Now I know red is a color that is fairly controversial. I used to think you either loved it or hated it. But I’ve realized that that simply can’t be true, because I don’t love or hate it! I actually really like it – in small doses. Do I think a great drop dead red dress can be gorgeous? Definitely. I just don’t ever gravitate to such a big statement color in a big way. In fact, last year for Valentine’s Day my daughter didn’t have anything red to wear for her school spirit day so she was looking in my closet, and it was then that I realized that I literally don’t have any red clothing – not kidding! Not a sweater, blouse, or top to be found. But this is the rub. I love it in accessories! I think a great red bag can make an outfit!
I know green has not been the hottest color in the decor world as of late, but I’ve noticed it is slowly having a re-awakening. And I have to say, I for one am thrilled! I don’t know if it is because I love the outdoors and plants so much, or if it’s for some other reason, but a little green in a room really speaks to me.
My heart is heavy with grief for all those in Paris who were affected by the events that took place on Friday. My thoughts are with that city, the victims, their families, and the perpetrators. And yes, I did say perpetrators. Because they are victims, too. Victims of propaganda, and of hate. I’m sad to know that we live in a world that can produce that level of hate. But I also know that nothing can end hate as quickly as love.
A fisherman’s sweater is a Fall favorite for me. Traditionally, these sweaters had complex cable knit patterns and they were made out of scratchy wool so that the Irish fishermen who wore them stayed warm even when they got wet from sea spray. Of course, today they are made out of softer wools, usually merino, and they come in more colors and different styles, such as turtlenecks or cardigans, but the practicality remains. The winter white color, the classic style, and the coziness factor just speak to me!
Are you all getting ready for Thanksgiving and all the fall festivities? Fall is my favorite season and I love doing tablescapes this time of year! For that reason, I thought I’d share a fall tablescape that I did a couple of weeks ago for a dinner party. At the time, it was before Halloween, and pretty far from Thanksgiving, so I didn’t want to go with a lot of traditional fall colors. I wanted to do mostly creams and neutrals, while still having it feel like fall.
“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way.”
We brought home our puppy today, and as happy as I am, it has of course brought memories of Scout to the surface. This quote is so representative of how I feel about dogs and their role in our lives. What special animals they are, the way they wrap themselves around our hearts and become part of our families. They slowly and subtly intertwine themselves in our lives to the point where we cannot remember what it was like before they arrived.