Inspiration for home decorating is pretty idiosyncratic. There are as many ways to arrange one's possesions as stars in the sky. One particular image has resonated with me for years. There is a British children's author and illustrator named Jill Barklem who has written a delightful series of books called Brambley Hedge. Her paintings depict a world of well-dressed mice who live in a gentle world of abundance and happiness. Many of the stories have plots revolving around residents of Brambley Hedge celebrating happy events and doing nice things for each other. I have a tea set from Royal Dalton with seasonal illustrations on all the pieces. My favorite one is Winter:
The picture on the right is my interpretation of that cozy scene. I'm pretty happy because I finally got my fireplace inspected and cleaned so I can use it with confidence.
Another inspiration that struck me on this lovely Sunday involved making banana bread. It might have been because I had some bananas that were past the point of no return. Mostly, though, it gave me the chance to play with my new dolls:
They are measuring cups!