Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Have you seen The Queen ? Well if you haven't you should. Go out right now and rent it... Well, read this first, then go out and rent it, buy it, download it, whatever-it. The Queen is a great movie with lots of layers and fab acting. Also, it has great sets. Well, the sets of Balmoral are great. And the Blair's house is cool too because it looks so lived in, full of kids and stuff and people tripping over each other in little rooms, which is so much more real than the tidy Nancy Myers sets that we all love, but could never achieve, or at the least maintain....
But back to the castle... Here is a little bit of trivia for you (see this is where my geeky History Major side kicks in...) Balmoral Castle is not a state owned dwelling. Instead it is a private residence owned by the Queen herself. It has been passed down from Queen Victoria, who bought the land and built the castle as a refuge from all the pomp and stuff at Buckingham Palace. Which is funny, really, building a castle to get away from your palace. But I guess we would all have a little get-away home if we could and who is to say a castle in Scotland wouldn't be just the thing? But I digress.
The thing that makes the sets of Balmoral so interesting are that they are a lot more informal than those of the bigger palaces. It is much more English Country Charming than Over The Top Gilding. Because the house is a private residence there haven't been any public photo's taken since the 1980's. On the official web site there are renderings from the 1800's and then comparable photo's from the 1980's but that is it. No current photo's, no virtual tour. So the whole set for the movie was taken from what little info there is and probably some personal accounts, which I find fascinating. For instance, the wallpaper in this scene is taken from the pictures in the archives. Also, there is a mirror in the Dressing Room rendering from 1863 that they use in the actual movie. Wouldn't you love to have been the person to hunt that mirror down in prop warehouses or flea markets?
This is the stuff I love from movies. I love good sets, I love historical sets. I love to see how they use color and light and texture to convey the mood of the movie. How integral the set and the look is to the whole story, whether it flows with the narrative or against the narrative. Oh, to be a set designer, props mistress, art director or set decorator.... what fun!
OK, so now that you know what I would be doing, what would you be doing??
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
I love this room for the white couch, the red chest and all those books... My dream is to have a booked lined room. Preferably an dining room, because to me great books, great friends, great wine and great food should all happen in the same space.
I love this room because of the use of vertical space. The way the fans are suspended from the ceiling adding interest but still letting in light. I love fans, I have 2 hanging in our room right now. Nathan says I will hang anything from the ceiling if it stands still long enough.... Also, again in here, a red coffee table... and great red striped pillows. I love it!
These beauties I just had to throw in because I love them and I want them... I am afraid that our home is going to turn into an old one-room school house because everything I collect seems to go that direction...Old globes, old maps, chalk boards, colorful yardsticks.... Now all I need is a typewriter and a phone like the one that always seemed to be in the nurses office...
Thursday, May 24, 2007
11 years ago this month we fell in love. 10 years ago today we got hitched.
Can you believe it?
I don't know if it feels longer or shorter. Sometimes I feel as if I just blinked, sometimes I can't remember life before...
What a funny pair we are. You gave me new potatoes and I gave you pesto. You gave me bluegrass and I gave you Paul Simon.
We have bought 2 houses and had 2 children. I wonder if those numbers will change again in 10 years?
We have fought.We have made up. We will do it all over again next week.
We have been to the movies and church and therapy and Alaska.
You bake bread, I spread glitter.
We are still friends with everyone in our wedding party. We talk to 90% of them weekly. That amazes me. Do you know what kind of gift that is to me, the girl with the semi-nomadic childhood? To be able to look back on a picture from our wedding 10 years ago and still know those people and see those people and love those people is a miraculous thing to me. And we have added so many more to that Pile of People That We Love, that if we were married today I would have to stand in the audience because the stage couldn't hold everyone that holds our hearts.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
4. I do not really like the color purple. There I said it.
1. I always take the scenic route when I drive, if possible. I avoid risky left turns and construction at all cost. I would rather add an extra 5 minto my trip and not feel stressed, than try to fight crazy people and feel all harried.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
It seems like all the vacation bags exploded and our life went into hyper speed immediately. Nathan again has 2 rehearsals and 2 gigs this week, plus, like ya know, his regular job. I have a busy work schedule and then there is the house. Oh, the house. I did manage to get the dining room table cleaned off , if only for a day. I wish I could snap my fingers and *bam* & it would be clean. That would be so lovely huh? But again it is what will suffer this week. Again. I have high hopes of tackling it Friday so say a little prayer.
But back to why I am so happy.... 2 things really- I have discovered a great new blog by Dottie Angel that just me so happy to read. I love her humor and her voice and her creations are so lovely - like this altered skirt. You must check her out! I discovered her over at Creative Blogs which is a great place to find new blogs.
And secondly my sis just informed me that Sarah Jessica Parker is coming out with a line of clothing called Bitten which is going to be an affordable line of wears carried by Steve & Barry's (which we have close by!!!) and will be in sizes 2-22! That may be the most exciting part for me being that I don't have that hollywood bod. It to arrive in June, just around the corner...
So there you have it, so happy things for this Tuesday. Hope you are enjoy them too! I am off to yoga...
Monday, May 21, 2007
PS- Can you believe the freckles? They are my favorite vacation souvenir.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
This is Nathan and his family in their classic poses. This is a semi-candid photo, and I swear this is exactly how they all stand naturally when not posing for pictures... It pretty much says it all.
