Thursday, April 2, 2009

Take Me Away ...

Isn't this front porch remarkably calming? I've had quite possibly the worst morning of 2009, and the moment I saw this photo all stress seemed to slip away. I could smell the sweet scent of the wildflower garden, the cool crisp air rustling through my hair, my toes dancing to the soft sounds of music coming from inside as I sit in the padded wicker chair pruning the many potted plants on the porch. Yes, this is the perfect place to hide a while from the reality, a garden cottage perfect for rest, relaxation, and gardening.

It almost looks like a painting, too picturesque for words. The old iron chairs in the middle of a lush green carpet of grass looking out into the curved and fluid beds of wildflowers that have certainly grown into their own. Can't you just see yourself with a big bowl of sweet peas straight from the vine, peeling and pulling in quiet, peaceful, solitude? It's a place where the worries of the world are not allowed, a safe haven for those with artistic natures and humble, caring hearts can restore lost energy.

A property of gardens and more gardens, a large main house with a smaller sleeping cottage in the back, and an amazing view!

Yes, this shingle style cape is on the bay of Martha's Vineyard, affectionately referred to as "the Vineyard" by the homeowners there, but I'd be more than happy just to call it home.

Beautiful green cabinets, open cupboard for plate and glass storage, and a farmhouse sink perfect for putting together beautiful wildflower bouquets! Yes, it's sheer perfection, and with a view to the bay beyond - it wouldn't be hard to find someone to do those dishes! I love the bead board backsplash, details on the cabinetry above, but overall the simplicity that exists here. It's as if you took the feeling of the outside, that comfortable solitude, and brought it right in.

Windows make up 70% if each wall facing the bay, on both floors. And you can see why. With views of the sailboats passing, wouldn't you find reason to grab a book and cozy up near the window on a lazy afternoon?

Indeed, the views here are remarkable, and the styling is just perfect. It's a cottage feel that rivals most I've seen. The idea that this is strictly a vacation or summer home is clear, but the attention to detail in the eclectic furniture and arrangement shows that things here have their place, and they are meaningful. A true home, away from home.

And of course, they'd have the bentwood soda chairs with caned seats - my favorite! I know that there are designers and non-designers alike out there who would recommend a rug, and slipcovers, shades and curtains, but I love this room as is - and wouldn't change a thing.

But most of all - perhaps my favorite of all, is the little sleeping room off the back of the main house. Cozy and comfortable, perfectly appointed, and a little rustic - it seems to be just the right space for me at this moment. Private, but open enough to let the sun, the wind, the healing effects of mother nature to fill the space, and once again, make me whole. Enjoy your day!