We are fortunate enough to go on several trips a year to such exotic locations as India, China, and South America. During our journeys we stumble across unique items that might be vintage, antiques, or even the last one left. So, every trip, we’re sure to bring our empty suitcases to fill with these rare finds so we can carry them back home. The picture above is a peek at a few treasures that we’ve acquired; things like Indian kantha cloths and pillows covered with Phulkari Indian wedding shawls. You can find similar ones at our store.
All items for July, 2011
We are thrilled to have our good friend, Christopher Junkin, Stylist for the Nate Berkus Show, share a few of his favorite design tips!
Thanks for inviting me to write for the Wisteria blog.
By layering pieces that have a story, you can add interest to your home. This can be anything – flea market finds, sea shells, or even art by your kids. Just remember, it is all in the presentation.
If you can’t decide how to make a piece work in your home, Elle Décor is a great place to find inspiration. Note how found items are merchandised in grids on the wall, or framed, or in a glass cloche.
You don’t have to limit yourself to small items. Unique furniture pieces count too.
Wisteria has a wide selection of items that layer well within a ‘modern eclectic’ setting. They have taken time to master silhouettes and finishes that layer well in almost any setting. My favorite Wisteria pieces include the Louis XVI and the Chinese Chippendale Chair. These pieces are updated version of classic designs that when properly accessorized, can heighten your design aesthetic.
Also, fresh flowers can have a story. And I love giving them, as much as I like to receive them.
Depending on my mood, I prefer bright tulips, white roses, or white hydrangeas. I love these types because of what they mean to me. Tulips make me smile, cause they remind me of a fond childhood memory. White roses are timeless, elegant, and romantic… and white hydrangeas – well, along with being a classic, they are a tribute to my grandparents.
In terms of fashion…I live in New York and keep things handsome and creatively current. Although I love my runway brands, I mix and match and find myself inspired by trends and blogs.
I adore watercolors. Most of the masters used them for preliminary studies, yet there is one artist whose watercolors stand firmly on their own: John Marin. What spectacular hues! An exciting exhibition of Marin’s watercolors from the Art Institute of Chicago is coming to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art June 26 through Sept 11, 2011. John Marin’s Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism casts the artist’s paintings in a new light.
Perhaps not as widely known today as other mid-century artists, a 1948 nationwide survey proclaimed John Marin was “America’s Number One Artist.” Part of the Alfred Stieglitz circle that included Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, Marin was well known for his picturesque scenes of the Maine coastline and colorful cityscapes. While always aesthetically pleasing, Marin’s paintings are now seen as a precursor to Abstract Expressionism.
With his exuberant color and dynamic brushstrokes, Marin’s kinetic energy explodes on the page. His representational scenes teeter on abstraction…the result is pure beauty! Many of the paintings that form the core of this exhibit are from Alfred Stieglitz’ own collection, donated to the Art Institute by Georgia O’Keeffe, Stieglitz’ wife. I like the idea of seeing what Alfred and Georgia may have had hanging in their home! With summer upon us, I encourage you to see this gorgeous show. If you are inspired, why not paint your own summer scene with watercolors? I hope to grab a set with the kids on our next beach trip. Let the painting begin!
For more information on Marin and the exhibit, visit www.high.org.
Recently, some members from our design department traveled to China to get some ideas and inspiration for new products. Wisteria trips are never dull; they’re always coming back with crazy stories and strange sites as was the case this time with Serge, Rachel, and Andrew (pictured above from left to right). Here’s a very small look into what it’s like traveling with Wisteria.
With warm weather comes food fresh from the garden and delicious recipes like this one:
To make the pesto, combine the following into a food processor:
1 cup packed fresh basil
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter, softened
Toss with 6 ounces of warm linguine.