Today I'm headed out to scout stores for a local magazine's holiday gift guide. But first, I wanted to share these two whimsical details from a house tour featured on new site, Clementine Daily. If you read other design blogs, you're familiar with Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind. She and several other known bloggers have formed a creative alliance called Clementine Daily which celebrates the reality and authenticity of life's experiences, though they sure make it look gorgeous.
The site featured the home of Rosie Winstead, a Missouri-based author and illustrator. In the slideshow and interview, Rosie describes how she worked with little kids underfoot, and it sounds very much like my current experience. It's always nice to know there's someone else out there who's been through what you are going through. Her aesthetic is light and airy with sweet details scattered throughout.
The chandelier (above) is a great example of her creative personality. Rosie began with a ballerina that broke off of a music box. She couldn't bring herself to throw it out (sounds familiar), so she hung it from the chandelier. Then added an ornament she wasn't ready to put away at the end of a holiday season (sounds like my pink glitter deer that hung around long past January), and it grew from there. A sort of 3D collage, a testament to the pieces of their family life.
The whole house is filled with vignettes to spend time admiring, but my absolute favorite thing was her little daughter's tea party set up in the air vent. She didn't tell anyone, Rosie just spotted it one day while cleaning.
Her daughter is a fan of The Borrowers, which I need to read, but is the story of a family of tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an English country manor and use the detritus and easily reappropriated items of humans to furnish their home. I love the idea of this little girl earnestly and carefully setting this scene for tiny people who might live under her own floor.
To me, the clever display in the vent just speaks to the limitless creativity and magic of children's minds. Can't you just see her growing up to be an artist, interior designer, or some other equally creative powerhouse? Something about this just fills me with so much joy.
images via clementine daily
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