Reading Alcove, San Diego, California
photo via jenny
Almost. That’s what I would say about this reading alcove, it almost fulfills my fantasy of ideal reading spaces. The wholly white shelving is a bit sterile for my taste and I can’t see the lighting, which could be important. It has a lovely view and the alcove is wide but the cushions are inadequate and it wouldn’t be comfortable to lean against those shelves. Also, a filmy curtain or blind would be helpful for days when sitting in the window would feell like a greenhouse. What would your perfect reading space look like?
This morning my thoughts have strayed in and out of the box, to consider the people that live in these places and their view of the world. Bob Spaid built the round house in 1971 with a distinctly Polynesian theme. It includes several sitting areas, each with its own decor, a half moon kitchen, and 360° of views around an inlet of the Sacramento River, in northern California. For the late Bob Spaid, the limitations of the box likely compelled his travels early in life. Isn’t the view from outside the box marvellous?
(For more on this interesting house, click here.)
My Mother is Finnish and the Finns seem to have a special appreciation of candles, using them to convey warmth, welcome and occasion, even for ordinary days. For several years I lived without electricity and candlelight was my source of light at day’s end. Electric lighting hums, very quietly and in a manner I both hear and at times, find grating. Candlelight occasionally splutters but it doesn’t disturb. Light a candle, it will warm the darkest day.
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SQUARES OUTSIDE THE BOX
You can have so much fun outside the box, it’s worth stepping out from time to time if you don’t already, to just see how it feels. My best ideas come when I am put in a corner. Something kicks in when I feel I have nowhere go but accept my situation, and I often surprise myself with solutions or ideas I wouldn’t have dreamt of otherwise. This is not quite one of those situations. This was a bare, uninspiring wall. I love the idea of bringing the inside out. We had just moved in and had no money to spend on decor and then I saw these ‘frames’ sitting outside a friend’s house for rubbish collection. They are those frames you put under plant pots outside, to stop them from cracking when temperatures drop. They were rotten and slightly wood wormy - they still are. The guy who had put them out, he thought I was completely crazy when I asked if I could have them, when he saw what I did his suspicions were confirmed. I love this wall with some favourite bits and pieces and the decrepit frames that hold them. It greatly appeals to my out of the boxness that these squares have found a new life. Don’t be square, take a stroll on the outside, you might like it!
Inspiration comes from everywhere, often when we’re not aware. Nowhere more so than where we lay our heads, dream and check into the vast unconsciousness. The last two mornings have seen me reluctant to leave my bed, longing for a few more minutes. A few more minutes to not be responsible, to stretch catlike and do what I please.
Today I give you the bed in a variety of expressions. I’m reading a book right now (“Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” Katherine Boo) where many of the characters sleep on the floor. They work each day, scramble for their existence, every day striving to just be able to stand still. We are relatively spoiled for comfort and choice. This post celebrates those choices, from the traditional to the way out there - have fun and sweet dreams!
(all beds can be found by googling “unusual or amazing beds.”)