3.14.2013

Sanctuary

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about trying to create my own safe haven in my bedroom. It's a work in progress and will be for awhile. Recently, I added custom silhouettes of my husband and I to put on either side of our bed. Heather at Audrey Eclectic made them for me. She was the same artist who painted our stunning family portrait. I had my husband hang them on the side of the bed we sleep on. Such a wonderful addition to our bedroom, that also adds a bit of historic flair with the Regency-era flavor that was added to the silhouettes.


My dashing husband


And me

I also just added some pillows to my bedroom window seat.  As pictured in my last post, I bought a Halloween pillow in Salem on my birthday, with a raven no less.

Try to overlook the ugly surround sound cables on the floor.  My husband's next project is to take care of those.

Slowly, but surely, my bedroom is turning into a refuge and sanctuary, and I am loving each and every addition big and small. Still have painting to do and a couple items of furniture we are looking to add and some to subtract, but it's coming along and is a huge inspiration when I sit down to write, which I'm thankfully doing a lot of these days.

I'm always a bit of a complainer in March. It is my least favorite month. I love winter, spring, summer, and fall here, but March seems to be in a category all its own in New England. It is the ugliest month. Generally, it is too warm for beautiful snow, but hasn't yet reached its spring bloom.  It's just a blah, brown month here, what they call "mud season" from all the snow melt. And so, I haven't been out taking many pictures this month, but I'm realizing March does have its advantages.  Well, for one March is maple season in my neck of the woods, and that is pretty awesome. But an even bigger advantage is that since I'm not too tempted to be galavanting around, taking pictures willy nilly, I have been writing nearly every day. Very gratifying.

I did manage, however, to take a quick picture of a March day I loved this week.  It was a warm, foggy day, full of atmosphere and moodiness.  So, on my walk home from taking my son to school, I walked by our old village burying ground and took a few shots of lovely fog and slate stones.

The graveyard seems to be one of the only places left in the village with snow of the ground.  Odd, but beautiful.

Strange as it sounds, walking through this old burying ground is also a sanctuary for me.  It is peaceful, beautiful, and full of history.  Another one of those places that stirs my imagination.

19 comments:

  1. The silhouettes look great! So happy to see them in their home :) Your room looks so restful and cozy too!~
    I am eagerly awaiting spring bloomyness too....its still brown and blah here too, but the daffodils are starting to pop up around town! I cant wait til a month from now though, when spring is in full swing!

    Love your spooky cemetery photo :D

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  2. Heather - I love them! You did such a great job! We are seeing some blooming here, so it does bring hope!

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  3. Your room is so lovely. I love that blue. I also love the silhouettes- Heather did a beautiful job. I'm hoping to have another Audrey Eclectic painting myself this year!!
    Finally, one more thing- I do so love that photograph you did- I mentioned on FB as well how much I love it. Truly stunning.

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  4. Sorry- one more comment: did you say at one time that you were related to one of the women accused of witchcraft in Salem? I found out last week in the midst of a genealogy project that a direct relative (my 9x great-grandmother) was Martha Allen Carrier. I've been profoundly moved by it in a way I wouldn't have realized and I've suddenly found myself researching as much as I can on the subject.

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  5. I love your style---it's so fun to see the pictures you post. And I'm with you, March is the worst month. I don't think it matters where you live, it's just plain awful.

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  6. Pattianne - Thank you! I kinda love that photo as well! :)

    The paint is more a green than a blue, but I think it photographed more bluish. We plan to paint over it. It looks a lot better in photos, I think, than in person. We're going to go for a more subtle shade for this room, I think.

    Yes! I am related to at least three women accused of witchcraft! I am the direct descendent of Sarah Pease and Elizabeth Hart, and Bridget Bishop (first woman hanged) is a great aunt. That's so cool you found you are descended from one as well! When I first discovered Sarah Pease it rocked my world!

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  7. Barb - Thank you! And you're right about March, it sucks almost everywhere. Although I think March and April are the only months I like in northern California.

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  8. This is so you! I love watching the bedroom progress and adore that you add a special piece at a time instead of trying to "decorate". It is so much more personal and special this way.

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  9. March is the only month I haven't spent in New England. We moved away last February so I never saw mud season! Cemeteries have long been one of my very favorite places and people have always thought that was strange, which is why I appreciate that about you so much.

    I definitely would have been hung as a witch with all my witch doctoring ways. I love that your life brought you full circle back to roots. We have a cool family history story about Jordan's ancestors from the first time we ventured to CT for another day :)

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  10. Your bedroom is looking lovelier by the minute (I would love to have a little window seat like yours)! I can’t say I dislike March as much as February but London seems to be experiencing extreme cold weather for this time of year so March is officially in my bad books. The last picture is incredibly haunting.

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  11. I hear ya about March. It is definitely the ugliest month here too - for all the same reasons.

    I love your calming, sweet bedroom. Having my bedroom feel calm and cozy is essential for my sanity. I try to keep it tidy so I always have a nice place to go if the house gets too messy or loud.

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  12. Your bedroom is so tranquil and I love seeing the progression. And that cemetery photo is gorgeous. More snow coming on Tuesday ... I dislike March for reasons other than the weather but at least you know spring IS right behind it...

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  13. Paige - thank you! I think where I am we are mainly getting just rain on Tuesday. So, no snow for us. It's not the weather I dislike about March. It's mainly temperate, and I like cold anyway, it's the landscape this time of year. It's the ugliness of brown, dead, dull stuff all around. So uninspiring. For whatever reason you don't like March, I hope it passes quickly for you! :)

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  14. What a gorgeous job on interior design! You could really do that as a profession...in your spare time...ha! We are ready for spring in Maine but we have a lot snow to melt. Good for skiing at least.

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  15. Hi Alyson, I have found you recently and love your writing and your blog. I am very nostalgic for New England as we spent our honeymoon there. Salem is a wonderful town. I hope to visit often but just wanted to say hello from a very snowy and cold Glasgow. Jo xx

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  16. Beautiful photo. I don't know about March in your neck of the woods, but it seems to be feeling a little, little more like Spring around here... unfortunately my birthday happens to fall at the very end of March! But at least it lets us know spring is right around the corner ;) Love your bedroom decor, also...

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  17. Those silhouettes are so cool, and so is that graveyard shot! I agree, March is pretty blah. Fortunately it's over now!

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  18. The silhouettes are a wonderful, unique addition to your retreat. You have wonderful taste. The cemetery photo is prizewinning, just stunning. I really have forgotten just how creative you are.

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