Fall warmth

I haven't been shopping a lot lately... I've set some ambitious savings goals for the next six months and it means I'm staying as far away from the shops as possible. Still, the change in seasons brings out new desires; a tea pot, a scented candle. Mostly, I draw from things I already own — blankets come out of closets, favourite mugs are held for a little longer, allowing the warmth infuse my fingertips as I deeply inhale.

I love when new things come in to my home to mix with old, that transformation that takes place from an object to a personal belonging. I'm never comfortable with new things until that process is complete, until I no longer see the object but an extension of myself, my home.


Bellocq | Heath | Soap | Sukan | Toast |

23 comments:

  1. Exactly - that's why I have never like conspicuously branded things, even the Chanel logo is too much for me! (not that I'm tempted much). I always remember the scene in Back to the Future where his past family thinks his name is Calvin Klein because it's woven into the elastic of his underpants.

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    1. I'm the same - there are very few conspicuous brands that I like. I have a softspot for Hermes scarves (though I don't own any) but that's about it.

      Ha! That's funny. I haven't seem Back to the Future in ages. That first movie really was fun though.

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  2. Love the delicate rose theme here. That dusty rose.

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    1. Thanks - I'm really drawn to that shade in all season. It and chalky blues are my favourite (love those cushions for combining both!)

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  3. Beautiful choices. I need the perfect 2-cup teapot and you've inspired me to do a serious search. I have a weakness for nice soaps--that's my regular smallish indulgence.

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    1. Oh Jen! A teapot is on my list too.

      So far, the shortlist includes Heath (they have a wee one that's pretty special too), Emma Bridgewater and Irish potter Nicholas Mosse. Can't decide!!

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    2. Oh, you've answered my dilemma! This is how dense I am: I drink my tea from Nicholas Mosse cups--my husband used to get me some of his pottery every year for Christmas, so I have tea cups, dessert plates and a large plate I put tea breads on. I was going to look for a pot to go with them. I am so dense, it didn't even occur to me that he would have pots! Thank you.

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    3. Haha! awesome! Do you know which pattern you'll get? I have a hard time deciding... I love the assorted landscape pattern and have some mugs from this series...

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    4. I just looked at the Heath teapot--so sweet, I love it! The Emma B's are wonderful too--I love the polka dots, but they would clash with my Mosse teacups (which have animals on them).

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  4. I love these colors and would feel very pretty in the blouse.

    So pretty I'd be tempted to burst into song.

    xo Jane

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    1. It's so pretty. It's the kind of thing I'd buy because I love it so much but then would struggle to wear because I'm really not that romantic woman I wish to be!

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  5. Hello Jane, this post really "touched" all my senses, particularly the Rooibos Tea soap. I can just picture sitting at the kitchen table in Johannesburg with my mum and a fragrant cup of Rooibos tea. Thank you as always for your beautiful posts.

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    1. Ah, thanks Susan. That's lovely. I haven't tried these soaps, but I'm always drawn back to this Etsy store. Their sets appeal to me too.

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  6. Mmm, these are gorgeous and so warming. I'm sitting here with fingers that are colder than a witches' tit and just looking at these pictures is helping a little.

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  7. yes, soap and tea are two indulgences that I can allow myself. Just impulse shopped the pomegranate soap at Santa Maria Novella the other day, it fragrances my whole bathroom.

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    1. Lovely! I adore Santa Maria Novella too! I have a set of their miniature soaps and I love the packaging as well.

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  8. Hello Jane

    A beautiful mosaic in soft and pleasing colours. Soap and candles forever tempt me.
    Good luck with your saving plan. Many years past, my sister who lived here, wanted to save to return to Ireland. We opened a "joint bank account" separate from our everyday bank accounts and it was a wonderful incentive. Even on weeks where we felt we could not save, we managed to deposit at least $20. It became a habit.

    Enjoy this autumn day

    Helenxx

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    1. Hi Helen - Saving is so hard! Did you sister move to Ireland? I'm thinking about moving back!!

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  9. Oh! Love this. Especially the earth-toned teapot.

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  10. Jane, what a well-expressed and lovely sentiment, this transformation from mere object to a personal belonging-- one that perhaps even has a life of its own. Thank you so much for putting it so well.

    I've just moved to a new apartment, and have been having those sorts of feelings (although I haven't been able to articulate them as well as you have): it's so nice to see my good old butter-dish-shaped-like-a-lion on the kitchen counter every morning, but I'm not sure I've really connected yet with the new shower curtain.

    This is a beautiful collection-- thank you so much again.

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    1. Thanks so much Caroline! It is a difficult thing to express and something I struggle with when I blog products... it's usually because I see that potential "belonging" in something (whether I buy it or not) and not a more shallow material drive, though I'm not sometimes sure that comes across.

      So, thank you for your comment. It's nice to feel understood! And congrats on your new home!!

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