Hello and I’m sorry to have been gone so long. Several of you have emailed or commented on the Facebook page and were wondering if all was okay.
Thank you so much for checking in. How nice to be missed.
All is fine. Just a very busy pace since the holidays, including trips to St. Louis to see our son and Florida to visit my parents, sister, and brother-in-law. I’ve also had camera issues that I’m working to resolve. All of that combined has left this space very quiet.
But I have had time to bookmark some links about people who are inspiring me in how they are creating their lives. I hope you find something to be inspired by in them too:
I loved every photo in this post at The Design Files about Vicki Wood’s Sydney apartment. And these comments of hers captured my attention:
‘‘I wanted to create a classic New York or Parisian style loft apartment, that would never date, but just become more comfortable with age.”
“My design ethos is about authenticity and history, as the surfaces and finishes here develop an aged patina, I hope their beauty will be more enhanced as they show their history… a bit like myself really!”
I find myself coming back to her words again and again. As my tastes evolve, I find myself attracted to things that are classics and I also find beauty in the less than perfect. Her philosophy has me considering which materials become more interesting as they age. I’m thinking solid wood, leather, soapstone. Can you help me think of others?
I was also completely taken with this small New York kitchen on House Beautiful’s site. There’s smart storage for sure, but what inspired me about this space is that small and organized can be beautiful too. Luxurious, even. It’s a slideshow, so don’t miss a single one of the six pictures.
And I dare you not to get lost in this website: Chateau de Gudanes. From the site:
Chateau de Gudanes, an abandoned, neglected and ruined chateau tucked neatly into a deep valley in the French Pyrénées. Until now, reawakened by an Australian family as they start their restoration, giving back the love it deserves and unravelling the spirit of the past. Opening the door to a world of wonder, both real and imagined.
Until my life and camera allow me to be back here, I’ll leave you with the iPhone photo at the top of this post. It’s of some updates to our bedroom: an upholstered headboard and monogrammed pillows.
And I’d love to know: what’s going on in your world?