These photos of Karen Gilliam and Sara Van Beckum’s house caught my eye; blue velvet, lots of books and pops of red and bleeding hearts in vases in the bedroom. Photos by Lincoln Barbour; found via Domaine Home. PS if those amazing bookshelves look familiar, it’s because the designer, Jessica Helgerson, also designed these.
To say we hibernated this weekend is to put it mildly (exhibit A: the dishes). Given how much time I spent either napping or reading, it’s no real surprise I have cozy bedrooms on the mind. Stephanie sent me a link to the one up top (camo pillows!) found on SF Girl By Bay and I can’t get the gingham sheets below, from Serena and Lily, out of my mind. PS I loved the comments on my post about what you’re reading and watching. Lots of books on the “to read” pile, starting with this one (Thanks, Helen – who was a finalist in the VT Storytelling Competition this weekend!)
It’s 9pm and I have an adorable four and a half year old bed-time resister on my hands tonight. Tim and I have traded off the unruly one and even as I type this I hear Alex and Tim chattering in the bedroom: talking about injustices at school (they changed a rule about bringing “home” toys to school), about elves (we’re reading the book The Hidden Folk right now) and about Wolverine, naturally. I love this extra time with Alex (I read him the entire Hidden Folk book tonight and we talked all about the magic that exists in the world) but it also exhausts me after a long day at work. I guess it’s a constant balancing act, of appreciating the moment and surviving it, too.
So my time is short, before I dive back into the lullaby singing. This Paris studio apartment seems like the kind of dreamy bolt hole every mother wishes she could open a door in her house and find magically waiting, along with a babysitter and a great book or bottle of wine or box of chocolates. I’m not sure I could live there every day of the week (it packs a visual punch, to be sure). But, I’d like to visit, all by my lonesome, for a few hours, wouldn’t you? NB: I remember my mom locking herself in the bathroom to read when I was little (like 10 years old). I love Lindsay’s comment about using the bathroom as an escape hatch!
However, I wouldn’t mind taking this kitchen back to NYC. So organized.
Where I’d curl up with wine, chocolate and books. PS I love how the bookshelves are backlit. Very cool and atmospheric.
Found on Desire to Inspire via The Village (a russian site that is very intriguing).
Some gallery walls by photographer Kristofer Johnsson; I particularly like the grid that combines different sizes frames to make one large rectangle. Lots more of Johnsson’s work via Desire to Inspire.
Green plates have been catching my eye lately….
1. Photo by Caroline Earber and 2. found via Nothing is New
I just got lost in the virtual house tour of the gallery/museum Kettle’s Yard.
This was my favorite detail:
One of the founding principles of Kettle’s Yard is the significance of natural objects as tokens of the Divine perceptible in everyday life. In 1958 Jim arranged these near-spherical pebbles in a spiral resembling a mandala, the Buddhist ritual figure that serves as an object of contemplation and representation of the universe.
Throughout his life Jim collected shells, pebbles, bones and other natural objects. This was no casual activity. As he wrote, ‘we find a perfect pebble once in a generation and once in a continent … Perfection in nature varies for each person – it is something created between the thing experienced and the person experiencing. Yet I know when I meet perfection immediately. I will discard 10,000 pebbles in my search for one whose outward shape exactly balances my idea of what a pebble is, and I do not believe that this discarding is arbitrary – we all know by some unwritten law what is a well-shaped egg.’
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This weekend is all about lots of freelance work and birthday planning for Tim (whose birthday is tomorrow!!). This week’s pins all about the kitchen can all be found here.
Maybe it was the snow or the sudden cold snap, but, I’m suddenly really looking forward to the holidays this year. Cookies and lights and greenery and being together.
<<Three>> Holy black floors! PS: Happy Weekend!
I could spend my whole life in this Union Square loft. All those books and that cozy reading nook. Found via 16 House. Originally posted on At Casa.
<<1>> Blue walls, mercury lamps, old wood. Oh, and vintage postcards. Country Living had me at hello.
I’m spending lots of time on Pinterest these days. I only wish that Google Reader and Pinterest could make a beautiful baby together.
<<2>> I can never get my cutting boards to look so well aged. Love the faucet, the window and the rug.
<<3>> This is a kitchen to feed an army! Side by side ranges! Kind of like the Downtown Abbey kitchens, modernized!
<<4>> I love this color scheme for a boys room.
Loving this celestial bedroom << MFAMB
Eleanor Lanahan and John Douglas, Vermont artists, built an addition with a bridge to maintain their private space while living together.
This is fantastic. What married person hasn’t dreamed of this situation at some point?
This is the sort of room I plan to grow old in; comfortable and not too proper; full of books and the spoils of a life well lived. I love the WASPY touches; the dogs, the bar, the eagle mirror.
Melanie Acevedo via the lil bee