Friday, May 25, 2012

Interior: Calming Naturals

Beautiful neutrals and naturals, rough around the edges.

Though pristine, new surfaces and freshly painted walls may always be appreciated, perhaps the most comforting on the senses are surfaces that show life… surfaces that tell a story of the original maker of the piece and those who enjoy it, not only now, but yesterday, today and tomorrow. Like the well walked upon wood floor in the first image, or the drippy, unevenly toned dishes in the second… the mismatched, accumulated vintage chairs in the dining room, or the speckled counter top in the kitchen…





And then, of course, there is that beautiful space in the last—where nothing is too perfect and calls for many visits and afternoon tea within the confines of stone, wrapped around the room like a favorite blanket you can always count on; a place to relax and unwind in. All in all, perhaps the feeling of comfort is thanks the many layers of neutrals, the bits of natural sprinkled here and there, or the fact that everything is just a little bit rough around the edges…

I hope that you are having a most enjoyable weekend—thanks so much for stopping by!

Images: (scanned) The Natural Home, Hans Blomquist & images by Debi Treloar

22 comments:

  1. I love the neutral colour palette of this interior, very calming! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend, Sarah.

    Kate {Something Fabulous}
    http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

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  2. Beautiful, Sarah!! Love the kitchen.
    Happy Memorial Day weekend.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  3. Dearest Sarah,

    All things natural make us feel more bonded and more 'down-to-earth'... Wooden pieces tell a story that keeps on adding and so do handmade things, be it lace or earthenware. Even the stone wall, that lovingly has been build in order to protect its loved ones beneath it from the elements and from outside dangers.
    Hope you had a lovely Pentecost Sunday.
    Love to you,
    Mariette

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  4. So calming, these spaces. Stone walls seem to make people stop a while and want to linger - I certainly would in the last space. But I do agree with you, these sorts of spaces are comforting. Perhaps not take your breath away, throw you to the ground with delight beauty, but a quieter type which is beautiful nonetheless.

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  5. So peaceful and beautiful...
    hope your weekend has been gorgeous xxx

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  6. *love* these relaxing spaces.

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  7. So beautiful Sarah, I love specially the kitchen.
    I wish you a happy new week

    xoxo

    Cecilia

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  8. That last space truly calls for many visits and I'm thinking summer days when the heat outside drives you to this exact kind of space. :)
    Ada

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    1. Definitely! I would imagine it would be a little cooler in here :)

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  9. These neutral living areas are so completely soothing and calming. Ahh! have a great start to your week!

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  10. I love natural stone mixed in with neutrals--that last image is so lovely! Hope you had a wonderful weekend Sarah!

    xo Mary Jo

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  11. I love the kitchen Sarah. especially all those framed pictures on the wall! hope you're having a beautiful week, darling!

    caroline @ patagonia gifts and jewelry

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  12. Awfully quiet over there Ms. Sarah. Good, right? (Thu or Fri for a chat? You decide).

    LOVE that kitchen countertop. So pretty with white.

    Miss you!

    hugshugshugs

    Mon

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    1. I miss you too & will call soon—so much happening at the moment, but all is well :) xxoo

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  13. So earthy, i really like the last space!

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  14. My gosh, that stone wall is stunning!! I've never really seen anything like it.

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  15. The gallery wall frames are splendid!
    I am inspired to accomplish this in my living room. :)
    Have a beautiful weekend Sarah!
    Anna

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  16. LOVE this house!
    The ceramics, the natural, worn wood furniture.. gorgeous!

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