Wordless Wednesday: More Scenes from an Interior Designer’s Vacation

Amy Dragoo of ABCD Design has thrown down the ever-inspiring Wordless Wednesday social media gauntlet.  And I can’t resist a good challenge!  Enjoy more photos and (interior) design inspiration from a day in historic Lewes (the first town in the first state) during our relaxing vacation at the beach.

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Garden at Gate of St. Peter's Episcopal Church

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St. Peter's Episcopal Church

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Pathway at St. Peter's

I love the pattern of the bricks in this crooked pathway.

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Labyrinth at St. Peter's

Know those people who look for covered bridges or lighthouses?  I am always on the lookout for labyrinths.  This is one of my favorites – I visit it every year.

The Buttery, brunch, Lewes, DE, vacation

The Buttery

The best place in town for Sunday brunch.

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Whimsical Store Display

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Zwaanendael Museum

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Can't miss the toy store

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The Waterfront

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Last Stop - King's Ice Cream

I love to hear from you.  Where are your favorite historic places to take your friends or family when you go on vacation?


Design Tribute – Memorial Day

St. Paul's on the Green

Have you ever been driving and gone back because you saw something so breath-taking you just had to stop, take a photo and share it?  Today, I was driving home when I passed this sight.  I had to drive around the block and back to the church’s parking lot, because I could not let that moment pass by.

Flags at St Paul's on the Green

The front lawn of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the Green in Norwalk, CT has 5,481 flags on it.  Each one represents a US soldier who has given his or her life for this country in Afghanistan or Iraq.  It’s easy to ignore a death toll until you are given a visual reminder.  That number is not so staggering as wars past, but why should even one person have to lose a life?  Why should one mother or father or spouse or child have their child or spouse or parent taken away?

Sea of Flags

Look, I’m not going to get all political on you.  Whether I am for or against the war in the Middle East is not the point.  I lost twenty people in 911.  I have friends who lost over 100.  I have heard countless hair-raising stories of survival from that day and close calls from my own family members.

Mine is a comment on the preciousness and precariousness of human life.  How do we take this in?  How do we put our heads around it?  When do we stop fighting and learn how to love one another – no matter our skin color, or politics or faith?

Normandy Cemetery with Flags

It took me back to this moment in time – Summer of 1991 – last stop on the continent.  I had backpacked solo across Europe and spent my last weekend in Normandy.  I will never forget staring out at a sea of crosses with an occasional star of David.

Prayer for the Soldiers

Imagine what it must have been like for the people who came together to install these flags.  Can you envision them talking about how they would ever fit over 5,000 flags on the lawn?  Thinking – should we put in a path or just make it a sea of flags?  Walking through the path is so moving.  Did someone carefully plan it out and draw it up?  Or did it evolve in that organic way projects do when a group comes together?

Were they thinking what price do we pay for needing to be right?  What price freedom?  What price peace?


Imagine Central Park

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

–John Lennon

(Photos of Normandy and Imagine from latribune.fr and konradprojects.net respectively)

Tree of Life continued…

“The art of living is in making the right mistakes.”  –Stefan Schulz

I am the first to admit that I am technologically challenged.  If you need a computer geek, please feel free to call my brother who has received all of the family gifts in this department.  Don’t ask him to help you choose a paint color or help you get a great sofa or find just the right recycled glass tile…then you can call me.

So in addition to having a blackberry with a mind of its own this week and several trips to Verizon, I have managed to lose a section of my Tree of Life photo blog.  I only found this out because in a wonder of technology that I don’t comprehend, a reader sent me a note about my blog on Facebook.  My first thought was “I don’t get it.  How did he read my blog?”  My second was “How cool that he read my blog!”

He is Robert Corin Morris (Bob), long time family friend and spiritual mentor.  Bob is an author, Episcopal priest and Director of Interweave.  He pointed out that the logo of Interweave, which I did in fact remember Bob, is the Tree of Life.  I tried to copy it here but can’t figure out the technology (a theme)…  But you can go to this link and see the amazing image.  As mine is a design blog, I will take poetic license in sharing this wonderful graphic design logo.  Not to mention have the opportunity to plug a great  organization with vastly talented people!  www.interweave.org

Tree Of Life Tapestry

Tree Of Life Tapestry

Above is the missing photo.  This tapestry is my daily inspiration as I walk in my front door, reminding me to stay grounded in family, friends and faith while reaching for my dreams.

I purchased it through a Fair Trade Cooperative in Bethany Beach, DE while we were on vacation this summer.  I love to choose fascinating objects through Fair Trade to accessorize my home and my clients’ homes.  Not only do you have the pleasure of owning a beautiful handicraft, but also have the opportunity to support people in countries that may not have the opportunities that we do.

Necklace by Satya for Housing Works

Necklace by Satya for Housing Works

I just have to show this great necklace one more time, so that I can tell you why I love it so much.  This necklace was designed by Satya in conjunction with Housing Works.  The proceeds of this necklace go directly to “benefit homeless and low income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.”  If you are in New York City, stop by one of the four wonderful Satya boutiques and take a look at their great jewelry designs.

