Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Shares from my heart

Lately I have been posting daily on Instagram. I share stories, photos of our home, scenes from my French fairy tale's, amongst other things. On Monday I started working on my 4th children's book while I've been fighting the flu, which is now in week 2. I also often share thoughts of the day and on Fridays I post a wine share. Friday's wine share I enjoy because after I photograph my wine, I write randomly from my heart as I drink the glass of wine in the photo. The wine choice is planned but my written share is not. Sometimes I am surprised how much I share personally on Instagram, but I have discovered I truly enjoy it. I will always blog, which I am in my 4th year blogging, but today I thought if you were not already familiar with Instagram I would try to entice you to depart Blog Land and visit. Below are some recent photos and some recent shares, hopefully it will give you a flavor of my shares. This photo was taken in our upstairs sitting room.

When we removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room the quest for our homes documented legacy convinced me to leave the exposed just be. A salvaged architectural piece of a column was added for embellishment. It's how we dwell in our old Philadelphia home.

Happy Saturday wishes to you from Philadelphia. We are experiencing our first major snowstorm this winter. Thankfully we are fully stocked with essentials, refrigerator is packed and my plans are for spending time in the kitchen cooking. I will enjoy the beauty of the falling snow in the warmth of our home. In case you are wondering why 2 stainless steel clocks, well one is Philly time the other Paris. Enjoy your weekend wherever you are.

This is the first architectural piece I introduced in our Philadelphia home, a building Lion Gargoyle, purchased inspired by an unforgettable storm. Back in the early 80's I wound up in the hospital. Lying in bed watching a storm form, across the street was an abandoned building in need of much renewal, requiring a complete renovation. But it had the most glorious Lion Gargoyles lining the buildings roof line. I was on a floor high enough to look directly into the top floor where homeless sought shelter and teenagers partied in. No electricity, except what was seen by constant thunder and lightning clashes lighting the interior of the building. My imagination ran wild, it was a scary storm, lying in bed conquering up stories to fill the long hours of the night. To this day I have never experienced a storm so severe and to this day I can visualize those magnificent Building Lions flashing with each lightning bolt offering protection, guarding. Now decades later once again a fully restored magnificent building. Coming home from my hospital stay I asked John to stop at an architectural salvage vintage and antiques building, he did, this was purchased and came home. This is just one home story and how we dwell. 

Tea time in our kitchen with my French Fairy tale twins.

Just snapped this moments ago... confession, lately I have been spending much time in our Paris French bed from Anthropologie under fluffy layers of linen bedding from Moo purchased through Etsy. Day 6 Flu - weak, with a promise of improvement - YAY.

When our diy Philadelphia Bedroom update was planned I knew I would purchase a replacement for the floor lamp next to the egg chair. Well over a year ago I fell in love with the artistic design of the Dino floor lamp with curved antiqued brass post with an adjustable black enamel shade with golden interior. Dealing with this flu and knowing full well my heart was committed to Dino I embraced my artist desires and purchased it from Flair New York. I am still sick but happy. 

Keeping a watchful eye for delivery trucks today. 3 scheduled through 3 different carriers! In our eclectic textural Philadelphia living room ... keeping it quiet to hear the door bell. Day 7 of Mr. Monster Flu and I am happy to report today is a better day than yesterday.

Lighting has always been a weakness for me and is my favorite accessory. It became the last piece of our romantic dreamy Parisian bedroom update. I wanted a statement piece, a handcrafted sculptural artisan design inspired by 50's vintage. Meet Dino our new floor lamp for our bedroom delivered yesterday. Purchased from Flair New York. In a word we are thrilled.

The Dino floor lamp is entirely handcrafted in satin antiqued brass and metal with a warm golden interior by Gong in the UK. Designed by Guillaume Evrard. I love that the golden hue of the shades interior gives a warm soft light. 

Our plans this weekend are to move the Zebra Rug (cowhide) away from the wall and a bit under the bed on a diagonal for design interest and also allow the legs of the Dino to show.

Just a snap in our laundry room on a rainy day waiting for the washer to stop I staged this mouse photo for my days photo share.

Today I learned lessons in relaxation from Simon ... Icelandic lamb throw ✔️ comfy chair ✔️ time for a cat nap ✔️ like Simon says eat, play, sleep and repeat. Maybe I will get it right soon, seems he has life all figured out.

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