Tuesday, January 26, 2016
My home this season: January 2016
Green and white is such a nice color palette for January -- calm and serene after the abundance (and maybe even, by the end of it, overstimulation) of the holiday season, but not so austere as to be dreary.
In fact, if January has a color all its own, I think it must be that pale green of those candles up there. I suppose light green is often considered emblematic of early spring, the promise of new grow growth and all that -- but to me it seems just exactly the expression of what is already here right now. Or maybe I'm just taken with how lovely the candles look against those brass candlesticks, who knows?
I'm dipping back into Styling the Seasons, so here are some photos of the Janus-faced arrangement up on my mantel just now.
Looking backward with our postcard travel journal from Montreal*; looking forward with a candle that smells intensely of blossoms.
*(Oh and hey: more Canadian art on the wall above.)
Looking backward with some bulbs started back in December; looking forward with a new bay plant to cook with, replacing the one that had gotten spindly and tired. (I'll move it to the kitchen windowsill soon, but thought I'd enjoy it here for a little while first.)
Those paperwhites won't be good for much longer, will they? No matter, the sideboard's Janus-faced, too: looking backward with a candleholder made from a banister post in my grandmother's childhood home; looking forward with some more bulbs coming along.
How about you -- does your home look backward as well as forward at this time of year, or are you all about the clean sweep?