Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Beautiful Combination










Whether rustic or refined, a combination to appreciate.

Ivy-clad houses and walls, overflowing, layered pots, and garden beds in full bloom... dreamy! The combination of stone and flowers is just meant to be... like salt and pepper, each with their own purpose, look and feel... but together? Amazing. It's all in the contrast of old and new, and natural.

I often wonder... do you recall the sweet old man in "Under the Tuscan sun" who would leave flowers for an unresponsive receiver at Frances' property line? He would walk there periodically, tuck in his bouquet of pretty fresh blooms, and go about his day... and she wonders... did he love someone there, did he loose someone there? I often wonder about those whose lives touched the stone of the house, the walls, what have you. And so the saying goes, "if walls could talk..." can you just imagine their stories?

-- image links: 01, 04, 07 // 02, 06 // 03, 05

27 comments:

  1. Bougainvillea - my favourite. We used to have a massive tree completely covered in purple bougainvillea growing up, and it always had a magical quality about it. We called it 'The Faraway Tree' after one of Enid Blyton's novels...

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  2. A beautiful post. I love the images of Catherine McNeil and pairing them the way you did - perfect. I love that man in Under the Tuscan sun. Even though he doesn't say one line, he plays such a prominent role for me in that movie. Great post. =) Have a lovely day and thanks for you comment on the blog.

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  3. This is my first time visiting your blog and what an amazing post to greet me. I really loved the second to last pic because it evokes such romance for me.
    I'm also loving the Louis Vitton shoes and purse in the last pic.

    Lisa xx

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  4. Gorgeous and dreamy photos... and I am on the hunt for a really cool birdcage!

    xo Laura

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  5. These images are so, so lovely! The combination of the rustic and refined is so appealing. Beautiful!

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  6. this blue grey is just so pure and perfect!

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  7. I am crazy for that 2nd image! You know why. ;) Hope your week has been good dear. And thank you so so much for always being such a darling to me and my blog. Sending good vibes and xo over!

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  8. beautiful dreamy post! love it.
    Every time I walk into an old house, I too wonder who has walked the steps, who has touched the walls... what kind of life those people had? I love to dream ..

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  9. Escapade -- bougainvillea? that's what it is! Oh, thank you -- I was wondering!

    LESAPEA MUSINGS -- welcome and thank you :)

    Fee-AMore -- I do, lovely Fiona!

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  10. I'm such a sucker for the contrast of old and new. lovely post Sarah! xo

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  11. Your selection is absolutely beautiful!

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  12. Such a pretty post Sarah, I love your doses of inspiration, they are always so lovely xx

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  13. Stunning. A little breath of dewy fresh air during my workday!

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  14. beautiful! I am loving the retro 50s vibe. So classic!

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  15. Rachel -- oh, thank you so much. You always have the nicest things to say :)

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  16. Lovely post Sarah,in love with the birdcage and his environment,
    Hugs and very happy weekend,
    Cecilia

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  17. Gorgeous as always! But the hair cut really made me stop in my tracks. Now that is a both chic and sexy look! Need to rethink my own look...

    Still in Oregon, will be back in full swing mid next week.

    Miss you tons.

    Love to you. Mon.

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  18. I've been missing you, Monika! Don't you love her cut? I like it because it's soft and bold at the same time, and killer with that liquid line!

    xoxo

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  19. oh I often think of that little man and who he was leaving flowers for, it was so sweet! All of these images create a feeling of such serenity for me. Old world with modern folks I love it!

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  20. she has a very captivating face.

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  21. Amazing and beautiful pictures. I am wondering if you would be willing to share any more information on the dress in the very first picture and hopefully more pictures of it as well.

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  22. Hello Kevin -- I believe the first dress is by Louis Vuitton.

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  23. what kind of car is that?

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  24. Huge fan of those heels.... Nice pics

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  25. I love this blog and dress so classy! I have these womens shoes and I wear it with that same purse all the time!

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