Sometimes it feels like the images I carry with me of my future home are so far away, so disconnected from my life now. I love my tiny apartment on a busy street in a fascinating city, but I tear out photos of rough-hewn picnic tables on the banks of a stream. An offhand remark by an interior designer made me feel less silly, more at peace...
In the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Elle Decor, Mary Lynn Turner of M. Elle Design discussed the refined but rustic mountain home she designed with her daughters. She works in Newport Beach, California, and said, "For much of my career, I did interiors that define Southern California style. Meanwhile, I was always dreaming about barns." Her new home is a soaring, inviting, thoughtful take on the barn, and she and her daughters should be proud.
Looking through the websites I bookmark and the magazine pages I've saved through years & moves, it becomes clear that my dreams are of a little house, and a little land. A homemade pizza oven outside the kitchen door, hellebores growing in dappled light (they would not like my sunny Mission fire escape), a storybook potting shed for baby plants. Cheerful arrows that might look out of place in a minimal studio apartment, an outdoor shower ostensibly for practical purposes but really just because it would be fun. A sunny room full of dwarf lemon trees to spend bright but cold winter days.
Somehow, now that I've thought about this, acknowledged what I hope for someday, I feel more relaxed and able to enjoy what I have right now. Who knows what comes next, or in 10 or 20 years? I may never again live in a tiny little place with marvelously shiny wooden floors & singing neighbors, a block from excellent coffee and a short train ride away from the ocean. The picnic by the stream will wait for me.
So. What about you? Are you living your dream? Does it feel like a loooooong way off? Does 'someday' seem to be arriving suddenly? Do you have a sacred little stash of clipping, too? I want to hear all about it.
Images: Pizza oven by Travel Pod , Kitchen by Maggie Goudsmit via Design*Sponge, Hellebore by Bumblebee Blog, Arrows by General Store SF, Orangery by Victoria Pearson via Southern Accents, Greenhouse by General Store SF Shower & Cabin by Dunton Hot Springs via We Are Land Rich