it snowed on 34th street yesterday!
for those of you in the Midwest and the Northeast, it may seem
silly that we get excited about the white stuff!
it's not the "norm" in our marine west coast climate.
( "s n o w l i g h t" ? not...a...real...word. )
the day held it's "special bright", and allowed for me to capture
a few images around here, as i begin to transcend into Christmas.
the pumpkins are packed away. i took this picture just before
i removed the wheat stalks.
the style of our home is termed Pacific Northwest Contemporary.
it's very angular and '80's. ( that is why i embrace the
earthy, artisan, and rustic side of French.)
every girl wishes for a home with a beautiful staircase.
...one that stands alone.
...one that "wraps".
my dream staircase is on the "outside"!
the window that views the staircase is about nine feet tall and
3 feet wide. it's the focal point of our house.
Michael, (our builder), did a beautiful job wrapping the deck and the
staircase in cedar.
the little area between "where the bay leaf tree grows"
and the staircase will be converted to a potting place with an
herb garden. we removed the outdated custom window treatment from
the window a couple years ago. the new staircase diffuses the
view into the house. it will be nice to keep the window uncovered,
and let the light shine in!
the farm table is beginning to hold my inspiration for
the days of decorating, crafting ahead.
the pages of this damaged and rescued French cookbook
are card stock thick. i will be using them to make
tags for gifts from the kitchen, and to flourish packages when appropriate.
it is my tradition not to decorate until December 1st.
yesterday was a day to move furniture and vacuum the "edges"
and out of normal reach spaces...to set the stage for tomorrow.
( yes, that's The Chocolate Gousse's toy basket,
and Mr D's laptop cord.) the vintage battery jar will be
a snow globe by Tuesday! i have seen multiple ways
of displaying this new tree skirt from H & M. it found it's
place on the console table for this Christmas.
the lamp shade needs to be updated. i am seeking oval or
rectangle linen...or fine grade burlap.
i invite your suggestions.
the watercolor is by Fran Velling.
( you can see the new drapes in it's reflection.)
i love her work and her heart.
she paints the ceilings of the cancer care facilities.
the rooms where the ill spend time scanning and receiving
radiation. the very places where one needs a diversion
when stressed and staring at the ceiling.
we love our little "beats" portable speaker.
yesterday, i found it atop the wine bar, when dusting.
it's a fabulous gift idea. the amazing sound goes everywhere with us.
i can not imagine a Summer evening by the fire pit without it.
i still remember the sad look on Mr D's face the day i made him haul
the gargantuan "Speaker Lab" speakers out of the house.
we picked up 10 square feet of living room space...those things
were M O N S T E R S!
one more new piece awaits the colors of Christmas!
this image of yesterday in the "snowlight" was
taken about three o'clock. i sat down for a cup of tea and
spied this pretty little filter of light into our cupboard.
the moment reminded me how i need to take time
to enjoy reflections of light and places around me.
how seeking reflections can bring peace of mind...
|( i wish that i could have taken such an amazing photograph)|
you never know what you might miss before
you navigate around that mud puddle
on a rainy day!