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Hi everyone and welcome back to Around Edmond! The holiday’s were a whirlwind, with school starting back up and everyone heading back to work this week, the weather has tricked us into believing Spring is literally just around the corner. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I am giddy at the thought of Saturday afternoon snow. I’m finishing up redesigning the January magazine (we always print mid month) and its really hard to get into a January mindset while its almost 70 outside.

This January, my mind is on organization. Not only of my stuff, but of my finances, credit files and anything else that doesn’t belong in 2020 with me.

Modern Whimsy Designs offices out of local co working space Vault 405, on Broadway at Hurd St, in Downtown Edmond.

I had my first meeting of the year with an amazing Edmond based creative, Kellie Clements, owner of Modern Whimsy, at her office at Citizen’s Bank of Edmond’s Vault 405 in Downtown Edmond on Broadway at Hurd St.

Kellie is a natural but also professionally trained talent who is authentic, genuine and has the gift of deriving ideas for creative design from almost anything, and her love of color and out of the box design makes me a huge fan.

Cafe Evoke’s new owners, Chef and Lori Black, recently hired Modern Whimsy to soften the interior and seating, located at 1st & Broadway in Downtown Edmond

Keep your eye out for an interview in the new issue I am in production of currently and when you are perusing Downtown Edmond, you can see some of her commercial work inside of Citizen’s Bank of Edmond, Eddies and Hott Wings in The Railyard, inside of Cafe Evoke and inside of her current office space, co working space at Vault 405 at Broadway and Hurd St!

In 2014, we moved from our home of 9 years, and found ourselves becoming empty nesters and forcing me to redesign what my life had looked like during my sons youth, but also organizing all of my stuff while downsizing to determine what my husband of 30 years and I actually needed.

We have lived in a cute rental since that is Craftsman style and half of the size of our old home, and we eliminated 24 years worth of “stuff”. It’s truly amazing that I haven’t missed a single thing held in old cupboards that I spent years consistently organizing. Now, with more time spent outside on our porches, and with my work space in close proximity to our porches, I am consumed with bringing the outside in the colder months (my desk view is of the front porch and flowers & trees), and working on the porch during warmer months, if not out and about in and around Edmond.

It has been a life changing experience to disconnect my need for stuff, and that I find in doing this, the very best part is that I can be more intentional with what I need or want.

It was hard for a few years but second nature now being so disconnected from “stuff”. The retailer’s I work with have so many inspiring ideas about intentional and minimal design for any budget and for any size home, especially at Emory Anne Interiors, at 150th & Santa Fe.

How much time I had spent with EA social networks from November to the first few days of January 2020. Disconnecting has helped me become more creative with the print edition of EdmondActive.

I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s disconnecting from the internet for the first time in 2019, and that was really hard at first but really paid off when I no longer felt guilty not posting on the internet for EdmondActive, and minded my personal life a little closer. The sense of clarity I was able to obtain will be invaluable for this new year and decade, as I will continue to monitor my time online at social networks, to make sure I am not so deeply connected there that I am missing out on my own life.


District 5 Congresswoman Kendra Horn is hosting the year’s first Town Hall in Bethany for those interested. Here is more information:

On Monday, Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) announced her first town hall of 2020. The town hall will take place in Bethany on Saturday, January 11th, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM in the Hobby Lobby Conference Rooms at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany.

“As the voice for Oklahoma’s 5th District in Congress, it is critical to hear directly from people about what is important to them,” said Congresswoman Horn. “Last year, we held a record number of town halls on issues including insulin costs, veterans services, and education. In 2020, I will continue to work to find bipartisan paths forward on the issues that impact Oklahoman’s.”

During her first year in office, Congresswoman Horn hosted seventeen town halls and constituent coffee events and attended 285 events throughout Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. At each town hall, Congresswoman Horn provides an ASL interpreter, Spanish interpreter, and free childcare. Town hall attendees are encouraged but not required to RSVP on Facebook.

Address and Parking: The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 6800 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008. Attendees are asked to park on Level 2 or above of the parking garage and enter through Entrance 2.

The City of Edmond hosts a mulching program to which Edmond residents may discard their old Christmas trees at Mitch Park and then at a later date, residents can pick up free cedar mulch in the parking lot at Mitch Park. It’s a cool program, keeps the trees out of the landfill and offers much needed mulch for upcoming spring planting.

Information on the Statewide Juried Art Show:


         Young artists, statewide, in 1st through 12th grades, have an opportunity to showcase their visual art talents at the 2020 Youth Impressions Juried Art Show.  Presented by the Edmond Fine Arts Institute and sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Kirkpatrick Bank, the show will run from January 26 – 31 in the Downtown Edmond Community Center.  The deadline for entry forms is January 21st .  Registration is available online at edmondfinearts.com.

         The Juried Art Show provides an opportunity for students to be recognized for their artistic talents.  The students art work is exhibited with the possibility of winning $25 cash awards in Excellence and Recognition.  Over 80 awards are distributed each year.

         “In the same manner that musicians, dancers and drama students have numerous opportunities to display their talent through recitals, plays and competitions, visual art students also need a vehicle through which they can share their works,” says Shannon Price, Executive Director of the Fine Arts Institute.  “The Youth Impressions Juried Art Show does just that.”

    The Youth Impressions age categories include: 1st – 3rd grades, 4th – 6th grades, 7th – 9th grades, and 10th – 12th grades.  Media accepted includes pencil, ink, oil and soft pastels, watercolor, acrylic, oil, print media, photography (digital and traditional), mixed media, pottery and fiber work.  No jewelry will be accepted.  Two dimensional works must be dry and matted ready for hanging.  Size is limited to 30 x 40”.  Frames with glass are not allowed.

         Students may submit multiple entries for $3 per entry.  Art will be received on Saturday, January 25th  from 10 AM until noon at the downtown Edmond Community Center, 28 East Main.  A reception will be held on Tuesday, January 28th  at 7:00 pm at the exhibit for the artists, family members, and other guests.  Art must be picked up on Thursday, January 30th  between 2:00-5:00.  For further information, call 405-340-4481 or visit www.edmondfinearts.com.

The EEDA is hosting their 2020 Economic Preview January 31st, and if you are an interested resident or business owner, you can visit their site to pre register and for more information on the event at the site here!


Emory Anne Interiors & Botanical Bar

Anne McCarthy has headed out to Market for the Spring and Summer of 2020! There is all new merchandise on the floor currently, and over 20 vignettes to pull design inspiration from! Located at 150th Street and Santa Fe, the local showroom is open Monday through Friday’s 10-6 pm and Saturday’s 10-5! Also stop by their sister store next door Botanical Bar, where you can pick up fresh flower’s and plants, gifts or order a floral arrangement!

Also, for those missing The Market at Quail Springs keep your eye out for their relocation grand opening in Northpark Mall this spring!

That’s it for this blog, check back in for the latest in what’s happening Around Edmond!