Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kindred Spirit {of sorts}


















Hi there ya'll. As some of you may have noticed*, I've been taking a bit of an unintended blog hiatus. A number of recent events and an overall increased busy-ness in our already busy and at times hectic household have made me come down with the blahs (that's an official medical condition, didn't ya know) and I just haven't been able to summon my blogging mojo as of late.
In particular, my sweet, sweet Grandmother passed away two weeks ago. I've lived within a 30 minute range of her my entire life, save for one year when my family immigrated to the United States when I was a child. Needless to say, this life changing event has left me in a bit of a funk and completely uninspired.
Which brings me to this post and the above (fantastic!) images. This home immediately resonated with me and made me instantly think of my beloved Babushka. She was a bit of a pack rat, as was my grandfather, and loved to decorate with found objects and lovingly curated collections. So I instantly fell for this farmhouse in the Catskills and its myriad collections of "artful clutter."
Admittedly, this look is not for everyone, but I just adore the layered upon layered feel and the sense that this home has evolved over time. There is no doubt in my mind that this house is much more then just a structure with four walls and a roof. No, in my eyes, it is a home in every sense...considered, yet effortless and unabashedly welcoming and inviting. I've completely fallen head over heels.
{images via The New York Times, photographer Tony Cenicola}
{read the full article here and visit the owner @ his brick and mortar shop, Kabinett and Kammer...I know I will if I'm ever in the neighborhood}
{*I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who noticed my absence and were concerned enough to check in. I so appreciate your kindness and sincere wishes. Thank you. And while I don't know that I'm back in full swing just yet, please know that each comment, every visit, kind mention and overall generosity of this blogging community have always brought a smile to my face.}

18 comments:

lahmode said...

These are incredibly gorgeous pictures!

Raina Cox said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. This post is a wonderful tribute.

A huge hug is on its way from the Rocky Mountains.

nkp said...

Raina, thanks...as always. You always say the right thing. :0)

nkp said...

Hi there Lah Mode. I'm so glad you stopped by...welcome!

pillow mint said...

So very sorry for your loss.

Loved this house and it's artful clutter. It was perfectly restrained.

ticklishfromadistance said...

So sorry for your loss. My relationship to my grandmother, who passed three years ago, was probably the most important of my life. It is an ache always, but I hope each day gets softer. A huge hug from here.

xoxoxox g.

Oh, loved the house. That first image is about perfect.

susieq said...

I just saw HOH pop up in my RSS feed and I'm so, so glad to ‘hear your voice.’ I'm so sorry that your grandmother passed. What an incredibly hard time. And our monsoon-like weather is a gloomy backdrop.

I love this beautifully cluttered house too and love that it honored the memory of your grandmother. Thank you as always for your lovely photos and words.

alston said...

so sorry for you loss -- thinking of you and your family...

vintage simple said...

Hi, dear. You know what's funny..? I have found myself missing my grandmother since we exchanged emails last week... This was a beautiful tribute, like Raina said, and I know she is smiling warmly at you from wherever she may be. Maybe she's having tea with my abuela... who knows? Perhaps after death there is no such thing as a language barrier...

Sending love your way,
-maria

Alexis said...

I'm so sorry that your Grandmother passed away. I can feel your love for her in your post.

Your post is especially touching to me today because it is the birthday of my grandmother who passed away last year.

Maggie May said...

I'm so sorry you lost your Grandma. I know how that feels. It is a huge loss and I often look at my Grandma's sweet face in her pictures round my house and wish I could hold her hand again.

THose rooms are my idea of AWESOME.

nkp said...

You are all too kind. Really, truly, too kind. But then again, that comes as no surprise. Thank you.

fromtherightbank.com said...

Oh, I am so sorry. I have been thinking about you and wanted to check in but at the same time, didn't want to intrude . . . I send you many hugs too and hope it gets a little easier as the days pass. xoxo, A.

You Are My Fave said...

Oh goodness, that house is perfect.

I hope things are going okay for you and your family.

Designers' Brew said...

So sorry for your loss, sweetie. My thoughts are with you.

Rachel said...

Sorry for your loss. I hope things are looking up in your household now.

These are beautiful! I love that blue/teal color on the walls of two of the shots - gorgeous!
Thanks for posting!

nkp said...

Hi Rachel. Thank you.

I'm glad you stopped by...welcome! Do visit again soon. :0)

Cassie said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I miss my grandma too.