A mix of spring’s brightest hues in an enamel pail. The chartreuse greens and brilliant purples of Lilacs, Lady’s Mantle buds, Nepeta (catmint), and Cranesbill Geranium leaves are all set off by a few stems of floating, perfectly white woodland Phlox and two coral Peonies.
My dears, I’ve neglected you all week, I know. Right now I am pouring my heart and soul into my new jobs, but I promise to make it up to you with a WHOLE WEEKEND of flowers. I’m assisting a wedding today and tomorrow, and then will celebrate Trinity Sunday and Brent’s last official ‘choir season sing,’ after which a good holiday nap will be in order.
My cousin Charlotte is an incredible photographer and the fantastic individual who inadvertently inspired this weekly column. She is also a proud Kentucky native, so Miss Charlotte, this one’s for you. On this rainy Friday, what could be better than a solitary scarlet Peony, saved from a damp garden end, in a bourbon bottle?
I’ve been meaning to show you my new bracelet for a while, which came from my favorite store in Providence, Simple Pleasures. The Saami are a peoples indigenous to northern Scandanavia and Russia, who hand stitch these bracelets, sometimes called ‘Lapland Bracelets,’ from reindeer leather, pewter filigree and antler.
I have a little tradition of buying a new bracelet when something momentous happens in my life. I purchased this one the day I got the job with SNEW. In her shop, housed in an old forge on the Pawtuxet river, Mary Moore sells Saami bracelets in a variety of colors and designs. Simple Pleasures is well worth a venture to the outskirts of the East Side!
The top photo was taken on a page of Lars Bolander’s Scandinavian Design, an excellent style resource for those with a restrained, but not necessarily modern, aesthetic. These heavy timber huts with green roofs are storage buildings, part of a compound on a Norwegian farm.
The bottom photo is taken on a page from Uta Barth’s The Long Now.
For your Saturday, surfers at Second Beach, strawberries on my back porch, and Greek style mezédhes (a sampling of foods that accompanies a drink) on a plate from Yria Ceramics. Today, my dad is teaching me how to change the oil on my truck!
This week, a tiny arrangement of Lilacs in the palest shade of purple for my bathroom sink.