Last week I was included in a little weekly round-up of "what's inspiring you online" over on Elle Decor's fantastic blog.
Emma (one of my favorite bloggers) also contributed to the list, mentioning Laure Joilet's photos of the sculptors Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne's home in France...
(image via Laure Joliet)
Emma was right (of course), the photos were indeed awesome, but what really struck me was Laure's description of how Claude and Francois lived:
"The workshop was adjoined to the house and everything about their life was an expression of creativity. It was not about knowing the right people (although man did they actually know all the right people) or owning the right things. They were blazing their own path and the focus was on their work and on quality of life (they were the best cooks). "
Everything was beautiful. Everything was a moment.
(images taken by me at The Hotel St. Cecilia)
I think that's what we're all striving for a little bit, yes? Making everything a moment?
I know for me, the most memorable experiences are the quiet ones that sort of surprise you with a meticulous attention to detail -- the paper-thin drinking glass, the silverware that feels all weighty and significant in your hand, the perfect pot of french press coffee served with big chunks of sugar in the raw and real cream...
I'm always trying to figure out how to improve our quality of life by taking the little details to the next level and making the everyday feel truly special. I like to honor the mundane.
I get ribbed for this a lot...for example, it irks my husband immensely that I refuse to buy plastic bowls for the kids (I can't help it, I have an aversion to plastic...) But the hazing is worth it, as it somehow feels infinitely more special when we're eating cereal out of our china bowls. (Mind you we only have four china bowls left due to the fact that the girlies keep, well...breaking them, so he might have a point.)
Am I crazy? (Wait, don't answer that.) Do you guys do stuff like this too? How do you make the everyday feel special? Do share...