Thursday, September 14, 2017

Looking Glass

I have an affection for mirrors.  I had no idea.  However, upon reflection, it is quite apparent. 

No more puns.  I promise.  

Mirrors have the ability to make small rooms look larger, dark rooms seem brighter and they literally double the beauty of what they reflect.  

When I hang mirrors, I am careful to situate them opposite of something worth their reflection, be it a window, a painting, a favorite objet d' art, even another mirror.  

While perusing these photos I also noted that I seem to like painting mirrors, for the finish of over half of them has been altered.  Thank goodness for chalk paint!  I never could have accomplished so much without it!  

I have mastered the art of looking at a mirror without looking into a mirror.  
Like vampires do, I'm sure.  
But their hair always looks so nice.  How do they do that?  

Mirrors have a presence many other pieces do not.  They can be unobtrusive or they can be a the focal point of a room.  
In the dreary winter months, when light is scarce, a mirror, or several, can direct the rays of the sun into a room that might otherwise be somber.  In summer, mirrors invite the reflection of blue skies, butterflies, birds and flowers, so it seems as if you are outdoors, among them.  

Now, imagine the walls of these rooms without mirrors. The glow of light in the mirror disappears, the depth of the reflection, gone. 

They really do make a difference!  



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Divine Gardens...

Summer is waning.  I'm never ready for this.  
I love every moment spent in the gardens.  I never want it to end!  

They certainly have come a long way since I woke in the middle of the night with an idea that would take years to come to fruition...Truly, they will never be finished but the soul is there. I can feel it.  

View of the East garden gate from the parterre...leading into the Shakespeare borders.  

Front entry.  Many neighbors have decorated for Autumn but I wait until Autumn arrives.  

East Limelight Hydrangea hedge...

View of parterre from house, facing the street, toward East Limelight hedge...

View of parterre from street.  The trees will soon grow to the point that our gardens will be hidden and the homes encircling us cannot be seen. 

My garden is a dear companion and I will miss her as she sleeps.  

I know that she will miss me as well.  For in Spring, she comes bearing flowers and blooms that spill confetti, which catches in my hair and falls gaily to my feet!

She conducts a chorus of birds to awaken me in the morning and an ensemble of chirping crickets, baritone frogs and sonorous toads to lull me to sleep at night.

Yes.  I will miss her.

Until then!

Goodnight, sweet friend.  




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