Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Find: Indian Summer

Even though it's officially autumn, it feels more like summertime in New York City, reminding me of the day we headed out to Saltaire to photograph its charming cottages for The Find: The Housing Works book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Here's an outtake snapped by Jim Franco from that glorious day, where monarchs were still fluttering and the sun shone bright in the sky, despite the cooler weather that would soon be on the way.

I recently recalled that magical day as I passed Downtown Yarns on Avenue A in the East Village. Right in the middle of the big city was this green screen door -- one that brought to mind the Saltaire beach community or a country home nestled somewhere in the Ozarks.

It's this kind of door with only a bent nail for a latch that I remember from my Grandmother Churchill's house.We tuned our ears to listen for the gentle clack from her wooden screen door, which would gently slap shut after kids ran through it while playing a game of tag or a visitor stopped by on a Sunday for warm blackberry cobbler.

It was a sound of welcome and wonder -- one I can almost hear on a day like today.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

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