british columbia : video

I seem to be inundating you with videos lately! I hope that you are enjoying watching them as much as I have been in creating them.

Seen above is my latest video that I recently made for HSB. It’s of the journey that my mum and I took when we went to see her new home in British Columbia, Canada. The second half of this blog post is a letter that my mum wrote to my sister and I, since she will be moving away from us in a few short months. Feel free to read and watch, and to comment below.

Emory

British Columbia Trip 14A Letter to My Daughters

My darlin Girls,

I have cared for you since you were placed in my arms 30 plus years ago. I had no clue what I was doing. I had only cared for dogs and horses, and you were a mystery. I didn’t even know how to bathe a baby. I tried to live a conventional life raising you with a father, a big home, mortgage, car pooling and the trappings. Didn’t work. So, I took you little children and did it my way. I hope it was enough. I watched you grow and change from toddlers to balky teens to strong young women with lives of your own. I am so proud of you. 

Now dear hearts it is my time to start my new chapter. I understand you assume I will fall down my mountain retreat unable to call for help. One of you thinks I will be a target of crime. You may think I will be lonely. Well, it is true I will miss you physically but I have years and years of memories of you to carry along with me. 

I have raised you, buried both my parents and I have found my Mecca. 

I want to wake in the morning on that little mountain with the stillness and crisp air around me. Night Owl is a solid little structure that will not fall down around my ears I promise. My new perimeter fencing around my acres of heaven will deter predators. Night Owl is waiting. And calling. I hear her in my dreams. Last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It is true I am downsizing, but that is to make it manageable. I want to spend my days reading, and walking, napping, sampling the local wine, yes doing lots of equine chores but also reflecting. This is my final chapter in life. 

So, daughters, enjoy living. And being young! It really does gallop too quickly. 

My words to you? For what it is worth:

1. Stay close to nature

2. Love each other

3. Harbour no jealousy

4. Exercise 

5. Read

6. Find work you love and it won’t seem like work

7. Moisturize! You live in a harsh climate

8. Keep on rescuing animals 

9. Love who you see in the mirror

10. You get knocked down? Get back in that saddle real quick

11. Love your mama with all your heart. She loves you

Mum

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home: on land and at sea (abstract conformity)

_S081259“[He] travels the globe through the merchant marine, visiting lands and cultures abroad yet always finding the experiences even as close as home just as important.”

Aboutabstractconformity.com

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetIt is difficult to recall when, or how, I first came across Abstract Conformity on Instagram. What I do remember about seeing John’s square photography for the first time is thinking, “do people really live like this?” I knew in that moment that I was going to become a fan of  his work. What I didn’t know was that the man behind the lens was a pretty stellar character as well.

When I had initially considered possible collaborators for this new series, one of my first visions was of a home on the sea. With the success of last years series, I knew that I had big shoes to fill. I wanted to bring in artistic people that not only lived a completely different life from my own, but ones that inspired me creatively. I approached John to take part in this new venture, fully expecting to be turned down. His answer was an immediate and resounding yes. He would do it. 

A dozen emails later, still amazed by his kindness, with an even bigger appreciation for his photography skills, and a better understanding of where he comes from, this post is and was finally ready to be published. I hope that each and everyone of you enjoy John’s Home as much as I do.

Emory

_DSF15641. Where is your home located?

My brick & mortar, is located on the outskirts of Houston, TX. For 6 months out of the year my body resides aboard a cargo ship somewhere on the planet’s waterways. Due to traveling, I’ve actually slept more in my bed aboard the ship than in my bed with a mailing address.

_DSF33412. What are your thoughts on the idea of ‘home’? 

Home is a location that evokes comfort and safety. It’s a place where others are welcomed in to share in those feelings, giving the place its title of a home rather than a location. A home need not be of brick and mortar or even stationary for me. I’ve had the opportunity to share with people in their homes across the globe from far-fetched mansions to a room lit by candles hardly larger than the bed frame. In those moments, they were all proud to welcome me in to their “home.” It was their comfort to be shared with others that made it a home too.

DSC_9573DSC_95653. What kinds of things influence your design style?

