One of the simple pleasures of walking through neighborhoods in new cities is seeing how people decorate the outsides of their homes. Next to beautiful doors, I love shutters and flowerboxes. When I found this house in Charleston, South Carolina, I was overjoyed. The detail and layering of the window set in a beautiful urban garden. What’s not to love? So genteel, so peaceful.
Compare the above window to this one I found in a small town in Italy. Beautiful shutters, lovely old stucco. If you forget about the frosted privacy glass and the metal pipes, I think the statement about peace (flag plus baby clothes) should touch your heart as well.