Sometimes I see images on Pinterest, and I know they're from South African decor magazines - but I can't remember which or when. It drives me nuts because usually the image makes me want to go back and see the whole house. One such image was this one:
The always tasteful Court pinned it - and I had seen this image so many times I thought I knew the house... not so! (yay!) The rest of the house was new to me, and featured on Dust Jacket: a beautiful home on Bakoven beach.
I love, love, love the beadboard.... you can see the rest of the house in its original publication, here.
The passed couple days have been heavy around here - and a little distraction is in order. Something beautiful, uplifting and inspiring. So let's fly to Swellendam, in South Africa, to a house and its setting that fills all those criteria.
This new residential dwelling is situated in Swellendam at the door-step
of the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Langeberg Mountains – a
view so magnificent that the locals have named it “God’s Window.” It was
because of this exquisite setting that simple forms and materials were
chosen for the architecture, in order to facilitate a subtle
intervention – to “lie gently” on the landscape. The buildings were
constructed using largely local textures and materials reminiscent of
its distinctly Southern African origins. In addition to the architecture
itself, efforts were made to make the house and the land itself more
sustainable. For example, the land was cleared of non-native invading
species, like the black wattle. Also, all the water used in the house is
harvested from the site itself, and as a result there is no connection
to the municipal water supply line, making the house self-sustaining
from a water perspective.
We have been in Boston for 10 years, and love this city. I have never feel it so sombre, but also so united. The Boston Marathon was chosen as a target because its an event where people train through the harsh New England winter in order to be ready. An event where people come together to celebrate that dedication. An event where if you're not running as one of the top athletes, you are running to raise money for charity. An event where life is celebrated - the beginning of warmer weather, athleticism, camaraderie, the fulfillment of months of dedicating your body to meet the challenge but also collecting money to help your fellow human beings. Hope.
This will not stop the awesomeness of the Marathon. All those good accomplishments. People will still come from all over the world. Because even as the bad things happen, good people got up and met that head on, and helped each other. That will never change. In this loss we will still run, and sing louder, and use our talents to celebrate life. Because the good things will always overtake the bad.