However, I would much rather focus on the romantic era I get my decorating inspiration from. As I look at the photo above- and inspect the sod covered home that was probably freezing in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer. I see two sweet toddlers and the family dog. The word "homestead" makes me smile with a warm tingle. Living so close to Gettysburg, I find myself still oooowing and ahhhhing every time we pass through or stop for dinner with friends. I drag my husband around the historic home area as if it were our first visit. I stand in awe at the buildings- the beauty in each brick and gingerbread arch. The wooden doors of deep olive and brown colors with a simple door handle that looks as if it should be on a playhouse for a child. My personal favorite buildings are those of the simple farmer. These homes sit along the road surrounded by the battlefield. The farmhouses are preserved in their time. Chipped white washed picket fencing. The home is framed by wheat fields in the fall and ox eyed daisies in the spring and summer. If I close my eyes- I can imagine myself rocking on one of the wooden plantation rockers that sit on the small wooden porch, sipping lemon aid. Simply wonderful. Simple lifestyle.
Simply put......it's the romance of the 1800's for me.