Seeking Peace and a Makeover

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lately I've felt a bit bombarded with to-do's, events and just general chaos. So sadly, I haven't had much down time to think about architecture or interiors. Niseko was a nice respite but getting back to the quotidian grind has been exhausting. I'm generally not one to complain but boy, I could use a nap! This looks like a good spot.


In spite of my best intentions, I find myself surfing the web in the few quiet moments I have. I've been really drawn to ivories, whites and neutrals lately. This is my favorite new scarf.



Some inexpensive vases I've been thinking about



Maybe a little comfort food while we're at it? I've been wanting to try this clafoutis recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers, Mimi Thorisson. By the way, have you seen her book? My copy finally arrived and it is sumptuous.



I have been starting to shop online a bit for somethings for our US House. I'm absolutely over our Japanese apartment. I once read that babies were usually the end of blogs. I can see that, they certainly require undivided attention for many hours of the day. But I think more so my decline in frequency is attributable to life being more complicated, and really not being excited about our very utilitarian house here in Japan. I find myself surrounded by what was a normal, even Spartan, amount of stuff which suddenly seems overwhelming. I'm not sure if you've ever shopped in Japan at places like Homac or Nitori but furniture here is more of the Ikea variety, maybe not as nicely made. I would say Muji is the exception as their things are very nicely made, but even they are quite minimalist. Occasionally I'll stumble upon a handmade furniture maker of cabinets or chairs or even the odd antique shop. These are exciting finds but otherwise, function tends to dominate form. But in that spirit, did you know Muji Japan keeps a design blog? It is called Idea Park and I saw this makeover the other day.

Before:




After:







Alright, off to finally get that nap!


Unpainted Inspiration - A Farm in Tuscany

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

After a long holiday in snowy Niseko, I've got pure whites on the brain! I saw this Tuscan farm, Villa Stabbia, of Danish born Tine Pedersen recently from The Horse Rider's Journal.





The couple, Tine and her husband Mario, turned their family home (documented to at least the 17th century) into a thriving equestrian business. What a great work-life balance.

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Serene in South Carolina

Monday, January 12, 2015

We have often visited Charleston to see friends. It is one of my favorite Southern cities. Well, probably just my favorite.


I saw this house gallery a couple weeks ago but thought of it again today while I was getting a massage. On a side note, I'll really miss the spa/onsen experience here in Japan. It is so part of Japanese culture which makes it is very affordable, clean and relaxing but to me, it still feels like a luxury. As I was looking up, I noticed of all the walls were this serene blue-green, much like this house's palette. What is it about that color that just relaxes a person?




Sorg Mansion

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Another Ohio gem, the Sorg Mansion sold in 2013 for a mere $225k but it really has some remarkable woodwork and stonework.


More photos from Old House Dreams















I'm partial to this style, maybe it is a Cinderella-castle-thing. But right now this is the only castle in my life, see the resemblance? Just kidding. :)


house hunting?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Anyone house hunting in the New Year? Happy 2015, by the way! My husband, who has a knack for coming up with some elaborate ideas, found this Ohio Richardsonian Romanesque looking for a new home.


That's right, the house is ready to move to the lot of your choice. It has some really lovely details inside. The video tour, below, really captures the woodwork and stained glass.


There aren't many great photos but here are a few.






Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with love and cheer.


image source, design by Randy Fifield

A snow-white Christmas, part two

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The last few details of the frost-white inspired Christmas decor of Judy Jeffress.