i have been gathering since i was a kid. 

it began with tea cups, photos, and poems, and has expanded to include many things.  over many years i have amassed a nice collection of pottery, particularly matte green.  i am not fussy about the origin, i just love the smooth silky glaze, and the shapes.  i also collect desertscapes, balls of string, photography, memoirs, ribbon, beaded flowers, old office supplies and paper, and that's to name but a few. 

while head of retail & merchandising at shabby chic i began collecting vintage textiles  ~ embroidery, cross stitch, old linen and hemp.  at shabby i gained an encyclopedic knowledge of fabric - textures, weights, and of course, patterns!  and while i appreciate a lovely floral, i still prefer the beautiful simplicity of a piece of wheat colored linen or a nubby piece of hemp. 

and then there's france.  i've been lucky enough to spend the last several summers with my friend kaari at her french general getaway in the beautiful south.  there is so much to say, so much to describe about what i see, feel and experience when there. i try to show restraint in my shopping, but inevitably i am standing in line in the sweltering heat of la poste days before i am to leave, attempting to ship home what i can't fit in my suitcases.  

so i can show you the things i've found and how i use them, the casa serena link offers a peek inside my home, garden, and studio.  the one thing that is constant in all of these spaces is change - sometimes it's as subtle as hanging a new picture, but other times it can mean a weekend spent rearranging furniture, and stuffing half of it into the garage.  in the early days of our marriage, my husband jimmy would often say he longed to come home at night to the same house he left in the morning.  he has come to accept that i'm forever giving things away and moving things out - all to make room for new things or sometimes to just to hold the space until new inspiration finds me.

 i hope summerland mercantile offers you inspiration


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