Me and my sweet man. This is the only day I fixed my hair even a little. Before we left for Destin, I got a hair cut and it is a lot shorter than I intended it to be, and to be honest, the day this hair tragedy happened, was not a good day. Lot's of heaving sobs going were heard far and wide. Over hair. I know. It will grow back. But it was just one more thing that went wrong that day and I just didn't need it... sigh...
But since then I have moved on and recovered and on this day, the day of the picture, I think I may have finally figured out how to style it. So we will shall see... It's just hair right?
The boys, attempting a jumping picture. Miles couldn't quite grasp the concept. But he gave it a good shot. Wylie's only sunburn of the week happened this day, and it makes him look like he has a black eye.
Now it is time to go home... Bye, bye beach! You were a lot of fun! See ya next year!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The blue hydrangeas are from a bush Nathan planted in the back yard a few years ago for Mother's Day. My favorite flower that always blooms just in time to remind me that I am loved.
The coffee cup is from my mother. She bought me a complete 6 piece place setting of this pattern when I was a baby, and packed it away until I had a home of my own. What wonderful imagination she has to think to do something like that! (Also, out of all the "blue dishes" I picked the coffee cup, because I need A LOT OF COFFEE to keep all the balls in the air.)
The nest is what best represents motherhood for me... All the building and fluffing and using what we have to make what we can, adjusting as needed.
The books are 2 that have encouraged me along the way, by women who were/are mothers, wives, writers, friends, who often took the long way around, finding their own path through life ... ( they are The Shaping of a Life and Gift from the Sea)
The Mother Mary candles and figure are part of my growing collection of iconic Mary items. I didn't grow up in a liturgical tradition so they do not hold a particulary religious meaning for me, but instead I love their rich colors, and the feeling of history they carry; how she remains a contast figure passed down from generation to generation, culture to culture.
So to all the gals out there fluffing your nest, figuring out your own path, creating your history and traditions and drinking all that coffee to just stay going, I wish you a happy happy day, and most of all I hope you find yourself "loved upon this earth."
PS-Jemimah pays the perfect tribute to our Queen Momma here and I couldn't have said it better! Happy Momma's Day Mom! I love you!!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Every now and then I get a comment or email that I find encouraging and cool. Lately I have been getting more and more, which is the best balm to a sometimes anxious heart. The other day Jen from The Cottage Nest said the following ..."I'd like to see more of that room you designed. Do you have formal design training?..." I thought I would take this chance to respond...
So I guess for lack of a better idea, at that point and decided I needed to just get married and have babies. I did manage go to college (much to my mothers relief!) and came out with a B.A. in History, a minor Psych, and my sweetie Nathan. I toyed with the idea of grad school to study Southern Women's History... But I bought a car instead.
To the first comment: I am posting pics from the Lake Condo I designed last year, including the room the black bed from Black Saturday is in. This condo is used as a vacation home by a couple of families who own a business together, and as part of my payment we have been very lucky to be able to use the condo ourselves a few times this past year.
To the second comment/question: I have no formal design training. Nada. Zilch. Between the ages of 10 - 16 I wanted to be a fashion designer. Then I discovered that I hated math and sewing. 2 things that come in handy when making clothes...
My evolution into an Interior Designer began about 5 1/2 years ago when our friends started asking for my help picking out paint for their new homes.
I have had lots of bumps and stops and starts along the way. Having small children and starting a business don't always mix well. 2 years ago I was very fortunate to basically apprentice with another local designer for a year. I had a new baby during that time, and the lessons I learned on the job with her really took me to a new level of understanding the business and how it works in our area... Plus I didn't have to be in charge. Which was great considering how little sleep I was getting at home...
Being a "designer" can mean so many different things - I have done everything from little "how-to" bits on local tv, wedding planning/coordination, party planning, being the proprietor of small booths in flea markets and antique shops & my online shop on etsy, running my biz web site, to all the other stuff that you think of when you think Interior Design; furniture layouts, general decorating, shopping, handling remodels, designing bedding and curtains, staging for showrooms etc. It all seems so grand when I write it out, but I really don't feel that way about it. I just feel like a very lucky girl.
PS- Here are some links to some great and encouraging sites here and here about being a Designer and having a Shop. I find both of them full of good stuff!!
PSS- All the good photo's my sister Jemimah took. All the lousy ones I took with my Old Now Dead Camera.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Now I have to focus on other things. Like getting ready for vacation next week. No small feat, I promise. It never ceases to amaze me how much work goes into "relaxing." It's crazy!
We are going to Vicksburg, Miss. for one day so Wylie can do his history/war thing, and then it is on to Destin. If anyone knows of any good antiquing/flea marketing or great local restaurants at either stop let me know - I would love to know what is good off -the- beaten -tourist- path...
We are staying at a house which will be lovely, but not as lovely as if Beach Dwelling had decorating it - which is where all these photo's are from. I just love their idea of beach life. So open and soothing. I am going to have to keep myself from redecorating the rental house in my mind while we are there...See how hard it already is to relax and not work, and I am not even there yet!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Nathan has instructed me to "harness the power of my blog" for a contest his band The Frup is in. I don't know exactly how powerful my blog is, but if you have time to go here and vote for The Frup we would kiss you if we could (so you are probably glad we are separated by cyberspace, aren't you?)
Also, you can watch a video from the show here at YouTube...
So Please VOTE, baby needs a new pair of shoes. And yes, by "baby", I mean me!