Everyone I know is so done with February (by far the cruellest month -- sorry T.S. Eliot…) Serena has been downright melancholy.
I cannot believe that a wire fox terrier won Westminster...
All she wants to do is nap:
I have been keeping myself busy by tidying and reorganizing. My kids wanted their rooms reconfigured (they both wanted reading nooks added and, if you are a writer, you don't say no to a request like that.) I ended up with an extra piece of furniture in the process -- a 1920s vanity -- that I managed to stuff into my already full-of-furniture bedroom.
The good news is, I now have space for all my scarves:
I have no excuse not to accessorize.
While I was organizing, Serena tried to charm me out of some of my Hermès gavroches…
But I held firm so she is sulking.
I find that at this time of year, I'm starved for pretty colours. I'm drawn to little splashes of pink.
My roses are holding up well after disciplined culling and trimming…
Isn't that a gorgeous putti plate? I sourced it from the lovely Lidy Baars of French Garden House.
I met Lidy online when I worked on my first lifestyle blog, Bliss Notes. (Was that only six years ago? Feels like forever…) Lidy is a lovely person and if you are in the market for french antiques, she is your gal… I'm crazy for angel images of all types, but for the putto in particular (though putti started out as secular imagery, they became associated with angel iconography during the baroque period.)
How much do I love these 18th century cherubs?
If only my needs/wants were less well defined…
Even my ten year old is getting in on the pretty, asking for some colourful roses for her room:
I have no idea how they make roses look like that.
Today, I had a break in routine when I attended the ladies' lunch at the Club. The speaker was Patricia Sands who talked about her new book, The Promise of Provence, and how to arrange for a house swap in France. I totally want to do that one summer when the children are grown.
The menu was inspired by the south of France and featured Bouillabaisse, Tuna Niçoise, and Caramelized Fig Tarte. I love how the club is embracing my french lifestyle!
Most importantly, the sun was out today and it was above zero. Could spring be far behind?