As a society, we change our clothes each season depending on the evolving weather, but we also alter our wardrobes with new trends. This is seen easily as we move amongst one another so why do homes remain stagnant for such long periods of time? Design aesthetics are a reflection of your mood, which for me change less frequently as the weather but they do change so I kept two tips at the forefront.

_DSF1492First, the space must have the ability for people to move about and interact with both their body and their eyes. If it’s overwhelming, you miss out on the purpose of the elements from distraction which then detracts from the comfort. Second, the items must serve the purpose of telling their own story. This can be a family heirloom to a vintage set of barware to a well crafted gun cabinet, which also happens to be a family heirloom. I’m intrigued by so many various “styles” that if I stick with the first two steps they seem to flow. 

DSC_9588DSC_95784. What do you consider to be one of your favourite items in your home? What could you never live without?

For me, all of it is replaceable. They evoke their own emotions and I’m not hoping to lose anything, but once they’ve been in my life the memory is contained within me forever, so the physical element could vanish but the memory of that experience never will.

DSC_9601DSC_9598It’s difficult to narrow to just one, so I will give three for various purposes. My Pendleton blanket, although two years old is a prized piece. It warms me on the couch, lays out on beaches for picnics and travels to globe with me on the ship. That blanket is comfort in more than just physical. My turntable connects generations with its ability to produce sound. I have records from my grandparents up to shows my wife and I saw two months ago. Music is the soundtrack to live and the tangible aspect of the turntable allows me to slow down and appreciate those tunes. Finally, a cast iron skillet that my great grandmother owned is vital. Just as its fed generations of my family, we’ve carried it on road trips to feed others. When I’m not on the ship, it resides on the stuff with extensive use beginning with my morning bacon and eggs just as my great-grandmother cooked for us when we visited. 

DSCF66255. Please share any ideas/stories/pictures that best highlight your home.

My current brick & mortar is going through changes as we bought it at 24 and now at 30 our values have clearly changed to more purpose beyond filling a void in the house.

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John

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DSCF6796If you would like to take part in this series, entitled Home, please email me at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com.

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what i wore: blue swan

WW7-3Hello, friends! Can you believe that there are only two days left in the month of January? Where did the time go?!

WW7-2This outfit post today is featuring one of my most treasured dresses, and one that I have worn before in a post. However, given that it was over a year and a half ago, my hair was short, blonde, and shaved on one side. Needless to say that I looked like a man in drag. While the fashion post can be found if you were to do some digging, I’m not feeling overly zealous to add a link for you today. Hey, I can’t be expected to do all the work around here. ;-)))

WW7-1This dress is one that I often wear to work, and for special occasions. I bought it as a ballet dress, and it’s sheer overlay with asymmetrical hem gives it such a distinctive and feminine look. It’s incredibly soft, and flows like a dream. I feel like a ballerina when I wear it, and so, probably to the annoyance of many, I wear it often.

In the words of Nina from one of my favourite films, Black Swan, “It was perfect.”

<3

Emory

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photo of the day

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“We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through.

Our purpose here is to observe,
to learn,
to grow,
to love …
and then we return home.”
Australian Aborigine Proverb

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crate & barrel

Crates2I love crates. I feel like Brick Tamland when I say that, but it’s true. I freaking love ’em!

Crates4Crates3Our contractor built us an entire home without installing any type of shelving. Not a single one in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, mudroom, or closets. None. I know what you’re thinking. We must be crazy. There, I said it for you. Do you know what? I would have to agree with you. However, given that my husband and I built and installed all of our shelving in Little Green, I’ve come to know exactly what I like, and how I want it to look. No contractor of mine is going to get his hands all over my ledges, dagnabbit!

Crates5We placed crates all over our new kitchen in The Little Barn in lieu of cupboards. I personally like their uniqueness and the overall feel that they exude, as opposed to generic or modern cabinetry. Plus, I’m tidy. No object will ever be out of place in these babies!

Crates1My Jesus plaque hanging next to the thumbs up hanger is a little ode to the film Dogma. Did anyone else catch that?

Crates6Have a great day! Please go easy on me in the comment section! :-)))

<3

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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