Wednesday, May 26, 2010

a beautiful home

Before I start, a quick reminder that my book and fragrance drawing and giveaway is still in full swing. don’t forget to enter your name here if you are interested!

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First, a brief reminder that my book and perfume sample giveaway draw is still open. Every year, at the medieval conference in Kalamazoo, I aIMG_4646ttend a very civilized dinner at the home of a professor emeritus. He and his wife have spent over 50 years perfecting this home, and I think I can say it is one of the best curated, most beautiful homes I have ever had the pleasure to see. Unfortunately, this professor’s wife died suddenly a few years back, and every year since, I have feared  that these polite, delicious dinners, filled with wonderful food and urbane conversation, will come to an end.

SO this yeaIMG_4708r, I documented my favorite parts of the house by taking snapshots. This is not in any way a fragrance post, but it certainly has a lot to do with the art of living an aesthetically full life.

As you can see, the sitting room is very beautiful, the piece de resistance being a hand-painted Chinese screen that hangs above the couch.

IMG_4651 every detail is perfectly curated, including the placement of the bouquets.

IMG_4655 the dining room is equally beautiful. Here, the console surrounded by antique floral prints.

IMG_4661 an assortment of brass and copper implements line the windows of the dining room, reminding me of a Dutch still life

IMG_4657 curtains and flowers.

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My favorite room of all may be the kitchen, with its marble counters, hand built shelving, and interesting implements hung on the wall

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Gorgeous.

IMG_4677 the bathroom is also awesome, with green and white wallpaper, white wainscoting, and clean-as-can-be white porcelain.

IMG_4678 IMG_4674  of course, there are Chinese paintings of birds and flowers throughout the house.

IMG_4683 IMG_4676 the landing.

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some perfect coffee ends a perfect night

IMG_4703 the lovely Russian china is put to bed.

I almost forgot to mention:

IMG_4632 the peerless garden.

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I am afraid my snapshots haven’t done this beautiful home justice, and end up looking like a real estate ad, but I just had to document it anyway. I hope someday I too can create a home as beautiful as this.

here’s wishing you an aesthetically-pleasing day,

-La Bonne Vivante

 

 

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8 comments:

  1. Oh, dear...I wandered through home and garden when you first posted, and forgot to thank you for the tour. I am glad you thought to take pictures as a way to try to preserve some of the fond memories you clearly have of the annual gathering--I can see the draw...was nice to be a mouse in the corner.

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  2. Me too. I wish they were a little better, but oh well. Now I have the memories written down and imaged, anyway. Thanks for your kind comments!

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  3. No doubt that this beautiful house makes those urbane conversations possible. It continually amazes me the impact that fine things--food, decor, table setting, music, or, as your blog especially explores, scents--have on conversation and mood, elevating them to more profound and meaningful levels.

    That kitchen is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pictures--ever since you described it in Chris' room at Kalamazoo I've wondered what the house looked like!

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  4. Yes, it's the fine things in life that matter, I say. And that includes dear friends ;-)

    I know, that kitchen is to die for, truly!

    Hope you're well, lovey!

    Yours, S

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  5. I'm doing fabulous. My garden is flourishing and the farmer's market by my house opens tomorrow morning--I'm hoping for rhubarb so I can make another rhubarb pie. I made one a couple of weeks ago and it was the best pie I've ever made--the crust was perfectly flaky and tender, and I put honey along with regular refined cane sugar in the filling, which was a REVELATION. The honey's floral tones lent a complexity to the rhubarb's tangy sweetness that made the overall flavor so rich and vibrant. What a morning that was, sitting with my best friend at the kitchen table in the early heat and sun, eating that incredible pie warm from the oven.

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  6. Ooh, you are making my mouth water! Have you a recipe? I've got some rhubarb in the fridge right now. You paint such a lovely image of enjoyment--we should post it somehow...

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  7. I can definitely give you the recipe--shall I just post it in comments or should I email it to you direct?

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