Clark Gallery Offers Engaging Art in Boston Suburbs

I recently had the pleasure of discovering an interesting art gallery in Lincoln, MA, The Clark Gallery owned by Dana Salvo and Dawn Southworth (both established artists). Nestled near the railroad tracks in a quaint New England small town, this gallery showcases unique and contemporary art works. A well established gallery (1976), that partners with 1st Dibs and Artsy, Clark regularly renews its exhibits and represents a wide selection of contemporary artists.

I recently dropped in as I was scouting a piece of art for a client, and was wowed by Clark Derbes‘ sculpture work. A self taught sculptor, Derbes (born 1978 in New Orleans, now based in Vermont) recycles weathered wood and creates enigmatic illusions with his colorful and geometrically patterned sculptures. I love how the linear patterns react on the weathered and highly sanded wood shapes : imperfectly perfect! Derbes’ work has a modern folk art vibe, and his highly contemporary pieces would look great on a wall, shelf or a pedestal…

 

Clark Derbes sculpure | photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Clark Derbes Sculpture | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez Elza

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Another artist on exhibit is actually also one of the gallery owners, Dawn Southworth. Her mixed media works is arresting : composing a multi- layered and finely executed body of work, Dawn is constantly tapping into embroidery, sculpture, drawing, writing, painting, cutting (even burning!) as she works. It’s as if she can’t get enough of any one media, and deliciously indulges herself in as much as she can along the road of the creative process!

Dawn Southworth | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez Elza Dawn Southworth | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez ElzaDawn Southworth | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez Elza Dawn Southworth | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez Elza Dawn Southworth | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez Elza Dawn Southworth | Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Chez ElzaAll photos of Dawn Southworth’s works by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Looking at art will invigorate your mind, take a break and make sure to check these out, fellow Boston area residents!

 

Arizona : Experiencing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Genius and Cactus Glory

One of the only existing luxury hotels in the world with a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design, The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since its opening in 1929 when it was crowned “The Jewel of the Desert.” The resort was designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a Harvard graduate, who had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright from 1907 – 1909 in Chicago.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to stay in the resort for a seminar on Interior Design Business Practices. I was wowed by the distinguished hotel, which is stamped by the unique design touches of Wright and the geometrical fascination he applied to patterns and architecture. Nature is always a central element in his creations, and the building’s openness to the exterior is immediately evident.
The resort carries in its walls the quiet and invisible weight of famous past visitors and guests, extending a definite glamorous feel to one’s stay: Marilyn Monroe, Irving Berlin, JFK, Clark Gable, Liza Minnelli, Ronald Reagan are a few of the prestigious visitors who stayed at the Arizona Biltmore.
Below, outdoor and indoor views of the resort. Photo credits: Barbara Elza Hirsch.
Arizona Biltmore- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
Arizona Biltmore Hotel- Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza
Beautiful gardens and terraces surround the block like concrete pavilions of the Arizona Biltmore.
Arizona Biltmore Hotel-Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaArizona Biltmore Hotel Terrace-Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAeizona Biltmore Hotel Lobby-Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaArizona Biltmore Door Detail- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaUnusual juxtapositions of glass and concrete, velvet and carpeting enhance the unusual spaces of the Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
Gleaming ceilings-Arizona Biltmore Hotel- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaArizona Biltmore Hotel Sitting area- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaWright Glass Art Mural at the Arizona Biltmore- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaNote the repetitive palm leaf motif carved and repeated throughout the resort. This motif surrounds a stunning glass mural work by Frank Lloyd Wright entitled “Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers”
Arizona Biltmore Hotel Sitting area- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaStunning ceiling fixture in one of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel's restaurants. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaGorgeous chandelier and ceiling detail bring the eye up in this Arizona Biltmore Hotel dining area.
I was in Phoenix mostly for work but was able to escape to the Desert Botanical Garden with my designer friend and colleague, Richard Rabel.
Cactus glory comes to mind and I was truly awed by the landscapes and local plants and fauna. I had never been out West so this was really a treat! The Chihuly exhibit was being installed while we were there so I was able to catch a few interesting exhibits in the making, with stunning glass sculptures arranged next to grandiose plants.
Chihuly-Blue thistle like glass sculpture at the Desert Botanical Garden- Photo credit Barbara  Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto Credit : Barbara Elza Hirsch
Chihuly-Yellow sculpture at the Desert Botanical Garden- Photo credit Barbara  Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto Credit : Barbara Elza Hirsch
Me in the garden- Chez ElzaRampant Cactus at the Desert Botanical Garden- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez elzaDesert Botanical Garden- Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto Credit : Barbara Elza Hirsch
Hope you enjoyed this slice of design and sun from Arizona!

