Friday, 22 March 2013

charming spaces: warm + rustic in cantabria

The warmth of this living room in the Cantabria region of Spain lured me in, and also the beautiful light coming in through the doors leading to the garden. A fireplace, floorboards and exposed beams never fail to impress me. The photo is from an old house tour in Nuevo Estilo, from the March 2007 issue, and it has that spring quality that I like so much these days.

How are you all doing on this sunny (in my corner of the world) Friday? Today is the last day of school before the Easter holiday and I'm looking forward to the relaxing days ahead in this household. Not that our days are normally stressful; it's just nice to spend quiet mornings at home and not having to go anywhere. If the weather agrees with us we are thinking about driving north for a day and visit a village called Clervaux.

In Clervaux is an abbey and the only Icelandic Nobel laureate, Halldor Kiljan Laxness (1902-1998), who won the Nobel Prize in 1955, spent almost a year there as a young man. In Clervaux he converted to Catholicism and took the name Kiljan (Icelandic spelling) from the Irish missionary bishop Saint Killian. We are not Catholics (there aren't many in Iceland) but we would like to see the place and tell the children more about the author.

Enjoy your day!

photo credit:
Nuevo Estilo


  1. I love the warmth of the unpolished woods and the light that sneaks in!
    Enjoy the sunny days, we have sun here too but a lot of wind as well making it hard to enjoy =)

  2. Beautiful photo and post :) Have a great weekend!

  3. My kind of room. :) I hope you can take that trip. It sounds wonderful.


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