Certain places can truly make friendships. They invite gatherings, provide warmth and sustenance and delight the senses. They promote joyful discovery and don't impose excessive rules. They are places where everyone feels comfortable. My friend Tara's house is such a place, and it's where a group of us meet for "girls' night" gatherings every month or so.
Today, on the morning of the first snow of the season, the members of our group who have children enjoyed a "girls' brunch," for which Tara provided homemade scones and jam, farm-fresh fruit, hot tea and deliciously sour concord grapes from her yard.
Tara's home has always been the hearth for our group of friends, but it hasn't always been the place pictured above. She recently bought and remodeled this small cottage in central Boulder for herself and her 4-year-old daughter, after moving from an equally charming and cozy apartment in a house nearby. It's Tara's sense of style, her artistic eye and her quirky collection of treasures that make her home special, wherever it is. It doesn't hurt that she also has fantastic cooking and baking skills. The place is always filled with the delicious smells of something healthy and hearty bubbling on the stove.
This is a place where friendship grows. Before we had children, we would gather for late evenings of wine and tea and chocolate in Tara's apartment, nurturing our connections and giving each other the support we needed. In the past four years, all of our lives have changed completely, but our desire to gather together in Tara's house hasn't. I am grateful for enduring friendships and the places that support them. Thank you, Tara, for making all of us at home!