Just as imagined it would be BPT (Before Percy and Tara), my new kitchen window is now one of my favorite spaces. Even on my busiest, non-domenstic days, I spend a lot of time here: prepping food, doing dishes, and taking a break to watch the birds. As a result, this simple sill is also one of the most dynamic spots in my home.
A transition space between the outdoors and in, these three large windows frame the view of the world outside, and often echo its vicissitudes. Frequenting this narrow ledge mini posies from Solvi – flowers in the spring, rich greens of summer, or golden bows in the fall – reflect the seasons. Here, some of my favorite objects – a rock from Nauset Beach or my spoon collection – are on permanent display. Other, newer additions remind of more recent adventures, like my trio of mosses from the Island in Maine. Here also are utilitarian objects that reflect the life within the room: the kids’ watercolor brushes (all art occurs on the long kitchen table). And then there are the temporary visitors: herbs for tonight’s recipe.
Even when the rest of the house is feels like it’s falling apart with laundry and toys and junk mail, this is the space I always keep clean. It is a representation of my best self. A microcosm of calm and balance. But one that is always moving and morphing, with each fleeting hour and each passing day.
the whole assemblage
parsley and mint for tonight’s dinner