Friday, November 30, 2007

with love

Back from the north country, after a little bit longer of a break than anticipated. I hope you all had a lovely holiday ~ ours was filled with lots of love and food. Being home was sooooo good, especially seeing family, and doing a little antiquing. I found a bunch of wonderful new photographs to share with you all over the winter months (and few other little goodies). For now...just a few scenes from our Thanksgiving.

Oh, and a quick thank you to Courtney at Style Court for her mention last week! Check out all of her wonderful holiday's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over there.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

happy thanksgiving

After a long day of travel yesterday (and many delays) I am finally in Maine with my family. I have been cooking all day with my mother ~ there is nothing more satisfying than making this meal, knowing it will be shared with family and friends. My thoughts go out in particular to those of you who are not with your loved ones this holiday, especially friends in Iraq and Afghanistan ~ be well and know we are thinking of you. And to all a happy and joyous Thanksgiving!

I will be taking a little blog break while I am home. In the mean time, here are a few things to enjoy:

* Keith Sharp's photographs (found while on a layover at the Philadelphia Airport!)
* Kashmir scarves
* and a little something "Out of the Ordinary"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I am off to join the hoards at the airport. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels... Cheers!

Monday, November 19, 2007

monday mood

I guess I am into moody interiors these days. Perhaps channeling Uta Barth ~ this and this are on my Christmas wish list.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I went ice skating for the first time this season. Completely wiped out ~ yikes! But, there's nothing like sliding around the rink to the notes of "Silver Bells." Ahhh, busy more tomorrow. Cheers!

Friday, November 16, 2007

trouvée: tête à tête

I found this tiny little cabinet card several months ago in Fredericksburg (click to view larger). I loved the casual nature of it ~ slightly unusual for the time period. I can imagine it tucked into a libri amicorum, perhaps threaded with a ribbon.

Here are a couple exhibitions not to be missed ~ inspiration for the week:

* Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan, through March 2008 (particularly love the Uta Barth).
* Let the World In: Prints by Robert Rauschenberg, at the National Gallery of Art, through March 2008.

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

on friendship

The other day I was reminded (thanks Fairfax!) of the digital archives at the New York Public Library, and realized it has been a while since I last explored them. And so to continue on the theme of friendship ~ this image is from a Libri Amicorum (or friendship book) of drawings, collages, autographs, poems and notes, compiled in the early 19th century by Anne Wagner, a friend of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. For more pages, see here. Enjoy ~ the book is full of such whimsy!

(image: The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

food and friends

This time of year my thoughts tend to turn to food and friends ~ two things for which I am exceedingly thankful. In that vein, here some of my favorite food links (whose photographs, recipes, and words never fail to inspire):

* 101 Cookbooks
* Tea and Cookies
* Whipped
* Orangette

And of course, I couldn't live without epicurious!

For those of you who love vintage cookbooks, The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the University of Michigan is a wonderful resource. See also their online digital archive ~ Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Collection.

(P.S. Miss G ~ do recognize where these photographs were taken?)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

holding on to autumn

I feel like I am desperately trying to hang onto Fall. It was so long in coming, and now ~ *poof* ~ Thanksgiving is almost here (and well, then...Christmas)!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend (a long one for some of you). A quick update on the historic house tours ~ we had hoped to get up to Philadelphia last weekend, but a combination of insane schedules and extreme fatigue led us to postpone. I feel terrible that we haven't been able to get around to very many houses this Fall, but I promise some good ones in the Spring. In the mean time, here is something fun to quench your "house tour" thrist. I bookmarked it several months ago, and just stumbled across it again (I forget where I learned about it, so forgive me for not crediting you).

Friday, November 9, 2007

trouvée: through the porthole

I found this on eBay a couple months ago. I never get into bidding wars, but for this photograph I did ~ it is just that fabulous! Here's a little more eye candy for a friday ~ Ampersand Vintage (coveting a few things there), and Belle Muse's Urban Alphabet. Enjoy!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend...


Need a little inspiration on rainy day? Go to the Louvre online database, and type in something random (mind you, it must be in French), and see what you find. I typed in "fleurs" and discovered these amazing terra cotta flowers, originally part of a crown (Cyrenaica, 4th-3rd centuries BC).

(image: Imitations de bijoux en terre cuite, Département des Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines, Musée du Louvre, Acquisition Vattier de Bourville, 1850, inv. MN 693-698, photograph by A. Dequier)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

happy birthday emma!

Happy birthday dear one! Here's a little inspiration for you. May you always dream of mobiles and castles in the sky. XX ~ Aunt Janet

(image: Alexander Calder, Little Spider, c. 1940, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

fall colors

Another quick post today ~ I feel like time has accelerated! I was up in New York on Monday (a quick trip) and had a chance to run through the Martin Puryear show at MoMA. Everyone should go see it! (And if you can't make it to New York, it is coming to Washington next summer). Really, really wonderful ~ I have long admired his work. The Georges Seurat drawings are fantastic too.

Well, I'll leave you with a little fall color from Pennsylvania...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Just stopping by quickly to say hello after a busy weekend. I'll be back with more tomorrow...

P.S. I think I was channeling Stieglitz when I took these photographs of a crab apple tree in Pennsylvania last weekend.

Friday, November 2, 2007

more mid-century modern

Since I seem to be on a mid-century kick these days, I thought I would continue the theme today with another great photograph (click to enlarge) from The Art of the American Snapshot exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. I wish this one was in my collection! Alas! Again, I am plugging the catalogue (hee!).

By the way, I just realized that my 200th post came and went this week without my taking note. It is funny how this blog has become such a part of my life ~ I really hate to miss a day. Thank you to everyone who stops by to read, and to all of you have commented and emailed. I LOVE hearing from you.

Have a great weekend! I'll see you all on Tuesday.

(image: Unknown Photographer, July 1965, chromogenic print, 3 1/8 x 3 1/8", Collection of Robert E. Jackson)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

modern angles

Having just visited Fallingwater, it was interesting to see in the news that the Kaufmann's winter house in Palm Springs, California, is up for sale. The house, designed by Richard Neutra, was built in 1946 as an escape from the harsh Pittsburgh winters. The sale raises interesting questions about preservation, which I will not even begin to delve into here. What an amazing place! Let's just hope that whoever buys it has the vision and inclination to preserve it properly.

(images via The New York Times)