Tuesday, November 08, 2011
There was an article in the old Victoria magazine where the author said they prefer decorating like Mole rather than Martha. That being Mole of The Wind in the Willows and Martha being Stewart.
I feel exactly the same way, which is why once the cold winds begin to blow through the forest, I start adding layers to the inside rooms... candles in various corners... warm throws draped over the arms of chairs... and piles upon piles of books and magazines within an easy reach (neat piles, of course).
I imagine the outside of my home no longer a brick ranch style but rather a stone English cottage with old moss or perhaps the previous home of a Hobbit and the front door in which Victoria makes continuous attempts to slip by is round rather than rectangular. Either kind of house would welcome such decorative tweaking in November.
My favorite lavender soft wool sweater (brought back from Ireland by my daughter when Elisabeth was a baby) is now available to slip on when it gets a little chilly. Something I'm learning from my beloved British novels (as opposed to increasing the heat with the thermostat).
I loved a comment which said the reader had been inspired to have "nice things" in her home by reading my blog. It doesn't cost much at all when one learns how to shop the right places. For me at this time of my journey we're talking thrift stores and such but there are other places one can save.
For instance, I was reading a Holiday issue of a magazine where they showed the same Friendly Village teapot I have as part of a pretty tablescape. They paid something like $169.00 for their teapot... mine was around $42.00 on Amazon. I saved up Amazon credit for it (thank you!!!).
Someone asked about the pretty Friendly Village Bless This House Bread Tray. It's only $26.00 on Amazon... far from the price of a similar brown transferware tray shown in the magazine (albeit the other was larger). My beautiful platter was a gift. It may be hung on a wall for year round display. It does remind one of a Miss Read village, doesn't it?
I love how by surrounding ourselves with those objects that make us feel warm and cozy, we are creating an atmosphere in our home which brings us joy, peace, contentment, etc. Yes, I definitely am more Mole-ish than Martha, come to think of it. :)
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 1:03 PM