Sunday, November 22, 2009

I Dreamed of a Faro Retreat

In my dreams last night I have been accepted to be a visiting artist at Ingmar Bergman's estate on the Baltic island of Faro. I get off of the ferry and Stockholm based super stylist Eva Lindh appears from a mist on the beach, ready to outfit me in cozy woolens ... (photo: Lena Koller Image from

or more practically, for walks around the island, in coat and hat - faux chinchilla for me please.

(Photo: Lana Koller Image from

When I get to the house, I find I need to cheer the place up a bit and reupholster the chairs in Ingmar's screening room with Svenskt Tenn fabric.

I am ready to record all I see in my social diarist Archie Grand notebooks.

Being the end of November, it is cold on Faro so I gather pillows and blankets together...
(Photo: Anna Kern Image from

among them is my favorite throw by Pia Wallen.

I make cocoa for all of the other visiting artists, writers and filmmakers.

We gather around a small table. As I blushingly begin to admit to the group my schoolgirl fixation on Max von Sydow I lower the tray of drinks. (Photo: Charlie Drevstam image from There is no room on this little table for the tray let alone a chess board. Is that Max I see sitting on the couch? I feel my wrist go limp. The tray crashes. Candles are knocked over. My dream is swiftly turning into a nightmare and all I see are flames. Anguish and dark thoughts fill my heart...

I awake in a panic to hear myself crying out into the darkness. "....why, oh WHY, did I not enter Ingmar's living room into the Brickmaker's Coffee Table give away contest at Brooke Giannetti's Velvet & Linen?!?! "

It is too late for me and that heavy tray but not for the lucky contestants. Help Brooke out by going to her site and voting on your favorite room. The contest ends this Sunday, November 29th.



  1. Thanks for the tour at Fårö! ;)

    Very nice photos

  2. You have beautiful dreams!

    Thank you so much Edie and Rhonda!
    I appreciate your help with the selection of the 10 finalists.
    I can't wait to see which rooms win!

  3. What a fantastic post!
    Happy Thanksgiving to both of you (and to your loved ones).
    xo xo

  4. A great post and beautiful pictures!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to both of you and your families!


  5. That was refreshing! I feel like I've had a good nights rest.

  6. vart liv i norr, V& L, VV, Greet, ffocus -
    thank you all for your comments and wishing you all a wonderful rest of the Thanksgiving weekend!

    E & R

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