Friday, May 18, 2012
I am finally posting again.
It has been a long week and filled with sickness and complete exhaustion.
As I tried sitting and recouping from whatever has entered my system, I pulled out some old reading materials. From decorating books to fashion mags.
Inspired by the photo above, out of Country Living Magazine.
I love in the deadly hot summer here to make my home feel as cool and cozy as possible.
We spend a lot of days cooped up indoors to stay out of the heat. I burn pumpkin spice candles
set the air at frigid temps to be able to wear a sweater or snuggle under a blanket. We watch winter settings in movies, snow, falling leaves...I trick our minds into that it is really cold out beyond our darkened blacked out windows.
Once I started feeling a little better, I hit a thrift shop, I haven't been thrifting in almost a year.
But I wanted a certain look and the only way to get it was to go searching.
I wanted a cabin cozy feel to the landing in our staircase.
The main focus of our stairway are my brothers amazing paintings. They are LARGE and perfect in antique colors, so decorating around them was a hard task. I did not want to take the focus away from his art by adding more art. I wanted something to compliment the color and feeling they give off.
So the image from the country living magazine hit me. Lets add distressed wood, vintage gym hooks and some great vintage plaid flannel shirts. My primitive bench with my homemade letterman's pillow.
Okay, so I found the flannel but I will have to wait to stumble upon a piece of distressed wood in the desert somewhere. I have the vintage gym hooks ready to go. So for now I just hung the shirts on simple nails to give the feeling I wanted. It will all come together soon enough.
But i adore the feel it gives and how it flows perfectly with the rest of the home.
Summers are long and hot here. I will do anything it takes to make it feel like Autumn during these dog days, from getting out and running errands before 9 am and in by 11 am. That goes for swimming too.
I will long for wind and rain, a cool breeze and by the time August hits I will start thinking of falling leaves and cool nights. Its in my blood to change as the calendar tells me the seasons should. I will never get used to living here. I hate it with a passion, but this is where I am and I will make it as best as I can by creating seasons inside my home for my little one to learn.