Monday, September 23, 2013

A New Season

The colors of summer are fading now. I miss them already, but...
 

very soon the air will get cooler, and the cool greens and blues of summer will give way to the warm oranges and reds of Fall.



 The bright rays from overhead will lower in the sky, and the light will dim...

 
and a new season will begin. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

FIRE ISLAND

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER...
Morning Light
 
 
Toward the end of the summer, we headed out to Fire Island for the day.
 
 We took a long walk through several of the beach towns. There are no roads here. The summer cottages are rustic and have a wind-worn beauty.
 
 
The paths are dusted in sand, and lined in beach grass. 


The patina of some of my Swedish Gustavian antiques remind me so much of driftwood that is faded by the sand and the sea.
 

A window box along the beach walk.

 
Lately I've seen some kitchens and tables being done in lime-washed wood. This is a technique similar to white washing from decades ago when people would water down paint to make a can go further. It is one of my favorite looks; a beautiful time worn patina in a gray blue makes my favorite Swedish antique furniture special.
 


 Sage by the Sea.

 Detail of rare Gustavian bench from the late 1700s.
 


 




The striped quilt is an antique French duvet. It would be so perfect for curling up by the bonfire on a chilly Fire Island night. 
 
 
 I hope you had a beautiful summer.