Two Jaw Dropping Museum Collections in Boston

Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaThe Harvard Museum of Natural History is a wonderful gem  located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

With a mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and the human place in it, the Harvard Museum of Natural History draws on the University’s collections and research to present a historic and interdisciplinary exploration of science and nature.

I try to go once a year to take in some of my favorite museum collections. Today I am sharing two of my favorite permanent exhibits. What is really wonderful about these is you can see them anytime, they never go away…

The Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants are the most delicate and exquisite glass models of botany ever seen. These unique pieces were commissioned by Professor George Goodale, founder of Harvard’s Botanical Museum, who wanted life-like representations of the plant kingdom to teach botany in his classrooms.

From 1886 to 1936, father and son glass artisans team Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka of the Blaschka Studio, Hosterwitz, Germany, made these beauties entirely of blown and fused glass, with wire reinforcements hidden inside the glass as needed.

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaRows and rows of plants in gorgeous polished wood and glass cases adorn the exhibit. Above, a glass banana plant and fruit. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAbove, a glass water lily. Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

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Photo by Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaTools of the trade used to make the glass plants. Colored glass was used for many pieces and, in some cases, some plants were enameled with a thin wash of colored ground glass or metal oxides and heated until the material fused to the model. Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

In another room, is the extraordinary museum collection of rocks and minerals. This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution.

To visit this room for someone in love with nature, color and texture, is equivalent to dying and going to heaven:

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Happy weekend!

Barbara

4-The Wonderful World of New Orleans Designers and Antiques

On our first day in New Orleans with BlogtourNOLA, we were treated to a visite guidée* of renowned Magazine Street by local interior designer Shaun Smith, a gracious and most talented young man.

Shaun Smith on magazine Street. Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Shaun Smith walks us through the shops on Magazine Street. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Shaun proceeded to take us into upscale antique shop Antiquités d’Europe, owned by Petricia Thompson, an antique shop owner for the past 13 years. Petricia has quite a collection of 18th and 19th Century European antiques. The prices are steep but I recommend you stop by this one. Here are a few snapshots:

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Photo Credit  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAntiquités d’Europe- 19th Century French Tole Bed Corona Canopy – Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Antiquités d'Europe- Phot  Credit : Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAntiquités d’Europe- 18th Century Spanish Dining chairs – Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAntiquités d’Europe- Vase of April, A French creation, one of my favorites, even if more contemporary.  Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Next stop was Empire Antiques:

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Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaContinuing on Magazine Street we passed Julie Neill‘s Designs, as Julie herself greeted us in front of her storefront. Unfortunately we were headed to another destination, but I could not resist taking a few snapshots of her stylish vitrines**:

Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaJulie Neill’s unusual storefront window with the street reflection- Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaJulie Neill’s unusual storefront window with the street and myself reflected- Photo Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Malachite Home was a big favorite with our group: Shaun Smith introduced us to the designer and her fabulous shop, filled with unusual juxtapositions and brimming with art and sculpture:

Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaMalachite’s. Credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaBunny Williams Table with turned legs and assortment of candy colored glassware. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

 My personal favorites:

Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaMalachite Home unusual mid century sculptures- Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

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 Gorgeous dragons and floral details enhance these gilded sconces- Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Shaun Smith then invited us in his own shop and regaled us with little canapés of goat cheese decorated with fresh strawberries and other canapés topped with charcuteries***. We welcomed the break and admired his elegant and whimsical style:

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Religious symbols abound in New Orleans, a town with a strong Catholic history and culture. One has to keep in mind Louisiana is the only state to be  divided into Parishes rather than Counties.

