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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fields of Dreams

I’ve never been to Europe, much less France, so Provence is only a name to me, one that that conjures up images of cornflower skies reaching to fields bowing down with lavender and yellow flowers. They sell the country sophistication of Provence through blue and gold linens in some specialty domestics stores and when encountering samples, I finger the cloth; imagining a distressed wood table in a stone farmhouse hosting a ceramic pitcher of cool water, or maybe some homemade wine.

My first experience with blue and yellow came at age fourteen, when my mother allowed me to select a new bedspread to match the elegant beige and grey wallpaper she’d already had installed in my bedroom. She cringed when I chose a yellow and white checked pattern; “Wouldn’t you like the blue instead?” she asked me. At my firm “no” she made the best of it, running up matching drapes on the sewing machine, but hanging blue and white antique plates on the wall above a navy upholstered chair where I sat to do my homework. She liked things “just so.” In truth it was probably a miracle of restraint for her to cope with that that bedroom, where her refined pallet clashed with my immature styling, but she made it work.

That childhood retreat has been redecorated into a welcoming guest room now. My brother and his family live in the house where we were raised and I’ll be the first one to admit that it looks better. In fact, typing this, I chuckled to realize that the antique plates from my old room stand on the hutch in our current dining room, where the walls are painted a beige-and-grey blend from Benjamin Moore called “Warm Spring Stones.”

But that doesn’t stop me from waxing nostalgic because my pink foxgloves failed to thrive this spring, so the color combination below is all that has popped up in the way-back garden so far.

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glnroz said...

That, Ms. Liza, was a "smiley read". I felt it went past the yellow "check-ed" vision. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, that's a really vivid photo! HDR?

Robin said...

Funny how colors can bring back memories just like that.

Helen Ginger said...

Beautiful picture. That's one you could blow up and frame so you'd have Spring all year 'round. Makes you want to pull up a chair and just stare at the colors.

Candace said...

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Tabitha Bird said...

Liza, I loved this. Your Mom sounds a lot like mine. She had to have thins 'just so too' and she did let me have my way in room decoration too, well, some of 'my way'. Now I have my own children I try to let go a bit. It can be hard because guess what, I like things just so too :)

Teresa @ ♥ TOO MANY HEARTBEATS ♥ said...

That picture is BEAUTIFUL! Your mom sounds a lot like me, only I've had to let go of my way of wanting things 'just so' after being quite ill for some time now. Funny how things get put into perspective for you sometimes.

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I just became your newest Follower and I would be really honored if you would take a minute to check out my blog and follow me, too, if you like what you see.

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Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Liza! Glad to hear that your eyes are okay (just went back and read your post about it!). And that's funny that you were walking around with the dye on your face and no one said anything! :-)

Hope you're having a great summer! Your photos are a breath of sweet air! They're lovely!

Nishant said...

that's a really vivid photo
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Paula Villanova said...

Your garden is gorgeous...and glad you are able to enjoy your antique plates in your current space!

Ro Magnolia said...

Lovely post ... sweetly nostalgic and such a beautiful photo. One of my favourite combinations is blue and yellow with white ... In fact, those are the colours of my French-inspired kitchen. One day, I hope to see a real one in Provence. Until then, I just dream ... but in my imagination, Provence is always filled with fields of lavender. :)