The pink room

When I was a little girl, I would sleep in the pink room at Elmwood. It's not actually pink, but white with 1940s wallpaper that has trailing pink and white morning glories. There are two matching twin beds, a truly unfortunate pink carpet and some lace curtains that would melt into a pile of plastic if ignited. 

That's one of my favorite things about Elmwood. It's a beautiful place, so gorgeous you could and will weep when I finally invite you there in real life, but it isn't painfully art directed. There are some ugly curtains. Moldy wallpaper. The world's most miserable mattresses. A FUTON FROM THE 1990s. It's a real place, not perfect. And everyone who knows what's what knows that makes it all the more charming.
When I was up last weekend, the flowers in the garden made my knees buckle. There has been a lot of talk about lilac season being a letdown this year but our trees were basically rioting. Apple blossoms, too. Plus some bleeding heart from the front yard, the tiniest snipping I could take.

Going into the garden and making a little bouquet from what's fresh and free will lots of times beat overworked, over-thought, overly pricey flowers in my book. A humble bouquet, one that still has beetles and bees, cuts right to the heart of why people love flowers.

33 comments:

  1. Your descriptions will be making all our knees buckle!

    My old family home on the north norfolk coast (UK), has the same kind of charm - it is made through generations.

    I started my garden bouquet business for the very reasons you say you love garden flowers. Hallelujah!

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  2. ...Oh I love. Everything. About. This. :o)

    ...To me, that is what makes a home truly a home. It isn't staged like a museum. It is brought together haphazard, beauty and flaws, like life itself.

    ...You'll invite us to Elmwood truly? *crossing fingers* ;o)

    ...Love the bouquet!

    ...Blessings... :o)

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  3. your musings on, and in, elmwood are always heartwarming. i have similar memories of the family 'summer house' in northern france. it used to be part of a 17th century monastery, and today it is an odd mishmash of religious statues and rococo furniture and peeling wallpaper and failing plumbing and hateful 1990s bits and bobs. my room reminds me of yours. its flowered wallpaper is peeling, the mattresses are lumpy. it is hidden away in the attic and spiders creep in its corners. still, it is my favourite place in the world. your words are so inspiring. perhaps i'll write about 'my' house sometime too...

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  4. That is most definetly a pink room! I don't care what you say, details, details, that is a little girl's pink room! And that bouquet is lovely! It's worthy of a wedding bouquet I dare say! :)

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  5. the best part is your bouquet and photo of. Lovely.
    I have the same bed in my barn replaced by a full size and too lovely to donate to the Goodwill.

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  6. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful, the flowers are stunning! I agree, a place's imperfections, more often than not, give them their charm xx

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  7. I truely know how you feel I have similar feeling about my Grams lake house and the vacations there when I was little wish I could still go there.

    you are blessed to see the beauty in the simple things in life
    KAT

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  8. That wallpaper makes me want to cry. It holds a lifetime of beautiful dreams.

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  9. And the bed and comforter remind me of our house in Mississippi. And my Grandma Elizabeth who I miss so much

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  10. oh! That little painted bookend....sigh....adorable!!!!

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  11. this past memorial day weekend my son alex told me about your blog saying i would love it and was he ever right. i'm charmed beyond words and will be up late tonight soaking it all in. lovely.

    janet

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  12. It's hard to think about 20-year-old futons when Your words and flowers romanticize that room well..

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  13. Once again you have totally mesmerized me with your prose. I always feel as though I just found the key to the "Secret Garden". What precious memories. Reminds me a bit of my Aunt Mae & long hot summers spent with her. She lived a simple, quaint life. She always made me feel special, welcome & most of all loved.

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  14. these are beautiful photos; seems like another time and place.

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  15. Looks so peaceful <3

    I see the bleeding heart, the apple blossoms,and the (very dark!) lilac, but what is that other flower?

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  16. Laura- There are two types of apple, one is a crabapple.

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  17. Oh! When I heard this the other day, I couldn't help but picturing you in a bandit mask, making off with all the flowers in DC

    http://wamu.org/news/11/05/27/gardeners_seek_to_stem_flower_thefts.php

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  18. Beautiful pictures! Love this room

    http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

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  19. I have been reading your blog since I saw the news about you and your little apartment from Yahoo News. I have fallen in love with your blog every since. I love how you describe things so sincerely and deeply. The reader can't help but be enchanted by your world. Please keep more coming. Your blog is like a mini vacation for me. Victoria Georgia

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  20. I completely agree. The biggest loss of apartment living is precisely that. Every time I got to the flower market, I'm aware of the compromise I'm making.

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  21. I am hereby RSVPing a resounding yes, thank you, to your invitation to Elmwood. You'll probably have to have me forcibly removed :)

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  22. This looks like a house of dreams, so whimsical and romantic. Stunning blog here! & I would take up and invitation any day :)

    Lydia
    www.everydayrose.blogspot.com

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  23. i sent my readers a link to your blog today. i sure hope some of them come over and say hi or follow. i love your writing.

    xo
    janet

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  24. you always take such beautiful photos x

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  25. great wallpaper! love wallpaper-always! Looks like RL??

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  26. I truly hope that one day, someday, for some reason, some how, I'm able to see Elmwood. It does look like a dream. And, no place is prefect aesthetically. If it were, it'd be a museum and museums are a little scary.

    I always look forward to captures at Elmwood. They make my summer (year) better.

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  27. Your post is like a trip down memory lane....lovely

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  28. Tu as vraiment beaucoup de talent... couleur, délicatesse, tendresse... j'aime beaucoup...

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