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!


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.


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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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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  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.

  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!

  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!

  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

  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.

  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...

  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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