Recently I've been indulging, every now and then, in a small addition to my surroundings. It started with a lovely detailed conservatory, just a single room with beautifully proportioned window walls and a tall peaked glass dome to let in the sunshine. The central French doors open to the evocative space inside. Gradually, after enjoying the simple pleasure of just looking through the windows, I began choosing a few things to eke out a rather blissful lifestyle. With an easel here, a chair there, I imagined myself painting long satisfying hours in the gentle light, before taking a well-deserved break for tea.
Although the conservatory will continue needing a lot of personal attention to reach its potential, now it seems I want to invite my friends to share a golden afternoon with me as the weather turns. These chairs beckon outside where the garden will be. Of course, more storage for all the painting and gardening supplies will help with the upkeep.
And then there's this chair, found at Uncommon Objects in Austin. In the dusky interior of the store, amid all those piles of people's past passions, this (handmade?) oddity was begging for a home. Do you see the red seat and red beads? Of course, it made itself mine. Now for some creative maneuvering to make it feel at home.