Garden Reverie


DSC_0916 - Version 2Yesterday morning, I walked out into my beautiful new garden room (I converted the original screened porch into what I call my “Garden Room” this past winter) and was greeted by this beautiful still life.  I had to capture it with my camera so that I could look back on this fleeting moment of transcendent beauty.

Looking at this image now takes me right back to that moment of simple joy.

DSC_0917 - Version 2This is another view which perhaps I like even more.   Probably because there are objects that I love in it: my favorite interior design books being held up by a bronze Foo Dog, the charming silhouette of a child with a parrot, and the curve of a Queen Anne chair which was my grandmother’s.  The orchid and the African violet (both gifts from a special gardening friend) are the icing on the cake.

DSC_0907 - Version 2This is a view in the other direction: towards the chimney wall which separates the garden room from the living room.  I adore that portrait of a 19th century French girl.  She is holding masses of grapes in her apron.  I keep dithering on what to name her.  I have to come up with something that will stick because she is too lovely to remain nameless.  Antoinette is the current thought.

Anyway, I took this because of the sun on the dried hydrangeas.

DSC_0910 - Version 2A peek at the tableau on my iron console table.

DSC_0930 - Version 2This is the view though that stops my heart for a moment.  The light on the hydrangeas, the chair in the background (covered in an old Colefax & Fowler chintz named “Bowood”), and then…the verdant garden beyond.  Heaven.  My version anyway.

This room turned out even better than I had hoped it would.  I wish I could live in it.  When the garden was open in April for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, I wanted to share it with all the folks who came touring (about 1,000 of them!).  Everybody seemed to love it.

Here is somebody else who thinks it is swell, too.DSC_0912 - Version 2Can you blame her?

If you ask nicely, perhaps I will show you how my Garden Room came to be.  In the meantime, please join Gabby and me in enjoying the serene beauty of a moment in the sun.

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10 thoughts on “Sunlight

  1. mmm, sun on the Gabby belly in that serene space. I also love the dried hys with the garden view. We’ll meet in the same heaven. And bien sur, I vote for naming your girl Antoinette! Do show some more of the garden room! Pretty please!


  2. Wendy on said:

    Tres belle! Est ce que les fleurs “Limelight?”


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