Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Something New, Something Blue

"There are two ways to get enough.
One is to accumulate more and more.
The other is to desire less."

These days, it's all the rage to have Less Stuff.  
The best rooms, the nicest houses, have almost nothing in them.
Nothing on the counters, nothing on the floors.
Very little on the walls.
It's as if people have stopped cooking, or playing, or making messes.

Well, not here.
In this house we cook. We eat. We play a lot.
And we make messes every day.   

And through it all, we try to make do or do without.
(Especially since our breadwinner broke his knee and can't work for three months).    

But you guys.
I found this pouf, this ottoman, this perfect comfy thing. On clearance at Target.
I should have two, but they only had one. And one costs half as much as two.
So it came home with me.
And although it's hard to see from the pictures,
it matches the blue fabric of our throw pillows almost exactly (but not quite. I do like things a bit off).
This is a blue I love, a robin's egg color, restful but not boring.
It's one of the colors I sprinkle throughout the house.  

Here it is, a trifle more icy blue, on the mantel in a Japanese fishing float. 

And here, in a vintage Ball jar and a mini fishing float.   

And here, more electric, in merest traces on a piece of old farm junk.
From a distance the gray and blue make a hazy robin's egg color.

Here is the pouf and here is the pillow,
here are the books,
and here is the golden sunny corner,
where I will cuddle and read with my toddler.  
Here is sacred space.    

So what do you think? Should we get another pouf?
The room isn't big, only 13x17 feet, another ottoman might make it feel too crowded.
But I do so love things in pairs.

The mantel painting (from hickory to white) is in progress, I'll post about that when it's done.   

Ektorp chairs from IKEA
Pillows made from linen and velvet fabric scraps (Joann Fabrics)
Blanket from IKEA
Canvas photographs of Malachi by Bellasaluti, Minneapolis
Vintage telephone from Yarinacocha, Peru
Pouf from Target

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