Well hello everyone. Coming up on 3 weeks before our blue dry summer’s longest day, it’s my favorite time of year in Northern California. Kind of the Thursday night of seasons – full bacchanalia in sight, but just far enough away that you can pull your enjoyment forward now and feel it twice. You may feel similarly, and need to get outside, so here’s the point of today’s post.
Going forward I will be writing with intention, during the week, about plants, furniture, and interior spaces as well as clothes and the meaning of life.
There. No need to keep reading.
But I can keep talking, needless to say. And some of you may be sitting in a quiet house relishing the empty, or sitting by a pool while everyone else splashes, surreptitiously thumbing through phone reads. Here’s the longer story.
I only write well about what compels me. And now that I’m retired again, getting dressed is a lot simpler. It occurred to me that the number of posts I can write about Bermuda shorts and t-shirts is limited. That outfit shots of flannel pyjamas are probably outside my comfort zone and your interests. Unless there’s a lot about you I don’t know. On the other hand, having retired, looking around my poor neglected house every day is tough. I need colleagues in the rehab project and I sorely need education in the overarching principles and methodologies. Same for my garden, which, although not neglected, is not complete.
With gardening I’m only a little behind where I was with fashion when I started Privilege. My aesthetic is strong (which is not to say good or bad but entrenched), I’ve got hands-on experience from trials and errors and happy surprises. And I know something, but not enough, about the domain itself, i.e. designers and trends in fashion vs. plants and growth habits in gardens.
In terms of house design, I’m rather further behind. This is largely because of the High WASP approach to home, which I wrote about here, ages back. And because interiors are way more complicated than human bodies, to my way of thinking, and therefore more overwhelming. However, my 3 siblings all put together beautiful, doable-with-faded-family-fortune spaces, so I can’t blame my situation wholly on my culture. Drat.
I’ll keep writing about what to wear. A woman who began reading Vogue in her teen years doesn’t give up so easily. And I plan to write about house and garden style in the same way as I do about clothes – to be useful and to entertain, with deconstruction, images and links for all, accompanied by any humor I can muster.
You might wonder “Why announce?” It’s not as though freedom, health, and love just overcame all. Well, I feel I have a contract with you guys. Yes, it is my blog, no, it is not a job. But, I value you and feel I need to respect the expectations I’ve set. I also feel a little sad when people stop reading – despite all the reasonable adult conversations I have with myself, so I thought if I gave you a heads up, I could absorb any absences all at once. Learning to scaffold our vulnerabilities is one of the great comforts of age.
This initiative may take a while to hit full speed. First things being first, I’ve added house boards to my Pinterest account, here, and here. I’m scouting out lots of gardening blogs, and reference sites. If you guys don’t mind, I’ll include you in both the research and the results. I know that many of you are highly skilled and I look forward, as always, to your thoughtful comments.
For background, and a preview of what we can expect, here are some links to Privilege house and garden posts of yore. Rereading, I see my task as more than just knowledge-gathering. Personal baggage plays a role, surprise. It’s time to get out from under the shadow of the family fortune. I can’t afford to live the way I was raised, but that isn’t something to be ashamed of. A good white paint is a democratic blessing.
Houses, Of My Family And My Imagination
- Ten Signs You May Have A High WASP Guest Room
- Sunday At Dad’s House, In The Water Feature
- 9 Tips And Tricks For A Generous Aristocratic Table, On A 2010 Budget
- High WASP Entertaining, The Family Gathering
- Family Portraits, In The Year 2010
- New England High WASP Meets Swedish Empire, Meets Santa Barbara Semi-Tropics
- What Everybody Ought To Know About Swedish House Style
- Grandmama’s Mirror: Sphinxes, Lions And Fiendish Cherubs
- The Summer Snaps, Or, Saturday Morning at 7:44am
Gardening, In Yards And Pots
- Cutting Bamboo In The Afternoon
- To Be This And That
- How, And Why, To Plant A Cottage Garden Anywhere On Earth
- How To Plant A Cottage Garden That Feels Bigger Than It Is
- Happy Fourth Of July, A Work In Progress
- 15 High WASP Practices For Growing And Using Tomatoes
- Labor Day Planting In The USA
- How Suburban Prisoners Do Fashion Week
- In Which Unexpected Helpers Volunteer
- Flowers In The House, When Summer Is A-Going Out
Posts I think I might want to write? Rugs Of My Dreams, How To Start A Mixed Border, and Just What IS It About Toile? Suggestions from the esteemed crew here welcome.
Have a wonderful weekend.