Merry Christmas!

Photo of one of our family’s ‘yule lad’ decorations from my sister

Hello all, I am up in the Catskills at my parents farm – preparing for tonight’s festivities. As Icelanders we have lots of strange x-mas traditions – but by far my favorite is we get to open presents in the twinkly magic filled light of Christmas eve. Happy Holidays everyone!

p.s thanks to those who nominated/voted for me in apt therapy’s 2009 homies award! makes me blush to be in such great company :)

p.s 2- if you are looking for a cheap (free) 2010 calendar I make ones available annually to family and friends on our Sheepdog Print and Design site– if you print them out centered and ‘to fit’ on your printer they come out with a nice white border. Happy New Year!

Currently Obsessed with…

Gil Shafer’s parking Area at his Greek Revival Home. It is such a simple treatment – just a rectangular stone wall that meets the hill on one side and the lawn at the other – but it has such a palatial effect – and it gives a simple driveway a processional feeling. I wonder what he used to come up with the dimensions for the parking area – how many cars does it fit ? Was it designed not to fit ‘x’ many cars but to have symmetry with the house? I like the way the low wall seems to invite cars – as if saying ‘ you belong here’ . Often times rural driveways have blurry areas where guests can park but they end up being messy half grass/half gravel zones. This seems like a simple and natural solution.

One of my Favorite Houses

I always had an eye on this house – it is a simple charming elegance farmhouse – isn’t it just lovely? The little peaked window frames (forgive my blurry photo below), and the wide channels on the roof are my favorite! The house went on the market at a time that I wasn’t looking, but the house and its barn look very loved now – so that is nice :).

Our Home’s Doppelganger

Greek revival’s are very very common in our neck of the woods – heck this cabin is just the next town over. But I have had a hard time finding any houses that are the same combo of the 1830’s rural Greek Revival New England house and the 1840’s ‘Midwestern Greek Revival farmhouse’. When I saw this house on a drive to Cooperstown – I noted its approximate location and on a lazy summer day we drove back to grab some photos. The house in reality is a mirror image of ours – (photoshop magic!), the windows are taller on the top floor (not pocket windows) and the enclosed porch is a different shape – but this house gives me an idea of how ours will look without the dreaded vinyl and perhaps with a few shutters? Its cute and classic and it kind of reminds me of this .