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Thursday, January 10, 2013


I am crazy about this picture! Not only can I look at it and conjure the scent of vanilla, pine and hazelnut that is typical of the Tahoe area, but I love the image of life bursting forth from an image of death.

We are presently in the process of refurbishing my mother's country home (built like a modified A-frame lake cabin) for future resale. It's been ignored for a few months, and everyone who drives by can tell. Some of the decorative fence posts have fallen down, and the paint has faded inside and out. The carpeted areas need to be replaced, and curtains and windows, as well. It's the middle of winter, and the place looks lifeless. In the spring, all the trees and shrubs Mom planted in the huge yard will begin to bloom and show the life she invested into it over the years of her own life. She was so proud of that yard. I want to honor her efforts.

I was talking to a friend about what to do today, and she suggested that the inside of the house needs to show some evidence of life. Pictures on the walls need to have animals in them, or bright flowers. A bowl of waxed fruit would brighten the room. Even silk flowers would be nice. Huge oak beams separate the ground floor from the cathedral ceiling, with an-oak railed loft overlooking the downstairs area. The first time my mother and I walked into that house twenty years ago, we knew that was the place for her. Now that she's gone, we need someone else to fall in love with it and treat it with respect.
I'm wondering what new life would look like to someone else walking in that front door for the first time.

Can you imagine? What would you want to see? What do you think of when you're looking for evidence of life?

Hannah Alexander  
posted at 11:37 PM  
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At 3:29 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

I love that picture too!

Light and airy is the first thing that comes to mind. Sunshine. Space.

These are all things we loved in the house we're in now (it's over 100 years old!) It had fresh paint and the wooden floors were rugged but beautiful and shiny. My office has two huge windows with blinds that stay up 24/7. It seems alive and bright. Our living room - right next to the office - has blinds we keep closed most of the time, and it's dark and snuggly. (We're only in there at night for the most part.) The dining room blinds stay closed too - unless we're having guests, and then we open them to let the natural light liven up the place.

And the kitchen windows don't have any covering on them - sunshine comes in all the time. The kitchen is at the back of the house, and sits high - like in the middle of the trees - so it's like a kitchen tree-house. LOL!

Being able to see the outdoors is a huge factor to me, and sounds like what a modified A-frame was built to do.

 
At 8:58 PM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

When I look for signs of life, I think books near a couch, and a blanket folded up. Towels in the bathroom, a stuffy on a bed, a telephone in a corner. Perhaps a musical instrument, such as a guitar in a corner...

As for lighting, Tracy, we just recently moved and the first thing I did was take down (actually I probably ripped) the drapes in the living room. They made the area feel enclosed, dark and sad. Now everything is cheery because I can SEE.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Tracy, your house sounds like a dream! I love the light and airy, feel, as well, which is what I like about the one we're redoing. That ceiling to the top of the A-frame is breathtaking.

As for the drapes, we're looking at some curtains that will be long enough to pool at the floor beneath the windows and open to the sunshine. Is that even a fashion option these days?

 
At 2:37 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

To me, it would be so inviting to have a beautiful quilt thrown over the railing or hanging on a wall over a couch. I love how quilts make a room feel lived in and homey! Lots of pillow would also give that loved look to your moms home.

I've only been to Lake Tahoe once, but I absolutely fell in love with it. It was winter and the snow would crunch under my feet as I walked and the pine cones were scattered all under the trees.

What a tribute to your mom to fix up her home. I know someone will fall in love with it and take care of all the beautiful plants your mom put in the yard.

Please, when its done take a picture in the spring and post it?

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

To me, it would be so inviting to have a beautiful quilt thrown over the railing or hanging on a wall over a couch. I love how quilts make a room feel lived in and homey! Lots of pillow would also give that loved look to your moms home.

I've only been to Lake Tahoe once, but I absolutely fell in love with it. It was winter and the snow would crunch under my feet as I walked and the pine cones were scattered all under the trees.

What a tribute to your mom to fix up her home. I know someone will fall in love with it and take care of all the beautiful plants your mom put in the yard.

Please, when its done take a picture in the spring and post it?

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Thanks, Cheri. Those are good suggestions. I need to remember to send a photo of the house surrounded by all the trees along the yard line. Some have died and will need to be replaced, but Mom worked really hard to bring beauty to a flat part of prairie land.

 
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At 8:38 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Jewel, you need to post on the blog after this one. I'm not a part of the Smitten novellas, only Colleen, Denise, Diann and Kristin. I came along too late to get involved in that ;-(

 

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