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Creativity follows inspiration and the starting point for my project began here. Part 3 of my magical and fun project - Scouring through imagery from the late 1950′s and photographers and artists who have been influenced by that era.
As I mentioned previously in my “Finally, I’m Back Om” post, it has taken every ounce of energy to get back into the swing of things after my weeks away. So, over the past few days, I’ve tried to take a break from the desk and spend some time with my thoughts. A battery recharge, so to speak. A step back. A slowing down. A time to breath (the yoga has really helped with this). I feel sooooo good! I’m full of ideas and creativity! And, after giving myself this little bit of time, a little tid-bit has stuck with me. I love it. Hope you love it too:
I’ve always admired the way Stella McCartney lives her life and how she juggles a career and family life. I was so inspired and fell hard for her mansion in the English Countryside when I saw it featured in Vogue a couple of years ago. Here is a little of what Vogue wrote to describe the gem of an Estate that her and her husband found:
”En route to a charming Wiltshire farmstead Stella and her then boyfriend discovered a house of solid if unromantic aspect fashioned for landed gentry during the endless reign of Mad King George (although an earlier wing dates to 1629). Later Victorian incumbents had planted some funereal fir trees, and into the twentieth century the vegetable garden was still so abundant that local villagers told Stella they remembered market stands set up at the gates for the surplus. Beyond this there had been little attempt at beautification inside or out, and latterly the fearsome major had retrenched to one room in the house, bricking up the kitchen’s vast inglenook fireplace and renting out bedsits upstairs. But despite the house’s desolate air, Stella was drawn to its handsome Georgian proportions and to the infinite possibilities of the land around it. And she and Alasdhair realized that it had the potential to be “a peaceful family home: It was very powerful.”“We planted a million trees here,” she adds. “We’ve made another Eden.” The couple, who were married in 2003, were helped in this mission by their wedding guests, who were bidden to give trees in lieu of more conventional presents. From these they created a heart-shaped copse. Gwyneth Paltrow gave copper beeches. American relatives gave redwoods. Valentino and Tom Ford each grandly sent allées of linden trees from Germany. This arboretum has since been much embellished, guided by head gardener Anthony Tyler (who had previously worked on the estates of Lords Weinstock and Lichfield).”