Welcome to Tuesday on The Inner Interior, everyone! It is a pleasure to have you as a guests here and we have a very special vignette to share today from Jacqui Brooks of Mia Fleur, a pretty online shop with something for everyone. My most favorite part of the entire message is at the very bottom, such wise words of wisdom, Jacqui! Wishing you all a wonderful day, Jocelyn.
Hi to everyone and a big thank you to Jocelyn for inviting me to write this piece and share my thoughts. The Voice of a Vignette is very meaningful to me and evokes powerful memories of family and friends. It is the very essence of my home to be surrounded with objects that remind me of loved ones, past and present, and every vignette I create is based not only on style decisions but on the thoughts that swirl in my head as I view the pieces.
My Scottish grandmother Amelia was, and is, the guiding force in my life as I spent every summer holiday in my childhood staying with her, and her love of gardens, books and textiles has informed my every waking moment. The books are part of her collection of bibles and scripture writings that were of great solace to her in surmounting the tragedies that engulfed her life, and her strength of character never ceases to amaze me. It also makes me appreciate my life and how wonderful it is to be surrounded by loved ones. The photograph is of my grandfather (whom I never met as he died at the age of 36) during the First World War, where he served with the Lovat Scouts. I think we all need to be reminded sometimes of the sacrifices and hardships that generation endured – only to go through it all over again 20 years on.
The marble bunch of grapes belonged to my Italian grandmother Maria, who came to Scotland in 1928 for economic reasons, and forever missed her homeland. Both my grandmother and grandfather’s family worked in the marble and granite industry in Carrara so the grapes are a part of my heritage. Her home was very stylish and at the heart of it was food – the most amazing food ever – and how I wish she had had the time to pass on her culinary skills.
Both my grandmothers had hard lives but their enduring legacy of love envelopes me and I think of them both every day. Women have so many more choices and possibilities today that enrich our lives but love, care and tenderness needs to the basis of it.
Occasionally I manage to escape for the weekend with my daughters and Brighton was a memorable weekend. We thought the Brighton Pavilion was so astonishing and it made me think I was quite minimalist in comparison and maybe I could accommodate more stuff! I bought the beautiful vase from MADE Brighton (http://www.brighton-made.co.uk/). It’s by Alex McCarthy (http://www.mccarthyceramics.com/) and it was instant love and brings a smile to my face as I remember our lovely weekend together. The vase is filled with the beautiful rose ‘Sunrise’ that adorns an arch in my newly planted garden, in my new home, and it fills me with happiness to look at from my kitchen table where I write.
The candlestick was a present from a very dear friend, who has been there for me, come rain or shine, as they say. We all need a friend who supports us, without judging, and with whom we can laugh with as well. Life really is about the people that surround us and with whom memories, good and bad, are made of.