As promised, here's the first of my posts about people, places, and things that inspire me. I'm having so much fun that I might just get carried away . . .
One of my sweetest, most generous, and creative blogging friends is Melissa at Reverie. She is a daily inspiration to me through her blog posts, which are filled with gorgeous photographs and thoughtful prose; her comments, which never fail to warm my heart or make me laugh or both; and through her online store, Reverie Daydream Boutique. The great William Morris once said, "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." Well, not only are the treasures in Melissa's boutique beautiful and useful, they are made by talented artisans from around the world. Reverie Daydream Boutique supports the work of gifted craftspeople and small businesses. Melissa is a nature lover, so her company is environementally conscious, using recycled materials for all its packaging. Receiving a box in the post from Reverie is a treat for the senses.
Two of my favorite Reverie items are the ceramic sparrow vases by San Francisco Bay area artist J. Mendicino and the rose garden scented drawer liners by Hammocks and High tea. My birthday is coming soon. Think my husband will see this post?
Another small company that rocks my world is Pacha Design, a pair of designers located at the border of Devon and Cornwall who specialize in creating furniture from locally sourced reclaimed and natural materials. I love their clean, spare designs that draw attention to the beauty of the materials themselves. With its simple lines, their furniture would look great in a wide variety of interiors.
Pictured above is their blackened oak console table with drawer. Wouldn't it make a great front hall table? I'd love to hang a large antique mirror above it. Below are their ethereally beautiful leaf lanterns.
Last, but most definitely not least, Wild Thyme is a Toronto-based floral design business with a gorgeous website that makes me wish I lived in Toronto. They also have a beautiful blog that I visit for fresh ideas in flowers, fashion, and design. This past week I was especially inspired by two posts at Wild Thyme, both concerning books. The first is about a book that will be coming out in November from Yale University Press:
It's about a passage from a book by Christian Tortu called Sensational Bouquets. Monsieur Tortu wrote in response to a deadly forest fire that had been set by an arsonist in the South of France in 1999. I will quote just a small portion of the passage here. Head over to Wild Thyme for more:
In the weeks and months following this apocalypse, the landscape is in mourning. Black predominated at all levels. The holiest of trees, one hundred year old olive trees, were but pantomimes barely standing out against a background of gray, brown and black.
I painfully remember a herd of boars, adults and little ones, wandering aimlessly along the road, bewildered of what they had seen of hell.......For miles and miles, it seemed like the end of the world.