Friday, January 18, 2019

Romantic Winter Dream

When I think of a romantic winter dream, my thoughts always drift to the film, Doctor Zhivago,
when Julie Cristie (Lara) and Omar Sheriff (Yuri) are riding in a horse-drawn sleigh
across the frozen ground of Russia, wearing bushy fur hats and bundled up in heavy blankets.

Well, we can't quite relive that experience
but we can capture that romantic feeling in our winter homes.
A book of poetry, my favorite winter painting by Camille Pissarro, and a dried rose
transport me to that romantic drama and a simple farmhouse hidden away from the world. 

Won't you come inside for a cup of hot tea by the fire?

Throughout the movie, we hear the haunting strains of "Lara's Theme."

A soft palette, layering, and various textures create a cozy feeling in our little cottage.

Looking at icy crystals clinging to long branches intertwined with red berries 
seems as if we're looking out the window of the cottage at a barren snow-swept field. 

We'll lean some paintings of flowers
on the mantel making us yearn for spring.

Old mirrors catch the firelight from glowing candles in the room 
and a vintage French wine crate makes an inviting warm centerpiece. 

A basket of white birch branches keeps the fireplace roaring 
while a glass of wine warms our body and soul.
(I recently found a set of these unusual green stemmed glasses at an estate sale
in the original package that stated "Made in France.").

Can you hear the jingling of the sleigh bells outside in the cold
as the giant Belgian horses snort puffs of warm air and stomp the freezing ground?

Come closer to the fire. 
Oh, isn't it romantic?

Interesting Facts
Did you know that because the book was banned in the Soviet Union,
Doctor Zhivago was shot mostly in Spain?

Although critics originally thought the film was too long,
it went on to win five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor.


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  1. Magnifiquement. Meilleurs voeux de Pologne.

  2. You are such a romantic, nice to read your posts with warm and fuzzy thoughts/words. We need more of this in our world. Love Dr. Zhivago the movie and music. Once a year I gather up all my romantic movies in DVD's and I have a day of movies while baking cookies at Christmas.

    1. Thank you Ann! Wish I could come over and watch romantic movies with you. Hugs, Pat

  3. Love where your imagination takes us!That is an incredible movie, love the wine glasses so unique. Lisa@ Sweet Tea N Salty Air

  4. That is a film you can see a dozen times and never tire of it,thanks for all the wonderful background while thinking of those scenes. I love your wall of mirrors,beautiful.

    1. Thanks Marlene! I think I've seen it three times and ready to watch it again! Enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Pat

  5. Great post! Dr. Zhivago is on Netflix right now and I stayed up late last night watching a few chunks. I've always been fascinated by Russian history, and then of course there's the love story! Although why they made Omar Sharif wear that wig was beyond me? I has such a crush on him...

    1. Thanks Nancy! I love Russian history too. Didn't you also adore Sharif in Funny Girl? And, my bedrooms are a mix of French Country and antiques. Would love to a make-over! Hugs, Pat

  6. Are your bedrooms also french country? Would love to see those too!

  7. Beautiful! I am ready for a nice thick throw and a glowing fireplace after reading this.

  8. Beautiful home ready for some relaxing in front of the fire while taking in all the your lovely decor. Have a great day, Kippi #kippiathome

  9. Your home is beautiful and I am drooling over the wall with all the mirrors. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party last Sunday. You are one of this Sunday's feature. Have a great weekend.

  10. Loving the rustic box and green glass! Peace to you. -michele

  11. What a warm and lovely winter home! From the artwork to the books to the vignettes -- love it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen