Nostalgia

We’re back! We had a great time on our trip to Houston and I have lots of pictures to share. Lucy did a fantastic job on both flights. If anything she was a little over excited about flying on the plane; “AIRPLANE! I SEE IT! AIRPLANE!” was a pretty constant refrain.  On Saturday morning we stopped at my grandparents old house and I was struck by how ahead of their time they were. True modernists! Their house was custom built by an architect friend in the early fifties and their furniture and decor bear all the hallmarks of midcentury modernism. Sorry for the iphone pics; I left my Cannon in the car.

I love the lacquered parsons style console table and that gorgeous lamp. The light fixture over the dining room table is simple and beautiful.

The house, where my aunt now lives, has the most amazing original furniture. The Eames rocker where my grandmother rocked my aunt throughout her childhood, a white drafting table desk and those show stopping Danish barrel chairs with their original naugahyde upholstery; all classic midcentury pieces that are so in vogue again. The teak bench that Lucy is sitting on is where all the grandkids would congregate in the living room.

This artwork in the bedroom gave me a chuckle. All you have to do is go on Pinterest to see how trendy silhouettes and owl artwork are.

It’s funny how when you’re young you aren’t really conscious of your surroundings. I think that all kinds of things affect our aesthetic choices as adults, but the nostalgia you feel for a particular environment of your youth can have an extra strong influence. Now that I’m an adult I really admire the choices my grandmom made for her home and I wish she was still here for me to tell that too.

Happy Monday!

xx-H

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