design professional? Couldn’t you just as easily do the work on your own?

Depending on your background, maybe you could. Most of us, however, don’t have the time or inclination. That’s when hiring a professional always makes sense, whether it’s for interior design, or any number of household repairs.

An interior designer can save you time and even money by avoiding costly mistakes. (Who among us has not purchased the ideal sofa, or other item, only to discover it wasn’t so ideal after all?) When you fall in love with the perfect piece of furniture a designer can tell you whether it would be a good investment or not, because I look at the ‘whole picture’. Is the piece well-made? Is it the right size? Is it comfortable? Will it really serve the function you intended it for? Will it actually work with everything else in the room? Will it fit through the door?

Lastly,any large-scale purchase for your home should be considered an investment! You want it to be well-made and to last indefinitely, so you can pass it down to your children and grandchildren.