The Lady That Brought Her Own Chairs to "The Living Room."

When Bree and I were at the Gardner Museum, we went into their public space to catch a breath. We walked through a big open door and into a space that looked as if it were decorated by Don Draper's whimsical sister.  There was a little yellow bird singing in a white victorian wired cage, sleek red modern couches, and a lovely woman there to greet us. Her name was Janet and she said "Welcome to the Living Room!"


She explained that "The Living Room" is a public space, and every afternoon they have a volunteer come in to "host" the space, and share a little part of their life.  Janet was an amazing hostess.  She brought in her collection of small chairs.  Never have I ever been jealous of a collection of small chairs until today. 
 

Aren't they just the cutest!? She also brought in some mini dressers and armoires that contained black squares of paper with gold script words. She asked that we take a word that inspires us, and leave a word to inspire someone else (fun right?).

Janet's collection got me thinking, what do we find that is worth collecting? What does collecting mean to us as people? 

She asked me what I collected.  "Red lipstick, and I suppose... tea cups." 

What do you collect? Comment below!

Bree Breezed through Boston

A few weeks ago my beloved college girlfriend came to visit me for a fast and furious 48 hours. We are both museum junkies, so naturally, we went to our Mecca. The goal: see the MFA, and Gardner Museum in one Friday afternoon. See the city of Boston on Saturday. 

This is my friend Bree. Isn't she pretty? God thought so too. She has an identical twin, Brittani! 

Bree and I hadn't been to a museum together since we were docents and long-term can't-get-rid-of-us interns at the Dali Museum of Art in St. Petersburg, Florida. Needless to say we think a lot alike and love art with an intense passion. We were giddy to be together in eggshell colored walls with priceless works flanking them. 

After some loose planning we started at the Gardner Museum of Art. Let me tell you- it was both of our first times there and we were NOT ready for what we were about to enter into.  Bree gave me a heads up that she knew the works were willed to the museum, and had to be left just as Isabella Stewart Gardner intended. Essentially we were touring her house, that she curated.

Her indoor atrium that the house surrounds.

This is one of the less crowded displays. 

It is important to put gold leaf altarpieces above all door ways. I think I read that in Architectural Digest.

It is also very important to collect so many reliquaries that I must send a snap chat to all my priest-school friends. You should also collect so many that Marie Kondo stutters when asking "does this bring you joy?" 

Please stop to look at the background of this picture- the art is literally EVERYWHERE.

There were so many more amazing areas, but you have to go yourself to actually believe what you see. I seriously recommend this museum- it's creativity and uniqueness is unbelievable. I mean, there was a Manet hanging on a closet door. I mean.. Come on.

Here is the link to start your planning. A student ticket is only $5!

Magnolia & Marble Hearts Garden & Gun

If you are from the Southern United States, there are a few magazines you run across at home, at Grandma's or at your Aunties that are staples. At my Mama's house, Southern Living was always there. It sat right next to the Bible on a steamy porch by a white rocking chair with its pages blowing in the warm wind. The Fourth of July issue would be read over and over until the front and back pages had wrinkles, folds, and iced tea stains.

As I got older, I fell in love with the genteel magazines and later was drawn to the unique, edgy magazines that are ideal for those in their mid to late twenties. My consistent favorite: Garden & Gun.  Oh Garden & Gun how your Charleston house tours and Louisiana restaurant reviews make me more homesick than anything else! It is great for men, its great for women, and I always find an article I want to share with my brother, or sister or cousin or husband. I should totally be their spokeswoman. But this week- this week I found that Garden & Gun has an radio channel I can stream online. Goodbye Spotify! Hello G&G Radio! I could not have complied the music choices better myself. If you like old school country, indie rock, rhythm and blues, or anything from Buddy Guy to Alabama Shakes this is your station.  It reminds me of wading in the shallow end of a cool pool on a relentlessly hot summer day with a glass bottle of Coca Cola in my hand. Garden & Gun, you have done it again. Here's the link for your listening pleasure: Garden & Gun Radio Link.

What music or song makes you nostalgic or think of home?

Comment below!
 

Rest in Peace Mrs. Reagan

Nancy Reagan was one of the most fashionable First Ladies of all time. The signature crimson shade she donned was called "Reagan Red." Nothing is more glamorous than having a signature red color named after you. 

Memory eternal to a First Lady that embodied every aspect of the title.


Queen Cassatt

March 1st kicks off Women's History Month. Naturally, I am thinking of all the modern women who paved the way for us here in the states, and particularly on this Super Tuesday, the ones that fought for our right to vote. 

Today, I think of an artist- born before the 19th Amendment- deceased six years after it's declaration. American female artist- perhaps the most famous American female artist thus far: Mary Cassatt. Mary was born of a wealthy family and grew up in Pennsylvania. She studied art locally, but in 1865 convinced her parents to allow her to travel to France, and study in the vibrant workshops of the French artists. To make a long and impressive Curriculum Vitae short, in 1877 Mary was invited by none other than Edgar Degas himself to join the group of independent artists we today know as the Impressionists. She was the only American in the group (YAS MARY SLAY!) and she became famous for her intimate paintings of mothers and their children. These paintings were so impressive (and still are) because at this time in history, men were unable to enter into the "proper" private female sphere. 

Her works are so lovely, its hard for me to pick a favorite. 

For more Mary reading click here and here.

Young Mother Sewing, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1900 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Young Mother Sewing, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1900
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The colors! *sigh*

Breakfast in Bed, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1897
The Huntington Museum, San Marino, California
More on this work here.

So much cuteness. 

The Child's Bath, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1893 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

The Child's Bath, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1893
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Do you have a favorite female artist? Perhaps Vigée Le Brun? Artemisia Gentileschi? Comments are open below!