A Modernist?

I am very attracted to bright, saturated colors… you know this. For that reason, the textile designs of Josef Frank caught my eye. I have known of Mr. Frank for some time but just recently came across his work in textiles, which are now in production and for sale through Svenskt Tenn. As I swooned over his playful and imaginative designs, though, I had trouble reconciling my ideas of Mr. Frank as a Swedish designer from the Modernist movement and his visually saturated patterns.  After a little more research, a feature on Apartment Therapy helped me understand this seeming break-away better.

“The patterns are vared, at times evoking mid-century kineticism and bimorphism and at others the more staid florals of William Morris. But all the patterns have a sense of movement and freedom, which was much the point: Frank used nature’s colors and shapes to open up the indoors and make urban homes into refuges from hectic lives.”

from Apartment Therapy, “Josef Frank Fabrics

His work definitely makes more since now. Tell me what you think. Compelling? Distracting? Personally, I think his vibrant, modern interpretation of the traditional floral or toile is so inspiring!

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Stripes!

So, apparently I like stripes. I could have probably told you that but it wasn’t until I started cleaning through my closet that I noticed the strong pattern appearance for myself.

Can you blame me, though? Graphic, playful, classic, preppy, masculine and feminine… It is a fantastic pattern to love! (Have you noticed a favorite pattern in your wardrobe recently?)

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Around the House

Texture, rhythm, repetition, shadows, and highlights. Mundane and ordinary surfaces can often be treasuries of design inspiration…you just have to see them in the right light. So, with that idea in mind, I took a quick tour around our new house to see what I could find.

Now that the dust has settled and the boxes are stowed away and out of view, it is so much easier to notice the smaller details in our new environment that spark a piece of my creative mind.

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Quiet Moment…In the Library

Recently, I have been burning the candle at both ends. Between my job at Havertys, my work at Studio Bon, my personal life, and this blog I have been a pretty busy lady…to say the least! Do you want to know a little secret, though? My dear husband has been working much harder and longer!

We knew graduate school would be no walk in the park but despite our weary anticipation of long days and little sleep, this past semester has been a challenge for us both. As David wraps up his first semester as a Texas Christian University percussion performance graduate student (I am so proud of him!), I want to give you all a brief glimpse into the world that has demanded so much of his time and energy…the TCU Music Library. (Thanks Research and Bibliography night class)

Inspiration finds its way into the most common places such as old, smelly books on a shelf. In the right light, they are not only treasures of knowledge but story filled objects full of beauty and artistry.

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Late Garden

You may remember the post about my wonderfully inspiring visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens not long ago. I thoroughly enjoyed my garden tour and snapped more pictures than I thought possible! I couldn’t share all of them with you in my last post (just entirely too many pictures) but I was happy to find a collection of late garden  beauties that I’d like to share with you today.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

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Familiar Rhythms

It doesn’t take much to excite my interest…my husband can attest to that. I officially have one of the worst attention spans EVER. Walk me into a favorite shop stocked with bright colors and shiny objects and I’m gone! But many times, that some thing that catches my eye and sparks a glint of interest is not grand or glamorous.

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Often, I find the most inspiration out of everyday, “mundane” familiarities. Such as the wood grain on a set of old stairs…the grid of carefully arranged metal piping…the quickly changing pattern of afternoon shadows. All items I encounter everyday on my journey from home to car to work, back to car and finally home again.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Like I said, it doesn’t take much…except a searching eye and an openness to the unexpected.

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