ART LESSON: JENNIFER AMENT

Jennifer Ament

Jennifer Ament

Jennifer Ament

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I was introduced to Jennifer Ament’s work a few years ago when I spotted a piece in a blogger’s home. Since then, I’ve been following her success and coveting a piece or two along the way.

Last night, I was browsing Serena & Lily’s art collection–which I happen to think is one of the most well curated on the web–and came across the series above. I’ll spare you the hyperbole, but love would not be an exaggeration to describe how I feel about them.

I found myself attempting to find a way to scrap our entire wedding registry and somehow explain that, yes, a toaster might be more practical, but I really can’t continue living without these pieces in our home. Sigh, the drama.

Aren’t they stunning?

EPHEMERA: THE ORIGINAL PANTONE

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau

Piggybacking off of last week’s Color Story post, I couldn’t resist sharing this somewhat random, but completely awesome discovery. Let me introduce you to 17th century Dutch artist, A. Boogert.

Arguably the original mix-master, Boogert’s magnum opus was an 800 page handwritten and painted guide to mixing watercolors. Consider it the 17th century equivalent to Pantone.

Amazing, right?

P.S you can view the entire book in high resolution here or in person at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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ART LESSON: GIA COPPOLA

Gia Coppola | The Tappan Collective

Gia Coppola | The Tappan Collective

Gia Coppola | The Tappan Collective

I recently came across these photographs shot by Gia Coppola on new-to-me art resource, The Tappan Collective. Aren’t they just the epitome of California cool? I’d love to use that first photo in a project.

I can never resist a shot of hot pink in a room and I think her pink suit, book, and sunnies would be amazing printed in a statement making size.

Now if I could just get some of that California sunshine over here…

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style

A few weeks ago I made the quick trip up to Annapolis for a girls weekend with two of my college girlfriends. We lucked out with unseasonably warm weather and ended up spending Saturday morning strolling Annapolis’ charming downtown and recovering from one too many glasses of wine (I’m officially getting old.)

We popped into Main St. Gallery which happened to be showing a collection of artwork by artist, Sam Dixon, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the two pieces above ever since. The vibrant colors and quirky subject matter completely drew me in.

Someday I hope our home is as brimming with art as that of two of my design idols, Kate and Andy Spade, but of course it takes time to build a collection. Art is one of the most personal design decisions, and I’m a big believer in buying what you love–even if it’s as silly as a Chinese take-out container.

Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style