Is it too late to take a look back at 2018? I have been so sick, I clear missed the end, and the new beginning. I hate not saying a proper good-bye. Despite so many friends and relatives saying sayonara with nothing less than gusto, I had lots for which to be grateful.
Left is Hanson Street Living Room After the Renovation. Right is before.
I like listing the accomplishments and the milestones. I’m one of those people that adds things onto the list, just so I can cross them off. You know the kind, don’t you? Well sometimes I get to adding things to my list at such a dizzying rate I think my head is going to spin clear off, but them I go and get it all done, and there my head is still, so there’s not much of a case for slowing down.
This year I sold a house, bought a house, started a renovation, finished the biggest interiors project I had ever undertaken, built a deck, landscaped a yard, tore down a chimney, and spent an inordinate amount of time at Stonewood Products in Dennis, MA. If you think sawdust is great you are going to love this place. I had a “round” milestone birthday, celebrated in Mexico, and then London, visited Seaside Florida a new urbanist development that to me, is perfection, and took a ferry ride to Nantucket with my friends for a week.
Refurbished furniture for The Manse. A little can of paint will do you. Right side photo: Dan Cutrona @cutrona
I remembered how much I respect and admire the work of Dorothy Parker – I mean who else could possibly come up with poems as acerbic and sharp-witted as quips like: “It serves me right for having put all my eggs into one bastard”? Brilliant.
I couldn’t resist. Lawrence Street at time of purchase on the left and now….
I reaffirmed my affection for the color gray and more specifically, Ben Moore’s Mineral Ice. It’s such a serene and calming gray. I’m going to paint No. 5 gray too. And there was so much more; introductions to new and amazing people like Jill Rosenwald a hip pottery maker, and Tillett Textiles – allowing you to select your pattern, and color palette, and finally find the perfect combo to go with your grandmother’s Bergere chair. Magic.
Yes, 2018 was a pretty good year. Hope it was for you too.