.Moody Roses from my garden
Irish artist John Lavery Study for Hazel in rose and gold, 1921 (National Gallery of Ireland)
……… Anglo Moody
I don’t remember where I found this photo. It’s another that has stood the test of time on one of my inspiration boards. Something about the mood of this room just speaks to me, despite the rather torturous looking weaponry. The hide thrown over the heavy lushness of the rug, the roaring glow of the fire reflected in the ruby leather chairs, the chicken wire against the stone walls- it’s British eccentricity at it’s best. I even love the Harry Potteresque serpents keeping sentry at the hearth
I read this book about 7 years ago and was quite amazed by it. For obvious(?) reasons it popped into my head while I was musing about the colours and feel of this post. And something else that is amazing to me? I knew just where to find this book- and I have a lot of books. A LOT of books! I really, truly should have been a librarian, except for the fact that I don’t organize books well, so I probably would have been fired. But there isn’t a single room in our home that isn’t groaning with my books and yet I could probably tell you where most titles are in a pinch. What is that about?? I can’t find the car keys I had 5 minutes ago, or for that matter, even remember where I parked the car, and once, as you might recall from an earlier post, I lost a bed, but somehow my brain photographs my inventory of books.
Sorry…was I rambling? Perhaps I should have saved that for another “Things That Amaze Me” post. If you see this again, please pretend you didn’t read it before.
Isabel Marant, Spring 2010 collection. What’s the connection you might ask? Well, you know,British army khaki, fabulous fur jacket- the fur rug. The room above looks a little chilly, the coat is warm….and again, I love the effortless eccentricity. I’m so excited that Isabel Marant is opening her first shop in the U.S., in New York on Greene St. in the spring! And if you, like me, happen to live in Santa Barbara, you may find the collection at Diani, on State. St.
A residential field of tulips I snapped just outside of Amsterdam.
A trip to Holland during Tulip Season, which peaks around April 15th should be added to your “Bucket List” (I like this premise, although I don’t like the word bucket, please let’s think of a better one). Anyway, the tulips are one of the most outrageous things you will ever see. You will CRY. Seriously! The Keukenhof Gardens in full bloom has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately all my photos are hard copies which I have yet to scan, save a few.
“During the 1620s and 1630s, financial speculators in Holland went mad over the brightly-colored flowers: at one point in 1633, a farmhouse was traded for three tulip bulbs. The “tulip bubble” collapsed in 1637, leaving speculators bankrupt, but Holland has continued its love affair with tulips to this day. The ultimate tulip paradise is the Keukenhof Gardens, a 70-acre field outside the Dutch town of Lisse.” (excerpt from Frommer’s)
Just a simple little number from Rodarte, Spring 2010
A masculine mood in Sun Valley .
Kind of hiddy, kind of cool. I’d love to see this fireplace in a much warmer, more rustic looking room. Against a stone wall, with reclaimed wood floors, and fabrics with some tooth and texture- perhaps even a dash of plaid thrown in, I think the contrast would be really striking. If I knew how to photo shop I would try it. What say you? I bet men would like this.
And girls would like this. My Favourite Dress (available on Amazon)
“This lavishly illustrated publication is a commentary on the emotional attachment that various key fashion personalities from designers, celebrities, models, photographers, stylists and fashion editors have with the one thing that is treasured in their memory or wardrobe: their Favourite Dress. 75 designers and key industry players from around the world have described the very personal reasons behind their choice, through text, photographs by leading fashion photographers, fabric samples, original sketches and other ephemera their choices come alive on the page. The dresses selected by these individuals are intriguing and highlights the intimacy that the designer and wearer feels with their garment. This book gives the audience an opportunity to explore how a dress can be a creative statement, a symbol of celebration, power, and individuality. “My Favourite Dress” is about choice, memory and a moment; a must have for any fashionista.” (From publisher, Oct. 2009) Oh ya- We all need this book. My mood is getting better…