April 20, 2008

Most of the photos I took while in the Philippines were of the house where Grandma and Grandpa lived. My mom, an architect, designed it in the ’60s, and my family stayed there whenever we visited. I love that house.

I realized that with Grandma now gone, the house may never be the same, and I wanted to capture its spirit while I could.


  1. rebecca says:

    how cool that your mom designed your grandparent’s house…

  2. rama says:

    i’m so glad i got to see it as it was.

  3. Cat says:

    I love that you love the same things about your grandmother’s house as I did about mine. The photo of the coffee service, the lace pattern, the pillow top.

    When my grandma died, the house sat empty all winter. I went home over Christmas and my mom and I had to go over and get something out, and everything was just the same. That summer we cleaned it out and had a garage sale, and by the end of the summer, there was a new family with a baby in the house, ripping off wall paper and tearing down walls.

    My grandma had the coolest wallpaper. In the entry, there was gold wallpaper with a big scroll pattern in velvet. I wish I had a photo of it, or better, a scrap.

    My grandma’s house probably no longer smells like linens and Russian food, and the kitchen doesn’t have the same warm yellow and brown light coming in, looking out over a wild vegetable garden. Ugh, I miss my gram. I have her rolling pin and her towels and her sheets and all her cooking utensils, but they don’t make my apartment seem any more like her home was.

  4. Christine Lalaine says:

    Hi Christine,

    I’ve been reading your blog since you had it over at gurlpages and signed your name “xine.” I know how important your grandmother was to you because you always wrote so beautifully about her. I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. Kim says:

    Hey Christine,

    Sorry for your loss. I love how you captured the details of the house in your photos. The Pictobrowser is a great tool. Where is it found online?

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