Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Beautiful Place......

"THIS INSTINCT FOR A FREE LIFE in the open is as natural and wholesome as the gratification of hunger and thirst and love.  It is nature's recall to the simple mode of existence that was intended for us." Horace Kephart, Camping and Woodcraft, 1906

The search is over for nature's recall or that simple mode of living....after just being married for eight months, my son and his Bride lucked upon a beautiful cabin just outside Oxford, Mississippi!

The setting of their cabin is so very, very beautiful.....enter down a winding gravel drive, lined by crepe myrtles that were planted over 40 years ago and a 50 year old magnolia greets you at the edge of the drive.  The plantings in the yard are as vast and as beautiful as you will ever find!

 A brick sidewalk leads up to impressive 140 year old log cabin.  The cabin was moved to its current sight in the early 1960's and an addition to the back of the cabin incorporated a kitchen, bath, and guest room.

The woods were made for dreamers and that describes Steven and Sara....dreamers.  They are so far down the road (so to speak) in their professional lives and in their personal goals.  The love they share is so sweet to witness and over the weekend I spent with them helping them as they cleaned, unpacked, and organized their new home inspired me greatly!  Both of them have a talent for design so everything fell into its place quickly.  Sara has been a collector of beautiful art for a while now and has lived and traveled abroad over a great deal of her life.  Steven too has grown up with an appreciation of art and history so together their home is a wonderful collaboration of their style and their life together.....thus far!  Steven is a musician and the house already if filled with music and an energy that is amazing!  I felt so blessed to have shared the weekend with them in their beautiful home!  Enjoy a few of the pics below......

A vintage fan found by Steven and a beautiful chair Sara found...circa 1890
The metal desk they recently purchased is the perfect setting for Steven's musical talents.
Original being in a gallery!

"Wouldn't life be a whole lot better if somewhere out in the wild woody younder sat a snug little cabin with your name on the mailbox?"  You know it would!

FROM: cabinology
A handbook to your private hideaway

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Southern Mississippi

 Who doesn't love the film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof about the tempestuous marriage of Maggie, played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Brick, played by Paul Newman? The film is set in my beautiful state of Mississippi in a time when a man's land and wealth and family were everything!  Big Daddy is the perfect southern self-made man.  Proud of his family, his beautiful home, his children and the legacy he plans on leaving them. This is the dream of all southern men....leaving a legacy to his children.  Nothing should stop him from passing on his fortune.  Hold on just a minute and this could be today.  Children rarely embrace the same paths as their parents.  Most have a mind of their own [which is they should] but sometimes, rarely, they do not see the sweat, blood, tears, and prayers that have gone into making their life grand!  Seems to me, the two sons in this saga did not see their daddy's vision. Big Daddy had acquired quite a fortune in his home with the wide porches, furnishings acquired in France and England, and almost everything to fulfill every need of his growing family.  His dream almost turned to disaster when he discovered he was dying, but I like to think the real heroine of the play and film was Maggie, played by Ms. Taylor.  Beautiful, outspoken, feminine, sensual, and smart....she played the southern woman well! Brick, on the other hand, had a severe problem with alcohol and was not fulfilling the role of husband or son very well.  Families fall apart without leadership and most are only one generation away from this disaster.  Big Daddy wanted his family to be grand.  In the end, the real story is sweet about forgiveness and love. We should hope to be better "forgivers".

The porches and the furnishings are TRUE pictures of a grander southern home and time.  There is a city in south western Mississippi that still holds much of the charm and beauty of a by gone era....Natchez.  It is in Natchez that one can still sit on a porch, sip tea or a mint julep or a glass of wine and still enjoy a summer evening like it used to be in the era of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  This time of year it is so hot in Mississippi.  Almost unbearable at times so even today, homes are built with porches and set among shade trees.  The porches played a huge role in the film as well as the yard where the kids and Big Daddy cooled off with an ice cream birthday party!  Still sounds like a great idea!

Dunlieth Plantation in Natchez Mississippi

A designer's selection of items that might fill the house in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof!
Love the Sofa....Love the Dress....Love the Mirror

Maggie lounges around a lot in her slip in the film....I wish we still did this...lounge around more! :)
The summer heat in the south is definitely a good reason to shed a few layers and lounge.....around the house....most southern women I know just love to be at home.

Southern Women have always been beautifully strong!  We are tied fearlessly to our families and loyal always to the bonds that keep us close.  Traditions such as family reunions, weddings, bridal teas, morning coffee on the porch with a neighbor, and of course church!  Recently someone told me they realized they didn't have to be close to their family....I listened, but I was sort of sad for her.  I think of the bonds of family and friends as the most beautiful gifts God will ever, ever give us. I hope you are one who treasures family ties.  You can be the vessel to bond your family....think about it.  Just a little time and effort and a dinner on the porch!

I feel blessed to be a southern woman, extremely blessed.  I love the elegance of the French and the beauty of Europe but home to me will always be in the South and hopefully, a home with a porch!  Enjoy the life that God has given really doesn't matter where you live as long as you embrace your own path and realize that God designed one especially for you!  Fill your own heart with God's wisdom, the beauty of the earth around you, plant a flower or vegetable garden, love your family and LIVE....everyday is a gift my friend!  A wonderful gift from Heaven above!  Spread some love and joy!  You a little "Happy" Gift!