A Thought for the Weekend

I’ve often cited the Joan Didion essay “Many Mansions” from The White Album when asked about my resistance to new construction. Despite having to wade through typical Didion self-aggrandizing text to get to them, the essay features some of the best lines I’ve ever read on the difference between the spirit of old and new homes. How perfect that in this month’s Country Living magazine this quote from Joan was featured – with my favorite paint color in the background, no less! I plan to frame this page as inspiration for those days when we feel like we never want to scrape another layer of old shellac again in our lives.This is a beautiful message to have hanging up in the home, and also a good message to leave up when we sell, so the future residents don’t get too uppity and think they actually own the place.

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