Nesting on a Human Scale

Oh where oh where could my spring weather be?  It flurried yesterday, this morning it was a cool 34 degrees though the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.  It reminds me of many an Easter on Cape Cod, we three Falla girls in our matching outfits,

Easter a long, long time ago.

Easter a long, long time ago.

proudly sporting our ponchos, forced to wear our winter coats over our fine holiday regalia.  I thought even then, it might be nice to live down south where I could make the true fashion statement I intended.  Alas, for now New England is my home, and springtime – cold and stubborn as it may be here, brings forth thoughts of nesting.

I love the image of the nest as birds take such care in its creation.  The placement of every branch, twig, errant feather, and bright piece of string spied, snapped up, and brought “home” by some clever Robin or Chickadee.  It’s cozy and nurturing.  The very environment I attempt to create in my own home.

Michelangelo said:

 “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

You've Got to Hand it to Him . Michelangelo was the man.

You’ve Got to Hand it to Him . Michelangelo was the man.

It’s such a beautiful, inspirational notion. His genius undisputed.  I am happy to capture a moment of brilliance, a brief vision or insight into the transformational direction I would take a place.  Some properties chirp loudly, making the flight plan clear to me.  Such is the case with this jewel of a building, called the Tea House. Nestled at the foot of a hill overlooking the pond on the property of Ken and Julie Burns.  Bequeathed to the Town of Winchendon, and later put up for auction, it now calls its home this idyllic location.

Living Large in Small Spaces

Living Large in Small Spaces

Currently used for dinner parties, informal meetings, or just an escape from the elements with views across the pond, or with the turn of the head, an apple orchard.  With a few modifications including indoor plumbing – a must have for this non-camping gal, a service kitchen (I’ll explain), and a small deck off the back overlooking the pond.  Ever cognizant of my Cape Cod boating roots, the Tea House feels very much like the cabin of a boat.  I envision a built in seating area nestled in the corner looking out across the pond, fitted with a small round table for writing, working, or dining.  A key to small living is multi-purpose spaces and furnishings.  Toward that end, the sleeping bunk, placed on the entry wall to the right of the door would serve as a sofa, and fold open to a double size bed for sleeping.  A small bath with shower stall, mini sink, and toilet would be placed in the right corner, and the “kitchen” comprised of sink, and electrical cooking surface would be located next to the bath in the back right corner.  French doors would take you out the back to the deck where your gas grill would suffice for year-round cooking. See with me the two beautiful chairs made for relaxing and appreciating all nature has to offer. Breath in that crisp, perfect air, listen to the happy music of those Rockin’ Robins, and remember – you can only sit in one seat at a time.  Small living is sublime.

Happy Easter.

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