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Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaThese chairs might be the ones that belonged to my French grandparents. In fact, they are so eerily similar I am a bit taken aback. Chairs on which grandchildren sat to eat tartines de pain de campagne au miel**** dipped in hot chocolate. Chairs on which my family sat next to the free standing 1950’s first fridge and played bridge. Photo credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaAnd then there is this Louis Philippe commode*****. Surely this has to be the one that was in the guest bedroom in my grandparents’ home?! Feelings like this overcome me throughout my trip in new Orleans. It’s as if the city lends itself to travel into time and pulls me back to Europe…Photo credit:  Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Next stop was Gerrie Bremermann’s fantastic shop with Gerrie herself! Gerrie is a lovely and energetic octogenarian interior designer who left her career as a seamstress to become an interior designer in her 40’s. She was voted Vogue Magazine’s top interior designers in 2004. Her boutique/office is refined and personalized. Gerrie is also represented on 1st Dibs.

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaPhoto credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaSoothing palette for this ethereal and elegant bedroom by Gerrie Bremermann. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaFun fact: Gerrie says because the ceilings are so tall in her offices, she selects very tall staff, as she herself is quite petite. Note the stunning -I assume- Italian Murano glass chandelier. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

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Art holds a big place in Gerrie Bremermann’s designs. I can see why! Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaWith Gerrie :-) We had a good laugh at how New Orleans affected our hair!!!  I so enjoyed my visit with her!

We finish our street tour at Ecru, a tasteful antique shop owned by a darling mother and daughter team:

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Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaIf you love whites, greys and greiges, this is the shop for you! Photo: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

The day ended at the Ogden Museum with a presentation and book signing with interior designer Miles Redd, author of a book called The Big Book of Chic:

Photo credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez ElzaTwo design legends, Gerrie Bremermann and Miles Redd enjoy a quick chat minutes before the book signing. Photo Credit: Barbara Elza Hirsch | Chez Elza

*French for guided tour
**French for storefront windows
***French for prepared meats usually made of pork, using methods such as curing or smoking, which were methods developed to preserve meat in times when refrigeration was not an option (jambon, saucisson, etc)
****French for buttered peasant bread slices with honey
*****French for chest of drawers

When Fashion Intersects with Art…

Happy New Year, friends! May  2013 be THE year for you!

I was recently stunned by a few creations I wanted to share here with you.

First, Marit Fugiwara, a simply brilliant textile artist. Her creations are wearable and incredibly crafted:

Here is a photo showing the detailed work on this elaborate dress:

Marit Fugiwara (detail)

 

Another wonderful creation by Marit Fugiwara, photo courtesy Trendland.com.

Detail of previous dress by artist Marit Fugiwara.

The paper dresses by Annex, pictured below,  would make an extraordinary art statement on your wall, framed in a clear plexiglass or glass shadow boxes.

Annex Paper dresses on hangers. Dresses are 90 centimeters high.

 Hope these inspire you to work and create with passion again this year, whichever your field!

A bientôt!

 

 

Three Artists I fell for this week

Gosh, oh gosh, my life is moving at lightning speed and I am running, running,  like so many of you are, to catch all the balls in the air! Being an interior designer is fabulous, exhausting, hard work, so rewarding, as is being a mom to a teenager and a second grader, and a regular not-as-regular-as -I’d -like blogger! I miss blogging so here I go, trying to write smaller pieces to share with you all!

This week I ran after my submission date to send out my monthly piece for Houzz.com about Art Gifts for the holidays. It should come out some time later this week. As a rule of thumb, you can read my Houzz articles in my ideabooks section: the published ones are the ones that say “Guest Picks…..”. Do take a look at it when it publishes, as you may find just the right gift idea for someone you love! Researching art for that piece was thrilling and I wanted to share some of that excitement with you here. I gathered a few photos of artists I truly enjoyed fell head over heels for while preparing this post. And…you can buy these. Yep.

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery  brings us artist  Deborah Zlotsky
It happened, but not to you, 2012- Oil on canvas- 60 X 48 inches. A masterpiece.

“Top Cat” Original hand-printed etching by Kay Mc Donagh – Image size 8cm x 9.5cm, a darling darling piece. All her art is fabulous by the way!

Giclee Fine Art Print - Cheer

“Cheer” by Yellena James done with pens and ink, 8 x 10. Delicately colored water or land plants are bundled together in complex and lovely patterns.

I’d love to hear if you like any of these :-) A bientôt!

