THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE…(AND THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE)

Somehow, right before the changing of the leaves, everything seems to look exceptionally green. Perhaps it’s the daunting amount of rain we received over the last week, or perhaps the crisper, cleaner, cooler air is infusing new life into the world – or perhaps it’s just me?

Backyard 8.27

Backyard Macro 8.27Mattie-Poo

(Nope. Pup – aka Ms. Mattie-Lu Poo – seems to be enjoying the oncoming Fall weather as much as I am!)

For me, the coming of Fall definitely pulls at the soul. I love summer, but so often it can feel stifling, sticky, hot. But Autumn, oh sweet Autumn! It brings with it a sense of freedom, a cleansing of the air that feels fresh and carefree. As William Cullen Bryant stated so well, Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile…

…and I couldn’t agree more.

The impending Autumn has not only infused life into the world around me, it also seems to have infused this life into me – a spark that I so desperately needed. Yeah, let’s just say that it’s been a rough month. I’m looking forward to smiling again!

Tell me, what is your favorite season and why?

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Speaking of smiling, I must share with you my favorite room from last Monday’s question: What is your go-to design style and why?

Jessica, over at Jess in Belgium, sent me a link of this Stockholm apartment and I simply can’t get enough of it! This is what Jess said…

I grow equally enamored and frustrated by what I would call a eclectic design style. I never seem to be able to make up my mind. At least a few things are constant: I am not afraid of color, I love comfort and seem to fall back on the fact that a little bit of simplicity goes a long way.  I saw this photo on Dustjacket Attic some time ago and keep coming back to it as a favorite. I love the few touches of both fancy (the chandelier, the chair, the green curtains in the second room) and character (the personal decorations in the bookshelves, the well-placed plants, the simple wood floors). I love the scattered touches of green and blue. But most of all, I love the windows. Once I eventually get the courage together to buy a house, windows will be a must.

Here’s more of the eye candy:

(Love the little fireplace!)

If I could create an apartment that exemplifies the current season; the end of summer brashness combined with the fresh, natural quality of fall – this would be it. It’s simple, crisp, yet eclectic and bold in all the right places. I love the natural light, the large windows, the vintage touches…

But there are two things that really get me:

1. The touches of green throughout – it brings the outdoors in and immediately puts a smile on my face.

2. The bay window area in the living room. It creates a clean, light, and airy feel to the space and then….

BAM! A dark, bold, in your face pattern. The juxtaposition is incredible.

Jess, thanks so much for sharing! The rest of you should head on over to her blog – she’s got such a fun and quirky perspective and I just love reading about her European adventures!

3 thoughts on “THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE…(AND THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE)

  1. Delightful blog you have here! I follow Jessica’s blog and she mentioned you in her post. This Stockholm apartment is a dream! I love it; just love it.

    • Sriprae, thanks so much for the kind words! It was so sweet of Jessica to link up to me in her post – isn’t that apartment to die for? A good find on Jess’ part indeed! I just popped over to your blog and I’m a fan! I love your description of Abuchon – a little town in France – and your photos are spectacular. I look forward to seeing many more 🙂

      • Thank you very much! I’m so pleased and honored that you like Abuchon. 🙂 You know, I can picture the glam cottage you featured in your 9/28/12 post as being something the people in Abuchon would love and have. 🙂

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