Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun


Sun Day

Sunday evening we enjoyed a walk downtown for a yummy sushi dinner to celebrate Father‘s Day. Clover discovered her deep love for California rolls and Lucas and I enjoyed some of the best maguro (tuna) I‘ve ever tasted.

There was still enough light when we arrived home to take some outfit shots (yay Solstice!) so I did. Just a lazy hot summer day sort of outfit… a breezy little dress I thrifted a couple of years ago and the sandals which don’t leave my feet much these days (I know, this is like 5 outfits in a row now, right? oops.) It finally got cool enough to throw on the cardigan during our walk home.

The outfit photos were actually more of an afterthought though, something to accompany the snapshots I ended up taking when we stopped by my mother-in-law’s house before dinner. Lucas sat under the massive shade tree that towers over her lovely garden and chatted over a beer with his mom and her fiancé, while Clover wandered about like a mischievous little elf child, and I roamed around beer in one hand, camera in the other…




That robin’s nest is in a grape arbor that you walk directly under as you enter their garden. We were updated as to the goings on of this little nest throughout Spring, from the mama sitting on her three delicate blue eggs, to witnessing the babies being fed in the nest ourselves just a few weeks ago, to the three babies having successfully fledged a week later, and now stories of how the five of them (mama, papa, and the little ones) spend time foraging together as a family in the garden each day. (See Heather, sometimes it all works out ;)









A home strewn with bits of nature (tiny hummingbird nest!), lovingly collected and displayed, handmade goods, woven textiles and baskets, bookshelves filled with stories, folklore, wisdom, and poetry, and a cheerful infusion of color throughout… it’s pretty much impossible to leave this place without feeling inspired :)

21 comments:

Andrea said...

Great lighting in picture number one! Also love all the little bits of nature and collectibles - definitely my decorating style too.

Franca said...

These photos are gorgeous! the top one is my favourite!

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Beautiful photos! I love the light in your outfit shots. And the little bits of nature in your mother-in-law's home are so lovely.

LadyFLASHBACK said...

very inspiring home photos, really like the stack of plates on display


and your outfit pics turned out great with the sun!

jess s//

LadyFLASHBACK said...

ps///changed my name, no longer Hippie Frou Frou but still the same blog location, come and seeeeeee :))

shelley said...

fantastic photos, the first one is wonderful! i'm a little bit in love with your life :)

Sal said...

What a glorious summer frock! And hey, I wore those amazing oxfords you thrifted for me yesterday and thought of you all day long.

flaming hag folkwear said...

That first photo is lovely. Dusk is actually my favorite time to take photos.
Your mother in law's home looks amazing, very inspiring.

moonshinejunkyard said...

i love her natural sunlit home! i've been wondering if i should go collect the empty nest the bluejays left behind and bring it inside; now i think i will! and thank you for the story of the little bird family...you KNOW i was immediately wondering what happened to the eggs and nestlings and was relieved to hear they made it! it's a delicate life for those fledglings. your mother-in-law's garden is the perfect place for a little elf child to play. i love when you show photos of loved ones' houses and gardens; lately every time i go to an inspiring place i want to take photos for my blog.

Violet Folklore said...

Missa my darling, you live a charmed life. Thank you for sharing it with me...

Andrea said...

the shot with the light streaming is so lovely! and I thoroughly enjoy all the little nooks in your house, so cute :)

Justice Pirate said...

Everything looks very wonderful!! I love all the colours. I think I had that dress in the late 90s - at least one like it!!

bellisimama said...

wow! first, i love your dress. and that amazing hair piece. second, can i please come live at your mother in laws house? what an amazing decor.
i wonder if your mother in law knows my mother in law. she lives in sebastapol and her house looks so much like that house. oh! and my mother in law teaches really amazing kids creative movement classes, if you ever are looking to get clover into that. totally free flowy movement classes, no competive edge. she's amazing!

muchlove said...

I love your outfit shots. The sunlight and subdued colours are perfect. The dress is very sweet, the print remind me of batik.

Clover is developing great taste if she's loving sushi. Mmm... sushi.... :)

Alexa said...

Those decorating shots are magazine-ready, oh how I wish I had a home close by that was that inspiring! And I love shoes that can't seem to leave your feet, they are my favorite kind ;)

Manja said...

Oh I love all those ceramics! (I think I need to start a ceramics collection some time in my life)

That dress is so pretty and I love your hairdo!

Courtney said...

love the photo of the vintage plates and dishes and the books. why are books so pretty?

Milla said...

Ooh and aah! I remember this dress from some of your 1st ouftit posts! So much love and also envy for your saltwaters. Your mother-in-law has impeccable taste it seems. Lucas comes from good stock apparently. I guess we knew this already ;)

anne said...

love it! what a perfect summer outfit.
i'm loving the late sunsets as well. last night it was light out until 8:30...ahhhh!
and my oh my what an amazing home! i see why you took so many pictures! inspiring indeed :D

Lisa said...

How exciting to have a robin's nest, clover must be pretty stoked. That dress is absolutely gorgeous and the lighting in these photos are just incredible<3!

Caroline said...

This is such a charming post. I love all the little bits around your mother-in-law's house. So sweet. I also love that first photo. Such a beauty you are!