Monday, February 21, 2011

Thoughts of Spring

We had a warm, cozy fire over the weekend.




Every time we have a fire in the fireplace, we always ask ourselves why we don't have them more often. For some reason, our fires are lit in the coldest months of winter. As I suggested to Mike, a summer fire...with the windows thrown open and the chirping of crickets outside...why haven't we done that? 


My hydrangeas are already budding, inspiring some spring reading (or at least the thought of spring reading)!

I added an orchid to the mantle in anticipation of the changing seasons.




























Ever since the babies arrived, we've been spending most of our days in this room (which was tidied up before I took pictures!). For wear and tear (and spills and leaks), I typically throw a quilt over the couch. Baby swing is by Nature's Purest. 




57 comments :

BabyMac said...

It never fails to impress me that as we down here in Australia start to think about the change of seasons - of autumn and cooler nights, you think of spring. I mean, der, of course the seasons change but I do love to read about it. See the anticipation. Enjoy x

Andi's English Attic said...

A summer fire with crickets chirruping will be wonderful. The crackle of a (planned!) fire and crickets are two of my favourite sounds. Have fun. xx

A Room For Everyone said...

What a beautiful spot to be with your babies Trina. It can make all the difference if you have a lovely, soft, light place to snuggle with them! The orchid is gorgeous too, you must be looking forward to Spring. We are anticipating my favourite season here..Autumn. Rachaelxx

loveisallaround said...

I live in an island in the meditteranean sea so our winters are not eactly winters and we have loooon ghot summers!
so we dont enjoy the fireplace very much!!!
every summer we rent a house in the mountain and we do just what you describe....we open all the windows of the house and we lit the 3 fireplaces the house has...its so much fun and all our friends remember it for years :D

Daryl at Vermont Cottage said...

Your home is always so lovely. I agree: a fire in the summer is such luxury :). Why not?
D.

Cindy said...

Summer fire...great idea! Your photographs are beautiful!

Simply LKJ said...

Trina, so good to hear from you. The room looks lovely, so peaceful. Our hydrangeas are budding as well. And, some of the daffodils are already up! Can't wait.

pve design said...

looks so bright eyed, that room and that fire.
pve

My Little Bungalow said...

Lovely fire! I wish we could have a fire in our fireplace, but it was built to burn coal so it doesn't do logs well. We've have fires in it before with those manufactured java logs made from coffee grounds, but I seem to be allergic to them. So, until we convert to a gas "coal basket" fireplace, I'll have to be content looking at beautiful photos of your fires. Now, something is missing from the last photo ... oh yes, I know, that swing should have a cute wee baby in it! Looking forward to more photos of the little ones,
Claudia

deborah said...

Beautiful photos... I think you have created a very lovely room for yourselves to enjoy life.
I LOVE all the simple white, so heavenly!
Have a beautiful day!
xoxo deboarh

Southern Lady said...

What a perfect sunny spot to spend time with the babies! Enjoy every minute. Carla

lizziefitz said...

Wow, you really have it together. Twins and photo styling ,great pictures.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

What a lovely space to welcome new ones into..I am sure your hands(and hearts) are full these days..enjoy!! Chrissy

the growers daughter said...

Oh lovely. I'm always inspired by how gorgeously simple and fresh your home is. I love the white - it just looks so clean and bright.

The Polished Pebble said...

A summer fire sounds like such a great idea! But your's look beautiful right now...xo kelley

ohiofarmgirl said...

I am dreaming of spring also but yesterday was yet another winter storm with ice and 6 inches of snow and another storm scheduled for Friday...Oh please spring come soon.
I am enjoying some time with my teens today! Dianntha

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful. Love the fire.
Hope all is well.
Teresa
xoxo

I Dream Of said...

A fire in the fire place is so cozy, especially with snow (!?) in the forecast. And I love that you are reading "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady"... my mother had that book when I was a girl, and I used to get lost in the pages and try to copy the lovely watercolors...

A Vintage Vine said...

So classic...your fireplace is so inviting!

Megan said...

I love have fires in Spring as well because the evenings are still cool. Fortunately we have two wood-burning fireplaces- one in the living room and one in the dining room. You have such a beautiful home and I never tire of looking at your photographs :)

Blair said...

you have two very lucky babes to grow up in such a warm & loving environment:). sending you wishes for a warm & cozy spring:). indoor summer fire- what a great idea;). will try it in a few months!
xoxo,
Blair

Dianne said...

Oh Trina, that room is dreamy! I can imagine one baby in the swing and one baby in your lap. What a perfect way to spend the day! xoxo

Julie said...

A summer fire sounds wonderful, and the good thing about living in OR is that it's still cool at night well into the summer!

I like that swing. Someone bought me the Fisher Price Little Lamb from BRU, and man, that footprint is HUGE!

Robin said...

Thoughts of spring are swirling around inside my head dispite the freshly fallen 15 inches of snow we received over the weekend.

Lee said...

Your house looks lovely. I always want to comment but think you have so many you probably don't have time to read them all.

Cynthia and the farm house said...

I too have thoughts of Spring. I am loving the room with all the sunlight.

Cynthiaandthefarmhouse.blogspot.com

ahomespunyear said...

Such a light room...love the big windows, just right for surveying the view.

Gail said...

