I had a request from someone new to Living Large to write more about the Belle Writer’s Studio, my 320 square foot-studio office that is about 10 yards away from Our Little House.
It’s named for my mother, Betty Belle, whom I credit for the creative side of my brain.
When we built Our Little House, we planned on building another larger house, about 1,000 square foot to be our primary residence, and Our Little House was going to be my writer’s studio.
Best laid plans.
Late last week, while sitting in the Belle Writer’s Studio toiling away, I received an email with the subject: “Nate Berkus Show.”
Thinking it was probably one of the many press releases I get on a daily basis, I almost deleted it, but decided to open it up. I was surprised to learn that someone at the home design show had taken a look at Living Large after speaking with Kent over at The Tiny House Blog. They wanted to speak with me about possibly featuring Our Little House on the show for Earth Day.
I dropped everything, of course, and called the assistant, because this is usually what one does when Hollywood, or in this case, New York comes calling.
Dale and I both are on the mend. Thank goodness for modern day antibiotics that help kick infections a little too ornery for our immune systems to handle on their own. Thank you, dear Living Large community, for the well wishes.
One of the reasons we moved to this beautiful paradise was to enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Of course, we do that as often as we can, but when we cannot, we have the wonderful photography of a famous Ozarks photographer, Tim Ernst to enjoy.
Now, however, we also have a wonderful book of photography by Kevin Pieper to enjoy as well. Kevin is the local photographer Mother Earth News hired to photograph Our Little House for the story I wrote for them last year.
On Saturday, we had to get out and do some errands, so we stopped by a book retailer where Kevin was hosting a book signing. Kevin is one of the photographers I highly admire and I only wish my nature photography was as beautiful as his.
While his photos use no words, like every good photographer I know, his photos tell a story just the same.
The winner of the book, "Green Interior Design," is Frugal Kiwi! Congratulations, Frugal. You have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 26 to email me your full name and snail mail address. firstname.lastname@example.org The publisher will ship the book when it is released in mid-October.
In some ways I cannot believe it has been exactly one year since I launched Living Large in Our Little House!
In other ways, it seems like a lifetime ago. Life is like that, I guess.