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Christmas Time at Heather's

It is amazing how easily we become accustomed and oblivious to the beauty that surrounds us. One evening, over Christmas, I was relaxing in my sister's home and I could hear the hum of relaxed conversation in the kitchen as I sat quietly in her living room. Her cat was curled up in my lap and two of the four dogs were stretched out by my feet. I began to think that this was really the way it should be, if it can, and I started to look around at the work she had done to prepare for Christmas. It wouldn't be fair to start without saying that Heather is an interior designer and decorator by profession and by inclination. In 1987 she bought a broken down home built in 1911. The place was infested with huge spiders and even with her vision, I shuddered at the work she would have to do to make it liveable. I recall that I told her about my misgivings. She should make me eat my words. As she has done all her life, she decided that there were no roadblocks big enough to keep her from what she could see in her mind's eye... and so began her odyssey. The one constant in the intervening years was "change"... every visit we made to her home brought a new tour to show the changes, both inside and out. Today, walking into her home is like walking into a theme of rich design, history and beauty... a reflection of her heart and personality. ...but back to the present... as I sensed that the family was about to return to the living room, I realized that I could almost reach my camera without disturbing the cat, so I began taking shots of various parts of the living room that I had not really seen during the rest of the visit. When the cat decided that I wasn't enthused that she would paw at the camera strap as I was taking a timed exposure, she wandered off to find a more welcoming lap and I began to wander around the living room, seeing textures and themes that I had missed before. I should have begun earlier, because I began to have to wave arriving family members away as I found new angles to capture. It wasn't the right time to exclude anyone from such a beautiful atmosphere, so I have only a very few pictures to share... so courtesy of my sister, Heather Chelsea...
By the Drapes
By the Drapes
Angel Hair
Angel Hair
The Candle
The Candle
Smirnoff
Smirnoff
Meggie
Meggie
Christmas Teddy Bear
Christmas Teddy Bear
City Hall
City Hall
Fringe
Fringe
Heather's Lamp
Heather's Lamp
The Perch
The Perch