Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Finca Vigia

Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's home for 21 years in Cuba from 1939-1960, will be receiving almost $900,000 in building supplies from a U.S. foundation to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Hemingway's papers, books, and other items, which were all left behind in Cuba when Hemingway fled the country in 1960 after U.S. and Cuban diplomatic relations deteriorated.  

Another interesting tidbit is that TV home improvement guru Bob Vila (remember him from his This Old House Days?!), who happens to be Cuban-American and fluent in Spanish (who knew?), will oversee the whole shebang. 
Now, that's an interesting story! Don't you agree? 

I love this photograph of Papa. He was a big feline lover. Years ago I visited Hemingway's home in Bimini, Bahamas, where felines freely roamed the property and were said to be the direct descendants of Hemingway's personal pet felines. 
Fact or fiction, who knows? But I love believing it is.







Until next time...
Sheilah

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cville Design House 2015 Photos

 Yay, here are my official Cville Design House 2015 Pix. Official meaning I paid someone to take these so that you, dear readers, did not have to tolerate my dark and out of focus prints.

Yours truly hiked herself up a 20' ladder to steam these linen window treatments 
(and actually lived to blog about it).

Love the little Jockey painting by Helen Hilliard! (So much so that I bought it!)
How do you like my dress form lamp? Nifty, huh?

The lovely bar was compliments of the Richmond Ethan Allen.
Every year they generously lend me items for my space.

 Sadly my collection of magnifying glasses
are no longer for aesthetic pleasures only... 
Oh, for the days of 20/20 vision. 
Is it me or has the oatmeal raisin recipe on the Quaker Oats box gotten smaller?

"I cannot live without books," Thomas Jefferson
Oh, how right you are Tom!

 Don't you just love these old leather bound books? 
It makes reading so much more lovely.
I'm currently rereading Shakespeare. Oh, summer reading fun...

More of Helen Hilliard's lovely paintings...

Artwork and books, one never has enough of either!

Until next time...
Sheilah