Diana Hambleton moved recently to Charleston while still carrying on an illustrative career designing interiors in Connecticut, New York and beyond. Passionate about ibu’s work with artisans and sumptuous fabrics, Diana offered her well-trained eye to style ibu global goods in traditional western settings, bringing freshness to things cherished and familiar. I spent a day at her beautiful home on Wadmalaw Island which she shares with her husband, George, pulling out her mother’s emerald crystal goblets from Italy, 18th century Creamware, even Eastern European dough bowls - treasures of her collecting life - and watched as they came alive on ibu Laotian silk runners rife with exotic creatures, vintage ikat cloths, Mexican-woven napkins, African-pillowed chairs.
Thanksgiving rings with tradition - remembering those who’ve gone before us and honoring their legacy. Diana’s family will gather around this painting of their 19th century Baltimore foremother, (above, looking quite natty in green though she had eleven children under her belt). My family gathers around a table set with my mother’s old fashioned rose wedding china (bottom). Thanksgiving is a time to huddle with one’s tribe.
But it also is a time to invest in the larger world which daily brings us wonder. Tradition is only rich when we polish it with new cloths, fresh eyes, and add to its warmth with things we love.
Gratitude is my mantra, my daily ground of being, the beginning of all I do. Life is a gift, that much I know. There are 100 ways to carry that gift in my imagination. 100 ways to gather around the table of plenty, to set it for joy, to welcome the foreign into the familiar and find a home for it there. There are 100 ways to say thanks...to kneel and kiss the ground.
Here are just a few. all the best,
Susan Hull Walker