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Archive by Year: 2013

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Around the House

That Little House in Camden, Maine

The little house in Maine, now dubbed “Three”, is significantly done.  This is tricky business for creative types because nothing is ever really done, but just a project in perpetual motion.

Of course there are the usual things gone awry; yet, overall it looks relaxed, minimal, light filled, and very calming.  I haven’t had time to throw myself on the sofa to read a great book, but that will happen soon….with luck!

We used Farrow & Ball Pointing on the walls, Lamproom Gray on the floor, and Benjamin Moore Wickham Grey on the ceilings.  The only exception is the ceiling of my bedroom which is a whisper of dusty pink and looks like the inside of a shell.

I can’t wait for my friend, Julie, accomplished artist, curator of color and style, to add her painted design to the kitchen floor!

Garden design will be the next step in this process so I will keep you updated in the coming months.

November 18, 2013 by Jessie Davidson

In The Garden

The Feeling of Fall

Fall really is the most glorious season and I hear over and over again how much so many people love it.  It is time to put the garden to bed, trimming back, digging up, mulching, and planning for the emergence of Spring.  A group of us compared thoughts the other day while enjoying a crisp, sunny day in a large community garden north of Chicago.  What we love about Fall is:

The yummy smell of the leaves and trees

Cool clear nights and chilly mornings

Maples with their sparkling gold and blazing orange/red leaves

Apple cider and pumpkin pie


Pulling on a cozy sweater

Late vegetable harvest

Windy days kicking through the fallen leaves with your dog

Anticipation of coming Holidays

So drink in the season and embrace each day for its bounty!

*All images from Pinterest.

November 18, 2013 by Jessie Davidson

Hand Crafted

Providence Painted Signs

It seems there is a resurgence of all things crafted by hand from bread baking, to building furniture,  to sign painting.  We are showing our intentional appreciation by buying local and artisan-made rather than consuming vast amounts of mass produced “stuff”.  People around the country are realizing their talents, plying their trade, and building new young businesses.

Providence Painted Signs is one recent start-up whose work is gracing buildings throughout Rhode Island and other parts of New England.  Take a look at the video clip below for the Sign Painters documentary…’s pretty awesome!

SIGN PAINTERS (OFFICIAL TRAILER) from samuel j macon on Vimeo.

In Chicago,  check out La Fournette for their authentic baguettes and brioche.  Or, a bit further north in Evanston, visit Hewn on Dempster for their artisanal bread.  Both are absolutely fantastic and oh so tasty!

November 18, 2013 by Jessie Davidson

What We're Loving

November 2013

1.) If you aren’t familiar yet with the music of Chris Thile*, you need to check him out!  This young 2012 MacArthur Fellow is an insanely versatile musician, mandolin player, and singer-songwriter.  I believe he recorded his first Blue Grass CD when he was fourteen.  His new CD is “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1” .   I had the good fortune recently to hear him perform, solo, at Northwestern University.  What fun!

2.) For those lucky enough to be in London between Nov. 19 and Dec. 6, there is an exhibition sponsored by Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler of James Wyatt – Architect to the Crown and Designer of Complete Interiors.  I think Cowtan & Tout should video tape the exhibition so that we can all see it from the comfort of our offices!

3.) For all chocolate lovers please pounce on John & Kira’s Gourmet Artisan Chocolates.  They are sinfully delicious and oh so beautiful… the form of bees and ladybugs.  I was the joyful recipient of ladybugs last Christmas and I have been smitten ever since!

4.) While I’m on a British bent, be sure to search out products by Soane Britain.  One of my all time favorites is their brass door knob in the shape of a hand holding stick of bamboo!  I have to have this somewhere, some day!

5.) I highly recommend The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.  It is a wonderfully rich book about the migration of black people from our rural South to the industrial North, in search of better wages, freedom and equality, and better lives.  This story is one that all of us need to know!

*Photo of Chris Thile by Brian Stowell. All other images from the linked websites.

November 18, 2013 by Jessie Davidson

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