October 31, 2009

Imagination rules...

Happy Halloween!

photos: ikissbunnies.tumblr.com (x2), puppiesandflowers.com, themarthablog.com,
totallytennessee.today.com, guardian.co.uk (x3), harpersbazaar.com (x2),
cirquedusoleil.com, clubvibes.com, craftychica.com, fancy-dress.uk.com,
behance.net (x2), blogs.myspace.com/msmoomakeup (x2), brightestyoungthings.com

"Imagination rules the world."

- Napoleon Bonaparte


October 30, 2009

deer season

One of the attractions to "our" home in the woods is this line from the MLS listing: "Welcome to your secluded cabin in the woods. Approx 263 ft of river frontage, abundant wildlife, deer, turkey, etc.!"

I'm looking forward to sitting on the front porch and watching the deer come up from the river. Last weekend when we were driving through the countryside looking at houses (none of which hold a candle to River House - the name I've unofficially given the house we want) we saw deer several times, bounding across the road, and a flock of turkeys at the far edge of a field.

Deer season in Indiana and Kentucky officially opened October 1st. If you're a hunter, this is good news. If you're a deer, not so much...

You'll be safe on our 8 acres, wild things. Come, come!

photos: flickr.com/photos/arieldawn, dailydanny.com, flickr.com/photos/rakka,
herz-allerliebst.de, ljcfyi.com, flickr.com/photos/anniebee (2x),
flickr.com/photos/katiemalone, latimesblogs.latimes.com,
vi.sualize.us, esoule.myshopify.com

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe;
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
-Robert Burns


October 28, 2009

in one sense and another

When I was a little girl my parents built a kitchen island. I don’t remember the building of it, and I don’t really remember the "before” – but I do remember it being there all of a sudden, a hulking fixture of Formica and walnut-stained wood dividing the kitchen and dining room. On the kitchen side were cabinets (& maybe drawers); on the dining room side was a “breakfast bar,” with two barstools, where I did indeed eat breakfast -cold cereal or instant oatmeal most days, egg-in-a-hole on weekends.

When I was 10, my best friend Missy and I decided to logroll a watermelon. We were very young and very foolish, but we really did think we could walk on a watermelon like a log. Boy, were we wrong, and boy, was my mother furious when she discovered the mess we’d made and unsuccessfully tried to clean up. When we moved a year later, she found watermelon seeds under the island.

The log home we’re hoping to buy when our current house sells needs an island, don’t you think?

These examples all have their charms:










“In a sense, each of us is an island. In another sense, however, we are all one. For though islands appear separate, and may even be situated at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions of the same planet, Earth.” ~ J. Donald Walters


October 25, 2009

organization of the non-obvious

It's not often I see a room that I want to have as my own, complete, as is. This home office/guest room, from Country Living Magazine, is a rare exception. The room is a diminutive 12' x 13'. The gorgeous wallpaper was the starting point for the color scheme. These are colors I could live with every day:

A lateral file cabinet in limed oak provides storage, organization, and style:
The color scheme continues inside the desk drawer. Little details like these* make me smile:
This cupboard stores guest bedding and toiletries out of sight:
Here's the guest bed - it's an inflatable mattress, stored away in this chest until needed:

A vertical magazine rack stows reading material out of the way:
A luggage rack and hangers are tucked away in this small but well-organized closet, along with the printer, wireless Internet hub, and other electronics:

Custom-made shelves run along the top of the room, above the millwork, providing storage and display space:

Isn't it lovely? It is now, but it didn't always look - or function - this way. Here are a few before shots to illustrate the point. The desk area (same desk):

And the closet, before:
all photos: countryliving.com

If we get the log house we're wanting, this is what I'll have to work with - an 11' x 11' room with log walls, two windows, and a closet (photo mine):
I'm inspired! Are you?

*"The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious." -Marcus Aurelius



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