Thank you, #InStyleTour for a fabulous event!!!

Yesterday I attended the well awaited #InStyleTour event I was telling you about in my last post. I had a lovely time, enjoyed great conversation and food at Villa Francesca, where the cuisine is truly divine.

Villa Francesca private dining room offers the perfect cave atmosphere. Low ceiling with exposed beams, brick walls, dim lights. Notice the wine cellar gates are LOCKED. Mmm, wonder why?

Fellow designers take the pose! From left to right Elizabeth Benedict, standing, Andie Day, and Michele Cortizo.

Three happy designers enjoying dinner to come at Villa Francesca. Linda Merrill, Laurie Gorelick and myself. Photo courtesy Linda Merrill.

After dinner, we all walked through Little Italy cobbled streets to Giovanni DeCunto‘s studio.

Delicious spreads of Italian desserts expected us. I don’t think anyone could beat the scrumptious locally made tiramisu .

Amazing portrait of artist and rapper TUPAK by Giovanni De Cunto. Painstakingly executed dot by dot -à la Seurat, this black and white painting actually changes to color when the lights are turned off. Special effect glow in the dark paints allow this process to occur.

Painting by De Cunto.

One of my favorite paintings along with TUPAK was this one:

Transmission 21 by Giovanni De Cunto.

A business card drawing for prizes occurred and Laurie Gorelick won a small abstract painting by De Cunto! Laurie wins at every of these events, I swear!!! As she says, she needs to play the lottery now! Michele Cortizo won a BLANCO faucet:

Christy Emens of BLANCO presents Michele Cortizo with her prize, a faucet by generous event sponsor BLANCO AMERICA.

As for myself, I won a …um, yes, embarrassing but true, hickey kiss on my right cheek (yes, a hickey!) from the artist himself, Giovanni De Cunto! Giovanni, I know I am irresistible, but please, no more unsolicited hickeys! Next time, paint me a kiss on a canvas and I will gladly accept it :-) !!!!

I cannot part without thanking dear Andie Day and Todd Vendituoli! They put in a lot effort behind the #InStyleTour event creation and implementation!

They’re gonna kill me cause it’s a poor shot (why is there no WHITE EYE correction on my Photoshop??) but I believe it will give you an idea of how happy and friendly this bunch is:

Lovely Andie Day stands in red top, Michele Cortizo-laughing as always-shows her back, seated center is Christy Emens from Blanco (voted best haircut of the evening), Todd Vendituoli is seated in front of his partner in crime, Sidney, shown taking photos. These folks were laughing so hard and moving so much, I just could not take a good shot!!!

A bientôt!

First #INSTYLETOUR Celebrates Sinks, Art and Tweeps: Press Release

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Twitter-inspired social media gathering attracts national sponsorship, interior
design bloggers and original artwork!

Boston, MA: What began as a desire to bring regional design bloggers together in
real life has morphed into a celebration of inspiration and excellence in art and design
for over twenty-five interior designers from the Boston area and beyond. The two-
part event on Tuesday, October 2nd, sponsored by Blanco America and internationally-
acclaimed artist Giovanni DeCunto, is being held at north-end restaurant Villa Franceso
then moving to DeCunto’s studio for a special viewing. Highlights of the event will be an
interactive presentation from Blanco representatives and a draw for an original piece of
Giovanni DeCunto’s art.

Art by Giovanni De CuntoCourtesy artist’s website.

Blanco Purus 1 Faucet in Truffle

The Blanco Purus faucet with Side Spray in Anthracite mix is elegant and brings a bit of additional color to the counter top.I love that it comes in all sorts of colors to coordinate with the kitchen materials.

The idea for this event, labeled with hashtag #instyletour on twitter, was born at a July
2012 tweetup hosted by local interior designer Andie Day and Vermont-based builder-
turned-social-media-specialist Todd Vendituoli. “Art, interior design and fashion continue
to overlap as today’s technology-infused lifestyle evolves,” explains, Andie Day. “We
know that bloggers play an important role in communicating trends to consumers. We
wanted to continue to push that envelope by exposing designers to manufacturers with
beautiful, functional pieces for the home and unique styles of fine art. We’re excited
about our first #instyletour evening.”

