September 21, 2012

Life on the Farm: Flower Child

So far the thing I love most about England is how easy it is to clear my head when I need a break. Sure I get caught up in my emailing, or distracted by my kids, or overwhelmed by the prospect of starting from scratch on a new book just like I would in my life in New York. But here it is so easy to clear the decks and start again by walking the dog, going out on a ride, or collecting the chicken eggs. My favorite way, however, is to arrange flowers from our garden. I always get a twinge of anxiety when I start because its never obvious which flowers I am going to pick or how I am going to arrange them. Often one variety is in bloom, but there is not enough to make a whole bouquet with. So I have to figure something else that will look pretty with it. This is a challenge for me. For many years I have been a flower minimalist – I like a handful of all the same flower tightly and tidily arranged in a neat little uptight city-girl bouquet. But the country has made me relax. A little. My arrangements are looser and I have learned to mix and match when necessary. I have also come to like the uneasiness I feel as I figure out what I am going to do. I realize that subtle tension is a natural by-product of creativity. It makes the process more engaging and ultimately more satisfying.

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Madame Monsieur et Bebe
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5 years 49 minutes ago

Beautiful excited to see the photos on the Selby 🙂

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5 years 21 hours ago

so awesome. i love visiting your blog in the midst of fashion week and whatever as it relaxes me, your style is truly unique and timeless. i feel like all other blogs out there are cool to keep in the know after awhile i just grow tired of them. love your work. please keep writing and posting forever!!!

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5 years 2 days ago

So so stunning!

rachel
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5 years 3 days ago

Those are gorgeous flowers and photos!

jill815
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5 years 3 days ago

What a great post, the flowers are beyond lovely. And I'm happy to know you are working on a new book! I hope the writing goes well for you and please keep us posted on its progress.

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