The steeply pitched roof! ♥ The rounded door and windows! ♥ The stone exterior! ♥ The crazy crooked chimney! ♥
If I could jump into any of these illustrations, I would. Ohhhhhh, I would, I would, I would.
I've always found it fascinating that certain styles of houses simply seem like Home to us--and others, not so much. The tiny storybook cottages--ideally set in the wild woods--make my heart ache, just as huge Victorian houses speak to Aunt Laurie and almost any small blue house will be loved by Mom.
I love hearing about peoples' dream homes.
In an old issue of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion (aka Sweetest! Magazine! Ever!), a feature on a guest bedroom in Engelbreit's own home shows some of her collection of miniature houses, and the accompanying caption from Engelbreit reads: "For me, a house is a symbol of everything good." Yes. And for me, a little Art Deco cottage, especially so.
You know, then, how much I squealed when I finally found not only a vintage vase I loved for our mantel here, but also one that is a nine-inch-tall model of my dream house. ♥ Look at the chimney!! And the cute little window! And how the exterior is even made to look like brick and stone! It's the find of a lifetime.
My patience for projects like the mantel makeover drives my mom crazy. I'll go a year--or in this case, a year and six months, specifically--without a vase for it because I want The Right One, not just any one. Still on my list for the mantel is The Perfect Hooked Rug for in front of it. That search continues. (This rug, in the fourth, fifth, and sixth photos down, made my heart beat faster when I saw it, but alas! Someone else out there is enjoying it. It's such gorgeous work. ♥) In the meantime, a vase is finally in the spot I had set aside for one. Bit by bit, and find by find, it is coming together. Look at the tiny lamps to either side of the front door! ♥
I'm a happy lady here tonight. ♥