A Tranquil Palette

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Slim Paley photo

A tranquil moment in my beach house


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This is the fireplace in the library of our beach house.  Above the mantle I’ve hung an antique glass navigational chart.  Well, actually to be honest, I have no idea what it is.  It has a bunch of lines and numbers on it. I found it at an antique show many years ago. I like to believe it was used by a Sea Captain in a “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” scenario but then again it could just as easily be for astronauts. I don’t have a fantasy for that though as Space really creeps me out.  I had planned on making it into a table, but then decided it looked quite interesting above the mantle instead. The “Mariner” book ends are also old. The ‘eggs under glass’ are from Paris.

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Some classic tranquil music to listen to for the rest of post (BTW, how great is this song?!)

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This painting is by the artist  Katherine Bowling

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And yes, all the books in our beach library are required to be “In the blue  family”

Feel sorry for my husband yet?


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A Bal Harbour residence by Frank de Biasi via All The Best Blog

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Antonio Lupi Onyx pedestal sink

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From the Ra Collection Papyrus Fabrics

 

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Amy Lau Design

All rugs by Orley & Shabahang

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A close up of a favourite old painting of mine, one of a pair of exquisitely detailed birds.

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Painting by Andrew McNeile Jones

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A cat with the right idea by the kitchen of Oak Alley, Louisiana

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The great artist  Vilhelm Hammershoi

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John Saladino’s dining room  (He lives in the neighbourhood but I do my best not to stalk him 🙂 )

PS. Love the contrast between Hammershoi and Saladino’s table- both beautiful in their own way.


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Painting by Katherine Bowling


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Let’s say…House Beautiful??

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Vilhelm Hammershoi’s paint palette via “The Blue Lantern”

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A close up of a stone slab from my field trip the other day- back off Chinese Jesus!

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So quiet you can hear a petal drop

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Just thought it felt like the right time to partake in a little visual calm before (and in Southern California’s case) after the storm.

From now, until after Christmas, I know I always tend to feel as if the days are spinning away faster than I can ever grab hold- do you feel the same?

As my friend says “September is the New December”

Oh…right…it’s October. See what I mean??

I hope you find this tranquil palette as soothing as I do.

Have a Wonderful Day and please,  feel free to take a nap.

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60 Comments

  1. So beautiful, Slim. Brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my lips (especially September is the new December) How true! Especially the October part!!

  2. of all the pictures you feature on your site, the ones of your homes are always my favorite. i don’t know if it’s because they’re more personal- there’s just something wonderful (and addictive) about getting a glimpse of someone else’s decorating/style.

  3. oh god- I am ill-
    just great slim
    the onyx is extraordinary and one of my favorites-
    all the good designers are self made in my opinion
    your taste is flawless
    so is mine by the way- thanks for another great post
    working my way through all the old ones

  4. Let me explain lest you think that I am stalking as I comment so soon after your posting.
    See I was really sitting here working on the computer doing my Monday office work and felt it was a good excuse to take a break when I saw your name in my in-box. Little did I know, what with Van the man crooning that lovely tune and those soothing images I would need to pick my head up off the desk, wipe the drool off my face and grab a cup of coffee so that I could finish payroll before my husband caught me sleeping on the job ! Another great post, Thanks.

  5. Sigh…love this post! Thank you for reminding me to breathe, and for always making me laugh (“back off, Chinese Jesus!”) I could so hang out with you. Everything about your beach house is so special – even all your blue books. You can’t help yourself – you’re a Virgo, right? Thanks again for a little slice of serenity…

  6. I love all of the tranquil blues. The shot of the palette is lovely. I believe one of your fashion shots helped me to create more splendid spooks at the market. I used the shot and linked to you today! I definitely think china Jesus should share the slab with you!

  7. This reminds me so much of when I read the magazine Victoria to calm down. But I had to wait a whole month in between. This is so cool that every few days I get to see these serene photos. I have a crazy busy week ahead with festivals, parties and trick-or-treating – I hope I take it all in rather than rush it all away.

    • Don’t you miss the “real” Victoria? I do. I, too, read it to calm down. I loved to drink tea and look at the pictures over and over. Still have a couple of my favorite issues. Thanks for reminding me!

      I like the connection you made to this blog. I hadn’t made it yet, but you are so right.

      • You’re welcome Woodsie. The most memorable issue was April 1992. I read it the morning before my wedding. It was about the love story between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. I love reading about poets falling in love.

  8. Wow. I am blown away. Blue is one of my very favorite colors, love it in all shades.
    “So quiet you can hear a petal drop.” Love that!!
    Also that stone slab is exquisite. Love that kitty in Oak Valley and your blue books.
    Excellent.