“Blanco America embraced the concept right away,” adds Vendituoli. “They see the
value in harnessing the power of design blogs and talking about their beautifully-crafted
sinks and faucets to such a targeted audience. Exposing their product to an audience so
heavily immersed in communicating good design is invaluable.”

Day and Vendituoli hope to roll out the #instyletour concept to other design-centric
markets such as Miami and San Francisco. The goal is to provide venues for those
who have met via twitter to meet face to face and interact with brands that provide
products to the design industry. “Face to face connections are still incredibly important,”
says Vendituoil. “We all ‘talk’ virtually all the time, but now we’ll be in the same location
learning more about design and art, and making our connections even stronger.”

Members of the media who wish to attend the first #instyletour night, contact organizer
Andie Day at 978-500-8172 or aday@andieday.com.

I personally cannot wait to attend this private event and am so thankful to Andie and Todd for coming up with these opportunities to meet fellow designers, bloggers and vendors. It is so enriching to exchange ideas and meet in real life: we really all learn from each other AND have a lot of fun! I love being part of such a vibrant community!

John Derian’s Shop in New York-A Keeper!

I had a reunion with my sisters in New York this week and had a fabulous time! We shopped, swapped clothes, ate and enjoyed wine and barbecue on the Brooklyn roof tops. I could not resist a few excursions to some design shops I have been dying to check out IRL (in real life).

My first stop was the John Derian Company. I have been a fan for years. I was not disappointed!

John Derian is renowned for his exquisite découpage plates, platters, coasters, bowls and paperweights. Decoupage or Découpage is an art form that involves pasting images on objects or surfaces and then layering them with lacquer or varnish. The word is derived from the French verb découper, which means to cut out. John Derian découpage items are hand made in New York by the artist and his staff. Here are a few photographs I took of his work:

The store is jam packed with gorgeous découpage items.
Découpage platters and plates by John Derian.
Decoupage alphabet small plates and lamp bases by John Derian
An amazing selection of dome shaped découpage paperweights.
Decoupage plates, cake stand, platter and lamp base by John Derian.

Of course one cannot go to John Derian’s store without looking at the beautiful imported French Astier de Villatte Ceramics :

Vaisselle blanche by Astier de Villatte

The store is actually comprised of two shops. Both are filled with an array of refined and unusual objects, furniture and accessories. One can find contemporary toys made in New York using renowned German plush toy fabrication techniques:

One would be hard-pressed to believe these gorgeous toys are actually made today by a New York artisan!
A beautiful horse greets visitors in the other adjacent John Derian shop.

I had a crush on the embroidered Coral and Tusk items that were scattered throughout:

Coral and Tusk pillows on a John Derian Dromedary sofa.
Small embroidered dolls by Coral and Tusk at John Derian’s shop.

I cannot resist the Tête à tête upholstered seat by John Derian and was thrilled to be able to see it in real life and sit in it. Very very comfortable piece!

Tête à tête by John Derian.

Fabrics and bedding abounded and I was thrilled to see some of Les Indiennes printed fabrics up close:

Les Indiennes fabric.

Finally, I shall leave you with this image of Hugo Guinness Art:

Art by Hugo Guinness at the John Derian shop.

A bientôt! School is about to start for my children and I am looking forward to blogging more often :-)

Travels to the Famous Brimfield Show (A Neophyte’s Telling) – Part 3

And here is the final chapter of my adventure at Brimfield, which I better post today as I have tons of news to share with you next, from my latest trip to New York, where I attended the Blogfest 2012 event.

Pandora de Balthazár offered a gigantic tent, with a beautiful display of European Antique bedding and textiles, body creams, as well as fluffy Hungarian down filled pillows and inviting bedding. Here are a few snapshots:

Pandora de Balthazar Linens and pillows.
Embroidered pillows at Pandora de Balthazar.
Gilded antique chair and embroidery in front of lace curtain.

Some items for sale at Brimfield could be found positioned randomly on tables and sheets spread out on the grass. However, some vignettes could be truly inspiring and it boiled down to presentation. Nicely displayed items make a world’s difference:

Now, for the big question: Did I purchase anything???? Yes, I did! I fell in love with these botanical prints :

And this 1810 Carl Linnaeus Illustration of corals just had to come home with me :-)