|sometimes I find these beautiful moths all over my front door in the morning!|
Lettuce is coming up in my parents' vegetable garden...
Irises and poppies and roses are blooming in my mom's flower gardens...
|all of these irises came from a single clump I gave my mom for|
mother's day when I was nine! (And there are LOTS more beyond the
confines of this picture!)
I've spent a lot of meaningful hours with my family in the hospital. And my brother even taught me how to milk a cow today. Her calf was born sick and we're trying to nurse it back to health. We were kneeling down in the mud and rain and the cow came close to peeing on us. But we were laughing.
And last week before all of the recent emergencies happened, I read a really nice decorating book. The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well by Deborah Needleman. It has charming watercolor illustrations by Virginia Johnson, it reads super-quickly, and you can learn things like the correct names for different styles of couches and the approaches of various designers and decorators of note. However, I think I liked Deborah Needleman's introduction the most of all for the simple way she justifies decorating as a meaningful and important part of life. Here is an excerpt:
Embracing imperfection in a home does not mean that anything goes. Here it means aiming for beauty tempered by reality. If real life involves mess, accidents, memory, and the incidental, then so too must decorating account for serendipity, and even embrace it.
The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have...
Decoration can be life-enhancing. It can make dinner parties more fun, kids happier, relaxing easier, talks more intimate, guests at ease. And to think decorating is often considered frivolous. Making a charmed and happy home is a noble endeavor. The simple secret is making sure that every decorating decision contributes to the creation of beauty and comfort. Beauty to uplift our senses (to transcend the mundane) and comfort to make us feel taken care of (to embrace us in the mundane).
- Deborah Needleman, from pages 14 - 15 of her introduction to The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well, published by Clarkson Potter of New York in 2011.
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