You might be wondering why I haven't posted in the last couple days. I was in Sonoma county celebrating my birthday with friends. Being without cell service was actually a rare treat, but nothing like the Spa service at Osmosis which was completely mind-altering. I'm a sucker for pampering.
I could fill a page full of photos and info about the trip--where to go, where to eat, what to buy, etc.--but then I would have been WORKING. A couple simple things really inspired me. For one, all the "antique" stores that my friends and I popped into were very well merchandised. Items were arranged by color or use or material. I was impressed, and I thought I was a pretty good merchandiser. Remember, the product is another man's junk. These stores are bit pricey, but it sure is easy to find your favorite collectible.
Nature is always an inspiration. But show me a person who isn't inspired by the outdoors. Everyone can appreciate the smell of clean air, the crashing waves on shoreline, and trees as old as the Constitution. Right?
I loved this simple arrangement of antlers, basket, crate on a rolling cart. Every other month in Elle Decor is a similar arrangement; either is some Parisian flat or some Vermont vacation home. I almost bought the basket, but I'm trying to pare down.
This wisteria tree in a sun-drenched cemetery is bursting with tiny, intricate blossoms. I wanted to lay down in the shade beneath it and take a nap, breathing in it's delicate fragrance. I'm thinking of ways to bring more of the outdoors into my little apartment. But I might have to settle for bonsai.