The November issue of House Beautiful is out, and it’s the last of the Bee Cottage series in the magazine, on page 66.
Writing the Bee column has been an absolute joy, and your responses to it have been so generous and so gratifying, thank you. And thank you to Newell Turner and the great people at House Beautiful for giving me the opportunity. I’m a little sad it’s over, but we have to keep moving, don’t we.
The magazine includes only one photo, so I thought I’d share a few more with you here. It really is my favorite room in the house because it has everything I love: books, botanicals, bird and bee things, (why so many b’s?), sea shells, china; and best of all when it is occupied – friends and food.
And speaking of friends, Tom Samet is a terrific guy and a very talented designer. He helped me pull Bee together and I honestly could not have done it without him. His hand is in so many of the details, and his support was and is immeasurable. The burlap fern print tablecloth (Old World Weavers) came from him, as did the suggestions for the dining chairs from Sylvester & Co, the grasscloth above the wainscoting, and painting the wainscoting itself. He also told me to line the birdcage with shells and get some coral to put with the shells in the glass shelves. He is always thinking of stuff like that.
Putting the table and hanging the chandelier off-center were my ideas, but Tom came ’round. It makes the room look bigger and easier to walk through, which we do, often. The room also serves as a library, because I had to have somewhere to put all these books I cannot seem to stop acquiring.
There will be one last installment of the Bee series but it will be on-line only in December. There will be a sort of flip-book of photos and an overview of tips and ideas. Meanwhile, the magazine has some wonderful new columns and features that you won’t want to miss.