Don’t you love a good window? What about one that you can see in as much as you can see out? I’m always taken by older homes, traditional in design and build, with a very modern element or addition. This home, called The Vegetarian Cottage designed by the English architect firm, Cousins and Cousins, caught my eye a few weeks back and I had to know more. Clearly, I have exteriors on my mind, at the moment. And, England on my mind, always. Because lush back gardens. Because they name their homes (I’ve given my home a name – have you?). Because old cherished. Because new mixed in like it fits old like a glove.
I love the look, I keep seeing over and again, coming out of England
Spring is just around the corner and with the sun shining a little more, all I can think about is getting outdoors. I love making my home as cozy as can be during the colder months, adding warmth and texture with pillows, blankets, and a crackling fire, but when the temperatures warm up I’m ready to come out of my cocoon and do some outdoor living. Are you with me?
My design dreaming takes a bit of a shift too. I’m no longer stuck, only, on things like paint colors and placing pictures here and there. I’m now contemplating ways to adorn the exterior side of things, as well. Currently, I have no plans to make major changes to the exterior of our home, however I still love to look and be inspired by other people’s homes. This is one of my favorite things about taking walks – – looking at houses. The love continues, as I have an entire pin board dedicated to exteriors. I love to look at homes that are extremely different than mine – different styles, different eras, different materials, different parts of the world. I look for littles bits of same, and I look for details that differ, that I might be able to somehow emulate. Interiors can often be replicated, but exteriors, many times, can only be imitated by way of the finest of details.
In the front of a home, my eye is always drawn to color, windows, doors and flowers, and in the back, if we are so lucky to get a peek, I love looking at the decorated details around the patio or pool that make outdoor living inviting.
Here are a few outdoor details to steal this spring, no matter what style of home you live in:
sometimes you just stumble upon something. a singular something. an image on the internet speaking beauty and speaking directly to you. those click click clicking moments online where you find something you weren’t even looking for. and, what you were looking for you no longer need.
i stumbled upon this image of a pretty haired woman painting the most beautiful moon scene. i was taken with the colors. the black onyx like night and many a moons in many a colors. colors that calm and collide. one melting right into the next. so i started down the clicking trail.
first to the vsco grid that i poured over, and learned belonged to stella maria baer.
the southwest scenes. the greys mixed with clay colored every-things, under a pink patterned sky. a soul sigh. i’ve been drawn to the colors of the southwest since i was eleven. and, again when i was twenty and every year after that i spent time in tucson, making it feel like second home of mine. it’s funny how colors and patterns and places and feels stick with you and reappear over the years.
i click clicked again, until i ended at art. stella maria baer is an artist and her work is stunning. i don’t know if i could decide which moon i’d want to make my own. one moon or many?
but, that desert moon (above), is full of meaning. layer up on layer of it. i’d love to one day sleep under a moon like that.
for more inspiration you can follow stella on instagram. she is my new favorite follow for sure.
do you have any recent favorite follows? share in the comments!
i look for books, and books find me.
i look in bookstores, because a bookstore is not just one place, it is many. within the walls are pages, and within the pages; places, people and practices that you can peek into and possibly take with you. you can take your escape. you can start your excavate. i find this possibility promising. i also look online, when the looking is late at night. one click leading to another until the final one that is the promise of a package in your post. and, then there are others who do the looking for me. friends that recommend. and, a mom who still seems to know what is needed to grow. a grandmother and a father who’s shelves i never pass by. instead, i study. i study the shelves crowded with years upon years of wisdom through written word, calling out to me. just the titles alone are telling. they tell of growth, of past pain, of purpose, of personality and of life living.
i’ve listed all the books (that i can remember) that i read last year:
i’m one of those who has been writing goals and lists and dreams and things since i was in my teens. it’s possible i was taught by omission. without knowing what i was reading, almost daily, i saw my dad’s written goals, lists and dreams – always highlighted in yellow and underlined in red. they were hanging out on desks and nightstands and tucked away in books. written on notecards, legal pads, dog eared book pages and most assuredly memorized in his mind. he never really taught me his method, but i somehow memorized it. and, after all, some things are just inherent.
in my early twenties i worked for, leadership guru, john c. maxwell and really learned the art of writing down goals. i’ve been working this method ever since. writing goals, dreams, and intentions for specific areas of my life (family, physical, spiritual, etc.) and being specific about resources for my growth by listing books, teachings, conferences i’d like to attend and so forth. this way has worked well for me. although, i don’t always keep my list in front of me, i’m always amazed at how things seem to happen. this year i actually did pretty terrible at crossing things off my list. but, the things that matter most,