I love a roaring fire too...so comforting and cozy. Your room is so pretty and light too. I bet the babies enjoy looking out the window. I put our baby swing in front of the window too. Its much more interesting than just watching me all day! Oh, and you're smart to put a quilt over your sofa. I've already had to wash spit up off of ours....not fun!

Take care,
Gail

Ami at A Sierra Home said...

Trina, those photos capture exactly the feel I want my home to have. I've kept them in my inspiration file. Your style is so simple and absolutely beautiful. I just posted on a winter snow storm putting the halt on my roses and shrubs that were just budding and to add insult to injury my orchids won't rebloom. Thanks for the loveliness of yours (orchid and photos) to keep me motivated!

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

oh can just imagine how much you guys are going to have outdoors with two new bubs this spring!

personally i'm aching for winter here, has been a long, very hot summer!

jxxx

The Vintique Object said...

I know it's been said before, but what I most admire about your blog is your clear sense of style, to which you remain true. You are not influenced by trends of the moment. It is refreshing.

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

What a novel idea....a summer fire! I love a crackling fire so much why not extend it to all year long.

Between You and Me said...

what I wouldn't give for a fireplace...no such luck in Orlando, Fl.

dreaming of days spent by the fire.....

beautiful orchid.

Karen said...

Hi Trina - What color and type of paint did you use in your living room/perhaps rest of the house? I love the white combined with antique wood tones.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Karen,
It's Simply White (EcoSpec line) by Benjamin Moore. It's in flat. The rest of the house is the same, although kitchen and bathroom are in eggshell.
Trina

Simone said...

I love your comment about the "thought of reading". I'm an avid reader and when my first daughter was born my friend bought me a book. Took me 9 months to read it!!! :-)

Heaven's Walk - said...

What a beautiful thought - and a beautiful room, Trina! :)

xoxo laurie

Julia R. Dominguez Lawrence said...

Counting the days, can't wait for the first signs of spring in my neck of the woods!
As usual, your home looks beautiful.
Julia

A.J.Barnes said...

So nice to have found your blog. The photography and art direction are beautiful. I'll enjoy following.

www.ajbarnesonline.blogspot.com

laxsupermom said...

What a lovely fire! How nice for your babes to be able to swing away in such a beautiful light filled room with the fire crackling away. We've never had a fire in our fireplace, because we never got it inspected. The home inspector said that a separate chimney inspector would need to do that and we just never got it done. This is the year we'll finally schedule it and next winter we'll be enjoying the warmth of a fire, too.

Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Dear Trina,
My favorite ways to spend my days are all right here at your farmhouse.
Enjoying good simple healthy cooking, collecting natures sweet bounty, watching my husband be a good dad, a warm fire and snuggling with my children, 16 & 19.
It's so nice to see your happy family is doing so well.
Love the wellies & gown : )
xo Lisa

judi said...

hi trina,
congrats on your flea market style spotlight.
fms got it right..."best original photos to drool over". your style and photos are so pure and simple.
judi

abby jenkins said...

nothing like the sounds and smells of a fire indoors...we have been known to turn up the a/c and close all the windows and doors in mid august and have ourselves a great roar in the fireplace. Don't tell anyone, it will mar our tree hugger status!

red ticking said...

trina... i could have a 24 a day fire going! i love them.... tonight was so cozy... and my hydrangeas are budding as well... hope they dont freeze with the snow tonight...

kisses to the sweet bebe's.... and of course... to you... xoxo

24 Corners said...

Lovely fire! So happy any future ones will be for pure enjoyment only...not necessity!! ;)
Love seeing the baby swing in front of the window, love your books...and love the orchid, it's beautiful...as white as *snow*!
Have a wonderful and peaceful day...
xo J~

House of Fiddeli said...

What a beatiful home! :)

Lina,
Sweden

Home Sweet Seattle said...

I love your blog, as evidenced by the fact that I am up reading it at midnight~ and am 25 weeks pregnant with twins, and dreaming of my house smelling like pumpkin walnut muffins! I have been reading your older posts and loved seeing the pictures of you pregnant through the months. My oh my, I fear the time is coming when I won't be able to get up the stairs or get these feet moving much at all! I'll be back to visit often and hear your tales of life with two (beautiful babies!!!!!!!!!!!). You have a lovely home and family~ congratulations!!!

classic • casual • home said...

Beautiful fireplace, mantel and orchid. I would want to spend time there, too.
Mary Ann

Ever Green Tree said...

Beautiful Pristine white thoughts!

Mommabelle said...

Love the blog! We are just renovating an old house and mantles are on my mind! Yours is very nice and inviting! We have 4 fireplaces, 2 of which were covered up with faux paneling, and none of them have mantles. Lot's of work still to do, but looking forward!
Tamara

pretty pink tulips said...

That setting looks ideal - no matter the time of year!! Hope those babies are sleeping well and smiling lots!!

~ Elizabeth

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Beautiful! I am anxious for spring too!
Yvonne

Dan said...

I am new to your blog and I had to tell you how much I love your house! It is beautiful! I will be back for sure to visit soon!

~Dan~

designchic said...

Love the sunny room you share with your precious babies!!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Clicking around and found your blog -- gorgeous!! :)

Cait said...

wow its beautiful! i'm so glad i came across your blog :) xo

Lisa said...

Just wanted to stop by again and see the prettiness. It's always such a pleasure to visit you all.
Kiss the babies : )

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