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Full of Hot Air

First of all, hello friends in digital world! I took a long three-day weekend off and went to Napa Valley, California with my boyfriend! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break off as well (whether celebrating Passover, Easter, or otherwise)! I apologize for not posting in a few days, but as part of my “mental spring cleaning”, travel was exactly what I needed to re-enegerize and re-inspire. Michael and I went vineyard tasting, cold spring dipping, mountain hiking, redwood viewing, cave exploring, champagne (technically sparkling-wine) tasting, wisteria and poppy seeing, indulgent eating, friend visiting, and finally (the pièce de résistance) we went hot-air ballooning over the valleys!

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology – it is also known as balloon craft. In 1783, the first successful (and untethered) flight was accomplished in France. Modern hot-air balloons are usually made of strong synthetic fabrics such as nylon, dacron, and other polyester – there are even technical terms for the balloon itself (envelope) and the vents left in the bag that allow for elevation maneuvering (gores).  No longer do balloons have to come in the “traditional tear drop” shape, because of innovations in technology, shapes have included bumble bees, caterpillars, castles-in-the-sky, turtles, BUTTS, and whatever the mind can muster. The mother of all aviation has also reached cruising altitudes as high as the jet stream! I was in a 16 person woven wicker basket – which itself weighed 600 lbs – and needed a crew to handle during takeoff and landing! Regardless of sophisticated history and vernacular (and there are PAGES upon TOMES as to the craft) – I was most struck by the color of the balloon’s fabric!

So how can one live in a world inspired by ballooning? The primary colors lit from behind (almost stain-glass-esque) are a wonderful place to start. The other important materials to include is a wicker or rattan (representing the passenger baskets). The bright yellows, sunny reds, verdant greens, and bold purples – aligned with calm, natural woven wicker – could make a room a happy yet rustic space!

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