A VISIT TO SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM

The Wall Street Journal published a great article this weekend about Sir John Soane’s Museum in London which I was happy to stumble upon as I was reminded of some sneaky photos (can’t stop, won’t stop) that have remained unshared from our visit almost two years ago.

In a city with behemoths like the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert, Sir John Soane’s Museum is a more unassuming presence, but still delivers inspiration in a big way.

Comprised of three adjacent townhouses purchased and combined in the late 17th and early 18th centuries by one of England’s most venerable architects, Sir John Soane, the museum is chockablock–literally floor to ceiling–with Soane’s various collections.

At every turn you’re visually assaulted with corbels, capitals, friezes, funerary urns, bits of entablature, pieces of architrave, architectural models, drawings, and paintings, all meticulously arranged and hung to impart optimal effect.

There are over 40,000 objects total (you might say Sir John Soane was the original maximalist) acquired and assembled over a lifetime. If you’ve been to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, consider Sir John Soane’s Museum the British pre-curser.

Unlike Barnes (watch The Art of the Steal for the backstory here), Soane’s wishes that his home remain intact and open to the public free of charge (save for “wet or dirty weather”) were protected by an Act of Parliament.

It really is a fantastic gem that I hope to return to again one day and highly suggest visiting if you should find yourself in London.

BITS & PIECES

Ah, September 1st. It’s better than New Year’s in my book. A fresh start. New notebooks. A return to routine and productivity after the indulgent months of summer. So much promise!

I woke up this morning feeling rather gung-ho about the whole thing. Today would be the day I commit to writing in the 5 Minute Journal my sister gifted me for my birthday last year daily rather than haphazardly, followed by diligently opening my Headspace app instead of Instagram.

Naturally, I’d join in on the September Whole 30 in an attempt to undo the sins of the past three months and maybe with all of this newfound enthusiasm I’ll finally make it past week three of BBG.

We’ll see how I fare with those pursuits, I know the shine of a new month tends to wear off somewhat quickly as life gets in the way, but I’m savoring this feeling while I can. For now, I just wanted to stop in to say hi and share some beautiful bits & pieces from my desk: antique mall artwork and delicious fabrics.

Happy Labor Day weekend and I hope we can catch up soon.