EMBRACING ROMANCE, A HOME’S INTERIOR TELLS A LOVE STORY (Touring Part V)
Good day to you, my friends!
I’m so glad you are here with me as we are coming to the end of our tour of Carolyn Aiken’s wondrous home and gardens on Prince Edward Island. Sigh.
When I first arrived at Carolyn’s front door, she greeted me like an old friend and promptly guided me to her kitchen window to see something quite astonishing. I gasped when she pointed to several teeny baby robins nested within the generous boughs of an evergreen tree that was resting up against the side of the house, mere inches from her kitchen sink! If you were so inclined, you could reach through and touch them! Mind you, Mama Robin was there, too, protectively watching over her young. I immediately knew this place to be one of welcoming, peace, and tranquility – a true haven from the busy outside world, and I was happy to be here.
Carolyn’s home is like a great big bucolic hug that embraces you instantly – it begins even as you are driving along the quiet country road that leads to her house. Perched on the doorstep, an inviting wicker chair seems to say, “Come in! Come in!” The front porch (Carolyn has christened it ‘The Garden Room’) seems to echo this sentiment and entices you further inside – I couldn’t wait to see more of this alluring place…
Warm. Inviting. Subtle. Gracious. So many words come to mind when I think of Carolyn and her Prince Edward Island home. It is a home that evokes a sense of nostalgic beauty, love, and a passion for nature and a wholesome life.
Together, Carolyn and her husband Andrew have transformed this near-century-old house into a charming home, one room at a time. Its walls are dressed in calming neutrals: warm whites, grays and taupes, and even soft greens and blues. It has subtle touches of linen and lace, toile quilts and embroidered pillows, framed family photos (Carolyn’s own photos), enchanting china, silver, glassware, and bouquets of fresh flowers from the garden. Yet it is not stuffy, fussy or overburdened with pretty pinkness or feminine frou-frou – a family home has to be a compromise after all. There is, rather, a distinct presence of casual elegance that abounds throughout.
Carolyn’s home is filled with inspiration and personal treasures. She surrounds herself with the things she loves. Yet there is no clutter. All is arranged masterfully, artfully; everything has its place.
Carolyn’s home is an honest reflection of how she lives her life – genuine, peaceful, romantic. There are china teas in the garden under a canopy of tulle by day, and candlelit chandeliers by night; lemonade picnics by the sea with ethereal draped parasols, wicker food baskets, sparkling glassware, and special homemade treats; family weekends with boat rides on the duck pond, bonfires, marshmallow roasts, and overnight camping under the stars; leisurely strolls with her husband along a quiet country road, casting lupin seeds along the way; watching brilliant sun sets on the bay; taking day trips through the less travelled, scenic island countryside; hunting for antiques, touring museums and landmarks, and lunching at out-of-the-way tea rooms with dear friends; making fresh-from-the-oven peach pies and preserves for family and guests; veranda breakfast buffets on warm summer days; reading at night by lamplight on a screened-in porch; feminine dressing in linen skirts and flower-adorned straw summer hats; picking blackberries along a woodland trail; keeping a photo scrapbook of family life …And best of all, she shares it with us through her beautiful blog.
Home is the place that goes where you go, yet it welcomes you upon your return. Like a dog overjoyed at the door. We’ve missed you is what you hear, no matter how long you’ve been gone.
Carolyn’s home inspires intimacy and romance. And her design sense must be working – she has been married to her highschool sweet heart for many years, and they have a loving family of nine children and seven grandchildren. It a beautiful thing!
Carolyn loves her home. Her caring and thoughtful touches are throughout it. She LIVES romance, and is true to herself in her design choices. And, that’s just how it should be…A job well done, my friend. Thank you for having me!
PHOTO: It is here at the back of her house where, in a corner at one end of the protected porch, she currently has tucked a lovely old white-iron bed made up with pastel-coloured cushions and soft, cozy quilts. Carolyn oftentimes likes to read here on the porch during warm summer evenings by soft lamp light. What heavenly ambience!
Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Homesick in Heaven
PHOTO: During the week we visited Carolyn, her oven was not working. And, so, she went to the trouble of going to her daughter’s home the evening before we were to leave the Island, just so she could make us her famous peach crumble pie and whole wheat raisin scones! She knew that I had been drooling over these ambrosial sweets that I had seen previously on her blog site, and she could not resist making them for me. Can you imagine?! And, of course, I could not resist eating them up! Lol The two lacy white teacups in the foreground are by Spode, circa 1920’s. I found them, along with the pink transferware teapot (reproduction) at an antique shop in Victoria-By-The Sea on the way to Carolyn’s house.Carolyn’s blog. I made the video for Carolyn at the link below. Be sure to take a peek! You won’t be disappointed, I promise you!!! FOR MORE PHOTOS, CLICK ON THE SLIDESHOW BELOW AND TURN UP THE VOLUME: <a href=”http://http://static.animoto.com/swf/w.swf?w=swf/vp1&e=1315621284&f=UdoY891ULayPzPKpfBwjNw&d=431&m=a&r=360p&volume=100&start_res=360p&i=m&options= “>AIKEN HOME AND GARDENS VIDEO: