I’m going level with you, I’m a huge nerd for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Only last year I took a pilgrimage to see the real Orchard House lived in by the Alcott family. Okay so it wasn’t technically a pilgrimage, seeing as I was in Concord, Ma on other business but let me tell you, I do enjoy a historical tour none the less. The 1994 movie version is great, the book is even better and the house in person is spectacular. Feminine, early American, homey farmhouse style just can’t be beat and is exactly what I’m craving in my own house come fall.
In Little Women, the March family struggles to stay afloat in civil war era New England while the father is away at war. Cozy quilts, wide plank floor boards, fresh flowers and sisterly affection hide a multitude of frayed edges and “fallen from proper society” furnishings. I love things that look a little patched, plus these days it’s become a necessity again. Score one for the make do and mend movement!
[image above, clockwise from top left: aged brass floor lamp $375, oxford chair $3225, hardy playing cards $8.95, leather framed mirror $425, antique log cabin quilt $775, spool bed $499.99, madura pillow $115, adoptable kitten, porcelain doll $50]
Now on to the important stuff, which March sister are you most like? My four close friends and I frequently go back and forth about who’s who. We’ve even had Little Women slumber parties were we all pile under a quilt and watch the movie. Yes, we are nerds. Rough and tumble Jo, sweet and shy Beth, motherly Meg or plucky Amy? Truly a question for the ages…..
[image above, clockwise from top left: two candle sconce, marble bust $425, sampler poster $40, striped wallpaper, upright piano, braided wool rug $79+, antique brass candlesticks $40, antique wicker trunks $1800 a set, wooden top $7, ladder back chairs $142, chronograph wall clock $139]