Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Welcome, June



A dreamy cottage of imagination.

It lies far, far away from the bustling city, and instead of buildings, it is completely encompassed and surrounded by quiet nature. Roses, growing freely in a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes, that are so soft, full and fragrant —set off by the warmth of sunshine. Walls of climbing vines that feel more like an embracing blanket of natural beauty, happily stretching their arms and growing alongside architectural details for contrast... a wooden door marking the entrance to a garden tucked away from eyesight, yet always open, and stone pathways to walk along. Maybe even a little bridge and pond for that matter...










In my mind, afternoon tea parties are a regular occurrence, and easy Summer dresses are a must. I imagine it somewhere in the wondrous countryside of inspirational England, where sheep and horses and other wildlife are nearby... along with a beautiful tiered stone fountain that you can somehow hear no matter where you may wander... there is a thatched roof and stone or brick, imperfect paned windows, creaky floors, quaint corners, and charming details. It is old and cozy. There are no computers or televisions or intercom systems, only rows upon rows, and stacks of favored books and magazines, papers, ribbons and tags, and plenty of materials to create new things —little gifts or memory books if you may— and cushioned seats and canopied corners to sit in. A place to spend holidays, with little or no work involved, where loved ones can stay, and where time, time itself, seems to take a rest as well, and linger slightly... Can you imagine it?

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Images: 01 MLE Wallpapers (desktop size available for downloading, as well) | 02 Desire to Inspire by Michael Trapp | 03 Esprit Champetre, via Pinterest | 04 House to Home by Mark Bolton, via Pinterest | 05 Flickr & one more | 06 House to Home by Marc Bolton | 07 Flickr | 08 Sotto Il Monte Vineyard | 09 Desire to Inspired by Michael Trapp | 10 Vintage Rose Garden | *Written portion was inspired by a diary entry I made years ago —some things never change :)

22 comments:

  1. wouldn't that be a perfect life or a perfect holiday atleast..this post is making my heart wander..xx meenal

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  2. Dearest Sarah,

    Yeah, that would be the dreamy and perfect escape from the hussle of life... Just relaxing amidst the beauty of June's flower-show!
    A dream for many but do we really have the time to escape that way?

    Lots of love,

    Mariette

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  3. I feel the need to wear a Mary Lennox-esque straw hat whilst running around in circles :)

    Lovely!

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  4. I cannot believe June is already here! What gorgeous garden images!

    xx

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  5. Beautiful welcome to this June Sarah,what a gorgeous inspiration !!! Love the library and chandelier in the pic#8
    Hope you are well and spending a lovely springtime.

    Hugs

    Cecilia

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  6. i feel like i just walked into someone else's daydream, and then decided to stay awhile. thanks for the lovely trip!

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  7. I am right there with you. It's beautiful. That living arbor is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Hundreds of alliums bursting along the edges. Gold dripping from above. Dreamy.

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  8. So lovely Sarah! It's like stepping into another world, these photos. And that last one of the bunnies, so pretty! Yes, I'd love to visit there! I love how your aesthetic always pulls back to the same themes, it's so beautiful!

    xo Mary Jo

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  9. This lovely post makes my imagination run free, Sarah. :)

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  10. Simply beautiful and tranquil...perfect!
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  11. love the striped blue vallance.
    that is what that's called right?

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  12. Sounds lovely to me! I still can't believe it's already June though! Gorgeous post as always Sarah :)

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  13. Suite Henry: I believe so, and quite beautiful, isn't it? I love the way it looks so easily draped and so casual, yet beautiful...

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  14. Hi Sarah! This is so inspiring! I love June and today we have our really first Summer day. It is warm, sunny and lovely - just like your images. Have a lovely day!

    Kristin xx

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  15. Yes, welcome June! Love these images, Sarah.
    xx's

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  16. I wish so badly the photographs in your post were like Alice´s Mirrors...just a jump and... right there! amidst such inspirational, warm atmospheres...dreamy gardens, aged books, bows and ribbons,crispy cotton, shimmering silk and powerful love beating within heart...they share the nature of dreams...THANKS!!

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  17. Anonymous: I so enjoyed reading your comment —beautifully put :)

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  18. Gorgeous images...instantly encourages me to book a holiday in some gloriously peaceful place.

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  19. I'm in love and at a loss for words!

    Have a wonderful weekend Sarah ;-)

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  20. I can completely imagine it. Love entering your world...all my favorite photos. In to that little swag of blue stripes...the tattered swatch book, the reading nooks and garden paths. Thank you Sarah...superb! XO Trish

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  21. Wow! Very enchanting and so cool! Loved the cottage. As is if I'm living in a fairy tale. Great post, check out also 3D Rendering

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  22. I love the striped blue vallance. Such a lovely and inspired post and I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

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