Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Desire For Balance

The desire for symmetry, for balance, for rhythm is one of the most inveterate of human instincts.
--Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr, The Decoration of Houses 

The Hall at Edith Wharton's Home, The Mount 

Along with her tales of Gilded Age social mores and unrequited love,  Ms. Wharton also penned, with architect Ogden Codman, The Decoration of Houses, arguing against the overstuffed and flourished styles of the Victorian in favor of simple, classical elements...more symmetry and balance.

The Dining Room at the The Mount 

Apparently,  a sense of balance is not one of my own strong suits -- I lost mine and took a bit of a tumble down our stairs when things got slippery last week. Ouch!

I'll be taking a few days off while I mend my strains and bumps. In the meantime, can you tell me how you achieve balance in your life? 


  1. OMG I hope you're ok and not hurt to badly. I hope you mend quickly. As for balance I don't have any and if you know how to achieve it please let us know!

    Take care of yourself!

  2. Jeannie-
    So sorry to learn about your fall:(. I hope that you will get better soon.
    I love the English look. Always have, and these images are lovely. Don't you just love Downton Abbey?

  3. Balance is something I'm still looking for... I'll find it someday, right? Hope your feeling better soon!

  4. Hey there - still have an aching back? I'm so SORRY! Thinking of you...hope it's feeling better soon.



  5. Oh no! Remi and I were on a shoot yesterday and so I didn't get to write sooner. Yikes! Please take good care of yourself. What about a little acupuncture or Alexander Technique for your back? Could help. At the very least, a long hot bath with epsom salts and a glass of wine on the side!

    Like everyone else, well, balance seems to mean a lot more in our current society than it used to--it has become a surprisingly charged word! So I'll just say that my yoga practice is what keeps me going, keeps me sane. :)

    Sending good energy your way,

  6. Oh Jeanne!!!!! I am so concerned about you. Did you break or tear anything?

    I've taken a bad tumble in my life (skiing) which ended in surgery. Hoping you aren't headed that direction.

    i'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Rest, rest, rest!

    xo Elizabeth

    ps: Have no idea how to stay balanced...except yoga seems to help.

  7. Oh Jeanne! Your fall sounds painful. When I first moved to a colder climate I had a few unfortunate slips on icy surfaces. So I know just how painful that can be. I hope you're better soon!

    I love the dining room at The Mount. It's grand and intimate all at the same time.


  8. Happy Friday! Check out my blog when you can because I just put you on the list to receive an award! Congratulations!

  9. Oh no!! Hope you're ok! I have no balance at all - in any sense!! This is why I am not only a terrible skier but also a tad compulsive so when I do something, all else falls by the wayside.

  10. So, so sorry about your fall, and so hope you are better soon!! What fabulous images for this gorgeous English decor.

  11. Thanks to everyone for the very sweet comments. Not to worry, nothing torn, nothing broken -- just aggravated bad back that's giving me some trouble. I miss chatting with you all and hope to be back in action soon! XOXO

  12. Stumbled into your blog. Hope you'r alright now. Your post of snows was great,



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