FIRST DAY OF SPRING

 

Contrary to what it may look like out your window today, it really is the first day of spring.  In truth, it felt decidedly spring-like for most of the “winter” season.  The fact that winter chose to wake us up and then give us one last gasp was almost inevitable.  No matter.  Here is some artwork to put us in the mood and celebrate the vernal equinox.

 

 

Although year-round staples here in Philly, spotting a Robin was a sure sign that Spring had arrived growing up in Canada.

 

 

 

This minimalist drawing of lily of the valley beautifully captures one of the earliest offerings of the forest floor.

 

 

 

 

I love the hopeful bright greens popping out amidst the muddy terrain in this aptly named
“Misty Spring Forest” oil painting

 

If there is still snow on the ground in your neck of the woods, or if the temperatures hardly inspire a walk in the woods, fret not!  Soon enough the signs of spring will show themselves.

 

 

 

FAMILY DAY

 

While many of us in the United States have a holiday in honor of Presidents’ Day today, many in Canada have the day off in celebration of something quite different: family day. I love the idea of a day set apart for the importance of family, in all of the forms it may come.

 

Below are some old photographs of my family.  I have done posts previously on collage walls of family photos and memorabilia which are, in my opinion, some of the most special places in a home. Giving myself (and clients) the opportunity to reflect on happy memories by taking photographs off our devices and onto our walls is a task I treasure.

 

Here are three old favorites that capture the happiness of family, all of which are on my wall.

 

My sisters and I in a moment of windy beachside bliss

 

 

Taking a break while on a hike with close family friends

 

 

My father and his siblings in the family car

 

I like this quotation, whose author remains anonymous, about family:  “Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”  Happy Family Day.

 

 

 

Gaby’s House

When I am in people’s homes I am usually on the job. But then there are the homes of my friends where good company and relaxation are in order. My friend Gaby, an artist, a teacher, a true creative and my dear friend has a home that speaks of perfectly curated art and a bold yet simple aesthetic. The last time I was visiting, I took some snapshots of a few of my favorite views and collections.

 

Thank you Gaby for the home away from home, the nourishing and delicious meals and your lasting friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The colors, plants, books, art, accessories – they all speak of beauty that is both a comfort and an inspiration.

 

FRIDAY FAVORITES: HALL TREES

 

We’re thick into that time of year where going out requires bundling and layers in order to shield oneself from the elements. But what to do with all of those coats, hats, boots and scarves when we have successfully unbundled?  Sure, there are are the old standbys of a hall closet or simple coat hooks. Personally, I’m a fan of the hall tree.  It houses a variety of items: boots on the bottom, coats and bags in the middle and hats and boxes on the top.  It also provides a perfect spot to plop oneself down and put said boots on.  They can also be attractive pieces of furniture in their own right.

 

Here are a few favorites:

 

 

 

This handsome hardwood option would be a beautiful entryway addition

 

 

 

This metal and wood piece takes a more minimalist approach

 

 

 

This DIY industrial-inspired piece uses pipe and reclaimed wood

 

 

Here is a hall tree I had custom-built for a client to fit just right in the allotted space!

 

 

An attractive and practical hall tree can keep things looking neat and tidy on the inside while the weather does its thing on the outside.