Let Some Sunshine In!

Over the holiday weekend I was so fortunate to spend some very relaxing time outdoors and in the sun. It was amazing! But now, whenever I come inside, I have the urge to open all my doors and windows in an attempt to maintain the same level of glorious rays. Inspired by that feeling, I am compiling a montage of window strewn rooms that I could easily see myself lounging in:

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Ahhh, someday!

“P” Stands for…Pasta!

It struck me, after reviewing my post headings from this past week, that I have been poetically inspired by some “p” alliteration recently. So, continuing in that theme…PASTA! What can I say…I love it, love it, love it! And my newly planted basil sprouts have me excited for some homegrown pesto.

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Pattern Play

There is nothing quiet like a scavenger hunt at the local thrift store to spark my creative interests. A few weeks ago, I was on such a hunt, and for polka dots in particular, when happened upon only the coolest striped shirt! As a dressing challenge, inspired by this lovely lady, I decided to have a little fun with pattern mixing. And here’s where I ended up:

*Do excuse the poor image quality…working on a solution as we speak.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

I layered my new favorite striped blouse with a sweet polka-dotted number (also from the same thrift hunt) and a steady staple of my Spring/Summer wardrobe, my leopard spotted Old Navy shift dress. Those and a few other funky accessories made for an enjoyable exercise in pattern proportions and mixing as well as a fun little outfit that I can’t wait to recreate again!

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Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

I absolutely love the volume these billowy sleeves brought to the ensemble….and the floral belt made for a cheerful accent.

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So pattern play was a great success and something you all should try…GOT IT! 😉

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Paper Lanterns in Paint

After yesterday’s post, I found this beautiful painting of a garden scene with paper lanterns by Brian Mahieu.

Image Credit: Brian Mahieu

It reminds me of John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” painting, too…

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Sargent will always be one of my special favorites for so many different reasons. I could go on and on, but instead I’ll just share a few of my favorites:

Image Credit: "A Parisian Beggar Girl" by John Singer Sargent

Image Credit: "Cashmere" by John Singer Sargent

Image Credit: "El Jaleo" by John Singer Sargent

Image Credit: "Lady Agnew" by John Singer Sargent

Image Credit: "Garden Study of the Vickers Children" by John Singer Sargent

Image Credit: "La Carmencita" by John Singer Sargent

Image Credit: "Mademoiselle Suzanne Poirson" by John Singer Sargent

Sargent’s work spread across such a broad spectrum of subjects, which is part of why I love him so much, and this assortment is just a slice of the stunning work he produced during his lifetime. Please learn more about him…you won’t be disappointed.

Image Credit: "Nonchaloir" or "Repose" by John Singer Sargent

I’m always looking for new artists to spark my interest and inspire my eye, so now I want to know some of your favorites…who inspires you?

Paper Pleasantries

Little more than a year ago, I spent the most wonderful week with my dear and precious friend, Anastasia Munoz while preparing for her wedding.

Photo: Anastasia and Myself

During our week together, we had the fun job of constructing and transporting these tissue pom-poms for the reception hall ceiling (it was actually a lot of fun).

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So, in simple celebration of her 1 year anniversary (Congratulations, again, dear!), I thought I would dedicate today’s post to Spring and Summer lanterns…one of my favorite outdoor (or indoor) accessories.

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These are the pom-poms Stasia used for her reception and they worked out beautifully!

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And there are so many other fun things you can do with this colorful material…

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I’m already thinking of more project ideas…do you have any?

Interior Illusions

Recently I happened upon the most amazing artist who specializes in interior subjects using an oil medium. Her name is Page Laughlin and her stunning work, long list of credentials and experience are a result of her unique and exciting perspective.

Image Credit: Untitled (Chinaman) by Page Laughlin via pagelaughlin.com

A word from the artist: “In the subject matter of my paintings, things are often not quite what they seem: lovely interiors, on closer consideration, lead to disquieting seduction; wallpaper details, luscious statuary, give way to recognition of issues of power and subjugation. I try to make work that has beauty to attract and complexity to sustain observation.”

Image Credit: "Hidden Rooms Purple Curtains" by Page Laughlin via pagelaughlin.com

Image Credit: Untitled (Yellow Wallpaper) by Page Laughlin via pagelaughlin.com

The imaginative play between reality and the artistry of the material in Page’s work is so enticing…I feel as though I could “live” in her dramatic scenes for hours!

Image Credit: Untitled (Candleholder and Man with Knife) by Page Laughlin via pagelaughlin.com

Image Credit: Untitled (Balls in Bowls) by Page Laughlin via pagelaughlin.com

Image Credit: Untitled (Wooden Indians) by Page Laughlin via pagelaughlin.com

More Coffee Please!

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Sadly, I am still dealing with the hard truth that caffeine (especially coffee) is now a necessity rather than a treat in my daily routine…yes, it’s the post-finals-caffeine-addiction and I can’t seem to kick it! So, today I’ve decided to embrace it instead. With cup in hand, I’m sharing with you another homage to coffee and the cafe style.

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After the Rain….

A Spring palette inspired by the relentless rains that the Middle Tennessee area has been getting. Gray skies, muted colors, delicate scenes, and dewey petals…yet the sweetest shades of pink, purple, and green peep through the misty air and we remember that it is still Springtime.

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