10.01.2012

My New Favorite Book: The Great American House

Happy first day of October, sweet friends. All of my life, I remember wanting to wear boots and jeans in October as a way of feeling "fallish," but it was always too hot in Houston. And now here I am on a boots and jeans day in Franklin, and all I want to do is stay in my pajamas!

What to do on a this cool and drippy day?


Nestle into my favorite chair with a warm cup of something...


...and enjoy a new book!

The Great American House by architect Gil Schafer.

I don't know Gil, but it's clear he's doing what he was made to do, and that's inspiring! I love his attention to detail coupled with his instinctive, yet well-trained ability to give a home a sense of history and place. I wish I could invite him out to our Franklin farmhouse! {He shares a Nashville restoration project in his book. Maybe I can take a few regional cues from that chapter!} I love reading Gil's thought process and am really loving the photography. A perfect blend of big picture and up-close details. {For a peek inside, visit Brooke Giannetti's blog. She was given permission to share photos. She has a great book, too: Patina Style.}

Happy October!

P.S. Thank you for all of your encouraging emails and comments following my last post. My philosophy: one day at a time. In three years of blogging, I've never had much of a plan, just a prayer that whatever I share here would be a blessing. For now, I'm willing to share as little or as much as the Lord leads.

14 comments:

  1. I think snuggling up in pajamas with a good book and hot tea would just be a perfect day for you friend:) enjoy the crisp air and a new perspective from where you were this time last year!:)
    much love
    xo

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  2. Such a pajama day...I can't wait for fall crisp sunny days! I would think you all have a busy week coming with the play this weekend. A cup of something hot and and a book might just give the reserve needed for the week. Hugs to you!

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    1. A VERY busy week, Gigi! Sweet of you to remember. I enjoyed the slow start immensely! A gift to myself!

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  3. Can you share where you had the slipcovers made/bought? I am sorry if you have shared that info (1000 times ) before :)

    Thank you so much...! I love your new view and idea for a lazy day in your chair with a book and tea...love Fall!

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    1. All of my slipcovered furniture comes from Quatrine. It's pricey, but their pieces are quality and last forever! I bought my first piece almost 14 years ago and it still looks great. If you live in a city with a Quatrine store, they have some great floor sales!

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  4. I spent this past Saturday with a dear friend and she was telling me all about your blog. I spent much of my lazy Sunday afternoon reading through your older post and I could quickly tell why she has a girl crush on you. Your outlook on life, married with your creativity and love for design really reminds me of my friend. She was even telling me about the flea problems you had recently and she had her share of those this year too. I am looking forward to reading more of your upcoming post and seeing how your new farm project progresses. Have a wonderful Monday!

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    1. Well, aren't you sweet! I'm honored that you'd spend a lazy Sunday with me and my blog. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. It makes blogging so much more personal when I know who's reading on the other side!

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  5. I think you should definitely embrace the moment to do just that! I would be doing the same if I didn't have contractors still in our home ;) I feel guilty when people are working and I'm not so here I am pretending to be working at my computer.

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  6. For the record: I sat in my chair (and stayed in my nightgown) until 1:00 this afternoon! A real gift to myself. You should try it next time it rains in your neck of the woods!

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  7. I can't wait to get this book, Linsey! Gil Schafer is one of my favorite architects, and his projects are incredibly beautiful. I'm waiting to purchase the book from our local, small bookstore as I like to support them. Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Loi

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  8. Your beautifully detailed chair looks like the perfect place to read Gil Schafer's book.
    Not only are the images in "The Great American House" inspiring, Gil's description of his design process and his passion for combining classical architecture with modern life are so insightful.

    Thank you so much for the shout out!

    xo xo
    Brooke

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  9. One of my favorite architects and can hardly wait to get the book...love his work!

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  10. I desperately need a day of laying around the house in my pjs for most of a day. Actually, I think the two that I'm still homeschooling could use it to. :) Now, I'll just have to give myself permission to do it!


    I love how the season and it's weather are new for you!

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  11. Thanks for letting us know about this book. It looks like a fascinating read~

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