So far this year, we've been having an easy winter. Not as much snow as normal and enough warmer days to make the really cold ones bearable. What we have had lots of, however, are gray skies and clouds. Rather than let it depress me, I decided to "make lemonade" and embrace the gray outdoors in my interior decor. I shopped the basement and the art closet and brought out all of my favorite neutral objects and am letting them play together on a pair of Chinese wine tables at one end of the living room.
As I mentioned in my post about "winter interest" in the garden, I love the view of our garden gate in the snow so much that I have a framed photograph of it. It's sitting out next to an equally snowy picture of my sister's house in Vermont. They both have white mats and white frames making them even more wintry. An abstract sculpture of Mark's seemed like a fitting companion.
The grouping includes two figures made of out bone and a wood-fired clay teapot with branch handles made by our friends Tony and Renee Gebauer of TR Pottery in Fish Creek (Door County, WI).
There's a tiny clay angel holding a dove and a pair of unmatched raku vases by the late, great Wisconsin potter, John Natale. Those two pots, along with a piece by Natale's wife potter Kerry Chaplin, are among my most treasured possessions. Two talented artists who tragically died too young.
Our Thai cave monk has returned from his holiday exile to stand watch over us again.
This mostly gray and white grouping also includes a rock with Aboriginal designs, a siver cup with mother-of-pearl "flowers" and a little raku bowl with gilding.
Those little pearl flowers are on metal wire and form the decor on a napkin ring. I bought one thinking it would make a funky little bouquet. But a friend recently commented that I should have got more so I could use the flowers in fiber art projects. It's such a tempting idea, I may just disassemble this lone example!
Not really part of the arrangment in gray and white is this grouping (below) of aged and bleached deer bones and one of my favorites of our collection of African masks. This group sits on the lower glass shelf of one of wine tables.
A view of the entire group of objects. Perhaps one of these days it will be time to replace the painting. But that is a lot of work and we keep putting it off.
Since my holiday decor this year included lots of glass and silver, my ittala candlesticks and galvanized stars are able to remain in place a while longer.