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Portrait of a Sheepskin

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival is magical. For a mere three hours this past weekend, I attended the 40th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Once again, I was struck by the beauty of my surroundings. My senses were assaulted with the smells of lamb and funnel cake. The natural fibers and brightly colored dyes mix together in seeming harmony, and the craftsmanship is brilliant.

A menu board.

A menu board.

This year we were on a mission to buy a spinning wheel. We did buy it, and I fully expect to be fined by OSHA, for opening some sort of sweatshop here under my roof. Prima will beg Stuart to put together her new wheel and spin until there is nothing left to spin. Once again, I am amazed at this child, who seems to have been born into the wrong era.

A sheep.

“Can we keep her mom?”

I did indulge in one … little … extravagance… in addition to the new spinning wheel. I am in love. A sheepskin so white and soft, so thick and creamy, I could not let it stay behind. It needed a home and my sofa was it.

A Sheepskin.

Portrait of a sheepskin.

My tired, ten-year-old sofas got a little face-lift. This fleece is so soft, I can’t help but pet it. My dog is going to be jealous, or maybe even my husband.

A Sheepskin.

A Sheepskin.

I love to connect the things I own to an experience, a person, a place, or a moment in time. This sheepskin will be tied to the memory of a beautiful day, spent with my children, at the 40th annual Sheep & Wool Festival. Consider putting this Festival on your bucket list. You will not regret it.

Sheep Art.

Sheep Art.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.

The Boudoir

Sometimes, I do not want to get out of bed in the morning. Let me rephrase that. Almost every day, I do not want to get out of bed in the morning. I wish I was a morning person. I crave that happy, post-good-night’s-sleep, alert and cheery mood. It almost never comes. And when it does, you just better watch out, because I am apt to do somethin’ crazy, like start up this blog, or refinance the mortgage. This is why I love coffee so much. With its help, it is as close as I come to being a morning person imposter.

The Boudoir.

The Boudoir.

This leads me to…. The Bedroom. My boudoir is clearly a space where I spend a lot of time. It is not the largest bedroom in the house (my almost teenager has that one) but it is cozy and warm, and when I need a place to hide from the world, or even my children, it is perfect.

Walnut Cabinets line one wall.

Walnut Cabinets line one wall, for much needed storage.

The room is painted yellow, Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Butter. This color name makes me think of Croissants and French Toast, which ultimately lead to thoughts of coffee: my favorite and the only reason I get up at all sometimes. I love the name of this paint color and spent several days agonizing over how bright it seemed at first until all the furniture was in, and everything was in place, which helped to soften the look of it.

My Reading Corner.

My Reading Corner, with a sheepskin remnant on the chair.

As the weather gets chilly, I thought a few simple tips to “winterize” your boudoir were in order. Add a quilt or throw to the foot of the bed. This will make it feel warm and inviting. Throw an old piece of sheepskin or anything furry to add a bit of fuzzy texture. I did this on the red reading chair. Ignore that bright overhead light and add lamps for a softer light that is good for reading… and any other bedroom activities that come to mind. A rug on the floor is crucial and will make the room feel cozy and warm under your feet.

The Master Bedroom.

This small bedroom has lots of storage.

Even the dog approves!

Even the dog approves!

With the cold outside, I want to curl up in my bed and hibernate. You should too, just cozy-up your bedroom a little first, and watch and see if your mood improves too.

© copyright Mariam d’Eustachio 2013.