Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Home to North Dakota...

Bet you thought that photo was from North Dakota right ? It's actually from Denmark but just goes to show how this place can be my home state's doppelgänger sometimes.

I'm headed home for a bit of family time - and with two kids in tow, something tells this is going to be a long trip - wish me luck!

In the meantime, a few favorite posts on ND from years past!

- A Pow Wow in Black and White - if you've never been to one, put it on your list!
- Zandbroz, my favorite Fargo place for inspiration
- North Dakota sunsets, still some of the best around
- Glad we're not visiting in the wintertime again!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Halcyon House Days in Australia...

You know, I've never been one of those people that longs after Australia.  Which is not to say I wouldn't love it - I suspect that I would.  But given how far it is and how much there is taking up our travel time, I just never really put it top of my list, figuring we'd get there eventually.

But in thumbing through some of the magazines that arrived in a huge bulk shipment to our place the other day, this place caught my eye.  It's called the Halcyon House, on Cabarita Beach in Australia.  I don't even know where that is, but by the looks of it, I bet it's a surf spot.

Summer in Denmark has been lovely so far and we've really been enjoying the ocean that's just 15 minutes walk from our house, but the ocean here is a cold one and summer just means that it doesn't rain every day.  This isn't quite the summer where you soak up golden rays wearing breezy linens and I've noticed that right around mid July, people seem to long for just a little bit of that.  Either you actually decamp to France or Spain for a little bit of that true summer feel, or you look at pictures like these and day dream a little bit.

There was something familiar about this place as I read through it.  A little bit reminiscent of the Hamptons? does have that surf lodge kind of feel to it.  But it was the blue thing...and then I read that the hotel was done by the same people that did the JK Place, a fave from Capri and now from Rome.  There is just something about their style that blends a feeling of home with the certainty of vacation ever so seamlessly.  So maybe Australia moves up on the list!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Don't You Forget About Me...

don't, don't, don't... is that song stuck in your head now? Good, then we're in it together.

But seriously, don't forget about me! The redesign is around the corner - well maybe not just one corner, maybe it's around a few corners but at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I'll have a  couple of posts up next week but the thing is, once you decide to redesign something like a blog, you want all the new content to fit the new format! Gah - what to do! Don't worry, it won't be all wacky new, but it will be a much better way to find things and hopefully, a few prettier pictures!

In the meantime, lots of good stuff in the past couple of weeks over on A Toddler in the Trees, and a few pieces that have spurned some discussion on being an expat and third culture kid, and how different places approach schooling.  Have a look if you missed them!

P.S. Lovely roses, n'est-ce pas? From our drive though Lolland island a couple of weeks ago.  Denmark is crazy for roses right now...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Palms...

I'm not sure what it is, but I can't seem to stop being drawn to palm trees of all sorts. Palms, palmettos, palm inspired anything...Actually, I am pretty sure what it is.  The first day of summer and the longest day of the year have come and gone and we've barely topped 65 degrees - we did have one day at about 68, and I thought it was a first class heat wave.

It's not a complaint by any means since it's been nice to really not be moving and just to enjoy the summer for everything it is and isn't, but I can't help but dream a little dream of palms in the warm breezes... Here are a few from the pinterest board, and check out the board itself for a whole lot more if you're dreaming of palms too...

Monday, June 22, 2015

A diplomat's home in London...

While looking for something else, I came across these photos of a diplomat's residence in London.  Um, wow.  Calm..serene...neutral... everything that my diplomatic home was definitely not.  At least, it didn't feel that way to me for a long time because we hit the ground running on a number of things, and the house was perpetually on the list of things that just weren't getting done.  Only recently did our house feel truly lived in, with things hung and organized just the way we like them.

The article doesn't specify where the diplomat is from, but I'm pretty willing to bet that said diplomat is not with the American service.  First of all, I don't spot a stick of Drexel anywhere in there.  Second, not even appointed ambassadors drop this kind of change on renovations (at least not that I've seen).  But the biggest reason is the third one, which is that as American diplomats, our posts are usually about two years in length, sometimes three.  If a post is dangerous and unaccompanied, it's about a year, and if there is some sort of extenuating circumstance, occasionally posts are approved for four years, but it's rare.  And these photos, seems to indicate to me that this person is likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

That's part of the danger of living this life though - this life of two to three year increments around the start to feel like you're everywhere temporarily so you never do anything permanently.  We made the decision at the start of this gig to travel with some of our furniture pieces, and our art and photographs are dear possessions because they help us feel at home once we set up house in a new place all over again.  It's tempting sometimes not to bother hanging things, or arranging things just so, but when you're always an outsider, you need a place where you feel like you belong.

As beautiful as these photos are,  there was something off about them to me - just a little bit.  I had to look at them a few times but realized that nowhere does there seem to be a picture or any other personal item.  Perhaps that's what the owner prefers, but it seems like a personal touch here and there could go a long way.  I can with some certainty say that any of our diplomatic houses will likely will never look as "nice" as this (and this nice in London no less!) But it doesn't mean they won't feel like home.

All photographs by Andrew Twort for Elle Decor.
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