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Craving Spring

February 23, 2009

I have crazy Spring fever! New Hampshire takes forever to thaw out so I’m not inspired by the weather lately, it’s been a real downer. Perhaps in your part of the world you are already seeing signs of Spring but not here. Poor me. It has everything to do with my childhood because I grew up in low country South Carolina and find winters in New England particularly hard to deal with. I thought it would get better the longer I lived here but sadly it seems to get worse. Winters in New Hampshire begin beautifully, almost poetic… the first snow, fantastic snow angels are made, photos are taken of red barns with fresh glistening powder on rooftops. Then the snow turns to ice followed by (or along with) dark gray slush. Daily vacuuming and mopping is the norm. Hours or even days when the power is out or we cannot leave due to the ice rink that is our driveway. The farms that I love to shop, the ones with the finches and peonies and fresh produce, are closed for the season. Life takes a much needed pause at first, which is wonderful post holidays, but then the pause slips into a deep sleep, then a coma. I love New England but what’s a girl to do?

To lift the mood I have all sorts of tricks I play on myself in order to “deal” (yes, I just used air quotes), things that I have to practice regularly in order to avoid turning into a bitter lump of depression. I buy flowers weekly, mostly from stores like Trader Joe’s but occasionally I’ll order them from my florist friend who frequents the Boston flower markets and brings me the most delightful bunches at wholesale. Over the weekend I ordered flowers from Martha Stewart online because I had a coupon and felt like celebrating my new writing assignment. They’ll be delivered tomorrow so expect a few review of Martha’s flowers to follow on Wednesday!

To further inspire me, I sometimes hit local shops that energize like privately owned stores and of course J Crew and Anthropologie, which I hit this weekend because it just feels good to see Spring merchandise and displays. I hung out for an hour at Winston’s this weekend to enjoy the plants and flowers, though I cannot imagine paying $60 for a tiny bouquet of roses I still appreciate such a beautiful store and the gorgeous colors and fragrances there. It’s such an escape! A new CD also always helps, or I pull out some old tunes and make a new playlist on iTunes that energizes me. Hitting the gym also helps, something I’ve become more regular at thanks to the Creative Series I’m writing on Thursdays. I’ve been doing a lot writing, researching, and checking off tasks from my must do list so I do feel like this Winter has been very productive but goodness do I ever need a little sunshine, a walk on the beach, a few chirping birds! Until I can hop in the car with my camera and head to the shore, I’m enjoying a virtual Spring from pretty photos online that give me a little brain boost, from the blogs that I read to the websites that I find of professional photographers who work for some of my favorite magazines.

Speaking of, and in case you missed her link in my previous post, I thought I’d quickly highlight the work of photographer Debi Treloar. She gives me my virtual Spring today. I’ve mentioned her before but you really should visit her online portfolio for beautiful afternoon eye candy! Eye candy isn’t all about looking at something with desire or to simply feed the senses, it’s also a great way to escape and create an alternate reality for yourself that you can for just a moment pretend that exists in your own world like a warm sunny day, an outdoor party with friends, a fresh picked bouquet from the backyard.

When winter starts to weigh you down, what do you do to cope?

(photography by debi treloar)






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Happy Weekend!

February 20, 2009

It’s the weekend, it’s the weekend, Rat-ta-ta-ta-tat and a bing bada bing! Before I go, I thought I’d leave you with links to 6 Flickr contacts of mine that I cherish and visit regularly, perhaps you may like to add them as your contact too?

1. Moa Maria 2. Cinnamon 3. Yvette Inufio

4. Whimsical Views 5. Lenaah 6. Unravelling: Susannah

I wish you all a lovely weekend filled with blue skies, laughter, and a heaping dose of relaxation and joy. Thank you for visiting me on decor8, and a big thanks to Heather Armstrong at Dooce for giving me a shout out, she’s the Oprah of the blogging world so to have her support is huge.

I’ll see you back here on Monday!

xo,

Holly

(images above linked to their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sources)






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Photographer Rachel Whiting

February 20, 2009

I posted a ton of beautiful images today and talked about UK Photographer Rachel Whiting at Real Simple, here is a glimpse to whet your appetite. You can find more here.

I just love highlighting the work of all of the incredible interiors photographers out there, they do so much to make our world more beautiful.

(images from rachel whiting)






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Inspired By Amy Seeley

February 20, 2009

Music is such a fantastic gift — a real joy, it’s powerful and alive. One good song can change the course of an entire day from blah to rock on, baby! I really appreciate it when some of my online friends share the music that inspires them on their blogs. It’s quite a nice way to get to know your fellow humans better, to take a moment to hear what they hear, listen to the music that they feel a personal connection to. It deepens the connections we all have to one another. Want to know who I’m connecting to lately in the world of music?

Singer/songwriter Amy Seeley from Portland, Oregon. This girl sings like an angel, plays the piano and get this, the accordion! I just purchased her $10 cd and I can’t wait until it arrives so I can listen to it while I work. Great daytime music for writing but also fantastic for Sunday mornings lounging in bed with a book, some buttered toast with jam, and layers of cozy blankets. Amy’s voice makes me want to cry and smile at the same time, but it also energizes me because I can feel her passion in her work and it makes me want to be more passionate about the things I do too. Her lyrics are easy to connect to, she is such a fine songwriter capturing very basic emotions in a hauntingly beautiful way making things like heartbreak and pain feel somewhat romantic if that makes sense. The piano arrangements are glorious. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.

Here’s some other music I like here and here.

(images from amy seeley)






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Do You Remember?

February 18, 2009

Speaking of food inspiring room design, do you recall this post that appeared on decor8 a few years ago? It’s called I Dream of Cake where I matched cakes to some of my favorite rooms. This is one of my favorite posts on decor8, I still reference it for inspiration today.

Cherry Blossoms, a touch of black, a pop of pink, delicate china, altogether gorgeousness.

I think everyone should try this once in their life, pairing food with rooms because it’s a fun creative exercise and I’m all about getting those creative juices flowin’.

(images from domino and i dream of cake – a website you MUST visit by the way.)






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Francine Zaslow Photography

February 13, 2009

Driven by self expression over trends, Boston photographer Francine Zaslow has a welcoming and beautiful online portfolio sharing her work… pages to turn, buttons to click, and music with a very hip lounge vibe making the experience transporting and relaxing. I recognized some of her work instantly from catalogs and websites like Fresh and Mariposa.

Fashion, food, interiors, it’s all there and completely inspiring. What a lovely site to get lost in on a Friday morning.

(images from francine zaslow)






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