Thursday, July 10, 2014

Learning about light

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I’m sure the last thing you feel like sitting through is another of my gilded rhapsodies about the glories of summer—I am bored with myself on the subject, to be honest, but manoman, I am so compelled.  The amount of miserable complaining I do all winter is in direct correlation to the many gorgeous hours spent basking and luxuriating in summer.  All I’ll say is this:  in summer, I am ALIVE.  The more sultry it is, the better I feel.  What am I doing, living this far away from the Equator?  I know myself, and I want to spend life in flip flops and a sarong.  Anyhoo.

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I’m doing a self-taught, DIY, home course in design that so far consists entirely of looking at old issues of House Beautiful magazine, and reading the text, too!  Not just looking at the pictures!  My questions are things like, what color goes with what?  And why does all that sunshine outdoors make the photos of my kitchen look so murky?

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There’s so much to learn.  I feel a ruthless paring and a de-stash coming on.  And also, another epic, hand-pieced quilt project, the idea for which came into my head as I was falling asleep, so I dreamed about it; ten thousand tiny squares and my needle.  Nice. 

15 comments:

  1. Please don't try too hard to unlearn the things you already know. Your colours are gorgeous and your design sense lovely indeed. An innate sense of loveliness is far better than one that just replicates theory and is endlessly reproduced ad nauseum in *all* the books and magazines about interiors. (They all look the same don't they?)

    It's good to have an individual sense. All colours go together. Outside your window you will see them all together. There is never a time when the right things of any colour can't/won't work together. Silly rules truly get in the way. That 'blue and green should never be seen' thing that is oft quoted? Silly. Just think of bluebells in the woods.

    I believe the reason your kitchen looks duller when compared to the outdoors is because the sunshine throws it into relief and/or bleaches it in comparison. Also outside is fresh looking with all the bright colours, while your home is cozy and warm in tone while being earthy (in the picture at least). We have miserable weather a lot of the time in the UK that results in dull grey/blue skies and so we wear dull colours too. In bright hot countries, bright colours get dimmed by the sun and so don't look out of place - they will never overpower the sunshine. Here though, those bright jewel colours look stark and overpowering of the grey background and our shy sensibilities can't take it. I believe all colours are good and the point you made about the seasons the other day a good one. In autumn the colours outside are different to high summer.

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  2. Oh good - someone else who dreams about their crafting. I've been dreaming a lot about crochet. It's better than not being able to sleep at all while I try to work out the crochet in my head!

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  3. How tiny is tiny? I've been saving up a ton of 2" squares that I occasionally buy pre-cut from Ebay. I don't have the patience to cut that many squares so I just buy them. I kind of dream of the same epic project. But it hasn't happened yet.

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  4. Your kitchen probably 'looks murky' because your camera is registering the light from outside and adjusting to that. You know how you take a pic of someone standing in front of a window and they almost look like a black silhouette. I love the sound of your dream almost sounds like a book title, ten thousand tiny squares and my needle. When it's made into a film please don't have Nicole Kidman in the lead role, ha ha.

    Jean x

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  5. All those pretty pics in the mags are heavily staged and heavily sanitised. Who wants to live in a pristine palace? Your home is enchantingly appealing and very 'homely'! Good luck with your Ten Thousand Squares Under the Sun!

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  6. Linda sua casa. Quando começamos a fazer determinadas coisas vem ideias que desconhecemos e depois nem acreditamos que foi nós que fez.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

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  7. I love the idea of the tiny squares quilt. You've made me think too... Summer is indeed blissful isn't it. I always forget quite how good it is until it arrives again. I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  8. to echo the first poster, I am inclined to think your kitchen window faces north and your camera "sees" the window as The Subject, and lights it accordingly.

    You might try experimenting with the camera's settings, opting for a night setting or cloudy setting if you have one, the camera *should* compensate for the brightness of the view and balance the light of the photo

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  9. Ahhh your table looks lovely, a bowl of cherries, a pretty orchid, and a view of the yard. Don't stress on the decorating too much (and all the "rules") From where we stand, you already have a great sense of style. That's why we're here!

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  10. That is very interesting ... And I love the tiny squares quilt idea ... I have been contemplating to make one in crochet ... Fun ideas tend tonoerculate in our heads in the summer ... I think the sun and warmth makes us alive also ... I truly believe that is true .

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  11. Cleaning, organizing, and de-stashing sounds good to me right now, too. Summer is a time when I want things to be lighter and more airy, and I have too much stuff around. Finding the time to sort through it all is my problem--I don't want to spend all summer inside!

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  12. Lol, I get lots of ideas for cushions and quilts coming into my head just as I'm about to fall asleep too, and sometimes they keep me awake all night as I can't stop mentally planning and making them in my head!
    Gill xx

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  13. Funny what the summer heat does with us, love it though!

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  14. Hi Kristen, I just wanted to let you know that I like your warm and cozy style..so homey and comfortable. Be careful with the magazines..I think they contributed to me losing my own sense of style. I need to stop looking at them and go with my instincts and find "me" again. I hope you keep your style, I like it. :)

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