Portrait of a House

Friday, February 6, 2015











I know last time I was here I said that my posts moving forward would likely be simple 'currently' updates as I embrace my blogging break. Part of taking a break from blogging was to not be spending copious amounts of time looking for blogging material when I should be task-mastering at this busy time. But I also realized spending copious amounts of time looking for blogging material can sometimes serve as a break to all the other things I am, er, should be doing. The likes of which I discovered this week as my full plate was dripping with my to-do's and they quietly fell to the wayside as I found myself indulging in one of my favorite pastimes - looking at beautiful spaces. So this week I am forgoing updates to share this gem I found on the wonderful world wide web. (and in all honesty, although 7 days have gone by, unless you want to hear the minutia of child-rearing, order-filling, and homework-doing, i've got nothing for you). 

When I came upon these images my jaw dropped. To me it is a perfect marriage of exquisite design and breathtaking photography. Some of these photos almost look like they could be realistic paintings. The Portrait of a House is a collaboration between two architects who came upon a derelict manor and restored it to its full potential. 

True to the past they adapted the house to its specific needs re-interpreting the old rather than bringing in the new. And again the house has found a new coherency - as if nothing has changed. --www.frederikvercruysse.com

17 comments:

  1. i, for one, would actually love to read more about your everyday - the responsibilities of running your own business, the demands of school, juggling all that with motherhood and *those* challenges... BUT i totally get how necessary it is to decompress with this things that bring you a sense of calm and relaxation. this space TOTALLY gives me a sense of calm: bright, minimal, open. soooo peaceful. xo

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  2. I checked in this morning, expecting not to see anything but holding out hope anyway, and voila! It's like all my dreams came true :) I love this house. I love how it's so empty, and yet the photos present enough to make it seem full of life, if that makes sense? The well placed jug of milk, the made bed, etc. And I do love that wall color.
    I think the best sort of balances work themselves out on their own. I'm happy you're finding this space to be a release rather than a responsibility now! Though I echo Lucinda when I say I'd love to hear about your day to day, too. Even the things you think are too mundane, I'm sure I'd find fascinating! xo

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  3. Wow, these photos are amazing, and this place is just absolutely stunning! I really love how it has such a peaceful and serene look to it! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  4. I totally agreed with Lucinda, I love reading about the everyday mundane things. Hopefully you are managing to find that perfect work-life balance though? This is a truly beautiful find. I found myself pressing my nose against my laptop screen at the shot of the curtains and milk. It looks just like a painting.

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  5. That's how I stumbled on blogging in the first place - finding distractions from "everything else" and wanting to share them with others. It's wonderful to see your words, even if it's unplanned

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  6. Amazing mise en scene! The first two photos leave me speechless.

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  7. Describing this as a portrait is absolutely perfect. There's grace and line and symmetry to these photos that you find in classic portraits. And then the details. Really, really lovely. Even if you blog sporadically, I think this kind of post is perfectly perfect. Although I still want to hear every little thing that's going on. XOXO

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  8. wow, looks like a dream. or a theater stage. almost surreal somehow. beautiful

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  9. i am one for neutrals but the way that marble countertop matches some of the floors, stunning!

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