ANNE WITH AN E

 

There are few pieces as entrenched in the Canadian mystique as Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.  I grew up not only reading her resplendent novels but also watching the now iconic Kevin Sullivan films, which originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980’s (did I just age myself?).  Many an after school hour was spent re-enacting scenes from the books and films.  I was amused to learn that a friend who grew up with these same Prince Edward Island stories has since named the plays of his basketball team after characters from the books.  Picture a group of 10 year old girls shouting “Rachel Lynd” on the basketball court.

 

 

I met the news that Netflix (in conjunction with the CBC) had commissioned the excellent screenwriter Moira Walley Beckett to adapt the books into a new series with more than a bit of hesitation.  After glowing reviews from esteemed publications and viewers alike, it seems that my fears can be put to rest.  Anne has arrived in strong form for a new generation.  The gauzy, romanticized lense through which older adaptations saw Green Gables has been replaced by a slightly harsher view of Anne’s world.

 

 

The way I see it, If there ever was a time where the world could use a good dose of Anne’s gumption, now is it.  Among its many strengths, the new Anne sees the redheaded orphan as a defiantly positive, intelligent and determined girl in a world where women had barely a place at the table.  Add the plight of being an orphan on top of those grim circumstances and the odds were certainly stacked against her.  Nowadays one might put it as:  “…and yet she persisted.”  Whatever version you prefer your Anne, here are some ideas on bringing this kindred spirit into your home.

 

 

 

A lovely watercolor, featuring one of Anne’s most inspiring quotations

 

 

A card from my collection of Anne quotations, lovingly made by a dear friend

 

 

 

A quote pack currently available on Etsy

 

 

Another piece of Anne art, this one available as a digital download

 

 

A photograph of Megan Follows as Anne,
framed for my friend’s baby and displayed with some cute shoes!

 

 

What a bosom friend this fictitious heroine has become to so many.  Happy binge watching!

 

 

 

 

BEAUTY CLOSE BY

 

 

It has always amazed me how close you can be to something wonderful and not realize it. Take, for instance, that little gem of a bakery that is on the other side of the street than the side you walk down daily, or the park that you drive by on your way home but is out of view from the road.

 

I’ve been driving by a place named Bryn Athyn in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania for years now. Always rushing to a client or back to the office, taking the time to stop never seemed like an option. The other day I stopped. Oh my – what a treat! The overcast day only added mystery to the beauty surrounding me. Here are three of my favorite photos from what turned out to be a very special place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: ROSS JONES

 

I love the work of the painter Ross Jones. Hailing from beautiful New Zealand, his work has been featured in galleries worldwide as well as publications such as the Wall St. Journal and Time Inc.  “My paintings are all about telling stories. They are a mixture of seemingly perfect places and events. But like all good stories, not everything is as it seems,” says Jones of his work.  I am particularly enchanted by his use of vibrant colors and the way he takes a snapshot of a seemingly everyday moment and creates a piece that has both charm and depth.

 

Ross took a photo of a piece he was working on for a client of mine.

 

 

 It’s neat to see the painting in process in his studio.

 

 

Here is the piece finished, framed and hung in a client’s sunroom.

 

 

Here is another of his works framed and hung.
The blooming lilac: with vibrant colors and brilliant composition.

 

 

I cannot say enough:  great art makes life better!

 

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES: PYRAMIDS

 

I often wonder why I don’t remember most of what I learned in high school. And yet, I remember with clarity, the intensity and frequency of conversations I had with my friend Robin over the modern mystery of the ancient pyramids. Unless there has been a major breakthrough that I have missed, my understanding is that we still do not know exactly how the pyramids were built. Robin and I were shocked when we learned this.

 

Now, many years post-high school, life has thrown us greater mysteries.  Still, I will think about our impassioned dialogues regarding the fact that modern science hasn’t yet cracked the secret of the pyramids. In honor of high school friends and the mysteries of life, here are some pyramid-inspired home accessories.

 

 

There is a touch of ancient Egypt in the base of this sharp-looking lamp

 

 

 

The striped marble and wood make a handsome combo in this bookend.

 

 

 

Sleek and modern, I love the inverted pyramid in this table

 

 

 

 

This 9 piece brain teaser pyramid game is meant for one person.  I’m in!

 

 

 

A pyramid terrarium – perfect!

 

 

While their origins may remain elusive, their shape will continue to inspire us for centuries to come.