My new Pottery Barn Catalog…heaven on earth?!

I am reading a book by John and Stasi Elderedge right now called,’Captivating.’ And thought the following paragraph was worth passing along to the rest of you. It stoped me in my tracks. I’ve been thinking about it all day…what do you think of it?
" I was supposed to be writing last night, but instead sat on the couch thumbing through a Williams-Sonoma catalog. It calls itself " a catalog for cooks," but really, it’s a catalog of the life we wish we had. Everything is beautiful, delicious, elegant. The kitchens portrayed are immaculate – there are no messes. Cooking there would be a joy. The tables are sumputous with their beautiful place settings, wine glasses brimming with nectar, gourmet foods deliciously prepared, invitingly presented. Fresh flowers abound. The homes are lovely and spacious;the view outhe window is always a mountain lake, a beach, or perhaps an English garden. Everything is as it ought to be. Glancing through its pages, you get a sense of rest. Life is good. You see, the images whisper, it can be done. Life is within your grasp. And so the quest continues. But of course our address used to be Paradise, remember? "
This explains the obsession I have with my Martha Stewart Magazines and my Pottery Barn Catalog…Underneath all those pages of beautiful ideas, recipes, and gardens that simply enchant you ( you know, the magical, weed-less kind )… And behind the rooms, cozy and glowing in lamplight, filled with the freshest, brightest linens… a friendly wool rug… and a handsome wooden bedstand, piled with a trio of old books and a vase full of red tulips… are hints of Paradise

2 Comments to “My new Pottery Barn Catalog…heaven on earth?!”

  1. some people get very frustrated with catalog (etc) beauty because they don\’t and can\’t have it, or they scorn it a bit, because it\’s an unrealistic standard.
    I like to be inspired by it. not that i think it can and should all look like that, but because it stirs the desire to have beauty and order in my own humble space. maybe a little more tomorrow than i have today. it might be as simple as taking the time to find frshe flowers from tha yard in a clean vase.
    i see you like that too.  Ü

  2. amen sister! I know exactly how you feel. I\’m always reading magazines, decorating books and looking a catalogs and things are so clean and neat, organized, beautiful. Some days it is discrouaging, but most days I want to do that and have things look like that. It is a high and lofty dream, but you are right, it is a glimpse of paradise. IT gives us something to work towards on Earth and something to look forward to in Heaven. Hope you enjoy  Captivated. It is a great book. I\’m still working through mine. Maybe a book club idea?  Have a wonderful day!

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