Saturday, October 17, 2009

a date with my inner self

Small twin-engined Islander planes fly low over our house several times a day. We wave; they drop food-parcels. Well, they haven't yet, but we live in hope.

The planes are on their unhurried way across from the mainland to the Aran Islands, bringing visitors to Inis MeƔin Restaurant and Suites, designed by de Blacam & Meagher and inspired by the landscape of the islands.


This place looks as though it's intended for people who'd like to commune with their inner selves. My inner self has sloped off in a huff for lack of communing ever since the children were born, but if it ever returns I'll have a date with it here in these elegantly sparse rooms. Their pace of life looks tranquil, their menu simple and good.

Reader, you'll exclaim in horror that there's no dusky pink in these photos, no chandeliers, no flocked wallpaper, no Eames chairs. I feel your pain. But wait, the island has a knitting company, the ultimate craft blogger's retreat. Your move.

[You must never, ever tell anyone this, but I don't really like Eames chairs. Except yours, of course, if you have one. Yours is special]

21 comments:

  1. I looove the sparse look - it's relaxing and calm. All the fuss and muss is not needed nor, in the end, important at all. It makes us feel fancy - I'm guilty of this.
    Oh to have time to escape and reflect - can't even imagine what that would be like. Your gate is bloody fabulous - I'm in complete envy. Poor cow.

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  2. It's O.K. Mise...you will get to play grown up's again soon !!!!
    I, like you, do not have a love for the Eames chair....I know that there are various styles but the one that everyone talks about reminds me of the dining chairs in '60's school dining rooms !!!! XXXX

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  3. Who needs a chandelier in a gorgeous place like that? It looks like perfection to me, but then, anytime I can be by the ocean I am happy--shack, castle, or cottage.

    PS I love the last sentence of this post. You made me smile on a day when I don't feel one bit smiley. xoxo

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  4. I´m really disappointed, Mise, by learning that you do not like Eames-chairs... I would like to have some of his plastic chairs!! And now I have some doubts... :D
    Beautiful place you show us here, it seems to be very peaceful.

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  5. oh! there goes that eames chair give-away i had planned for you

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  6. "Muss", what a good word, Heather, and perfect for over-cluttered femininity. It's so difficult to take away rather than to add, isn't it?

    Exactly, Jacqueline, they bring to mind a cold, hard education (not that I had one).

    Something White, it's merely my poor taste. Buy those chairs!

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  7. jaboopee, i'd hate to rebuff your generosity. a stamped self-addressed lorry is on the way to you as we speak.

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  8. Cute post...does look lovely...even without all the pretty bits. I think I could use some of this getaway time...my inner self needs some attention!

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  9. I think expensive plainness can be a very good thing. You may not like Eames chairs but I bet you LOVE replica ones. Like the ones I have. No not at all, not taking it personnally, no. Sometimes you have to take what you get here in Melbourne, the choice can not be spoiling at all.

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  10. First let me say, I adore Eames chairs but they are not everyone's cup of tea (or coffee). I love that you put that out there Mise! I like my home to be a tad sparse as I hate dusting.
    Jane, Melbourne has sooooo much compared to ol' Vancouver. I cannot wait to shop....well, look actually.

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  11. Thanks for the Monday morning chuckle. I love the look of that bedroom.

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  12. Well I've looked at the knitting company, and think that my skills are a long long way short. However I could commune with myself so long as I had a magazine that showed just a little flocked wallpaper. I'm not so worried about the Eames chairs!
    P.S VERY flash gates.

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  13. Mise, you always give me a chuckle. I'll make a note if I go there: BYO chandelier.

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  14. Hi Mise
    Well I can handle a little sparse on vacation. Usually live with more. I don't have any Eames.. but if I ever get the desire.. I will know it will be 'special' hehe.
    Have a great week x Julie

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  15. Hi there - thanks for dropping by the blog! I agree about CK sometimes being a bit overdone - but I really like the vintage fabris she is selling at the moment. G

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  16. I don't think I've ever seen an Eames chair that I liked - your secret is safe with me! The resort is lovely, though perhaps a bit too elegant for me. I'd be the one clumsily spilling my red wine all over my white robe, and being sent off in the next available plane.

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  17. Gosh, I would love to visit that retreat - a couple of good books and all that tranquillity would be perfect right now...

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  18. I would love to visit the Aran Islands and I would happily stay in this lovely place. And since we're sharing . . . there are Eames I like and Eames I don't.

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  19. Relaxation...escape...the stuff dreams are made of!

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  20. Who needs dusky pink and eames when you have craggy stones and rugged seaside bluffs? and I'm assuming that each room comes with a handsome, burly fisherman in a thick cableknit sweater, right?

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You're looking particularly well.

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