The Mill…

Ahhhh… Vermont. Picturesque, serene, and full of surprises. I recently took a trip back east and visited a few New England states along the way. My last stop was Simon Pearce / The Mill in Quechee, Vermont. What a beautiful place to spend a lazy afternoon… Had lunch at their flagship restaurant overlooking the Ottauquechee River (which provides hydroelectric power to the entire structure by the way!) and took my good 'ole time exploring The Mill, inside and out. The retail store is chock full of eye candy of course… pottery, glassware, dinnerware, lighting, home accents, you name it. Somehow there is an authenticity to the decor that I truly love. Nothing is overly propped, just simple presentations. Down the stairs is where you will experience, at first hand, glassblowers making wine glasses, carafes, and even ornaments. It's amazing (actually mesmerizing) to watch them perfect every single curve with such swiftness. The pottery workshop is right next door and what made me smile was seeing a group of kids standing there, intensely and quietly watching the potter at work. It really is a place for inspiration, whether for the young or the young at heart. Here are a few snapshots from my camera phone that I want to share with you. I do love that glass pendant lamp!

{ camera phone images by peggy wong }

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The New York City Ballerina Project…

I have to admit, I was very happy to have discovered this on Facebook. A friend of mine marked she “likes” it, so I thought, I would check it out too! Dane Shitagi is a New York City-based photographer and creator of this project. He explains that each photograph is a collaboration between dancers, fashion designers, and the photographer. I actually went through all of the nine photo albums (over 500 photographs!)┬áthat are currently up on their Ballerina Project Facebook page. I just had to share some of my favorites here with you. Being a former New Yorker myself, his photographs hold some special memories for me… the cityscapes, the backdrops, and just the overall “mood” of the city and dancers that Dane captured so well…

… titled “Violeta – Tribeca”


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Bring home with you…

Summer is in full swing and I find myself dreaming quite a bit of a vacation, or even a weekend getaway. There is something about renting a beach house, a quaint country cottage, or just staying at a friend’s guesthouse that makes the trip extra special, kind of like a home away from home. And that's when little (or big!) inspirations can be found. When I look at the photographs below, each one of them conjures up a feeling of far away places for me – from simple objects like an Italian glass bottle to a box of beautifully packaged soaps. These vignettes of ideas and colors can be worked into our home, into our everyday life. It's all the thoughtful details that make your stay memorable, so why not recreate them in your own home? It’s always nice to see or have something that reminds you of your time away… 

… easy living, Italian glass bottle as bedside carafe. 

… showcase paintings in a different light. 

… unexpected details become the centerpieces.

… simple objects, pure indulgence. 

… translate local colors, from one room to another.

So take a few mental notes on your next trip and bring those inspirations home. And have fun with them!

{ images from Inside Home Page }

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