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the beauty of rain

Wishing you a cozy autumnal weekend!

“But the true lover of rain…has a deep inner enjoyment of the rain, as rain, and his sense of its beauty drinks it in as thirstily as does the drinking earth. It refreshes and cools his heart and brain; he longs to go forth into the fields, to feel its steady stream, to scent its fragrance; to stand under some heavy-foilaged chestnut-tree, and hear the rushing music on the crowded leaves.” ~ John Richard Vernon, “The Beauty of Rain,” 1863

“And at last it comes. You hear a patter…you see a leaf here and there bob and blink about you; you feel a spot on your face, on your hand. And then the gracious rain comes, gathering its forces—steady, close, abundant. Lean out of window, and watch, and listen. How delicious!…the verandah beneath losing its scattered spots in a sheet of luminous wet; and, never pausing, the close, heavy, soft-rushing noise…” ~ John Richard Vernon, “The Beauty of Rain,” 1863


“The crisp drenching rustle from the dry foliage of the perceptibly grateful trees…the little plants, in speechless ecstasy, receiving cupful after cupful into the outspread leaves, that silently empty their gracious load, time after time, into the still expecting roots, and open their hands still for more.” ~ John Richard Vernon, “The Beauty of Rain,” 1863

photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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black and white

black and white ~ classic, modern, graphic, timeless…perfection

photos from Vogue Living Australia, The Gifts of Life, Architectural Digest

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white

Yesterday, Greet Lefevre (from Belgian Pearls) published a fabulous post on the color white! She referenced interior designer Timothy Corrigan on this pristine hue stating that it will be “the new color trend in interior design for the next coming months.” I just couldn’t resist working off this inspiration and so today, it’s all about white!

photos from The Gifts of Life 

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autumnal tints

Wishing you a happy weekend!

“How beautiful, when a whole tree is like one great scarlet fruit full of ripe juices, every leaf, from lowest limb to topmost spire, all aglow, especially if you look toward the sun! What more remarkable object can there be in the landscape? Visible for miles, too fair to be believed. If such a phenomenon occurred but once, it would be handed down by tradition to posterity, and get into the mythology at last.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Long Barn ~ Wolf Kahn, 2010-2011

Last Glow ~ Wolf Kahn, 2011

Green, Orange and Gray ~ Wolf Kahn, 1997

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With autumn just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a taste of what’s to come…how about a warm cup of apple cider by a roaring fire?

photos from Birch Coffey and Chas Miller, Pauline and Jerry Harrison, Axel Vervoordt, Bobby McAlpine, Steven Volpe, Tine K Home

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Having posted this magnificent Paris home back in December of 2010, I was thrilled to rediscover its beauty on the pages of the October 2012 House Beautiful! Designed by the virtuosic Robert Couturier, this interior is a masterclass in color! While the living room’s liquid blue walls draw inspiration from the sublime hue of a dutch delft tile, the overall use of this color somehow feels fresh and contemporary ~ boldly simple with an air of elegance and sophistication. Divine! And if that wasn’t enough to knock your socks off, check out the red lacquered dining room! The high gloss lipstick red breathes new life into the gold framed antique oil painting, upholstered banquette and modern brass and glass dining table. What a glorious setting for an intimate Parisian dinner party! Light the candles and pour the champagne!

photos from Robert Couturier and House Beautiful

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I had the privilege of experiencing a William Langson Lathrop painting in person last weekend…its soulful beauty inspired me to take a closer look at the life and work of this remarkable American artist…known for the birth and development of the artists colony that formed along the Delaware River (in Bucks County), Lathrop painted with a deep love for his subject ~ nature…

“As a boy growing up on a farm, Will Lathrop came to know the beauty and mystery of nature firsthand, and the innocent reverence that he felt in those early years never left him. Lathrop was, above all else, a poet. Perhaps what his best paintings convey is the child’s sense of wonder at the divine poetry of the natural world, as well as the intuitive insight that the heart of man and the heart of nature are deeply connected.” ~ Brian H. Peterson, Senior Curator, James A. Michener Art Museum

Gray Day, Montauk, 1938

Bright Afternoon, Keyport, 1935

Untitled (landscape with Figure), 1897

Ely’s Bridge

Chilmark Moore, Martha’s Vineyard

Plowing along the Canal, 1915

Paintings by William Langson Lathrop (1859 – 1938)

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