Have you ever wanted to put your things in storage, load up your kids and dog and kitties and move across the pond? My dear Chicago friends did just that exactly one year ago. Brave, right?
Mina and I met thirty years ago. She is what I call a lifer, meaning, she's stuck with me for life. She is a wonderful and beautiful friend, and I am happy to share these lovely photos of her rental home in England.
What a view!
I love Mina's home in Chicago, and maybe at some future date, she'll share photos of that house, too. I have to say, though, that I see my dear friend written all over this English room—the pretty yellow sofa, the mixture of dark and light, the elegant comfort. She furnished this space on a shoestring budget. Plus, she can do/make anything. For those less-than-perfect items, she simply refurbished them. You should know this woman is not afraid of power tools, either.
Imagine having tea and scones here.
I love how sweet and warm this kitchen is. A place to make coffee and pour cereal or tack up the children's art work from school. This space makes me think of a cozy winter morning for some reason.
Gracie is my friend's daughter. She is a bee-yoooo-ti-ful child with a great sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic. This space is just perfect for her. Plus, who doesn't love a big banana in a play room? This picture made me laugh because it is so my friend to find a big banana, drag it home (I seriously wish I could've been present for this purchase) and mount it above her children's play space. Plus, I think that American Girl doll is playing her guitar while topless. Gracie, put some clothes on that girl!
More inviting spaces. I love yellow, so this sofa is right up my alley, and I wish I could get a better look at that fabric on the windows. Looks vintage to me.
I miss my Chicago friends and our yearly adventures together. But it's nice to see them have this time away, to know they are making memories and learning new things. In September they are off to France!
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