A house built of solid thickly cut stone, covered in vines and surrounded by slightly wild gardens. A house small enough that it can easily be cleaned in an hour and also always be ready for visitors.
A house filled with the accumulated treasures of family life, yet also free of clutter, just comfortable spots to visit, write, sleep and read.
This is my little daydream and this blog is an outlet for the ideas I have around the concept of The Small Stone House.
The house is more than a dwelling, it's a philosophy of everyday living and the bigger ideas which inform the choices of that everyday life.
This house actually does exist and these pictures are small snippets of it. I own it and currently rent it as an office to Pie (my husband). Pie doesn't actually ever want to convert it into a residence because he cannot imagine living somewhere he has toiled over his work: understandable. So even if this doesn't end up being THE Small Stone House I will use it as a template for my imaginings.
I would like to discuss decorating, interior design, household tasks and what a house means to a family: how should it comfort? How should it perform?
I would also like to discuss the issue of feeding ourselves and others, what is more essential or life-giving than offering food? How do we live both simply and well?
This blog is also an opportunity to explore the stage of life known as the empty nest. We are not quite there (our youngest is in her second year of high school) but our older children have launched into the world. How does downsizing affect the closeness of family life? Can we live in a smaller home yet still make space for visits both short and long?
I hope you will join me to chat and ponder!