The pots of white orchids on the table have been replaced with a green vase filled with grasses from a field beyond the house, and I've moved the ethnic art back from their summer vacation in my husband's office. I think they're glad to be in the thick of things again.
I know, I know...too early for bringing out fall-inspired design, but the September issue of "House Beautiful" in the mail the other day prompted me to make a head-start. BTW, check out their feature about the contemporary house filled with...green!
|A corner of our small living room with black and white prints above an early 19th century Chinese table of rosewood and ebony. The Chinese table/bench holds two of my Vicente Wolfe books, which I always enjoy looking through time and time again. Mask on the stand is Mossi from Africa, the seated figure is Oceanic from the Sepik River region (both purchased from Tribal Links http://www.triballinks.com/) several years ago, and the 18th century bronze bowl is Chinese.|
|19th century French walnut side table from Provence, English shield-back chair painted green with gilded highlights, vintage pier mirror, and 19th century English country child's chair.|
Five years ago, my husband retired, and we downsized to a cottage which forced us to be very selective about what we chose to part with and what we chose to bring with us. I've recommended to friends who complain about clutter that they pretend they're about to retire. It really forces one to think about things that have come into our homes and just kind of overstayed their welcome - and things that we brought in because we loved them. Being an antiques dealer, it's always hard to leave something beautiful behind. But, I remind myself that somewhere there's someone else who will love it enough to buy it and keep it forever.
I would love to hear some of your stories. What do you have that, if possible, you would take with you if you were stranded on a Pacific island?
And I really need to hold my camera straight! Sorry about the tilted photos. Skipped Picasa's editing features...