I’ve recently discovered the imaginative furnishings and upholstery design of Lisa Whatmough, of Squint Limited in Shoreditch, East London. What would my Mennonite foremothers say about her approach to patchwork? If only I could ask them. I have a soft old feather sofa that has collapsed under the weight of years (and having been ridden like a horsey by the nine-year-old in the house). It has a textile reinvention in its future, and—though it won’t have the sublime polish of Lisa’s designs—it will certainly tip a hat in that direction. For now, it remains the center of our living room, in close proximity to the fire and the books, and as soft and inviting as a big old feather bed.
So it was no surprise that my friend Britta of My Black Book posted this beautiful montage of Squint rooms and furniture recently. Good things can’t go unnoticed. I like these twists of serendipity—I was planning to write about Squint this week too. Also a surprise is that Britta bestowed me with the Stylish Blogger Award. Of this I am honored but feel hardly deserving. Thank you Britta.
Once received the award, I have to:
* Link back to the person that awarded me.
* Share 7 things about myself.
* Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered bloggers.
* Contact those bloggers about the award.
A few things you may or may not know:
1. I love to travel, but I would contentedly stay within a mile of my house for weeks if I could.
2. Growing up Mennonite I wasn’t taught to be stylish. I was taught to serve others, live quietly, observe the mysteries and honor them. My parents—a teacher/writer/editor and a microbiologist, are also gardeners, travelers, foodies, readers, artistic people, and—yes—Mennonites—taught me to explore creativity, to write, make art, observe nature, ask questions. Thank you parents!
3. I first saw Ireland when I was 19 and I’ve never shaken my attachment to the place. I’ve returned every few years since, and always yearn to go again. The west of Ireland, and particularly Achill Island, County Mayo, and the Dingle Peninsula in Country Kerry, are among my favorite places on earth.
4. I am shy by nature, but baudy and carefree with anyone I know well.
5. I like the idea of dressing in a stylish way, but I live in Vermont, where the winter fashion statement is a big down coat and colorful Bogs.
6. A favorite book from recent weeks: Tinkers by Paul Harding.
7. I’d like to learn to screenprint this year. I’ve wanted to learn ever since seeing the work of English artist Teresa Green.
And here are 15 bloggers I’d like to give this award to. Thank you all for providing a feast for my eyes and much food for thought.