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Last night I experienced Cirque Du Soleil for the first time when Alegría came to a venue here in Salt Lake City. I’d been told to expect the unreal, the unbelievable, the mind-blowing. But what they didn’t tell me was that I would come away from this…this…adventure having been transformed. My minimal aesthetic just got a huge kick in the butt.


The acrobatics, of course, were the star of the show, but the heart of it for me? The color, the costumes, the elegance of every line and detail. Alegría means “jubilation” in Spanish, and the core message of the show is about the pricelessness of youth and the inevitable passing of time.


Perhaps I’m a sentimental schmuck, but I felt like a wonder-filled six-year-old the entire time. The show transported me to those carefree moments in my youth when bills and taxes and the mortgage weren’t eating my brain.


I laughed hysterically. I gasped. I covered my face. I stood up on my feet and clapped maniacally.


In the past few years my style has moved quite far into themes more modern, more streamlined. We live in a mid-century home, and I’ve honored that style with the furniture and patterns in each room, meaning that bright spots of color and crazy textures are rare. After seeing this show, however, I can’t stop thinking about mixing it up a bit. Maybe going wild. Like, flying to Paris and clearing out an entire flea market.


I was so inspired, in fact, that I put together a mood board for a bedroom that would envelop and dazzle me like that show did last night, with furniture and accessories that have the color and texture of the blue-feathered nymphs. Not a circus-themed room, no. Something whimsical and reminiscent of the playfulness of youth, something vibrant, something unrestrained. Something totally not me.



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42 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    I love *most* everything on your mood board but that rug is gorgeous. I love the pink knobs & have them in green. Gorgeous knobs & pulls are my absolute favorite way to accessorize a piece of furniture. The possibilities are endless!

  2. Love the mood board! Nice bedding. I really want to see a Cirque show. I came close once, there was supposed to be a free show here in Toronto, but poor planning on the part of the city meant that it never happened, and I waited two whole hours! Rrrg.

  3. What a great mood board! I love the sentiment behind it. It's funny how different things inspire you; for instance, the stuff on your mood board isn't to my taste at all (even though it's lovely) but seeing it fills me with glee and admiration, and I'm inspired to make my own whimsical, adventurous, "grab life by the balls" mood board from it. Thanks!

  4. divrchk says:

    I love the bedding! Where is it from?

    • Jane9 says:

      Bedding and pink drawer pulls are Anthropologie. His and Her face vases (not their names) are by Jonathon Adler…possibly the ottoman is by Adler as well.

  5. Sarah says:

    I think the bedding is from Anthropologie (Bella Hothouse Bedding). I'm curious about the rug. Any ideas?

  6. Starshine says:


    The amazing thing is that your Cirque experience with remain with you. I saw "Mystere" in Las Vegas about ten years ago, and I still have the images and amazing sights of that show in my mind. It really does transport you, doesn't it?!

    Your mood board is a lot of fun! My house is mostly Pottery Barn-esque, but I reserved one room to be an expression of my bright and colorful side. Here are some pics of my "happy room":


  7. Greet says:

    Totally unrelated, but I'm so happy to see you using the accent in alegría!

  8. tallnoe says:

    You can come decorate my house ANYtime… Love the mood board.

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  10. Jae says:

    I *love* Cirque du Soleil. I've seen most of the resident shows in Las Vegas (Mystere, Ka, and O) and lots of the traveling shows (Varekai, Corteo, Quidam) and they never cease to blow my mind. The costumes, the music, the make-up, etc. all come together to make it such a magical experience.

    If you ever find yourself in Vegas again, I highly recommend the resident shows. The sets are ENORMOUS and so elaborate and the music fills the arena. It's truly amazing.

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