Three Ways I’m Doing Home Right Now

ONE | Folks, I’m running an art hospital.

I’ve recently discovered the joy of unframing artwork, usually because I like the frame but not what’s inside. Then, the hunt is on to find something I like better. I told you about the page from Currier and Ives book of prints that literally fell out when I opened it. Also, The Skating Minister print I tracked down after seeing him on IG. I’ve got a third frame earmarked for a family photo. So far, all the frames have come from my own walls, but I’m looking forward to my next visit to the antique mall. Looking at the frame and the artwork inside as two separate things opens up so many possibilities.

TWO | I’m taking my love for blue and white outside.

Similar pots here, here, and here.

When I saw this blue and white pot at an estate sale earlier this year, I snapped it up even though it wasn’t much of a bargain because I knew that I wanted it outside on our patio, with boxwood in it. Because some of you have asked, after a dry winter and some lazy gardening (we didn’t water on nice days), we had to replace our potted boxwoods this year. That doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, usually due to our neglect. Oh, and I’m trying out a holly plant in that big pot.

THREE| I’m buying books I’ve already read (and may not read again).

Crazy, right? Hear me out. These days, my preferred reading methods are ebooks and audiobooks, and sometimes both at the same time (the Libby app is my best friend). But when I really love a book, I want an actual copy on my shelf, so I buy the hard copy after the fact. Case in point: Julia Child’s Life in France. I read/listened to it earlier this year, and knew I would like it, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much. Once I was done, I immediately ordered a paperback copy to have on my shelf because I like looking at my bookshelves and seeing old friends. It takes me right back to when I read the book.

P.S. Pre-Pinterest style and summer reading.

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  1. Pat Godek says:

    You have such classical and classy style. I just love your blog and your IG account as well. I would have snatched up that blue and white pot also and I need to start taking a better look at artwork in the future when I’m at estate sales.

    Thanks for such lovely content.

    Pat in Chicago

  2. Do your blue/white pots ever freeze and crack when left outside in the winter?

    1. This is the first year I’ve had one, Fern, but I plan to bring it inside for the winter.

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