INSPIRED BY: AMANDA MOFFAT POTTERY

Are you familiar with Amanda Moffat Pottery? I recently stumbled upon her work via Sue Fisher King (a gorgeous site to peruse for all things home, by the way) and haven’t been able to stop thinking about her pieces since.

Naturally, after discovering her work, I embarked upon the requisite social media deep dive to discover everything I could about the talented potter.

What I discovered is that in addition to her skill at the potter’s wheel, Amanda also has unfailingly excellent taste in interiors.

Her Brooklyn Heights townhouse, featured in Elle Decor, could easily be confused for an English home with its saturated color palette, collection of textiles, and heirloom pieces.

The same old world elegance is reflected in her pottery which Amanda describes as: “inspired by classic fabric patterns and Piranesi etchings and all things beautifully made, from shoes to bridges.”

I couldn’t love the sentiment or her pieces more. Incidentally, I signed up for a seven week pottery course which begins in the New Year and am so looking forward to a new creative outlet.

I’ll be keeping up with Amanda on Instagram for even more inspiration!

Shop pieces from her indigo collection here or at select retailers in NY and CA.

ART LESSON: MATCHBOOK DIARIES

One of the questions I see being asked most frequently in the world of design is: “Where can I buy affordable art?” Art is one of my biggest passions, whether it be adding to my own collection, or assisting my clients in building their own, and personally, I think it’s one of the most important components in making a house feel like a home.

I’m planning to highlight more sources for original art on the blog, and today I have one I’m super excited about. Back in 2015 I shared my obsession with the Insta account, Matchbook Diaries. It’s continued to be a favorite in my feed and I was thrilled to see its creator, talented photographer Charles Ryan Clarke, is now offering framed prints.

Current offerings include iconic NYC restaurants and hotels, and famed Bermuda and Bahamas outposts. At $150 for a framed, signed, original they make an ideal Christmas gift.  *Hint, hint* the JG Melon would fit in pretty perfectly with my bar set up.

Do you have a favorite? Any spots you’re hoping Charles will add to his collection?

JG Melon

21 Club

Crosby Street Hotel

Lafayette

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.

ART LESSON: MEREDITH PARDUE

Meredith Pardue

Meredith Pardue

Meredith Pardue

Meredith Pardue

Meredith Pardue

Meredith Pardue

Art is one of the few splurges I truly feel guilt free about making. I’ll debate the merits of a new bag or pair of shoes for months, but if a piece of art resonates with me I’m suddenly cavalier.

Unlike clothing or accessories which inevitably need to be replaced, art lasts a lifetime. Nothing sets the tone in a room or has the ability to spark conversation quite like a great piece of art. Over the years we’ve bought a few special pieces to mark various occasions and I love having those visual reminders of milestones.

 I’ve developed a long “someday” list for our growing collection and the latest addition is artist Meredith Pardue. The Savannah College of Art & Design and Parsons graduate describes her canvases as “composed of organic forms that derive from those found in nature, but ultimately the paintings are a visual record of an unplanned dialogue between myself and a blank canvas.”

I’m completely captivated by her work and use of color. Hopefully it brightens your Monday.

images via Meredith Pardue and Artsy

MARY H. CASE x BISCUIT HOME

Bailey McCarthy | Country Living

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I’ve been a long time fan of Texas interior designer and Biscuit Home founder, Bailey McCarthy. Her irreverent decorating style is always inspiring, not to mention her lovingly renovated homes which have all been showstoppers.

Bailey’s country farmhouse was recently featured in Country Living and one of the rooms I loved the most was the family room above. The mix of buffalo plaid and chintz was perfect, but what really drew me in was the Texas longhorn artwork above the mantle by artist Mary H. Case.

We seem to have a bit of a thing for animal inspired artwork in our house with a menagerie currently counting a flamingo, giraffe, and rhino among its residents, so it’s no surprise that the longhorn was a hit.

I was super excited to read via this interview with the artist that we can now shop trays and limited edition giclee prints as part of a Biscuit Home x Mary H. Case collection.

Hook ’em horns!