Our Inner Nature Contest Rug is Here
Q: What three words would you use to describe your Inner Nature?
Ally: Earthy, Nostalgia Balanced
Q: What colors, materials, shapes or patterns come to mind when you consider your Inner Nature?
Ally: The colors that come to mind are those of children’s folklore illustrations – natural, earth tones with pops of muted color (copper reds, navy blue, tree green). I imagine the feeling and off-white color of linen – its simplicity is calming but it also reminds me of baking bread, applesauce, and other ritualistic homesteading activities. Shapes are neither strictly geometrical nor perfect circles; they appear to be more like the natural curves, crevices, and whimsical shapes you would see on a walk through the forest.When do you feel most like who you are?Ally: I feel most like who I am when I am early out the door on a crisp fall morning. There’s a feeling of fresh rejuvenation when a free weekend morning beckons you to step outside and enjoy the beauty right here in New England, our backyard. I also feel a sense of purpose, and even holistic completion, when I can settle into cooking a meal and know where the majority of the ingredients have come from. Working on a farm has taught me the value and importance of choosing what I put into my body and knowing that we must maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle not only for ourselves, but for our planet. I am at my innernature when I’m nourishing myself with good food that reconnects me to where I live.
Angela: Ally’s interview struck me immediately because I could visualize her inspirations so clearly. Her reference to vintage children’s book illustrations struck a chord with me and sent my mind on a creative journey My favorite children’s book growing up was The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. It was a family favorite and the illustrations set my imagination on fire. I loved how the little bunnies all slept lined up in little yellow beds. The cavernous room full of eggs, pouring out all over in beautiful colors was so over the top and exciting with every page turn. Ally’s descriptions took me right into nursery land and brought those images back to the forefront of my mind.
Q: Now that you’ve had the rug for a bit, can you tell us how how you felt when you first saw it, and how it fits into your home’s vibe?