9.14.2009

A Little Weekend Update + Saint Francis and Saint Paschal

"A fine balance – As we see it the purpose – and beauty – of restraint is to give rise to abundance." Hadley and Peter Arnold via Dwell

Sadly I have no photos from the weekend.

It rained pretty much non-stop, which made for a lovely, cozy couple of days but wasn't great photo taking weather now that I refuse to use my flash (you'll see evidence of this refusal in the somewhat dark photos I took for the little shop, but never fear, I'm working on better photos...I'll get there ;-)

And speaking of the shop, I added a few things this weekend (dark photos notwithstanding.)

So this weekend was cozy and rainy and totally mellow (one of our first truly mellow weekends in a couple of months.) We hunkered down and played games, watched The Beatles Anthology with Audrey, drew and cooked + hosted a dinner Saturday evening for our couples book club.

I also spent the better part of Sunday going through my "inspiration folders", and I came across this story I'd ripped out from the June Dwell.

According to the owners and architects of the gorgeous house, Hadley and Peter Arnold, Saints Francis of Assisi and Paschal Baylon are the patron saints of their home...

"Francis is thin and austere, the saint of restraint and simplicity,: he is the environmentalists’ folk hero, “doing more with less”… Paschal, a chubby, spoon-wielding cook, is the patron saint of hospitality and abundance."

I loved this, as it's pretty much the goal for how I live...this idea of simplicity and restraint balanced with open arms and abundance. The luxuries that seem most appealing to me (despite the nubuck messenger bags and big chunky rings I often dream of) are stacks of fresh white towels, full bookshelves, a farmer's market haul waiting to be made into a big, cozy meal for a load of friends... not running out of red wine.

I want a little Francis and Paschal for my house...


14 comments:

AnnaVallance said...

Those two Saints would do well in anybodys home - we need all the help we can get.

Estelle said...

Wow, this feels like the most perfect message for Monday morning. Love the photos of this dreamy house and the idea of simplicity with abundance - they can coexist!

P.S. Congratulation on opening your store. Looks like a fun new online venture.

Emily said...

Francis is my man, but Paschal is all new to me. I love this balance. I tend to swing to extremes and it never feels right. love this.

Lucia said...

ooo, i loved that article in dwell. i think that house is my dream house, and the beautiful way they spoke about their home made it all the more beautiful. and i'm dying for some statues like those of francis and pascal. so glad you posted this.

Siobhan said...

I love this! You've put into (very eloquent) words, my thoughts exactly!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

YAY! Your shop is open....it is beautiful hun and congratulations! And I love this post and all that they and you have to say about their homes. I think I strive for that too.....thanks for reminding me!
xo
Melis

lovelymorning said...

love love love the house! windows! skylights! light!

And how exciting that you've opened a shop. It's so cute, joslyn! You must be an incredibly busy woman!

Alice Q. Foodie said...

I love this - the house and the notion of the competing saints!

paula said...

what a stunning home.

Julia said...

How divine! I love the theme and the inspiration of such a spot!

vintage simple said...

Oh. I want them, too, Francis and Paschal. How perfect... Thanks for sharing.
-maria

sk said...

I saved this article too! I also loved the idea of having patron saints for your house-- to infuse your space with intentions. Great post!

Joanna said...

I was raised Catholic, so I've already been well acquainted with St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment (he's one of my favorites). I love the idea of saints blessing the home space.

seesaw designs said...

beautiful home.