|The Painter's Honeymoon|
Lord Frederic Leighton - 1864
|Romeo and Juliet|
Frank Dicksee - 1884
When Jon and I bought our house 5 years ago I fell in love with the potential it held in its niches/dust collectors. There are 4 of them. One in our entry hall, one in Carson & Evan's bedroom, one in my office, and one in Jon and my bedroom. It took me a while to fill these spaces. They are high enough that it isn't an easy space to access, and I knew that changing vignettes was not going to occur
|la Belle Dame sans Merci|
Frank Dicksee - 1893
Francesco Hayez - 1859
Pierre-Auguste Cot - 1873
I was laying in bed one night and realized that while I'd left the space in our bedroom open so that I could ponder the design components, Jon seized it as storage - for his guns and bow. I cannot even tell you how quickly I jumped out of bed. NO WAY WAS OUR BEDROOM GOING TO BE A DEFENSE ARSENAL. Well, it really was too high for me to do anything about that night, but I was startled into the immediate requirement to fill this space - they way I wanted it filled.
At one time my bedroom was the catch all for household flotsam. Who am I kidding, it still is... I started my search for a private, restorative, romantic space by ridding our room of some of these items. Laundry still manages to find it's way, but there are no nerf guns, StarWars guys, or video games in my boudoir.
First of all I found the perfect scent. For me it's Scentsy's Frech Kiss.
Sweet fig tenderly caressed by coconut pulp, exotic cedar, and caramel.Um - hello? caress? fig? exotic? caramel?! Be still my heart. I love this stuff.
|S H J - vinyl cutouts placed on wallpaper sample|
While I was cutting vinyl I also wanted to cut a saying for the wall beneath the niche. I'd found a round metal thing that worked for me, but I wanted something to push the scene just a bit more. Here were my 2nd and 3rd place choices:
I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you.
If you love me only in my dreams, let me be asleep forever.
But the one that captured the essence of my relationship with Jon was...
|Ralph Waldo Emerson - who knew transcendentalism applied to romance?|
|Rodin's The Kiss |
from a different angle
There it is. I love the simplicity, the curve, the flow, the hollows and angles, the symbiosis. It sat on my dresser until I had everything ready for the niche. Jon's first response was absolute perfection:
I think that's the most romantic thing I've ever seen.