Life in Photos, Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: What my mother taught me about making a house a home

What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn
What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn
What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn
What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn

It was my mom’s birthday yesterday.

She taught me — continues to teach me — countless things, among them the simple little fact that everyday chores can be infused with beauty.

She has a incredible touch which makes every little corner so pretty. No one can transform a space so quickly from generic to home like she can — she can make a hotel room feel like you’ve lived there your whole life, and you’re coming home.

She teaches me a cloth napkin folded in half underneath the French press can upgrade that morning cuppa from a routine to an experience.

She teaches me ragged, torn, stained towels belong in the rag box, not in the kitchen.  

She teaches me to stop mid-morning or mid-afternoon and savor something, like a tall glass of iced tea.

She teaches me no matter how little one has, it can be made beautiful through a combination of cleaning and contentment.

And most importantly, she’s taught me to start cooking an onion if Josiah’s on his way home and I haven’t yet started dinner.

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Inspiration

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2012 Toast UK House + Home Catalogue

The new spring/summer line of Toast’s House & Home collection was released today! Here are my favorite images from the catalogue.

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Dinnerware, flatware, table settings and table linens

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - British wool LLANRHIAN RUG and Tin Trunks

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS12 - Striped ticking, quilts, bed linens and textiles

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Lace Linen Duvet cover and sheets

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Blue and white striped bowls and mugs and blue placemats

You might also like to read my other Toast UK round-ups:

Inspiration

Autumn 2011 Toast UK House + Home Catalogue

This year’s autumn house and home collection from Toast UK certainly doesn’t disappoint! I just love the colors and textures. So incredibly cozy!

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Breakfast Coffee and Crochet Pouf

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Wooden Bowls

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Fur and Wool Plaid Throws

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Stack of Blankets

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Pottery Coffee Mugs

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Nordic Socks

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Textiles - Rugs and Pillow

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Crochet Bedspread and Poufs

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Striped Turkish Linens

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Textiles - Stripes and Plaid

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Textiles Hanging - Stripes and Plaid

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Kitchen Glassware

Toast - House + Home Autumn 2011 - Bookshelf and Suitcases
All images via Toast UK.

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Inspiration, Monday's Pretty Things

Monday’s Pretty Things :: On a Tuesday

Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo, via RamblinCat on DeviantArt
Bosnian Coffee in Sarajevo, via RamblinCat on DeviantArt

It’s only right that we top off the end of the the long three-day weekend with COFFFEEEEEE. That delicious caramel-colored coffee goes perfectly with the rustic-looking ceramics, don’t you think? I liked the photo even more when I read that it was taken in Sarajevo!

Fog Linen striped towel via Old Faithful on {frolic!}
Fog Linen via Old Faithful on {frolic!}

I love the classic look of this striped towel. Although this one uses Japanese fabric, it’s modeled after the Turkish linen towels which were first hand-loomed near the Aegean and Black Seas centuries ago.

Autumn 2011 Women House and Home - Farrin Stripe Chemise Tunic
Farrin Stripe Chemise via Toast UK

This striped tunic featured in Toast UK’s newest Autumn 2011 Women’s catalogue was definitely inspired by Turkish linens!

Pink Toile - Etienne - Amilie - Harlequin Wallpaper
Pink toile wallpaper via decorsupplies.co.uk

I don’t usually go too crazy for pink, but this pink twist on toile really caught my eye. Or maybe it’s just the super-clean, clutter-free space that’s appealing to me ;-)

Red Ombre Ruffle Pillow made from Upcycled Sweaters via thatfunkybotique on etsy
Red Ombre Ruffle Pillow via That Funky Boutique on Etsy

I’d just love to cuddle up here amongst all those knit pillows with that cup of Sarajevan coffee.

white cable knit throw via mi casa
Cable Knit Throw via Mi Casa Revista as seen on Inspirations Deco

I’m a huge fan of cable knit, especially when it’s done in off-white and earthy tones. Check out the rest of the photos from this pretty Spanish house — there are more cable knit throws and pillows throughout the home.

Cable Knit via Closet Visit
Cable Knit via Closet Visit

Alright, one last dose of cable knit for good measure. If Autumn has arrived where you live, you can use this to keep warm. Me, I’ll just keep dreaming while the AC is humming away…

You might also like to read Monday’s Pretty Things from previous weeks