  9. Slim! Oh no! Have been thinking of you all day. I went to my local Gap store on Michigan Avenue and the salesgirl talked me into switching up The Bomb aka girl shorts aka boy shorts (in Chicago it would actually be daBomb, but I digress) from size Medium to Small before checking out. Don’t every let this happen to you or any of your followers. No matter how visually large the The Boy Shorts/Girl Shorts/Yoga-pant-seamless-look-necessity appears, go with your normal size. Salesgirl even straddled across my bum…and well…its a carrot stick day for me today. Lots of green tea too. May even start smoking again. Won’t walk by any mirrors when changing though.

  10. Exquisitely tranquil, and very cool. Every single shot.
    Loved the song from that Lovely Irish Lad.
    Thanks Slim. xo

  11. Fantastic post, love the song choice!

    that pedestal sink is crazy, and I love the painting by Andrew McNeile Jones!!

  12. Our husbands should talk, I took my husband’s Bombay Saphire Gin out of his bar because the bottle so perfectly fit in my,.. sorry,… our blue room!
    Loved, LOVED the blog, the song, everything. Oh and it gave me great comfort to read that space creeps you out too, seriously.

  13. Van Morrison … one of my favorites, and the song as well. Also love the blue/beach house/tranquility. Storming here, I could take a nap . . .

  14. A special shout out for Katherine Bowling and her art… absolutely breath taking.
    Once again, great taste… so relaxing to read/look at your blog.

    Thanks Slim!

  15. I love your glass navigational chart!! I believe wholeheartedly that that is indeed what it is;) It is perfect in your beach house.
    I absolutely adore that blue through-out all your photos. Makes my heart happy!
    joan

    p.s. Is that a Town & Country fp?

  16. truly beautiful and restful, myself I’m nuts about the “burlap” cafe do brasil wing chair, picture and floor. how great the juxtaposition is it!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Some songs hurt my gut….make me ache with those melancholy blues. Oh! THAT’S why you chose this song. Between it and your beach home; I am slayed.

  18. Absolutely fabulous!! Sorry for your husband??? I don’t think so! He is surrounded by beauty.
    Thanks for another great ‘pick-me-up’ post. I needed it today.
    xs

  19. Out of all your homes, which are all GORGEOUS, I would choose your beach house as my dream home. It is absolutely perfect, every single detail.

  20. And blue is the new black! Loooooove blue. Always have. And that beach house .. well I dont need to remind you of my love affair with that house. Made NO mistakes there slim -not a one. : ) xoL

  21. Perfect post Slim…especially after coming off a hard day at work. Love the blue and the Chinese Jesus slab – also very beautiful.

  22. That’s what I love about your blog, Slim—I seem to always learn something new! Another shout-out to Katherine Bowling. Do you actually own those wonderful creations? I’ve perused her prints and latest exhibition and will be following her in the future. You inspire me….

  23. Sp,

    I first saw your beach house at HB and feel in love with it, that’s when I found you here, at this blog. Your beach house is done so well, in a perfectly comfortable way. The blue hues are necessary, eh?! 🙂

    You changed the picture at the mantel, didn’t you? Didn’t you have a mirror there or is it another fireplace? I remember a picture like that before…

    I also love the chair with ” Cafe do Brasil” (Coffee fom Brazil), especially because I was born there. 😉

    Thanks again for another inspiring post… blue, actually, always calms me down.

    Have a HAPPY DAY!

    Luciane

  24. “September is the new December.”

    I’m gonna have to steal that, I hope your friend doesn’t mind;)

    Beautiful stuff, great song, esp after all the wind blowin’ down here in LA.

    Cheers!
    J.

  25. hi slim,

    how did this post get by me?

    love love love it all. your house especially. how do you control yourself. i’d have an airplane circling with a banner. i really admire that in you. also, it must kill you looking at the pictures i put up of me on my blog. i really do feel your pain. you are just too humble.

    i really enjoy the fact that all the books have to be in the blue family as it makes me feel somewhat normal. thank you for that.

    ~janet

  26. My favorite color is a pale, pale blue green … more blue than green. The color of your lovely vase with the white flower petals falling around it. Love the porch floor and the first painting by Katherine and the one by Andrew McNeile Jones … wow. Fabulous!

  27. Wish I was at that beach house right now, it’s been raining here for days. It looks gorgeous, big surprise!

      • Yes L.E. but you better hurry-
        October’s almost over which means… NOVEMBER- Time to cheat on your diet and bail on the gym!

  28. I always paint a bit of ‘bleu” in all of my paintings. Not sure why but I just think it brings “tranquility” to my otherwise (overactive) KRazzy (where is that scratch through button?) mind. In other words,,,,it makes me more peaceful. Oh the beauty of this beach house. When are we all gonna get an invite???? For us, your most dedicated (scratchthrough again) stalker readers….sorry I’m a little crazy…., I’m up at 4:20 AM waiting for my daughter to get home. Yep you heard me…..She’s gonna get it when she gets here too!

  29. After the day I’ve had, this blog post is the best thing that could have happened to me! I especially love your beautiful blue vase and antique painting of a bird. Thank you.

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