July 29, 2011

Friday Fave

I'm currently on my way to New York City to visit with my best high school girlfriends.  We have a fun-filled weekend planned, but I think I'm most excited about my date with the Frick Collection tomorrow morning.

One of the current exhibits is In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, which I'm elated to see.  I remember sitting in my Venetian art class in Rome and falling in love with Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert. I was shocked to discover that I wouldn't be able to visit the painting during my time abroad...because it was all the way back in New York! Naturally between college, graduation and moving straight to DC, I never did make it to the Frick to see the masterpiece.  So I'm thrilled to see the painting, especially with the new discoveries made during a thorough technical examination of the painting last year. 

Giovanni Bellini (Italian c. 1430/1435–1516), St. Francis in the Desert c. 1475-78, oil on poplar panel, 49 x 55 7⁄8 inches
The Frick  Collection, New York

The exhibit, In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, runs through August 28th-check it out!

Have a great weekend!

July 28, 2011

Sublime Steamer Trunks

I've been contemplating these past few days on how to refinish our steamer trunk, so I took to Pinterest to investigate the different styles of steamer trunks.

I adore the bright, clean look of this painted steamer trunk.
It's rustic and shabby chic all wrapped into one.


Outdoors! Would never have thought.

I love the idea of using the steamer trunk as a coffee table-charming and functional.

Not only am I smitten with this bedroom, but the trunk is very similar to what ours looks like.  There's something very appealing about maintaining the vintage feel of the trunk.

So many options...what to choose, what to choose!

{images via Pinterest}

July 25, 2011

Monday Inspiration: Eric Cohler

I fell in love with Manhattan designer Eric Cohler's Charleston home several months ago.  Every now and then I like to revisit the beautiful house with its sweeping verandas and Federal architecture. I think one of my favorite aspects is Cohler's ability to marry traditional and modern design.  I love his use of contemporary art to add a pop of color and a vibrant flare to each room.  Cohler- who has a masters degree in historic preservation- has done an amazing job blending the historical nature of the house with the comforts of today.

I'm completely smitten!

{images via Veranda

July 22, 2011

Friday Fave

When I got home from today, the temperature was 101°, with a heat index of 116°!  After  my sweltering metro ride -because I never seem to get onto a car that truly has fully functioning air conditioning- I was ready to dive into a pool.  The only problem...we do not have a pool.  If only this painting -by one my favorite artists Childe Hassam...if you couldn't tell- was my backyard, I'd be in heaven!

Childe Hassam (Am. 1859-1935), Rockweed Pool, oil on canvas

Fortunately my in-laws live 10 minutes away and have a wonderful pool...which I might live in till Monday...

Happy weekend!

July 18, 2011

Monday Inspiration: Random Harvest

When my mom was in town two weekends ago, we went to three out of the four Random Harvest locations!  Saturday we stopped by the Georgetown shop after brunch, Saturday afternoon we swung by the Arlington location on on our way home and Monday we popped into the Alexandria store during a little detour through Old Town. A little absurd and wonderfully perfect.  Here are some of my favorite finds.

I always find a Random Harvest trip is exactly the boost I need to become inspired to "finish" my home...atleast until I think of the next project!

What are you favorites??

July 15, 2011

Friday Fave

Between the Gulf Shores vacation and my mom visiting last weekend, I'm still trying to adjust to my everyday schedule...which is much harder said than done!

I thought what better way to get back into the groove then sharing an old favorite by renowned French Impressionist artist Claude Monet.  I was first introduced to Monet-and to this painting-through Cristina Bjork's books Linnea's Almanac - she also wrote Linnea in Monet's Garden.  Not only did it inspire my green thumb, but it also heavily influenced my passion for art.  As a child and now as an adult, I still adore Monet's works.  Each brushstrokes is exquisite and the colors are vivid.  His paintings are alive and breathtaking...even as an image!

Claude Monet (French 1840-1926), The Water Lily Pond, 1899, oil on canvas

Have a wonderful weekend!

July 8, 2011

Friday Fave

Henry Ward Ranger (American 1858-1916), Sunset, Summer
Auctioned at Weschler's, Washington, DC on April 16, 2005
price realized: $2000 (hammer price)

I hope your weekend is as dreamy as this oil on canvas by
Old Lyme artist Henry Ward Ranger!

{image via Weschler's}

July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

One of my favorite American Impressionist artists, Childe Hassam, created a series of paintings inspired by the increase of nationalistic of flags in New York, as a result of the First World War.  This oil of Fifth Avenue lined with American flags embodies all that we cherish on this July 4th.

Childe Hassam (American 1859-1935), Fourth of July (The Greatest Display of the
American Flag Ever Seen in New York, Climax of the Preparedness Parade in May)
oil on canvas, 36 x 26-1/8 in, 1916
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, special exhibition
Childe Hassam, American Impressionist, June 10-September 24, 2004

Happy Fourth of July!

{image via The Met}

July 1, 2011

Friday Fave

Will Henry Stevens (American 1881-1949), Biloxi Lighthouse, 1921, oil on board
Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans

Happy weekend!

{image via Ogden Museum}