If you are interested in home and interior design (my 'other' passion), check out this website by Patricia Gaylor at kbbcollective.com and read about her take on the picture above.
|New life for childhood|
family radio cabinet!
I like our small home that is the perfect scale for two and the right size for me to care for by myself. The cottage is cozy and all rooms are totally utilized every day except for the small guest room. I've had great fun decorating our home and amazingly our things fit the space perfectly. Choosing the interior colors, walls and flooring, window coverings and fixtures was fun and after three years I still love the choices. I have to admit that a big part of the charm of our cottage is the windows that extend the eye to the beautiful outdoors which visually expands the inside space!
Maybe the desire to lighten one's life is a function of age but I hope that others are finding the same sense of restraint. We Americans are so fortunate to live in our fabulous country of plenty but at times it can be overwhelming with choices and frankly, stuff.
I just finished a fabulous book called The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball. Kristin, a Harvard educated professional woman living in NYC, met a young idealistic farmer on a writing assignment, fell in love and jumped into a total life change. She and her husband learned to utilize old things and to repurpose other things to suit their needs on a very tight budget. It is beautifully written and an amazing tale of a life that is not for the faint hearted. I always enjoy memoirs because they let me try on another persons life and lifestyle. I related to many of her observations and feelings while reading her memoir of life on Essex Farm which is now a successful venture. Kristin also writes a blog that you can read at... http://www.kristinkimball.com/
What is it about old peeling red barns that are so appealing? Hopefully ours, this spring, will be a striking shade of geranium red! You'll see when it happens.