Tree of Life

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Gustav Klimt

My favorite design motif is the Tree of Life.  The Tree of Life is used in just about every religion from Judaism and Christianity to Chinese mythology and German paganism.

Stefano Coccioli

Stefano Coccioli

On a screen of gold and silver leaf engraved on a gesso panel.  I could see this in a modern home with Asian accents.

Kiyo Miking

Kiyomi King

Or this rich vibrant watercolor with a flavor of the East hung over the  fireplace.  Looks just like the ultimate tapestry to me.

Warli Tribe

Warli Tribe

This is also a watercolor from the Warli Tribe in Maharashtra.  It is a monochromatic view of tribal life with an emphasis on geometric shapes.  I can just picture this against a turquoise blue wall.

photo taken by Lucas Nam in Vietnam

photo taken by Lucas Nam in Vietnam

Wish I had a description of this amazing Tree of Life, but my Spanish is not good enough to read Lucas Nam’s blog.  Meanwhile, just enjoy the beautiful colors and the context of the architecture.  I’m guessing a religious site?  Feel free to let me know!

Indian Cotton

Indian Cotton

Can you imagine this beautiful Indian Cotton as a bedspread…mmm…

9 Panels Oil Painting from Blue Moon Gallery

9 Panels Oil Painting from Blue Moon Gallery

I love this modern reinterpretation of a motif that has been used through the ages.  This would be spectacular in an Entry Foyer to a very hip office.

Necklace by Satya for Housing Works

Necklace by Satya for Housing Works

Last but not least, this  beautiful pendant by Satya Jewelry for Housing Works that I wear most days.

Through the Grecourt Gates

Last night, I dragged my husband, Bob, to see the movie Julie and Julia in downtown New Canaan.  Yes, he ended up liking it…  I loved it, but that was never a question.  Julia Child was a Smith College graduate, as am I, and I was not going to miss this movie!  The theatre was packed and we were lucky to get a seat.

As a side note, Bob grew up in Norwalk so he seems to know everyone.  I moved here from the city and so I don’t know nearly so many people.  At the end of the movie, we ended up in the best conversation with the couple next to us.  Ends up this would be my night for a connection!  The wife is a Smith grad too.  She also lived in Martha Wilson house, though she graduated a few years before I did.  I have the best memories of Smith and even better memories (if that’s possible) of Martha Wilson house.  We reminisced on and on about candlelight dinners and afternoon tea, while they rolled up the sidewalks of New Canaan around us.  Numbers and e-mails were exchanged and we will definitely be staying in touch with this couple!  What a lovely way to end an evening with new friends and future plans.

Smith College Grecourt Gates

Smith College Grecourt Gates

Since this is a design blog and I can’t get Smith College off of my mind, I have to share with you some of the wonderful photos I found on Flickr of the architecture and gardens on campus.  The first is the Grecourt Gates with the tower of College Hall in the background-love the iron scrollwork.

Smith College Lyman Plant House

Smith College Lyman Plant House

The Lyman Plant House is surrounded by gorgeous gardens seen on my walk to classes each day.  In the fall, there is a mums show and in the spring, a bulbs show–both heavenly…

Smith College Brown Fine Arts Center

Smith College Brown Fine Arts Center

Smith College has one of the premier college art collections and what an amazing building it is housed in.

Smith College Ford Hall

Smith College Ford Hall

The new building for Sciences and for the Engineering Program (first of its kind for women).  I have not seen this building yet, but am looking forward to a closer look at those great glass windows.

Smith Campus Center

Smith Campus Center

Wish I had a photo of the old Campus Center from my time…  This is spectacular in comparison!

Smith College Paradise Pond

Smith College Paradise Pond

What’s not to love about Paradise Pond?   School-wide rowing competitions held in the Head of the Paradise–fun…

Smith College Martha Wilson House

Smith College Martha Wilson House

Last but not least, my home for three of my four years…Martha Wilson House.  Head of the Quad, I received my diploma with so many others on our front steps.  Also, I met Julia Child on these very same steps when I was a student.  Memories don’t get any better than this.  Think I have a visit to Smith in my immediate future.  Can anyone say Mountain Day?

I want to be Walter Cronkite…


I want to be Walter Cronkite.   I want to live my life with passion.  I want to follow my dreams and my beliefs wherever they will take me.   I want to work hard and play hard.  I want to listen and report what I know with honor and integrity.  I want to treat others with dignity and respect.  I want to pause a moment to get things right…

I watched the 60 Minutes Special about Walter Cronkite with my husband last night.  I was transported back in time to my first childhood memories…  Walter Cronkite in April 1968 reporting on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.   And then his reporting on the war in Vietnam for and then later against.  It’s amazing how these two early childhood memories have shaped who I am–a lover of history, an avid fan of the music of the ’60s, and a believer that, ultimately, peace will triumph over war and evil.

President Obama captured the feeling, the memory so many of us have:  “His rich baritone reached millions of living rooms every night, and in an industry of icons, Walter set the standard by which all others have been judged…But Walter was always more than just an anchor.  He was family.  He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down.”

In Michael Jackson, we lost a star.

In Walter Cronkite, we lost a hero.

And that’s the way it is…

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