Hello! Glad you made it here! So excited for you to see the new house. I know we just moved last month but with my little darlings starting kindergarten soon we realized that the school we were zoned for simply wouldn't do. It didn't even offer riding lessons or badminton. Can you imagine?! In our new school district, Latin and Aramaic are required curriculum; the children are very excited.
We've designed this new home with their intellectual and emotional development foremost in mind. Here in the family room we have a daily reading hour. Little Bartholomew has already finished the complete works of Dickens and is starting in on Tolstoy. Philomena prefers nonfiction. Why, just last night I overheard her quoting John Stuart Mill during an argument over the television remote!
Chadwick, my youngest, is quite the budding artist. We based this room entirely around his baby food paintings. Just look at that canvas, at how he's contrasted the strained plums with accents of pureed sweet potato to produce a study in the nature of good and evil. I couldn't be more proud.
Hermione recently expressed an interest in the culinary arts, so we commissioned a gourmet kitchen to foster her education. The baking table was imported from one of the finest boulangeries in Paris: only the best for my sweet baby girl! Her brioche melts in your mouth like a gift from the angels, and her puff pastry practically floats amongst the clouds.
Some children acquire Barbies or Lego, but Nigel's current obsession is 19th century ceramics. This summer he insisted that our driver Perkins squire him to all the local flea markets and estate sales, and at last estimate his collection is worth over $10,000. I'm not sure what we'll do with it all when he tires of it, but we must let children have their freedom, yes?
Ah, bathtime. When even the most sophisticated of my brood is reduced to giggling and squirming amongst the bubbles. Benedict and Athena have recently begun reenacting famous nautical battles in the tub, so naturally I found some historically scaled reproductions of celebrated battleships. Oh my, the things children get up to when you let their imaginations run wild!
But of course no matter how busy our days and how elevated their pursuits, we all love to gather a the end of the day. Everyone puts on pajamas and nightcaps, we brush our teeth and comb our hair, and we snuggle down for that honored family ritual of the bedtime story. Our current tome? James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. Puts them right to sleep!P.S. This week a City Sage reader spotted a Coach bag in the poppy garden on your left; when she clicked on it, she won a $100 gift card from Coach! Keep your eyes peeled and you could be next. And be sure to tweet #CoachPoppy #CitySage all weekend to increase your odds!
All images courtesy of Elle Decor, September 2010. A super juicy issue that's DEFINITELY worth a trip to the newsstand!