Last week on my way down to work on the show house in Alabama, I stopped at my friend Lucy’s for lunch.
I acted like I was stopping for the chicken salad and coleslaw, but just between us….
…I really came because I wanted to see this ceiling and those beams and these succulents in an old vintage container and that random glass sculpture on that table that looks like it was made by some pilgrims and hauled over on the Mayflower.
And I wanted to see those corbels.
I always brake for corbels.
Here’s my friend Lucy.
She makes jewelry and writes a blog and in her spare time stars on the HGTV show Beach Flip.
But that’s not the most amazing thing about her.
Not even close.
The most amazing thing about Lucy is that when you meet her you feel like you’ve been friends forever.
She makes you laugh and makes you chicken salad and waves her hands and tells you your hair looks cute and tells you to pull up a chair and settle in for a while.
And she has this amazing sunshine that radiates from her heart.
Just like her house.
I took these pictures last week in between bites of chicken salad.
It was hard to concentrate with doors like this at every turn.
And after I got home, I edited the photos a little bit and sent them on to Lucy to make sure she saw them before I shared them with all of you.
This was her favorite photo.
Look at that light she said.
And I told her that I had photographed tons of houses and hers was so easy to take pictures of because there was light streaming into the house from every angle. I barely edited a single photo. It was like they leaped from my camera onto the blog.
I mean look at that light.
Glorious, wonderful sunshine streaming in from every room and every angle.
Dancing across reclaimed wood floors and filled the house with warmth and joy.
And as we discussed her house and artwork and all that light, she told me that when she and her husband built the house that was her one request.
Every space should have windows or doors or skylights. So that on the darkest of days, when the storm clouds rolled in and the sky’s were overcast….
….there would be light.
And then she laughed and told me that after the house and all its windows and skylights was finished.
And she went to decorate her rooms, there wasn’t any wall space left to hang anything.
All her walls were windows.
I looked at all these windows and pictures and all that light and sighed.
Decorating your walls? I said to her. Really? I wouldn’t worry about that.
And then I paused and smiled across the phone line. Your house was already decorated before you moved in….
….with extra sunshine. 🙂
PS You can see more of Lucy and her jewelry and HGTV adventure over at her website, Lucy’s Inspired.
PPS If you are looking for some fun fall front door ideas, I’m sharing some ideas over on the Homes.com blog. You can check it out here.
PPS Here’s a video of the house we filmed the day I was taking pictures (you have to click the play button twice to make it work). BTW….this was our second take. And spoiler alert…there’s a lot of laughing and I am randomly showing off that nail color again. #calmdown 🙂