“‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill–several thrills? I’m going to decorate my room with them.” Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Details are not just details. Details are what MAKE a design. If a room doesn’t have an interesting touch or two, it’s boring. Continue reading
[something I wrote one morning, sitting by the Amstel River in Amsterdam]
Whenever I travel, I always feel like the possibilities come without end. I can do things and be people I had never thought of at home. Why is that?
It’s life at home, I suppose. The routine, the expectations, the ceilings… the sky is just bigger here.
The best hosts make you feel special and make you feel welcome. They’ve always inspired me to be more hospitable in return. The Netherlands, and our hosts through Airbnb, have been that for me. I hope to bring back a little of their big sky.
Just because a room is currently a family room, doesn’t mean it can’t be something else! The room that is currently our dining room was the previous owner’s living room. But their layout, which had their dining room at the front of the house, didn’t fit our needs or my Mt. Vernon vision.
George and Martha’s front door didn’t open into their dining room and I just couldn’t escape my colonial inspiration. Continue reading
A lamp inspired my dining room. Actually, it was a pair of lamps I found at a second-hand store in Jacksonville Beach. They are a beautiful pale, matte blue porcelain with intricate gold flowers painted on them. They were delicate and strong at the same time, and in the midst of a menagerie of things they caught my eye. Continue reading