The house was small, the rooms were few but there were loggias, terraces, and pergolas all around it to watch the sun, the sea and the clouds – the soul needs more space than the body”
– Axel Munthe
Okay so that’s one of my favorite quotes on interiors…
For you not familiar with Villa San Michele on Capri, it’s a beautiful home (now a museum) situated at the top corner of the mountain as you arrive in to Capri from Naples. It belonged to the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe in the 1800’s. While officially the doctor to the king and queen of Sweden, he traveled to Naples to help poor people during the plague. During a mountain hike he came across a ruined chapel and fantasized of owning and restoring the property. The chapel, dedicated to San Michele, had been built on some of the ruins of Roman Emperor Tiberius villa. Axel Munthe realized his dream, and has written a book about his life and love of his home on the hilltop .
I was there years ago, the house I hardly remember, but the view lives with you forever. To get there you have to take a long winding staircase up the side of the mountain. The vistas during your long hike up, and from the many terraces when you arrive is breathtaking. And I’m sure….that’s definitely good for the soul!
I know sitting in traffic on route 7 in Tyson’s Corner (which I have to do most days) is probably really bad for the soul, and driving past endless strip malls not good either. But you can have great company in the car, play a cool tune in the car, or perhaps take a different route to your destination.
Sure most of us can only dream of a view like this, but we have to do the best we can. It doesn’t matter if you live in the smallest apartment, and can’t afford expensive things. The tiniest place can be your palace. It’s up to you! I was thinking of a few things we can do to create a home that’s good for the soul.
Spring is here so why not…
…live outdoors as much as you can. Bring furniture outside, hang out door curtains, bring cushions and with some imagination create an out door room. People always forget the yard can be an extension of your interiors.
Put a small table out on the lawn or terrace (if you have one) and eat meals outside.
Make sure to have a really comfortable bed with soft sheets!!
Keep things simple and clutter free. Things never made anybody happy.
You want a shiny pink bathroom? Paint it. Create that space that makes you smile– even if nobody else likes it. Who cares? It’s your home.
Open up the curtains and let the light shine in.
Always have space for a good friend, even if it’s on the floor.
And buy yourself flowers!
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND!