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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cabins, they speak to the soul

My husband and I are lucky enough to have a cabin in the mountains.  With the holidays approaching, it felt like the perfect time to write about how important a cabin can be and what it can teach you.  Once you arrive in the mountains to our cabin, the adjustment is easy and natural.  I know for me, I can feel myself morph to a place, where in my mind, I know I can do with a lot less.  I can chop, rake, labor, cook and adjust to life that seems very simple.  Our cabin doesn't have a heat source other than a pellet stove. This time of year, when it's so cold we have a process that we do together to get the old girl going!  Turn on the water at the pump house, open everything up, fire up the stove and if we did it correctly when we left the last time, all will be good.

 I was inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau as he wrote about his sojourn to Walden Pond, the cabin where he lived for over two years starting in 1854. The experience he found to be fundamental to his soul and the awakening of his capabilities to live a different life.

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I come to die, discover that I had not lived."

Henry David Thoreau

Cabins have really changed and there are some impressively creative people designing structures that you won’t believe but I bet most of the goals are the same for all of their clients.  A place to rest, congregate, rejuvenate and reflect on life, while, tasting of the bounty!  Where ever you are for Thanksgiving, may it be any or all of the aforementioned.


Our Mountain Cabin...

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”

Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Torso

I've just returned from a multi-state buying trip and one of my favorite finds is a torso sculpture.  Elegantly carved and beautifully shaped, the form is strong yet simple.  It got me thinking about the history of the torso and I was intrigued to see that Vincent Van Gogh produced an image “Plaster Statuette of Female Torso" in 1886.  As well, there is the Auguste Rodin, Paris.  It brings to light that great design lives forever.

I've included several photographs for you to admire and the design theme traverses contemporary to traditional.  The rooms are inspirational, unique and clever. I am sure that the  audacious yet romantic shape of the torso will continue to be one introduced in to projects for a long time to come. 
Vincent Van Gogh

Auguste Rodin

Sorry, our great hand carved Walnut Torso has sold!...