Friday, October 5, 2012

Smiling at Sunshine . . . and Cushions. . . . and Comfort

 It's transition time inside, as well, and although we haven't yet turned on the heat, there have been a few mornings and evenings that we've thought about starting a fire in the woodstove.  And switching over to the winter curtains . Which will mean bundling up all these cushions and exchanging them for their warmer-toned cousins.

But we have another solid week of sunshine in the forecast -- the drought a bit worrisome for spawning fish, and I'm sure it's keeping the forest fire fighters on their guard. Here in my livingroom, though, it's a comfort and a blessing to savour. My favourite armchair is just a step or two back from the bottom right corner of these photos. That's my footstool there, with books and knitting nestled on top -- I've got three classes' worth of mid-term essays stacked beside it, and I'll be doing my best to get them all marked this weekend.

And I'm going to remember to look up regularly and smile: the cushions I gathered before we went away this spring; the ones we brought back from Paris; stones and beach findings on a wooden tray handmade by a friend; art catalogues from many of the exhibitions we've been lucky enough to attend. . . . . and those wonderful shafts of sunlight. Beyond the window, of course, that always-beckoning view of the ocean. . .

What's making you smile? Do tell . . .  Meanwhile, I'm off to yoga class before hitting that pile of marking.

22 comments:

  1. What a lovely, cozy nook. Love the cushions. And it's crazy that you have winter curtains! Seriously adult. I haven't changed my curtains since I moved in :-)

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    1. I LOVE that you get this! Yes! I feel so "seriously adult" having winter curtains -- only started doing this 4 or 5 years ago. IN fact, we never bothered with curtains at all (who's going to lurk on the beach to look in, really?) until 6 or so years ago. Both sets are Ikea, so not that adult, right?

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    2. I think, on balance, it leans towards adult. Just don't go buying fancy ones at a boutique in Vancouver :-)

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    3. Well, I did have some shipped here from Paris . . .

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  2. Your room looks so inviting...and the views, I am green with envy!
    I am seriously under cushioned here in The Humble Bungalow.
    Next time I go shopping I think I'll grab a few...
    Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Mater!

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    1. It's hard to imagine The Humble Bungalow being improved, but then, I'm never convinced there can be too many cushions. ;-)
      Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend as well!

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  3. I have not seen this part of your living room yet. Very charming and inviting, and what a wonderful view.
    Were I there, I´d have no reason to go anywhere.
    You are a lucky woman!
    Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks very much, Mette. I admit that I quite happily stay home for days one end when I get the chance, and I feel no need to leave my books and my view.

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  4. I clicked over to see your winter curtains! What a wonderful idea. Red and oh so cozy looking!! Your room looks so inviting and lovely. I'm inspired to recover some of my cushions in cozier colors for the fall and wiinter.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. The reds are actually orange IRL -- and I have to say it all began with a serendipitous purchase of deep orange-rust velvet curtains at Ikea. . . .

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  5. What a wonderfully inviting room this is! The view, the sofa and pile of pillows that says "dive right in!" and those soft curtains... enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Sue -- I'll admit it's very comforting. . .

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  6. Really lovely room, the comfort, the light, the civilising presence of books. Which reminds me, I recommend the catalogue of 'Impressionism and Fashion', currently a major exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay and coming to your side of the Pond, albeit south of your borders (NYC & Chicago) in 2013. Superbly curated, really thought provoking (changing attitudes and social trends as reflected through costume & art and those two themes in dialogue) as well as a feast for the eye.
    Hester

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    1. Oh, I wish I could see this. It sounds like the kind of exhibition I love. I'll have to see if I can track down the catalogue, at least.

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    2. I mentioned it precisely because I think it can stand alone as an excellent book to enjoy even if one cannot attend the exhibition. The essays are superb and the photography of the exhibits outstanding. And given your love of Paris and of fashion...it's a winner.
      Hester

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  7. What a calming oasis. You have ambition, changing your curtain from summer to winter. I wish you luck on your grading - I just hope that when your spirits are flagging you stumble across enough brilliant gems of writing to keep you going. Happy thanksgiving weekend.

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    1. Well, I have ambition AND a willing partner. . . ;-)
      I'm hoping for the brilliant gems myself, so far still just hoping . . . Happy Turkey-Pumpkin Day to you too.

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  8. The sunshine streaming in your windows lights up your space with October warmth. I'm sitting in a puddle of sunshine on my own couch just now, soaking it in while the Little Miss takes a nap. Winter curtains, cozy cushions - a wonderful place to muse - or mark papers.

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    1. I love the way little ones force us to slow our pace . . . no, that's not right, is it? but they do insist we attend to the moment even as we're hurrying after them. And sometimes we can sit while they nap. . . .enjoy.

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  9. The sunlight in that room is just gorgeous. What a happy space it must be to spend time in. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. I like the idea of winter curtains, they change the feeling of the room so much, and I am tickled at the view of your transitional nook, winter curtains and summer pillows. It all seems so nice, the preparing for the time of cozying in.

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