My tree whispered that spring was about here when I saw a bud on it last week. My watery eyes and sniffles today confirmed that indeed the sun and longer days are here to behold.
Thumbing through the article in California Style’s feature on actors Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen reminds me of how having a home that connects to the outdoors is one of the strong points that attract me in home design. Is it because I live in California where outdoor “appendices” like balconies and patios are spaces that can be used more than just a few months of the year ?
There is a charm that is best experienced being there, seeing foliage, feeling the breeze and in my wishful thinking- riding a bike with a woven basket bearing rolls of baguettes wrapped in brown paper French style. I do not know how to ride a bike but if I did, I would brave all pollen and allergies, me on the bike with a striped mariner’s boat neck tee and khaki shorts. There is something about a lifestyle that is casual, simple and natural.
NATURAL, meaning-dirt may find its way on your dining room floor and olive oil stains on a wooden surface adds to character rather than a description of sloppiness.
This kitchen is perfected imperfection. It is more about life, about stories about togetherness.
I have this dream rental in Healdsburg, California (our wine country) that I plan to test “live” for the summer next year. Richard thinks it would be a total waste of resources as there is none to do besides the things that tourists do. I disagree and I hope to prove him wrong. But this living is something that I have not experienced long-term. What is it about indoor-outdoor that justifies some mess here and there, and be totally fine ? In fact, it would be a crime to be nothing less than imperfect. The mess is a sign of fun !
People talk about spring cleaning but this article and home makes me high with spring living. I want to prove to my obsessive-compulsive, type-A self, that specks from outdoors that find themselves indoors are not signs of neglect but a welcome gesture of the longer days of laughter and nature’s gifts.
I hope I will have something to tell about summer 2014 Healdsburg style.
All photographs from C Magazine, “Homemade”, pages 92 – 101