Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Hall Upstairs

Our lives are made up of bits and pieces aren't they? Things we've done, memories we've captured, stops and starts, all put together to make the composition of our life and what we are right now. Which isn't to say we might not change tomorrow or in the next moment. We will add another memory, big or small...perhaps monumental, or maybe just a whispered thought.

Our hall upstairs seems to have become a place where memories are stored. We pass by them everyday. The scene changes when the mood strikes or a memory is added. At the end of the hall I have a Biedermeier secretary that has been in my family for a very long time. Inside are old picture frames, and new. There are pictures of my Mom and Dad, my daughters when they were little, my in laws and grandparents. There are shells from beaches we have visited, and folk art from New Mexico, where my mother once lived. There are fortune cookie fortunes taped to the window glass and stuck into the frame from our many trips to our favorite Thai food restaurant and China Town in San Francisco....just the good fortunes though. There is a post card from a trip to Bodega Bay showing a scene from the Hitchcock film, "The Birds", which had been filmed there.

On top I have put one of my favorite Ironstone footed bowls, a branch I found in the street in front of our house, and a pair of exercise pins from the antique shop that Mom had once upon a time. The mirror I found at a garage sale, the faded mercury reflecting one of the star pendant lights I put up when we moved here.

I have an American Indian Rug that came from New Mexico on the Fir Plank floors. I think the floors are beautiful, being so different from the quartersawn oak floors on the first floor. The story as to why they used fir on the second floor I am sure is a good one. Often it was to save money by putting less expensive materials in the private areas of the home, but I wish I knew exactly why.

I put a faux bois table here. I love the color and the texture of the concrete with the wood of the floors and the white painted walls. The mirror on the wall above this table came from another life in Southern California when a new bride was trying to furnish a tiny house in Newport Beach. I have hung a little tramp art frame on top of the larger mirror. It frames your face when you walk by.

Life happens every minute. Before I took the picture, my daughter left a perfume bottle on the table before I noticed. But I like that it's there.

Every time I walk through this hall, I am reminded of things that make me smile. I hope you all have wonderful memories to be thankful for this coming holiday. I am thankful for you all and your sweet support for my little blog.

I wish you all the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Mrs. Blandings said...

Lovely, both the hallway and the post.

The Blasphemous Fiendess said...

What a lovely hall. I love the found branch and the star pendant.

luann said...

love the frame tied onto the mirror.....great idea! i just love your blog! happy thanksgiving to you!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I am thankful for your gift of beauty and creativity and passion.

Thank you. And a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and yours!

mary said...

Thanks for this particular blog and reminding me to be thankful for the moment and for past memories...the best one are those when the joy of the moment was very present. I love the upstairs hall....it seems so full of love. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. ( I did vote for you--but that is because your space definitely is waiting patiently for the Bobo table--good luck!)

Marie said...

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Your post was great to read as always.

Michelle said...

I get so excited when I see sticks in interiors! or diftwood...stones.

Your home is so warm Katie...and I love the 5 panelled doors and old knobs...thanks for sharing :)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Paula Grace Designs said...

Thank you Katie for your memories. They are lovely! Its so true. Life happens and that's what its all about! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Paula Grace
P.S. I am having a wonderful giveaway on Monday ~ beautiful art glass ornaments (preview today). I hope you stop by! Good luck on Velvet & Linen!!

goodniteirene said...

sweetest post. love the fortune cookie papers taped to the secretary, and the perfume bottle staying in the shot. thank you for your blog.

Rita said...

I voted for you, dear. Good luck, and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Karena said...

Lovely Katie! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Karena said...

Oh and Katie, I am adding you to my blog list of faves!

Visual Vamp said...

I love the warm and stylish home you have created!
Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
xo xo

the.neo.lifestyle said...


very nice like the presentation, you have a eye for taste thats for sure :-)


Lisa said...

I was so drawn to this presentation, thank you for sharing such a special place in your world. I love that tramp art frame and your description.